Elliot Page: Our Trans Icon

Hey pals,

This week Elliot Page came out as trans and uses he/they pronouns. This was very exciting for me, as a trans nonbinary fan of theirs since… God, Juno? I’ve watched them create many exciting characters on screen for many years. I was a budding actor myself (and half still am) and I always felt drawn to Elliot’s work and characters. Through the years, he has come out as queer (or, sadly outed like a lot of queer stars in Hollywood) and turned to a queerer direction of character portrayals. His characters were never mainstream, but seeing them change from straight/cis to queer and somewhat fluid of gender representation, gave me hope for the continuing change in Hollywood to start allowing more LGBTQ+ actors to, not only play queer roles, but any roles and be successful.

Getting to see Vanya fall in love with a woman in season 2 of the Umbrella Academy, or Shawna in Tales of the City breaking monogamy relationship norms and representing a rocking bisexual, or even in My Days Of Mercy as Lucy (which I haven’t actually seen, but is indeed a queer romance plot), it’s exciting and exhilarating to see the roles Elliot plays, morph into something more authentic and be able to give us more representation on screen. And while I am proud of them for coming out and the full statement made, I can’t help but be enraged by the media AGAIN for how they continue to mishandle trans stories.

Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.
I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.
I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.
Thank you for reading this.
All my love,
Elliot

credit to Evie Clayton for providing the transcription

I spoke with a couple of my friends who use multiple pronouns to get their perspective on the issues I discuss in this post. Anniek is my nonbinary friend from the Netherlands, they use they/he/she pronouns, and Piper is my friend, a nonbinary woman in the UK, who uses she/they pronouns. Both of them were ecstatic to hear Elliot has come out, and were both very excited about a public figure openly using more than one set of pronouns. “I have nothing but happiness for Elliot coming out!” Piper said, “Hopefully, this will help more people to understand us and what we are! We are not a threat, we are normal human beings! Earlier that day, I was super upset about the Bell vs. Tavistock shite (cw: for the article linked, detransition and damage to trans healthcare in the UK) and I was really down. I thought that people hated us. But, to see so much love out there [for Elliot] really affirmed everything for me.”

“Hearing about Elliot Page’s coming out, aside from feeling super happy for them, immediately made me feel so happy and hopeful because it means another step forward in terms of visibility [for] trans people, [and] hopefully lead to more understanding and acceptance.” Anniek said.

Before I saw Elliot’s original statement, I saw numerous articles all saying slightly different things. One article claimed Elliot was nonbinary, which may or may not be true but is incorrect to claim based on his actual statement where he only specified being trans. It was easy to believe this statement because Elliot uses multiple pronouns, but something I am unlearning (as well as many other people) is that pronouns do not equal gender and they are just part of personal presentation. Using they/them pronouns does not automatically equate to being nonbinary. “In regards to the multiple pronouns, nice! We love that!” Piper says, “I’m refraining from using ‘nonbinary’ because I am unsure whether Elliot himself used that word, but good for him! They’re so powerful, we need more pronoun diversity. The journey of a trans person is complicated, unique and liberating,” She adds offhandedly, “It’s a journey, we shouldn’t be expected to figure it all out at once.”

“I have the impression that cis[gender] people tend to think of gender and pronouns in a very simplified way: men use he/him, women use she/her, and nonbinary people use they/them. This implies that pronouns are equal to gender identity, when in fact they just a form of gender expression,” Anniek said. I have been seeing more cisgender people branching out and using different pronouns to what they are typically assigned, including they/them pronouns, so I’m hopeful Elliot will help bring this idea to a broader audience of people to feel like they are allowed to experiment with their gender expression more. Anniek added, “I use she/her pronouns as well as they/them pronouns, but I am by no means a woman nor am I aligned to femininity – I lean more towards the masculine side of the spectrum, if anything. I’ve already seen a lot of people make swift assumptions about Elliot’s gender too. Some people are saying they’re a trans guy and others are saying he is nonbinary. Either could be true, but really, we don’t know. And we don’t need to either.”

Then my next issue with how this has been reported is the violent deadnaming of Elliot. Elliot is a very famous actor and has featured and lead in many films, TV shows, and even video games throughout their career. A picture is enough to let people know who Elliot Page is, and for accessibility reasons, listing their previous works and roles will do it too, you don’t need to deadname a trans person. Ever. “My hope [for the] future is for more and more people to respect us. Fuck, because we deserve it.” Piper says. Not deadnaming someone is basic level respect.

My next point is one that people will have differing opinions on, and that’s totally valid I’m not trying to talk for anyone who uses multiple pronouns (as I do not, I only use they/them) but I feel it’s a point I want to make as a trans writer. As Elliot uses he/him and they/them pronouns, I feel like the articles talking about him should make the effort to use both sets of pronouns seamlessly in their reporting, but no one has. I say this because my friends who use multiple pronouns have said to use all their pronouns throughout speech or when writing about them. I’m not perfect and this is new to me, but I’ve put the effort in when talking about them to use a mixture of their pronouns, as I have done in this piece for Elliot. “As someone who uses multiple pronouns too, my hope is that him using multiple pronouns as a famous person will help normalise this,” Anniek added. Obviously, as long as they are using one set of pronouns that has been disclosed, it’s not misgendering so this is a more picky critique. But as a trans nonbinary writer and editor, I feel like the effort should be made to also help normalise multiple pronoun use. “Obviously, some people need to catch on that we can have more than one pronoun,” Piper said.

This conversation hasn’t even approached neopronouns, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that in order to prepare the world to respect and be able to use neopronouns, the basics of getting exipronouns right is really important if we are to keep moving forward.

Overall, these are small critiques of a larger issue. None of the stories I read were written by trans people. Probably weren’t edited by one either. These mistakes would be very easily avoided if more publications would just hire trans writers. Not only is this violent to Elliot who is being publicly deadnamed, misgendered, and so on, but it’s violent to trans people seeing this unfold. It’s traumatising seeing a well off, privileged, white, thin celebrity getting all this shit when they come out. If someone with as much privilege as Elliot doesn’t get the common decency I’ve explained above, how on earth will anyone respect the rest of us? The BIPOC, Disabled/Chronically Ill, Neuro-Diverse, Fat, Poor trans people.

Quick reminder, I wrote a simple ‘How To Be A Better Trans Ally’ Post a little while back, please go have a read if you’d like to do something for your trans friends.

Before anyone wants to get defensive on Elliot’s behalve after I pointed out his privilege, he also admits and acknowledges the privilege he has. I wanted to point this out, as I feel like there will be people who didn’t read the original statement, even though I have put it in this post. “I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.” I have seen people addressing Elliot’s privilege in a way that erases the validity of his fear. No matter how privileged you are, if you are part of a marginalised community, it is scary and even dangerous to exist loudly.

Elliot has been an outspoken member of the LGBTQ+ community and even made a documentary series called Gaycation that showed what it was like to be queer or trans around the world. Living in the Western world, everything tends to be very U.S. and U.K. centric and white/rich if it is about LGBTQ+ people, which isn’t the reality for… hardly any of us. I feel like Elliot has been a good ally to trans people pre-coming out, and we should make the effort to be a good ally to them too. They have promised not to be silent and even de-centred themselves in their own coming out post to highlight a real issue the world is having.

“In the end, we’re not entitled to details about someone else’s gender identity, we just need to respect them and the ways they want to be addressed,” Anniek says, which I think should be the main takeaway from this piece. “My hope for the future is that this teaches people to see more nuance in gender identities and to accept varied expressions and identities.”

Piper adds, “There are people on our side, and all this love is helping people understand their true selves and navigate their own destiny.”

~ Artie

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Preparing For December and Reaching my 2020 Goals

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I don’t have a traditional post for you this week as I’m struggling to get everything organised and fit into my schedule to be able to complete everything during the upcoming month before 2020 ends. I still have some follower count goals to meet on my Twitter, Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook and one of the ways to improve this is creating content regularly!

I’m 8 books away from my GoodReads challenge goal of 50 books, so I need to read 8 books in the next month, which I think is doable. I have a video coming out next week about this part in particular so subscribe to my channel to get an alert when it comes out. But I am organising my reading live stream schedule right now so I can let people know when they can expect to see me this next month, plus my gaming streams on Twitch I had decided I wanted to put some focus on this coming month.

Stream one of December will be my NaNoWriMo finishing up and wrap up stream on December 1st, so if you have been following along for NaNoWriMo, come join us it’ll be roughly 4pm, possibly later.

If you want to give your input on my streaming schedule I have active polls on my Twitter right now you can vote on and leave any other feedback there!

My aim is to stream on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays a mixture of Reading Streams and Gaming streams in the evenings with possibly some extra ones on the weekends if I feel like it or want to get some extra reading done. I will stream maybe every day the week before New Year as I wont be posting any Videos or Blog posts that week. I promised myself a week off from posting edited and thought out content but think streaming could be fun to either chill out or, again, get reading done! I’m going to try and create an image on canva for my Schedule of December… but I’ve never done that before, we will see how that goes.

I’ve been putting more work into creating and posting TikToks more often, because I have seen a trend between posting regularly with gaining followers even if the videos aren’t necessarily super popular. How to go viral? No idea. I did it once early this year and had a few videos since then occasionally gain over 1k views but I couldn’t tell you why. I like to mass film a selection of TikTok videos ready to edit, title, tag and post whenever, and we are doing well so far. I’m less than 40 follows away from my 2k goal! (Find me at artiecarden)

I’m trying to write up Christmas cards to my friends to be ready for posting by end of week one December. I wanted to spread some positive energy to my friends and try to make myself feel Christmassy too. I’m not a Christmas person but this year has sucked a lot and I think this will help me feel better and my friends (because most of the people I am sending a card to, is also planning on sending one back so I get some cute cards too this year!). So, trying to fit in some card writing time and making sure I actually get to a post office in opening hours is something to think about. I also like the idea that I will be helping support my local post office with posting all these cards and present parcels!

My video this week I did the ANTI-TBR TAG so I talked about all the books I won’t read, check it out.

Instagram Is so much harder to figure out what to post, when and how. The updates keep moving things so I’m struggling to find where I’m supposed to even see when my best time and days for posting at the moment, so tend to post daily at 2pm but many of them are not permanent grid posts. I use instagram to promote my blogs and videos, but will deleted them after a week. I have been dabbling with reels, or posting my tiktoks to insta reels, not seeing a whole lot of growth or interaction really even though instagram is supposedly pushing reels the most at the moment. I have made a few reels that aren’t just tiktok re-posts and seen no difference in views, but I’ll continue as they don’t have to stay on the grid I can hide them but they are still accessible. I do plan on getting some videos off my hardrive that I used to get photos of myself, I think I can do something with them and see if that makes a difference by using the reels music options. Any tips, let me know!

Facebook is a weird one, I post almost all my work over there and anything writing related. I share my posts from there to other groups which is great for views, but all interactions are then on my personal Facebook’s post not the original from my page. It basically never leads to any new likes either, I have run out of Facebook friends to invite at this point and not everyone has see and responded to the invite. I find it weird asking my friends directly to like my page because they didn’t see the invite, I feel like page like invites are hidden away and not easily see-able when you check your app or use Facebook in a computer window so I know I will probably have to ask people directly to like the page if I want to boost the likes, but once that’s done… then what? I share the link everywhere (including here) people just don’t really use Facebook? Or, I guess my audience doesn’t… but I do see a correlation between my chronic illness posts being shared and gaining more views this route and often leads to repeat clicks further down the line from people browsing the group or having saved the Facebook post link so it’s not something I want to give up on!

On Twitter, my growth has slowed. Occasionally when a larger account RT’s me, I gain some subscribers or participating in some trending topics and hashtags but it’s been a while since that happened. When I made enemies with Sia last Friday, I did gain a decent number of new followers but a lot of them have started to trickle off, I guess they see what I post on a normal day and aren’t fans haha. I am under 100 away from my goal of 1.5k so I’m hopeful I will meet that before the end of the year.

If you didn’t know, Spotify finally updated their system to allow username editing! So it finally reads Artie on my profile and I’m slowly gathering playlists together for the shit pandemic we’ve all lived through, and my next year playlist. I have loads of playlists you can check out so worth a follow there too!

This year I did manage to boost my blog DA from 2 to 9 from some simple SEO techniques, so now I’m looking into how to take this a step further and continue to improve my blog ratings.

That’s a summary of what I’m thinking about and planning. I hope you enjoyed reading this update and me being a bit open about my thoughts and struggles with blogging and content creating. If you have any easy to understand and follow tips for all of this, leave me a comment!

~ Artie

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#NaNoWriMo Writing Progress

Hey Pals,

If you follow my YouTube Channel, you know I’ve been participating in a slower paced National Novel Writing Month challenge. For full details, watch this video I made at the start of the month! I wanted to talk through an update here, because I have no other post ideas for a start, but I also wanted to remind you of my channel and tell you to check out some videos and my NaNoWriMo writing streams (all saved and archived, available to view again if you wish) and join in before the month is finally up.

With 10 days left, I have 2 more streams on the channel scheduled (subscribe and turn notifications on to get the alerts) I have been keeping up with my word counts. I aimed for 100 words a day for the 30 days, 3,000 words over all by the end, but also let myself have the flexibility of catching up if I didn’t write for a few days. Won’t lie, I have not written every day and each of my writing streams have been catch up streams. I have managed to write roughly 500 words each go, so now I’m at 1,500 (hopefully 2,000 by the time this goes up as I plan to have a stream earlier in the day) and I am pretty pleased with myself and the ability to sit down and write when I set down an hour and a half for streaming.

This has opened up my eyes to possibly doing this more often, either with editing or writing other things, maybe even reading or studying? I see people do most of these on YouTube and didn’t really get it before. The more I think about applying for a Masters the more I think using this streaming system will be handy for my focus and motivation. While writing personal statements? Writing and editing the submission pieces? Whenever I actually start the course, reading streams for course books or studying streams for essays etc. A side of University and the internet I didn’t know existed when I was last at uni and might actually be a beneficial study hack!

I know it must sound a bit barmey but I think it’s the accountability of people being on the stream and recording yourself live to stay on the channel. It’s like being able to study with people at the library, or dedicated class time. It helps me feel like I have accomplished something if at the end of an hour and a half I have 500 words added to my WIP. It reminds me of being in Uni doing my Bachelors, writing to a deadline. The deadline here is the end of the month, but there’s no grade depending on my perfectionism. It’s all just about getting the words down for a first draft. I think this is something I’d like to incorporate into my YouTube Channel more often. Maybe a couple of times a month? I’m not really sure, but It’s working out almost twice a week, once every five days. Maybe I’ll set up a schedule? Honestly, who knows. This is all very new and a big experiment and kind of exciting. It has a similar feel to the virtual writers retreats I have done before, but there are more people involved in those, I hope my streams will grow to be something of this size. I’d also like to go to a real like writers retreat sometime, I had my eye on Ruckus Retreat run by a YouTuber I met a while back at a small book event. Sadly all of that has been put on hold because of Covid, but it has been nice to see more web based organised events popping up like Underrep’d Writers Fest.

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As a chronic procrastinator, I’ve had to constantly find new ways to work around it and figure out techniques that help me focus. I am diagnosed dyslexic, I talked about this a little very early on in my blogging journey, but I am pretty sure I have something else going on that I am not entirely comfortable discussing at this time. My physical disabilities also impact my abilities to work and study and have given me barriers I had to learn to tackle and work with. Chronically fatigued and brain fogged can make ‘doing the words’ hard to do. If you know me in person, you know I often struggle remembering the names of things and we have to do a mini game of charades, and I’m useless with names, I made a tiktok recently joking about my habit of binging shows and having next to no idea what any of the characters are called even when it’s 6+ seasons long and 22 episodes a series. I talk a lot about these kinds of barriers in my recent video, and how chronic illness can often make me feel like I can’t do anything I want to do. (cw: mental illness talk, suicide ideation, lots of crying, discussion of some medical trauma)

Will I be doing this next year? I’m not sure, but it’s not a no. I may do another more chill version of NaNoWriMo like I’ve done this year, or just incorporate the habits I’ve picked up this month year round, maybe I’ll set out to complete my WIP or another novel within the month. Who knows, the possibilities are endless right now. I have definitely learned some new skills and a new appreciation for taking time out of my week to talk to people and write my story. Finding an enjoyment in writing again has been really important.

That’s all from me for now. Subscribe to the channel to keep up with this particular journey, I hope you join in for some livestreams.

~ Artie

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5 Main Tips for Being a Better Trans Ally

Hey pals,

November is Trans Visibility month, and this week is specifically Trans Visibility and Awareness week with Trans Day of Remembrance landing next Friday (20th). We still have a long way to go with Trans Rights in the UK, but also globally. being a trans person of multiple marginalised identities is even more scary, isolating and dangerous. Many trans people are also mentally ill, neuro-diverse, disabled, chronically ill, Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, or queer in some form as well, or any combo of these things all at once. If you are new here, I am Artie, I am a nonbinary trans person with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses, neuro-diverse, mentally ill and queer. Many people like to mock these long lists of identities, claiming it isn’t possible to be all of these things. I have to say, though, a lot of these things end up becoming several things in one go or leading to other things. Being trans alone can lead to mental illness because of the lived experiences we go through. Like, PTSD from a traumatic event that only happened because we are trans. Or depression from living with dysphoria or having to hide our identity for survival. I could go on, but I’ll leave it at that.

I wanted to bring you a list (incomplete, obviously) to help you become a better ally to trans people and giving you more direct ways you can help make a positive impact on someone’s life. It’s all fine and dandy thinking about the bigger picture, voting in people who are trans or support trans people, but we have a way to go before laws are changed. However, the U.S election did make me feel a sense of hope for trans politics as many trans people of different lived experiences were elected. Maureen Turner, for example, is the first Muslim nonbinary person elected as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives! With the hundreds of deaths every year of trans people being murdered or committing suicide, I thought this list might be more helpful to make a more direct impact and maybe help some trans people reach the safety they need.

1. Stand up for us, use your voice: lots of people are all talk with their trans friends, but when it matters, many people stay quiet. Now that almost everything is online, it’s easier than ever to offer assistance to your trans and nonbinary friends, and help make their corner of the internet safer. It’s really draining being harrassed by transphobes and TERFs and can often be really demeaning and humiliating. Many of us struggle with mental illness as well, which can make standing up for ourselves really difficult. In a calm conversation with friends, I can explain why trans lives matter and the many facts I have memorised to help myself feel validated in my identity, but if someone chooses to confront me or question my right to live peacefully, everything goes out of the window and I can’t think! It’s a lot easier to stand up for a friend than it is yourself, so speak to your friends and offer to help them if this happens. I’ve had a couple of cis friends say I can send them to any post of mine that is being targeted by a transphobe, and they will sort it for me, and they did! That’s something small you can do that means a lot to trans people. 

2. Write some official Letters: similar to the point above, arguing with people about our rights as human beings is really draining and endless. If you know of a business or company that aren’t doing enough for trans customers or workers, contact them! If you follow politics and hear trans rights being threatened (as they always are) or you hear your MP say something uninformed and ignorant about trans people, send them an email! Contact local schools, or schools of family members and ask what they are doing to support trans students and teachers. The list really is endless, but start at home. Where do you go regularly? When do your trans friends and family go regularly? are those locations doing enough? I’ve found publically tweeting these businesses can do quite a lot, they don’t like the bad publicity… You can send them emails, contact them on social media, or do it the old fashioned way and send a letter. The more people who make these moves, the more the outside world will be forced to change. 

3. Stop Supporting Transphobic Celebrities: This goes for any kind of celebrity. Writers of all kinds, actors, people in film at all levels, social media stars, influencers, reality stars. etc. etc. Unfollow them, stop consuming their content, stop buying their merchandise, and tell your friends and family to do the same. Obviously, you’re not going to know all the time if someone is transphobic or has declared transphobic views to the world. That’s fine. But make a habit of maybe doing a quick Google search every now and again. If someone tells you someone you like is transphobic, ask them a bit more about it and do your own research. I’m not telling you to blindly follow what people tell you, but I’m telling you to start making the effort to educate yourself and help to educate others.

4. Educate yourself. A follow up to the end of my last point. I’ve given Beverly a long list of books that are a good place to start but there is so much more out there. Following trans and nonbinary activists online is a great way to learn from someone’s experience in real time. My Genderation make great trans films and projects on YouTube, a mixture of fun things and informative documentaries. Google is a free resource to learn more, and you can request books at your local libraries. Trans charities are a great place to go to find useful resources, Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids are three you can start with. Also, there are Facebook groups made especially for cis people to ask questions and learn in a non-judgmental space and allow for accidents and clumsy language. I also recommend looking into some of my past content as I have talked about my personal experience with gender across platforms like instagram, youtube, twitter and this blog.

5. MONEY! Redirect your cash. One way is supporting trans charities. Think about things you like to buy for yourself or others as presents and find some trans creatives who make something like it (because there will be many, trust me!) many trans people have their own small businesses or are freelancers of some kind. Support local shops and businesses that also provide a safe space for trans people to go and have groups. If you don’t often have a lot of money to spare, there are other ways you can fundraise for charities. I recommend you read up on some and decide which you would like to support and ask them directly the ways you can help. Some examples are the recycling schemes, many charities accept or are part of the ink cartridge scheme, or you can decide to make your Facebook birthday fundraiser for them. But all in all, support trans people all year round, not just when we are being attacked again from whatever news source, celebrity, or politician. 

Being trans can be really lonely, and many trans people also overlap with other marginalised communities. It’s important to support all trans people not just the skinny, white, non-disabled, cis-passing ones. Fill your feeds with diversity of all kinds. Learn to open your mind and get used to a bruised ego, it comes with the territory of learning to be a better ally. You won’t always do the right thing, no one is expecting or demanding perfection. We just want more people to try.

I hope this post was helpful. Don’t forget to follow my blog and subscribe to my youtube channel. Follow my instagram too for posts kind of like this but short form. I hope you take some time to find trans creatives and activists that appeal to you and your learning. Hopefully next year will be better.

~ Artie

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