♡ trans will solace who gets flustered and a little emotional whenever little brother austin comes to him for “yknow like… guy stuff. man stuff. advice, maybe”
◇ trans will solace who is more comfortable giving kayla The Talk than he is austin because “how do i tell him about stuff i dont even have??” “will are you a doctor or arent you” “oh!!! i forgot!” “[eye roll]”
♧ trans will solace who catches someone (a patient who is brought in after being injured) binding unsafely and tells them how dangerous that is and that they’re safe here and sends them to mr. d to “grab a binder - don’t worry, he’s basically our patron. he’ll help you.”
☆ trans will solace who becomes the Designated Helper for all trans kids at camp. he doesnt mean for it to happen, but it does, and he doesnt mind. cecil ribs him one day, joking “they ought to make another cabin out there, eh big guy? a cabin to put all these babies that youve adopted” “some of them are older than me, c.” “but youre still an excellent papa to them.”
you said you were working on reading 10 trans and wlw books this year but you didn't mention what they were!
THAT WAS REMISS OF ME, because so far they’ve been mostly friggin’ awesome:
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie ♥ (wlw 1/10) – light sci-fi, light dystopian, LESBIAN MOTHERFUCKING PIRATES!!!!!!!!
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel ♥ (trans 1/10) – this is what I was reading when I made that post, and it ended up being the borderline-literary, adult fiction, family + trans kid saga of my dreams
Luna by Julie Anne Peters (trans 2/10) – old enough to be considered a Classic of the very small, very niche genre, but is now suuuuper dated compared to everything else on this list (that possibly makes it required reading, tbh)
Beast by Brie Spangler ♥ (trans 3/10) – I absolutely loved this book! it’s ANOTHER boy meets girl ~*~with a secret~*~ (i.e. she’s trans) book but actually really refreshing and lovely
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (trans 4/10) – this is more of a novella than a novel and also NOTHING HAPPENS but it was still cute
Peter Darling by Austin Chant ♥ (trans 5/10) – PETER PAN SEQUEL IN WHICH PETER IS TRANS AND COMES BACK TO NEVERLAND AS A GROWN UP AND FALLS IN LOVE WITH HOOK, A.K.A. MY DREAM BOOK
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (wlw 2/10) – a lovely, quiet, sad-but-hopeful book (in which the protagonist just happens to be gay)
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (trans) – I’m not counting this towards my goal of 10 because it’s a memoir by someone who’s married to a trans man rather than A Novel About A Trans Person, but it was a really great read!
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry ♥ (trans 6/10) – one of the most fulfilling Book Surprises of my life was realising that Thomas is trans!!! the cherry on top of an already stunningly beautiful and moving novel
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (wlw 3/10) – I wasn’t mad about this book, but two of the POV characters are lesbians who’re in a relationship with each other (and iirc they’re the only relationship in the book) so it counts I guess
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (trans) – this poem is trans in a THE GODS HATH TVRNED ME INTO A WOMAN way rather than a regular trans way, so I’m not counting it, but it was ELECTRIFYING and I loved it
Jess Herbst - I am also a transgender Texan. How can I help to improve our state's legal rights for transgender people, such as making a gender marker change easier to acquire?
This is pretty straightforward a political issue. This last week I was in Austin lobbying for trans rights. The bathroom bill was on everyone’s radar, but there was also an amendment by Representative Hinojosa that would change the current requirement to update your birth certificate from a judge’s approval to a simple court clerk procedure. It was withdrawn for lack of support. You need to speak up, call and write your state senators and representatives and tell them you want this type of legislation. Ask your friends to do the same. Too often people just remain silent hoping for change that never comes.
its 2 am and i still cant sleep so im thinking about trans will and either nb kayla or transfeminine austin like…. im emotional.
will jumps at any opportunity to be an older brother to other trans kids at camp but this is different because he already is their older brother… austin coming to speak to him in private and asking if he still knows how to do make up (“i never did, so no… i know some people who might though”) or kayla comes up to him in the middle of practice and says loudly that they’re going by they/them pronouns now, please tell everyone you know!! and no matter what will just goes with the flow, as present and calming as the gentle warmth of sunlight.
he’d do anything for his little siblings - the way lee and michael did for him, once upon a time.
Witch Week Day 5: Cecily and Roy from Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant which is a short story in Magic and Mayhem. This was a super cute fantasy with trans mains, definitely my favorite in the anthology.
Things I can't wait to do in Austin after I get top surgery:
-mow my lawn shirtless
-run by town lake shirtless
-stand up paddle boarding
-go to hippie hollow
-tan at Zilker park (and get no tan lines!)
-go bouldering/rock climbing and probably take my shirt off
-change in the men’s locker room at my gym
-get a chest piece from a local artist
-swim with my pups at bull creek
-longboard around my neighborhood (you guessed it… Shirtless)
-take my shirt off at ACL and dance and sing to awesome music
Austin, TX showed up today. I saw people of all identities coming together in solidarity, in ways we haven’t seen much of since this divisive election began.
I saw women of all ages. From my 16 year old sister, to babies in “future president” onesies, to elderly women telling me about the marches they walked in the sixties. I saw men supporting wives and daughters and men supporting women as a whole. I saw proud queer people chanting in the streets, I saw banners about birth control and immigration and trans rights and corruption, but most of all I saw Love.
These are some of my favorite shots from today. I only had my phone and it was hectic and there were thousands of people and signs to see, but here’s a glimpse of the support pouring through the streets of the Texas Capital. I plan to compile a vlog of the entire day because it was life-changing and inspiring and I want to share it with you all.
Favourite Music Artists: Austin Wintory, Aivi Tran, Pentatonix and currently Avi’s solo project (Avriel & the Sequoias) cause goodness that man can sing.
Song Stuck in my Head: Fields and Pier - Avriel & the Sequoias
Last Movie You Watched: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
What Are You Wearing Right Now: My PJ’s
Why Did You Choose Your URL: It’s the name of my first OC I ever named, I’ve been using it ever since for the past 10/11 years.
Do You Have Any Other Blogs: -
What Did Your Last Relationship Teach You: I’m done with relationships for a long good while, if not ever. Aka, I’m not ready nor do I think I ever will be comfortable around someone, physical contact is a no go for me.
Religious or Spiritual: Neither
Favourite Colour: Blue
Average Hours of Sleep: A mix between 3 to 6 hours.
Lucky Number: 16, 21
Favourite Characters: Pacha, Gladio, Yuna, Akihiko & Shinjiro, probably more but I can’t think of them right now.
How Many Blankets Do You Sleep With: One, sometimes my panda blanket as well for extra warmth.
We LOVE when people in the community stand beside one another and show support, that’s what our entire business model is based on.
This last week the local media exploded over the issue of a young trans girl in Dripping Springs, TX (a small town outside of Austin) who has been allowed to use the girl’s bathroom for the last year or so at her public elementary school. If you are like us then you are so shocked and thrilled to hear that this small southern school is allowing this girl to use the correct bathroom, but parents were up in arms when they found out.
We made a trip out to the elementary school in question this past Monday, where a board meeting was being held to discuss the matter. Imagine that scene in FreeHeld when Ellen Page is pleading for her right to Julianne Moore’s benefits as her gay lover, except with a lot more camouflage in the audience.
There we were, clad in our finest queer attire, I was sporting my fave “Support Trans Kids” shirt from Bobo Academy, and we were bracing ourselves for what we assumed would be an onslaught of ignorance. What we were instead met with was and overwhelming amount of support for this little girl. If I were to hazard a guess I would say the “sides” were proportioned about 8:2 in this girl’s favor. Most taking the stance that she’d been using the bathroom all along, what’s the big deal now?
We were brought to tears as we saw signs from her classmates spelling out “You can Pee next to me!” and “She is who she is!” We were hanging around outside and got to catch part of an interview with one of the little girl’s friends who spoke more eloquently than any 9-year-old I’ve ever met (or adult for that matter) on the topic of gender and inclusive rights for everyone.
A woman introduced herself to us within the first hour of us waiting around hoping for a seat in the overflowed overflow room, where a livestream was playing of the meeting. This woman had two young adopted children with her, one of whom was trans. The little girl turned to me and said, “They let me use the right bathroom at my school, this is just silly.” I told her I couldn’t agree more.
As the meeting went on, for about two hours (much longer than any other recent board meeting according to the parents around us), we got to hear both sides. As infuriating as it was to hear the opposing views I could see where some of their frustration was coming from – they felt lied to, they felt that they had a right to know about these things – and though I didn’t agree I can understand that a lot of the anger was coming from a fear of the unknown. One father was particularly surprising, standing at the podium clad in a cowboy hat and handlebar mustache, I’ll be honest when I say I profiled him from the start. He began by saying that when he found out about the trans child at the school he was forced to confront his feelings about transgender people as a whole, and he didn’t like being forced to confront those feelings, I felt myself starting to get frustrated with him. But then he went on to say that his own children didn’t seem to have any feelings at all about the issue – they knew this girl as a girl, they showed no fear or discomfort about it, they showed no problems at all, and if they didn’t mind it then why should he.
A few academics spoke up, making us laugh as they told people to get their heads out of the sand (a very polite way to say “get your heads out of your asses” in an elementary school setting) and realize that this isn’t an issue of “boys in girls bathrooms” because trans girls are in fact girls.
We left as people wrapped up their statements, as we headed out the door I heard a mother saying that she had always trusted the school to do the right thing and she had no doubt they had done just that. I was happy we went to witness this slice of humanity, these people grappling with their beliefs and their internalized transphobia, but mostly the unbelievable amount of educated, open-minded, and respectful individuals who showed this girl love.
I wish that the news had never gotten a hold of this story – trans women are already often the victims of harassment, abuse, and violence; and to make a young trans girl the center of such a dramatic story at a young age is just reinforcing this narrative. I do hope, however, that she sees the amount of people who stood beside her and dared speak out for her, and that she knows there is community out there even in places you might not expect one to be.