Cheyenne, Wyoming. October 20, 2019
In response to "Trans people share their feelings of loss at not experiencing childhood as their true gender," by Vic Parsons, Pink News. October 18, 2019.
VIC PARSONS OCTOBER 18, 2019
Not being "one of the boys" in feelings and sensibilities, and tripped up when I expressed them openly. Nevertheless, I thought and did according to my true gender because that was me. Whenever I thought and did boy, it never felt right. I felt guilt then, but not really from not being out, but that doing and thinking boy wasn't right for the world. Also, I was usually chagrined that boys thought they had such a good bead on things, that boy doing and thinking is so so 'correct.' Add a little white privilege to that and.... A beautiful part of this is are the fond memories of grownups, and friends my own age, who understood my head naturally. They were true friends. They saved me. (my favorite song is Gary Clark Junior's song "You Saved Me," for a reason!). One of my tattoos is "show up and be seen" also for a good reason. The tattoo is prominent on my forearm, too. It's interesting that few who see it "get it." We do though, don't we? My tattoos me, and it also honors Nikki Smith. See her story in the May issue of Outside Magazine. She is a lifelong outdoors person, and so am I. With one exception, we are now OUTdoors persons. 😊