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My Year Was a Breeze When Compared to the Labours of Hercules

In about two and a half weeks, I will hit the one-year anniversary of my “official” self-realization/pseudo-coming out. Okay, I literally just wrote that sentence, and even I am not one-hundred percent sure what it means.  But whatever, it’s going … Continue reading

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Reckoning with the Past, Reckoning with the Future

My family and friends are all in different stages when it comes to settling with my new name/pronouns and changing how they think of me.  I’ve noticed that most people have a lot of trouble when referring to me in … Continue reading

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My Odyssey

Odysseus, Greek hero and King of Ithaca, achieved great fame for his exploits during the Trojan War – a war in which he never wanted to participate.[1] This champion made his fame by – among other feats –  orchestrating the … Continue reading

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The Phoenix, Tsarevitch Ivan and rebirth

The phoenix, or firebird, makes an appearance in the mythologies of many, many cultures.  The Russian firebird (zhar-ptitsa), the Chinese fenghuang (used to be feng and huang, but they were blended together), the Egyptian bennu, the roc (loosely connected in … Continue reading

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“Put your own shoulder to the wheel”

So I came out to my parents (for the second time – woot). That was interesting. One of Aesop’s (many) fables goes something like this: a merchant drives his cart into a pothole and the wheels get stuck in a … Continue reading

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From Beaumains to Gareth

There is a particular transgender trope in terms of early life experiences: Step 1) realize, very early on, that you are a man trapped in a woman’s body; Step 2) try to [insert male-specific experience], get in trouble for it, … Continue reading

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