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Marval R.

(He/Him/His, Any pronouns)
The first moment I could see my future as a trans man or trans masculine person was...
I like to say that I transitioned before Laverne Cox was on the cover of TIME magazine, and before Caitlyn made her Vogue cover-- in other words, before the Trans Tipping Point. (=And let's just say it: the transmasculine tipping point hasn't happened yet.) I was fortunate enough to meet two trans men in an activist group (helping Survivors of Sexualized Violence) and, through their openness and vulnerability, I was able to envision a path for myself.
Resources that helped me...
YouTube. Yes, transitioning videos on YouTube saved my life, as I was able to really understand the granular, day-to-day experiences of transmasculine folks all the way back in 2011 (which feels like the stone ages when it comes to trans cultural visibility). And then, yes, I have had the great fortune of living in either California or New York for the last 15 years which broadly translates to having had incredible access to trans health resources.
Character drawings by Joey Borrelli.
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