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Becoming Me: Top surgery recovery pt2!

Content Warning – FTM top surgery described

So hey, I’m now abut 9 weeks past my surgery, and after the last post where I went into the details, I thought now would be a good time to talk about the less technical stuff.

As I write, the incisions are closed up nicely. The two sections where I had problems are a bit thicker than the rest, but they’re mostly out of sight and the rest looks pretty good. Needs a bit of time to flatten out and get less red but I’m confident it’ll do that.

I saw the surgeon again a couple of weeks ago, and she’s happy too.The left is a little bigger than the right,but that may sort itself out, and if not they can suck out the excess fat. I’m back next September to take another look, at which time she’s said we can discuss anything else I want doing.

Meantime, I’m back to the gender clinic in January to followup with them. Continue reading

Becoming Me: Being Loved

Phew, it’s been a while. I’ve struggled persuading myself to vlog, and kept putting it off in case I did manage. There will be more in the future, but I think its time to accept that most of the time I’m just happier typing!

Friends, I’ve been busy. I got engaged, and just moved in with my partner!

Some other stuff too but let’s stick with that for now, because it’s what I want to talk about.

I’ve talked before about never really identifying with being a lesbian or a butch. For the longest time I didn’t know what I was, because nothing seemed to fit.

I was only occasionally attracted to people, and when I was, it was usually to a woman who identified as straight. I learned by getting my heart broken for the first time at 16 that it was best to keep that quiet, so I did. Never being attracted to someone until I got to know them meant learning how to do that unselfishly – in the end, I learned to accept it, and just make a friend instead. Continue reading

Osgood and the (probably) unintentional trans narrative

I like Osgood. I like her better the more we see of her. She’s grown from Doctor superfan into super freakin important protecting the world person. All versions of her.

But seeing her, in The Zygon Invasion and especially in the The Zygon Inversion,  as a solo act for most of it, made me think. There was something happening that felt really familiar…

“Are you a human or a Zygon?” everybody wanted to know. Repeatedly.
“I’m me.” Osgood replies. Repeatedly. And at the end of Inversion, to the question of when she’ll reveal which she is? “When it no longer matters.” Which almost broke me.

Now replace those questions. Not human or Zygon but boy or girl.

And think about the story. The desperation of the Zygon rebels to be seen for their true selves, in their true form. The fear of the others, just wanting to blend in and be seen as human. The knowledge of the bate and chaos that unmasking would cause. The only other option seeming to be death.

This is a life that trans people live. This is a life that I’ve lived. I want to be true to my trans identity, because it’s important to me, but damn if it ain’t good sometimes to just pass as male and not have to deal with the crap. For many trans people, the best thing they can do is go stealth, so nobody knows.
And at times, sometimes overwhelmingly so, it can feel like the world wants you dead, like that’s the only real way to escape.

Every trans person and every non-gender-conforming person has probably had this question – probably many times – I know I have, and long before I figured out that I was trans.

“Are you a boy or or a girl?”

I don’t know about everyone else, but when I answer that question, whatever the words out of my mouth say, the meaning is: I’m me. Please. Just see me.

I don’t really think this was intentionally done – awesome as it would be if it were – but that’s the fun part of art and media: it can be what we make of it. We can relate to it in our own way.

It’s really important to be able to see yourself reflected in  the media you consume. It’s where so much media falls down – with bad portrayals, stereotypes, tropes, tokens, and straight-up ignorance. As a transmasculine guy, I don’t see myself that much in the media I love – the games, the tv, the films, the books – I have to go hunting and even then, how I’m shown is rarely something to be happy about.

One reason it took me 30yrs to figure out who I was is because I never saw it anywhere, because trans men are mostly ignored. It often feels like people are playing a zero-sum game: they already showed a trans woman – which is good, because normalising trans woman will help stop them being killed – but that means they met their quota so everyone else can piss off.

It’s lazy bullshit, and it means that many others are missed out entirely. That’s what being a trans guy is like, for me.

So hey, you know, maybe it wasn’t intentional, but that’s ok. I saw myself in it anyway.

I’ve always seen Doctor Who as a show that can shine a light, whether intentional or not, on our culture. Racism, xenophobia, homophobia, war, murder, morality…the list goes on
So I add to it, in the form of Osgood, that question I have heard so often, and that answer I’ve always been trying to give.

I am who I am. Please. Just see me.