Make Up The Rules

“I enjoyed experimenting with makeup from a young age, but as I grew older, I thought that in order to be read as “non-binary” I had to assert “masculinity” or I had to seem “androgynous” [...] I realized that rather than be ostracized just for being different because I was different, I wanted to go all the way.” - @disssgrace
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“There’s so much more to who we are than the. Conversations that are usually had. We should talk about the nuances of identity and the nuances of self expression and kind of what that means- more than just what we swe and what we post.” - @mattxiv
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“As someone who is pretty consistently read as trans everyday, it’s a fight. For so many people, you are the first trans person that some of them see. It’s a lot of energy to carry so finding ways to care for yourself have been really instrumental.” -Zenobia
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“When I started transition, make-up became a tool to, in a way, hide because I was afraid of people knowing that I was trans. But it has evolved into something that is more about expression now. Rather than conforming, I feel like I use it now to stand out and to be more bold.”- @seanasteele
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“Every time that I started to present and explore my masculinity in a way that allowed the world to see my masculine side, I felt so much more at home in my own body. Where I am right now is that I’m much more comfortable in my identity as a masculine person to be able to still be masculine and present myself in whichever way that is.” - @lex_horwitz
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“There’s always this conversation I have with myself before I leave the house. Whether I’m wearing a look or not. It’s kind of the walk to the train; do I feel safe? What time of day is it? Am I going to feel like a spectacle walking to the train? Those are always the moments that I have to really remember myself and remember my bravery and remember that my self-expression is more than just about me.” - @chav.pop
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“I think self-expression is just something [that is] really important for everybody. It isn’t trivial or superficial. I think it’s just a way of communicating.” - Keith
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