Lauren: Femme Armour

When I first transitioned, I wore big earrings as a sort of protective barrier.

They were, to me, an obvious indicator of how I wished my gender to be perceived when out and about.

They made me feel affirmed and seen during a time when there really wasn’t as much representation for trans folks in mainstream media. They were a sort of “femme armour” that made me feel like I could take on the world in spite of transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, and all the other bullshit that cis and trans women alike often experience.

As a trans woman, I’m privileged in that my particular experience hasn’t been filled with many of the roadblocks that other trans women have experienced. I’m white, mostly cis-passing, heterosexual, femme, and embody some class privilege. But transitioning as a teen represents its own set of unique challenges and it’s NEVER easy. I wasn’t always cis-passing and the world isn’t kind to gender non-conforming people.
 We need to stand up for my trans siblings who, either through choice or through a lack of resources, do not blend with cis society. Trans folks need your protection, especially Black trans women, as they receive the most violence within my community.
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On 9/3/20, LEZE will be donating 100% of net proceeds to G.LI.T.S. as selected by Lauren in support of our LGBTQ+ community.