I took a bit of an unannounced break from this Tumblr account to focus on college, activism and art. I’ve been up to a lot.
I created a resource blog for religious Trans people and brought on admins to continue to run it, finally decided to go back to an old ask blog I made to have fun, and have been getting my ducks in a row on the internet to have an appealing resume and portfolio of my artwork.
I graduate college by the end of next year — two years tops should I get screwed over if a class I need is not offered — and have been working hard to prepare myself so the transition from in college to not in college. I already work as a freelance graphic designer, so I do not think the transition will be odd in that sense but rather there is a lot I do right now that I have not found an equivalent for in adulthood. I’m part of a lot of college specific activism committees, including a student advisory council which we have gotten gender-inclusive housing for next year, are working on a preferred name policy, and will be researching to see if we can get transgender inclusive health insurance here or at the very least provide it on campus / this side of the state.
I also used Tumblr less because I was turned off by its “culture” to say. There are a lot of people who found it acceptable to misgender me, deny me my sexual orientation (bisexual), and more due to not agreeing with my opinion on something. Its something I didn’t care for. I disagree with people all the time outside of this website, but at the end of the day we make up because there’s a recognition that we’re part of the same queer community — on Tumblr, there is none of that. In real life and on Facebook in this genderpunk group I am in, we fight and disagree but we also would fight for each other to exist. On Tumblr, the lack of that is a turnoff for me. I’m more of the “Hey I may disagree on how to achieve something, but I can relate to your cause (or you’re like me) and so hey SOLIDARITY”.
I’m going to visit Seattle for Spring break to visit my partner, so that’ll be fun. Next year, I am going to be visiting New York City to tour graphic design studios with my college. I want to move to NYC or Chicago, partially since they require health insurance to cover transgender-related healthcare, but also because I hear a lot more stories about solidarity there. I want to remain active in fighting tooth and nail in the fight for justice.
I’ve contemplated coming back to this blog, but when? I guess today, since I logged on. Then the next question is how long should I come back? I guess until I am satisfied with my greener pastures, but this pasture is pretty green itself since I’ve met so many great people, had great debates, and networked with a lot of artists and created some pretty cool collaborations.