Ah, here it is. The Deaf Awareness Week video that everybody’s been waiting for.

I’ve been running out of inspiration for my YouTube channel lately (which has always been a makeup based channel since I started it) and watching 87daysbefore, chescaleigh, marinashutup, and aconnormanning have inspired me to finally branch out a little bit.

And if I’m going to talk about anything, it may as well be deaf and hard of hearing problems.

I cover a lot of things in one video. I talked about the basics of what deaf, Deaf, and hard of hearing are. I talk about hearing aids and cochlear implants a little bit. Hell, even Switched At Birth (I know, I know) is mentioned. I also bring YouTube into the video.

I’m tempted to make future videos being a little more in depth about every topic since I couldn’t do it in this video otherwise it probably would’ve been an hour long. There’s stuff that I forgot to mention and talk about that I think would be a good thing to talk about in videos later on down the road.

And of course, this is closed captioned ‘cos what kind of hard of hearing person would I be if I didn’t CC it? I’m just hoping mistakes don’t show up out of nowhere since it took so long to save and upload.

Again, I want to thank chescaleigh so, so, so much for helping me spread the word about the video. It means a lot to me. So much, I don’t think you even know.

If any of you reblog this, please accept this big thank you and virtual hug.

By the way, my facial expressions in this are gold.

Title: Lost & Found

Artist: Lianne La Havas

Album: Is Your Love Big Enough?
7,967 plays

Love this song

Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
John Muir (via agropunch)
Butch is a trickster gender—and so, in a similar way, is femme. Lesbian gender expressions do not emulate heteropatriarchy, they subvert it. Femme removes femininity from the discursive shadow of masculinity and thereby strips from it any connotation of subordination or inferiority. Butch takes markers of “masculinity” and divests them of their association with maleness or manhood. Butchness works against the gender binary—the masculine/feminine paradigm—and reclaims for women the full breadth of possibilities when it comes to gender expression.

Caroline Narby, “On My Butchness” (The Toast)

I thought this was so spot-on, thoughtful, and well-written.

(via malindalo)









Acephobia in the LGBT+ Community from the documentary (A)sexuality. 

It is just…so fucking weird how threatened people feel when it comes to Asexuality.  I still can’t wrap my mind around it.

I’m so happy this post is being reblogged by LBGT+ people who aren’t asexual. I keep on reading posts by non-ace LGBT+ people of support to the ace community, and of being stunned by this reaction by a movement which should know better than to judge. AND THAT MAKES THIS ACE SO FREAKING HAPPY. The woman in the first photo expresses my sentiment. I know I belong in the queer/LGBTQIA movement. I want to belong. But I just don’t know if I’m welcome. I’m so happy that there are so many people on Tumblr who do not fall into the catagory of outright refusal of asexuality.

I know not a lot of people understand asexuality. And I know there’s confusion about it, about our experiences, and about how we fit in the movement. But let’s talk about this. Let’s have this conversation.

I mostly don’t delve into the ace tags, but I hear there’s a lot of ace-hate that and I really don’t get it.  I don’t understand how asexuality is threatening.

You know what I (as a queer ace-spectrum person) find most threatening?  Getting unwanted sexual unwanted advances from both queer and straight people. I’ve gotten them from people of all spectrums and it always makes me profoundly uncomfortable, and often unsafe.  It just boggles my mind how people are upset by the concept of asexuality.  That’s like getting really mad at someone who isn’t hungry.  What’s the point?  Just shut up eat your own sandwich. (And stop chewing on me.)

Wow, the fuck the people in those images.

Nobody has the right to disrespect anybody else’s sense of self. It may not be for, you but that does not give you the right to be an asshole.

We really need to push more for LGBTQIA+ to be a standard, instead of just LGBT, especially considering that even the B and T are already invisible in much of the community.

Not supporting some of us = not supporting all of us.

Not supporting some of us = not supporting all of us.

It really, really does bear repeating.

I couldn’t be further from ace, but for serious.

If we’re not in this together, we’re not in this at all.

This makes me so angry. I have friends who are ace, and they are just as much a part of the queer community as I am.

We need to embrace asexuality and treat it with the respect that it deserves.


"Fight Like A Girl"

Photo collection // Fall 2014

I’m so elated about my latest photo collection that’s featured on Bitchtopia! Read about it here + check out other great pieces on Bitchtopia.



#selfieseptember is almost over, and I wanted to talk a bit about why I’m passionate about selfies.

It all started with my first selfie blog, ftmselfielove.  Technically, it started a little earlier than that.  There was a guy harassing people posting in the #ftm tag here on tumblr.  I made a side blog specifically to try to reach out to the people he harassed, and let them know he had no right to police the tags.  He would reblog selfies a lot and tell people that the selfies had no place in the ftm tags.  I disagreed, but I didn’t really have the language for why I disagreed yet.  I knew selfies were important, but couldn’t express that very well.

Then Jezebel had an article filled with negative misogynistic trash about selfies, and people responded.  Women, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and so many more spoke out about the radical importance of selfies.

I was inspired.  I had the language tools now to explain what I had been feeling.  And ftmselfielove was born, to just let people posting in the ftm tags know that they are valued, and what they do is important.

My main belief when I started was that selfies help build a sense of community, and that in the context of ftm selfies, they help trans masculine people see themselves reflected in other trans men.  When I first started transitioning, I was bombarded with images of trans men who sculpted their bodies at the gym: they were thin, muscular, they had perfect facial hair.  They were people I was never going to look like.  But looking through the selfies people posted on tumblr, I started to find myself, and didn’t feel like a complete stranger to the world of trans masculine folks.  Plus, I found people who weren’t binary trans men.  Other genderqueer and genderfluid people who showed me diverse ways that we can present ourselves, and made me more comfortable in identifying as non-binary myself.

And now, just shy of a year after I started, I brows the ftm tags every day, basking in the glory of all these beautiful people sharing their faces.  And while I’m at it, I find questions from other trans guys that I can help answer. I find educational posts, calls to action, information about trans health, and more.  Because of selfies, this agoraphobic, social anxiety-ridden, homebody has a connection to the trans community that I would never have had before.

That’s why selfies are important to me on a personal level. That was the first step to me becoming a passionate selfie supporter. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about step two: selfies as radical politics. 

Apparently I forgot to share this here.

A women is not defined by what’s between her legs.
13 Myths and Misconceptions about Trans Women -Natalie Reed (via midnightbikerider)


Ferguson vs Pumpkin fest
The media’s treatment of these two events were shameful!