How am I meant to measure that? Do I start counting from the day I grew a beard? Started taking hormones? Changed my name? Or maybe from when I first said, "I am a boy," at 4 years old. It also implies that if you could tell I was trans, that would be bad, whereas actually I felt just as male before my physical transition as I do now.
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Soraya Zaman is an Australian-born photographer whose work often highlights concepts surrounding gender and sexuality. Zaman spoke with BuzzFeed News about their journey to produce this book and the importance of visibility among the gender nonbinary community today. He taught me that before colonization, there were no labels for gender-nonconforming indigenous people. American Boys is a portrait series of 29 transmasculine individuals from big cities to small towns across the USA captured at distinct stages of their transition. Each series is accompanied by first-person accounts from conversations we had together. Capturing their personality, their honesty, beauty, vulnerability, strength, and so on.
At first, I was excited. Hell, I was even kind of giddy. I sat with my computer on my lap, chuckling at the caption that the author decided to use for my picture, as it was pretty suggestive. And that caption was part of that. Now, I want to be clear: I appreciate the recognition, and it was an incredible feeling to be included in a type of list I never thought I could or would ever make.
Contact this reporter at meredith. The cherished aspects of my former country and gender continue to be part of my life. I live in the space of possibility between homes.