The inner conflict of being transgender is overwhelming. There is so much out of my control; everything from the complexities of being viewed in society as something that you are not, to something as simple as just being called the wrong name.
For me my name was something small that I could take control of, something I could take refuge in when everything else was so daunting. And that is exactly why I have it tattooed on my body. Every time I look at my arm, I see a reminder of my strength, a reminder of something that finally aligns with what is inside of me.
Man or Hobbit? Dwarf or Elf? ‘The Hobbit’ or 'Lord of the Rings’? Arwen or Thranduil? Rivendell or Shire? Bilbo or Frodo? Orc or Goblin? Galadriel or Elrond? Wizard or Ent? Radagast, Gandalf, or Saruman?