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MaryV, I believe the only constant in my life right now is you. I hope it stays that way; it is looking like it will stay that way. My love for you will always exist in some way, shape, or form. Living life with you is one of the few things that turned out as amazing as I imagined it to be. I always want to make sure you are drinking water, taking time to stretch, and eating food you want to remember. I know this cleans your mind as well as your body. Cheers, to being in the sun and around the sun almost three times now, together!

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Once I started testosterone, I would SAVOR shaving. In the first year, a single hair on my chin felt rare. Regardless, the act of it would quiet my gender dysphoria for a moment. Today, this current photo represents just 2 days without shaving. Not looking like santa claus....but it’s a start! For many, this is a small ritual in their day. Some may even equate it to a chore. I have found it reminds me to consider my privilege and grants me appreciation towards the body I now have, one that aligns with my mind. Finding and being mindful of small moments such as this betters your overall quality of life.

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Recently, MaryV and I have been focusing on the irony between our disabilities in certain situations. I am Deaf. She is dyslexic. Take the accessibility of reading a book: She prefers audiobooks to avoid the strain of spelling/words. Being Deaf, there is no way I can follow an audiobook. My accessibility in this situation is her inaccessibility, a struggle we’ve been trying to figure out since I met her when I was seventeen. In addition, we often speak without sound; fingerspelling being a huge part of this. Growing up mainstream (living in the hearing community rather than Deaf), I did not have the privilege of being immersed within sign language on a daily basis. I did not even connect with other Deaf individuals until a year ago. Because of these bricks in the wall of my language barrier, fingerspelling often fills in the blanks of vocabulary I do not know. Again, accessible for one; inaccessible for another. Behold, the paradox of accessibility within our relationship.

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Art created by the incredible @artbycheyne! SHOOK to be portrayed this way & thank you for including my cochlear implants! _ I’m the type of person that can NOT sit still. Therefore, I never imagined myself meditating. Stereotypically, meditation is shown sitting, eyes closed, unmoving. Personally, I’ve found the most success with meditating while in motion. It seems that my mind runs a mile a minute, so it requires my body to mirror that buzz to find serenity. Each person relaxes in their own way; it is important to find your own frequency every now and then. I have tried participating in meditation classes around the city, but have found it difficult to stick with the instructor. Listening to the instructor with ease is a privilege I do not have as a deaf individual. Eyes closed, I am unable to read lips, taking me out of the experience. How might one lead a meditation class without any language while maintaining consistent flow as a group? Lastly, does anyone knows Deaf meditation groups in NYC? Please share! Keep your head up, loves!

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you know you’re in love when you can reach nirvana by just walking outside with your baby while drinking a smoothie

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2019, 2018, 2017. Met her in 2016. Napkin thoughts. Sometimes, you just gotta write it down. It reads: What do you think is better? Falling in love or being in love? Maybe being in love because you’ve passed the scary stage of vulnerability. It’s hard for me to separate that time in my life with all the other emotions going on. But, I love falling in love. I love the thrill of it and the game.

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All becoming a reality now that the Season 2 trailer is out! As a Deaf individual who uses sign language on a daily basis, Jericho’s primary mode of communication hits close to home. I RARELY saw sign language authentically represented on screen growing up, so this incredible opportunity has made my heart soar. Who you are should NEVER limit what you dream to achieve. Take it from a Deaf, queer, Jewish, person of color who has always dreamed of being a superhero and has now been granted that exact opportunity. Jericho is coming for you! September 6th. 🤟🏼

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A love story in four photos. Speaking of platonic love: I have been asked how my friends reacted once I came out as pansexual in high school. I always answer the same thing. The ones that mattered, stayed. Eventually, I began to view my identities as a filter. In situations I have to face language barriers, racism, homophobia, or transphobia, I will actively advocate for myself and my needs (if safe enough). Those around me with empathy, love, and open-minds take time to understand my words. I will ALWAYS remember the ones who recognize / identify discrimination when it happens. This is how the filter works; the ones who fall through are gems. Ps: The irony in the photo credit is real: @maryvbenoit

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I remember playing outside with all the boys in elementary school during recess. They all tore off their shirts and ran free. I resented the fact that I could not join them in this act of liberation. As a young girl (as identified then), I was not able to take off my shirt and feel the sun beat down on my back. Our bodies are sexualized from the beginning. During swim class in first grade, I followed the rules, squeezing myself into the tight “female” one-piece. Forcing myself to present my body in a way I did not connect to, only to be yelled at for being in the girl’s locker room by a teacher mistaking me for a boy. Looking up at the teacher’s glaring eyes, I had to explain my genitalia to them. I pleaded, “I belong here!” A statement that was saving and killing me simultaneously. Every time I enter a pool, now, I remind myself of my privilege to live in a body that I am proud of. These injustices rooted in gender constructs occur every day, affecting people of all ages and any gender, but hurting those most who do not fit into the binary boxes (boy/girl). We have work to do, angels! 🤟🏼

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Just released at comic-con: TITANS Season 2 premieres September 6th on DC Universe! Excited for you all to see Jericho come to life! Thank you, always, for your support and light.

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Had this song stuck in my head all morning. Decided to mess around with it in sign language for a bit. Here is my last minute cover of She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5 in ASL-American Sign Language. Edit: Your wish is my command! Full video now available on my Youtube.

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How did you know you were transgender/non binary? I’ve always known; I simply lacked the language to explain how I felt. I can recall my earliest memory: At age five, I stormed up the stairs of my house in Central Pennsylvania, fuming because my mom wouldn’t allow me to get a “boy’s” haircut. Through the window, the sun projected my shadow in front of me, outlining my long hair. The figure I saw was not who I wanted to be, and this shattered me. This is my first memory of gender dysphoria. A few days later, my parents were out and a babysitter was watching me. I took this opportunity to snatch a pair of scissors and excuse myself to the bathroom. I cut my hair into the toilet and sink, then flushed it all down, thinking my parents would never notice. Of course, anyone could tell I cut my hair by taking one look at me. My mom was furious at first, but quickly realized how much this change of appearance meant to me when I showed no regret or guilt for what I had done. Cloaking myself in society’s infamous ideologies of what it means to be a boy, I performed: MASCULINITY. Soon, there came a point in my life when I wished for this performance to become my reality. This realization frightened me, as I had no idea what steps I needed to take to get there. It became impossible to look in the mirror and see anything other than a show I could not stop. I did not want to perform; I wanted to be. But when puberty hit, the curtains closed and my act was up. I didn’t even have time to take a bow. It seemed as though there was no other choice than to walk off stage and live life as a cisgender girl. I was lost. I had no words to explain that my appearance did not align with my inherent identity. It took me eighteen years to discover the language and terminology of identifying genderqueer/non-binary. And I knew, there was a community waiting for me behind that definition. So, how did I know I was trans? I have always known. Full essay linked on my story. Support a non-binary artist and cop the mesh top pictured above at the link in my bio! Happy International Non-Binary Day, loves.

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Valuing my mental health will always be a perpetual battle as our culture rarely sets it as an equivalent to physical health. Teaching myself: Relaxing CAN be productive. Slowing down, checking inner emotions, and allow myself to breathe is essential to maintain the fast-paced lifestyle that is now my reality. Although many successful people rep the mantra: No Days Off! I believe it is a privilege and right to occasionally take a few days off to prioritize and maintain health and sanity!

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hi, angels here to remind you: You work on your own frequency & there is NOT an age you are supposed to have everything figured out. We are all perpetually figuring ourselves out as best we can. All I ask is that you try your best and do not give up. Enjoy the moments you find yourself genuinely smiling. If you have found what makes you happy (even for a few seconds)... give as much time as you can to that. For most of us, we must create our own space. It will not be given to you. Consider this a reminder to fight for the good person you feel inside. You can become them. All my love, as always. I am rooting for you. _ Photo by my love, @maryvbenoit, at a moment in which I felt my dreams shift into reality.

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Lights out, climb into bed. My cochlear implants are off. I see nothing; I hear nothing. MaryV wraps her arms around me while my hand finds hers. I feel her fingers twist into a sign. Pinky up. Middle and ring down. Index up. Thumb out. It's how we say, I love you, in the dark. _ This is a film photo I shot of MaryV when she came to visit me in Toronto. I can’t remember exactly what I said, but I wanted to capture her genuine smile. Mission accomplished.

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The battle continues with each new day. Each one of us must acknowledge the space we are given and use it mindfully. From giving up that space to others who deserve it more to adding your voice to the mass on matters hurting others within your own community. Black, brown, disabled, trans individuals (including those who do not want to medically transition) have always been at the frontlines of the fight for equality. If you have not already, please, take a moment to acknowledge this. Today, in my heart, I held those who: felt too unsafe to celebrate were unable to participate due to inaccessibility are not publicly/safely out Remember, you do not have to be AT pride to have pride. Angels, I know you all are fighting hard. Keep making waves and know my heart is with you. _ The signs MaryV and I held are (clearly) not our own. They were a part of @adameli & @voices4_ idea to march for those who cannot. Adam put out a call, asking those who do not feel safe enough to celebrate Pride in their own country to write down what their sign would read. Today, we held their signs high and marched for them.

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From one day, one year, to now: TWO YEARS ON TESTOSTERONE. My recent life has been the most honest. I took a wrecking ball to the walls I built for eighteen years around my true identity. Sharing my soul with the world, unapologetically, was never easy. The fuel stemmed from the idea of becoming a physical embodiment of my true self. This truth was enough to put everything on the line. I had no idea what to expect once beginning the process or what I would look like upon starting testosterone. But, here I am. I am him. It seems words will never suffice my gratitude for this opportunity and privilege, so I turn to the perpetual fight of equality and continue to be mindful of the pain I used to live in. Without my personal memories of extreme dysphoria and depression, I would not be my best self. I will never stop fighting until we are all free. Thank you to all who have fought for queer rights, now and in the past, as you have allowed me to live this life. Thank you MaryV ( @maryvbenoit) for consistently reminding me; I am worthy of love in this world and taking every single one of these photos. Thank you to my family for listening to me, verbally or through sign language. Thank you to all of you who have sent your hearts to me, wherever you may be. Please know, your messages of support and encouragement are taken in, not just by me, but countless others who need to see the love, acceptance, and support. This world is changing. To be continued.

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Filming the Titans has been hilarious, terrifying, gut-wrenching, and satisfying so far. I already feel as if I have lived many lifetimes, and Jericho (my character) is adding another to the line. I cannot wait for you all to see sign language authentically represented on the Titans as individuals with disabilities have long been misrepresented/underrepresented. I hope to make you all proud! Ps: those are my clothes, not Jericho’s ;)

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It isn’t the easiest to face photos from my past. However, I believe it‘s imperative for me to show the in-between. The dark, dysphoric stages of transitioning exist and should not be ignored; they are just as imperative to showcase as the ones filled with joy. All stages have something to teach. I am trying to learn from each one in order to pass on what I have learned. I now am able to say: I am him. Happy Pride, my loves! Always keep your head held high, always.

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It has been about 1.5 years of consistently working out now since my top surgery- 2nd photo! I want to make clear: Both types of builds I have shared are beautiful! I personally connect more to my body with a bigger build; it helps alleviate my body dysphoria to work out! As always, I will continue to remind myself to never take my body/life for granted. Also, I have noticed a lot of media referring to me as a trans man. To clarify, I identify non-binary or genderqueer. I still use he/him pronouns. I still present masculine. If this doesn’t add up for you, check out my captioned TedX Talk linked in my story! I’ll give you the rundown on my gender identity! 🤟🏼

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Flat chest. No penis! I love my body, scars and all! #MYTRUTH #PROUDINMYCALVINS Photo by my love, @maryvbenoit !

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i miss you :( One day, we’ll leave our phones behind, see the world, and continue creating. Holding you tight just like when I was 17 in that last photo...just from a different country! I love you, MaryV, always. Sending besos from Toronto x

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Good morning!! I’m going to be in Toronto for Pride! Word is Church Street is where it’s at...let me know where to be! Eager to establish a queer family here in Canada. 🤟🏼

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Please, angels, remember it is NEVER too late to turn around and BE the person you want to be. At any age. At any time.

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‪I feel moments of clarity now towards the weight of each oncoming year.‬ If the world is this heavy at 20, will I be able to bear it once I am older? _ Here is the video translation: Good morning! ~early~ Heading back to Toronto today! See you soon! If you do not know ASL, consider how this allows your inclusion to this post. Just as I provide translations of my signs, please provide captions when needed to your videos. 🙌🏼

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“If you were CEO of a movie studio, what stories would you want to see? You never see a love story with a person like me. I’d like to see a movie with a disabled trans person & have that character be authentically represented. To see them fall in love & witness the challenges. Spoke with @huffpost about acting, vulnerability online, and Trump coming to speak at my high school. Thank you for sharing my words! 🦋 The full interview is linked on my story. _ Photos: @laurelgolio Interview: @coledelbyck

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Today hurt. Stand UP for our trans/GNC black, brown, & disabled siblings! They are at the front of the fight! It should not take death to call our community to action. Sign reads: We’re not just fighting to love; we are fighting to exist. To those who asked for photos, I was not feeling well enough.‬ Thank you for coming to the rally! I hope we meet under better circumstances in the future! Love and light as always. X

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Genuine. Unconditional. All-encompassing. Together, with your help, @abercrombie and the @trevorproject can change more lives. Let’s do more. #AbercrombiePartner #DoLifeAF

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Happy to see this campaign that hired queer individuals in front of and behind the camera! This employment and casting promotes true authenticity and inclusion! Please, continue to hire and give space to queer talent year round! These photos were snapped by the great @sorayatzaman for Tales of the City on Netflix- a show spilling over with queer representation and stories of love! Peep @alokvmenon looking gorgeous and powerful (as usual) next to me in the last slide!

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Heartbroken with every trans death, this being the 10th trans woman in only 2019. It is hard to speak about it, as this makes it real. The country we live does not want us to exist. But, we will ALWAYS be here fighting to love. To exist as we have been forever. Monday. 100 Centre St. NY, NY 6-7PM We will come together to rally for justice. Dana Martin Jazzaline Ware Ashanti Carmon Claire Legato Muhlaysia Booker Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington Paris Cameron Chynal Lindsey Chanel Scurlock Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza Enough is enough.

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Pride is much more than fighting for our right to love. We are fighting to exist in peace. To walk and celebrate Pride is a privilege most queer individuals do not have! The Queer Liberation ( @QueerMach), @Voices4, and my love @AdamEli helped bring this reminder to Brooklyn Pride tonight. The signs we held spotlighted identities that deserve more space and representation (not just throughout Pride month). This list is not limited to these identities: Trans Intersex Black Brown Indigenous Non-Binary Polyamorous Those in the working class, incarcerated, not out. I also want to add disabled folks and sex workers to the list! Please check the accounts tagged for updates on how to support queer individuals this pride! I love my community, and we will continue to protect and fight for our right to exist and love.

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Figuring out the next steps in my life at 20 years old while living in this public, digital age can take its toll. Feeling overwhelmed and grateful. Much left to learn & live for. I will always wear my identities, proudly. Hoping to leave social media for a while in the near future to focus the language barriers in my life and growing as an artist. I love you, all! I will always have hope for the future. Wearing some overalls I painted :-) ( @chellamanart)

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As a queer community, we have come ridiculously far in the past 50 years, but we still have work to do! ALL of us, regardless of what community one identifies with, must give space to and fight for those who: Felt unsafe to celebrate Are unable to attend due to inaccessibility Are not publicly out Remind yourself, it is this inclusion that creates the foundation of equality. This mentality is behind the movement of what we are celebrating. Lets continue creating environments in which it thrives. #DoLifeAF

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This has been one of my highest honors. STONEWALL FOREVER: The LGBT+ Community Center’s documentary on the Stonewall riots was released this morning! Directed by Ro Haber and created by a predominantly queer and trans cast and crew who are proud to be a part of preserving this legacy. The film brings together voices of all ages from queer activism. Exploring the movement before, during and after the Stonewall Riots. Please, take a few minutes from your day to watch this short film and listen to the voices of our queer elders who have paved the way for us today. The captioned, full video can be found at the link in my story! To those in the film: Thank you, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Agosto Machado, Pidgeon Pagonis, Sean Saifa Wall, Jay Toole, Achebe Powell, Judy Bowen, Zackary Drucker, Bianey Garcia, Martin Boyce. We need you. We love you. Lets keep fighting for a better future. And again, thank you to Ro, production, and Google for highlighting the importance of this event and it’s queer angels who fought for us.

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I can’t believe this is real. All @chellamanart pieces are available NOW in the @openingceremony NYC store! Online, at the link in my bio, there are a limited collection of tees, hoodies, and tanks (like the one above). If you have already copped a piece, share some photos with me to be featured on @chellamanart! Swipe to see why this collection with @OpeningCeremony is deeply personal to me. Please, support queer artists, especially those of color, not just during Pride but every day! Photo: @maryvbenoit

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I love trans/GNC individuals who do not feel the need to medially transition. I love when the public acknowledges there is still so much left to be done outside of marriage equality. I love queer and trans organizers and activists working every day to highlight the struggles that queer individuals face. I love companies that hire queer individuals permanently, not just annually. I love when videos are inclusive and captioned. I love those who take the necessary time to unlearn harmful constructs taught in our society. I love people take time to learn sign language. I love when people see the story behind labels. I love those who instigate open conversations with patience and love when encountering a microaggression. I love when people remind me to breathe. I love that my pride exists as a default. I love MaryV’s selflessness, honesty, and perspective. I love attempts to love. For @jcrew’s #LOVEFIRST campaign. Remember to give back directly to queer individuals this pride. ❤️

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SECRET’S OUT! I am utterly EUPHORIC to announce my collection with @OpeningCeremony today. My first collection is an open invitation to strive towards a future where all individuals can tell their own story, a privilege in our world today: Each piece traces back to revelations connected to Man’s identity as a queer, disabled, person of color. From written messages on the fabric about his experiences as a Deaf individual to drawings he has created throughout his transition on testosterone, the collection defies the limitations of who someone can look like and be. Allow these pieces to provoke this question: What constructs in your life must you unlearn to uphold inclusivity and respect for all? _ My goal was to make this collection as inclusive as possible. From hiring an all queer team in front of and behind the camera, finding wheelchair accessible locations, and ensuring all assets be captioned: There was much to consider for my very first collection, but I would not have it any other way. This is the mindset I believe all organizations should revolve around. On the line-up for the collection campaign are a series of my closest friends: Photographer: @quillemons Creative director: @maryvbenoit Models: @aaron___philip @alokvmenon @pfpicardi @adameli @kumari_seshasai @doctor.darien @yaknowme_hitomi @maryvbenoit Check out the link in my bio for the full interview with @dazed on the launch! And, stay tuned at @chellamanart for the release of all campaign photos / information on the models and collection! To my team full of friends and family, Opening Ceremony, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of the effort and love you have poured into this project. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you. This is a dream come true and only the beginning.

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SECRET’S OUT! I am utterly EUPHORIC to announce my collection with @OpeningCeremony today. My first collection is an open invitation to strive towards a future where all individuals can tell their own story, a privilege in our world today: Each piece traces back to revelations connected to Man’s identity as a queer, disabled, person of color. From written messages on the fabric about his experiences as a Deaf individual to drawings he has created throughout his transition on testosterone, the collection defies the limitations of who someone can look like and be. Allow these pieces to provoke this question: What constructs in your life must you unlearn to uphold inclusivity and respect for all? _ My goal was to make this collection as inclusive as possible. From hiring an all queer team in front of and behind the camera, finding wheelchair accessible locations, and ensuring all assets be captioned: There was much to consider for my very first collection, but I would not have it any other way. This is the mindset I believe all organizations should revolve around. On the line-up for the collection campaign are a series of my closest friends: Photographer: @quillemons Creative director: @maryvbenoit Models: @aaron___philip @alokvmenon @pfpicardi @adameli @kumari_seshasai @doctor.darien @yaknowme_hitomi @maryvbenoit Check out the link in my bio for the full interview with @dazed on the launch! And, stay tuned at @chellamanart for the release of all campaign photos / information on the models and collection! To my team full of friends and family, Opening Ceremony, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of the effort and love you have poured into this project. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you. This is a dream come true and only the beginning.

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SECRET’S OUT! I am utterly EUPHORIC to announce my collection with @OpeningCeremony today. My first collection is an open invitation to strive towards a future where all individuals can tell their own story, a privilege in our world today: Each piece traces back to revelations connected to Man’s identity as a queer, disabled, person of color. From written messages on the fabric about his experiences as a Deaf individual to drawings he has created throughout his transition on testosterone, the collection defies the limitations of who someone can look like and be. Allow these pieces to provoke this question: What constructs in your life must you unlearn to uphold inclusivity and respect for all? _ My goal was to make this collection as inclusive as possible. From hiring an all queer team in front of and behind the camera, finding wheelchair accessible locations, and ensuring all assets be captioned: There was much to consider for my very first collection, but I would not have it any other way. This is the mindset I believe all organizations should revolve around. On the line-up for the collection campaign are a series of my closest friends: Photographer: @quillemons Creative director: @maryvbenoit Models: @aaron___philip @alokvmenon @pfpicardi @adameli @kumari_seshasai @doctor.darien @yaknowme_hitomi @maryvbenoit Check out the link in my bio for the full interview with @dazed on the launch! And, stay tuned at @chellamanart for the release of all campaign photos / information on the models and collection! To my team full of friends and family, Opening Ceremony, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of the effort and love you have poured into this project. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you. This is a dream come true and only the beginning.

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TW: eating disorder Growing up, I believed eating disorders only existed in extremities. Categorizing my own eating disorder on this belief only led to invalidation. When researching binge eating to find representation, I only came across stories highlighting uncontrollable urges or consuming an oddly specific 5,000 to 10,000 calories in one sitting. I did not believe my case was severe enough to categorize. I let the lack of representation invalidate my diagnosis. Although, I was rightfully struggling with the disorder. This caused me to turn away from forms of treatment as I felt they were not for me. I allowed myself to struggle because I did not want to take up space. NOW, having become vocal on my personal struggle with food, many have voiced similar experiences to me. We should never negate our feelings or identities if they do not fall within a specific category. From eating disorders, gender, sexuality, race, and disability: This solid categorization has only proved to be harmful; teach yourself to view the world on a continuum. My love, always!

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Would LOVE to organize a 5K at a sliding scale to raise money in protest of: The Tr*mp Administration announcing to roll back the Health Care Rights Law, which protects trans/GNC individuals from discrimination in health care and insurance coverage. If ANYONE has information on how I can make this event possible, please comment below! Lets fight this! _ Photo: @ladyist

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As pride rolls around, it is imperative to keep the tokenization of identities in mind. As long as you share your truth alongside the title you claim (whether that be an identity, job, experience) society loses the power to demote you to one thing. Your story will be added to an abundance of originality behind each label in hopes of: Minimizing the limitations of who someone can look like and be. In turn, demolishing harmful constructs upheld by stereotypes. I am striving towards this future by telling my whole story, a privilege in our world today. If you feel safe enough, I urge you to do the same. A liberation from labels. Swipe to see a blast from my past. Always remember where you came from.

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Father Nature. Shot about a year ago- fascinating to see the healing progression of my chest scars! They are a reminder of where I’ve been and what I have overcome. A trophy. Most of the time, I am able to show them off in public. This is a massive privilege! To feel safe or comfortable enough to do so is, sadly, not the reality for many. I will always take advantage of this privilege because I have the choice. I want my body to be visible in life, in media, in the world. I hope my scars never fade away. _ Photo: @robwoodcoxphoto Art Direction: @elvismaynard Production: @rosscollab Studio: @caravisionnyc HMU: @vanessalaw_mua Assistants : @dinahbess, @winter_classic_, @lalalauramae_ Fashion: @elepinkoscar

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WHAAT? Covering @TheAdvocateMag in honor of Stonewall’s 50th! Shot by Collier Schorr. Thank you for this honor!

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Snapped for Aaron Phillips meets i-D! My girl had them follow her around on her birthday weekend! I felt like a proud Dad watching her get the light she deserves. In the words of @aaron___philip herself: I am just a black woman in a wheelchair who just so happens to be trans. As a fellow disabled person of color, thank you for speaking your truth. Aaron, it has been a light in my life to watch you grow and succeed in life, and I know this will only continue! Your pure heart and resilience lifts up all you come into contact with. I will always be there for you. It is a privilege to be in your life. _ Director Tom Ivin @tomivin Exec Producer Declan Higgins @declan.higgins Head of Content Elektra Kotsoni @elektrakotsoni Editor Isolde Penwarden @isolde.penwarden Sound Mix Matt Cheney @p_one_audio Colourist George Dutton @georges_d_colour Runner Evan Daniels @heymrevan Production Manager Lauran Clark @lauranclark Production Coordinators Rebecca Rainey, Georgia Chandler @becsrai, @georgiachand Special Thanks @richiekeo and @elitenyc PHOTO CREDITS Photographer Joshua Woods @joshuawoods Styling Taylor McNeill @taylor__mcneill Make up Erin Green @erngrn Hair Benjamin Muller @benjaminmullerhair

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Touched to be the youngest, queer activist included for 'Stonewall at 50', an exhibition by artist Collier Schorr. The exhibition brought together intergenerational portraiture of 15 queer activists. “Some were participants of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising and others are activists who have followed in their footsteps.” For those who are not familiar: The Stonewall uprising, which began as a police raid of the Stonewall Inn (gay bar in NYC), ignited a riot and mass movement for queer individuals to fight back against years of oppression. Prominent figures in this uprising were-but not limited to: Marsha P. Johnson Sylvia Rivera Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Stormé DeLarverie This fight continues and lives on in our unapologetic pride today. It was privilege to be photographed for this project. Thank you, Collier. Thank you, The Alice Austen House.

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Honey, I’m home! Learning a lot about the acting industry fast as a Deaf actor in an all hearing cast ! Most interesting part is that my character is hearing & signs. But, I am 100% Deaf as I cannot wear my cochlear implants on camera. Regardless, we’re out here making magic! 🤟🏼

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I don’t particularly enjoy being a country apart from you. I miss you, angel. Thank you, @ladyist , for capturing us at this point in our lives. Side-note: I had to censor my chest just ONE YEAR ago, and now I don’t. It is high time to call off this discriminatory rule.

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Yesterday, in mid-conversation, I mentioned I was trans to another queer individual and they responded: Ah, great job! You fooled me! Although many believe this to be a compliment, it is dangerous and hurtful as it: 1. Assumes “passing” within the gender binary is the goal (This is not always the case; many even feel forced to present in the binary for safety reasons.) 2. Applauds those who fit within the binary, therefore encouraging gender stereotypes I understand this response was NOT intended to be malicious and simply comes from a place of oblivion. If emotions permit in an encounter such as this, hold an open conversation without aggression with the other individual. Love to you all, always! 🤟🏼

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Truly living to live right now. Take a moment for yourself today, inhale, relax your shoulders...and exhale. Ran deep into Brooklyn and checked-in to a love motel today with my angel, @maryvbenoit. We shot all day with the adorable and sweet, @ladyist! 🌸