Taking T didn't ruin my singing voice, and frankly I'm sick of folks panicking and ignoring the fact that cis boys go through two or three years where their voices are fluctuating and cracking and changing before they settle.
Your voice isn't ruined, it's changing.
If you want to make that transition easier, you gotta keep using it. Sing! Even if your voice cracks in goofy ways. Even if you have trouble placing your voice comfortably. It gets easier, I promise. Get a voice teacher (if you can) who has experience with vocal changes for pubescent cis boys if it's really making you anxious or if you're having a hard time controlling it.
To be clear, I'm not trying to be dismissive of people's emotions, nor am I trying to tell you about your own experience. If you feel something intensely, that's fair and valid. Respectfully, you should unpack that with a therapist or supportive peers.
However, when one of the main TERF tactics against transmascs is convincing trans guys that T makes you Worse in a Variety of Ways, and that you'll be ruining your body if you take it, I am EXTREMELY dubious of how many people online report any part of their body being ruined by T. Sounds suspiciously like TERF shit. And, yes, even Actual Trans People can play into TERF talking points. I'm begging y'all to stop the rampant fearmongering surrounding T.
So, after nearly a year being on T, I'm here to say that YES my voice cracks and YES my voice fluctuates and YES sometimes it feels like I have to relearn everything I knew about being a vocalist, but goddamn if I won't have fun figuring it all out, because I know this is just one stage of the transition I'm going through, and it's worth it.
Since the silly transphobic polls are happening atm and just asked if men can get pregnant, here's a local story I really love to remind you that yes, men do give birth, and they deserve the best of care. It's happening no matter what a few loud twitter transphobes are saying, we are out there thriving and creating wonderful families. A vast majority of the responses were extremely positive too <3
Trans men and transmascs and butches and masculine gnc folks and masc gays show the world that masculinity can absolutely be beautiful and freeing and fun and is an important part of the queer community and experience and I wanna personally thank all y'all for that. You're not less queer or toxic or gross or bad for being masculine and I love you so so so much
I read a TERF say something like “You all understand how mentally and emotionally draining being a radfem is”, like good! I hope being a bigot makes your life worse! I hope being a bigot rots you from the inside out just like your fucking transphobia does us. I hope you suffer mentally like how we do in an unsupportive society that you helped to build up. I hope you get fired and lose everything over your bigotry. I hope you rot.
yall gotta stop being weird when a trans guy wheres a skirt. its the same as when a cis guy does it and its wonderful. anyway I love it when trans men wear skirts and i wish every one of them a wonderful day
Comic about trans men in the health care system I made for magazine Ottar last autumn! Please note that it presents a Swedish perspective unless stated otherwise, as it is mostly based on Swedish studies. I would however argue that it has implications on the state of healthcare for trans people in other places as well. Thank you so much Hedvig for translating this!
a few things to keep in mind as you talk about the current situation with roe v wade:
women are not the only people who can get pregnant, and therefore are not the only people who get abortions or the only people affected by restrictions to abortion access — sincerely, a man with a uterus
the recent legislation against trans people transitioning, particularly as it relates to trans men and transmasc people, has been justified by the politicians supporting it using the argument that transitioning jeopardizes our reproductive potential, which they see as more important than our actual lives. if you support the legislation against us or have been silent about it, you cannot claim to be fighting for reproductive rights. you don’t get to only care about it when it affects you — if you let them get away with that rhetoric against trans people, you give them the power to use it against you. if you can’t stand in solidarity with us, you will end up standing against yourself
please don’t forget us in these conversations, and don’t be silent about the attacks on our bodily autonomy
all of this is connected — criminalizing transition, overturning roe v wade, it’s all working toward the same goal. if you care about one part of it, you have to care about all of it, or any efforts against it will fail
if you don’t care enough about us to fight our oppression for our sake, do it because you cannot fight against your own oppression without fighting ours too
the "trans women hate trans men because they are more visible/have it better in society due to being men/trans men are inherently ugly shitty garbage rage monster trash and they deserve to be hated" rhetoric never came from trans women, it came from men hating terfs who don't want ""women"" to transition and become icky men. their solution was to try to make trans women look hostile and angry toward trans men and make both sides feel uncomfortable around one another, thus, creating tension and destroying unity in the community.
trans women and trans men in reality bond over trading clothes, talking about how their dysphoria contrasts, offering to give the other their tits/genitals, teaching how clothing sizes work for the other 'sex', offering advice on makeup and skin care, taking each other to appointments to get HRT and gender affirming procedures/surgeries, teaching each other how to shave, dressing up and going out into public as their proper genders together, and so much more.
trans women and trans men historically have extremely beautiful and powerful bonds that help us become more happy, healthy, and capable of being who we are. we historically and currently one another very deeply. the solidarity will never die.