Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Wanting to understand more about my communities and myself as a feminist, queer, trans person kept drawing me to WGS classes in my first semester at Harvard; there were topics presented in these spaces that I didn't see addressed upfront in any other departments. My research ranged from studying lesbian domestic violence, to queer pop culture, to trans men's video blogs.
A good deal of my Harvard education, too, was taking a three-year hiatus from my studies. It was during that time that I could apply all I'd learned in the abstract to my "real life" as a working adult in a complicated world. After my Junior year I went on leave and I returned to WGS more focused and recommitted to researching and illuminating the stories of trans men, like myself, who get so little airplay in mainstream discourse.
Today, I live my dream: I think, talk to, and write about trans and queer people everyday. Working as a freelance writer, I've been the transgender issues correspondent for top U.S. LGBT news source Advocate.com and have contributed writing to Everyday Feminism, Original Plumbing, and the Lambda Literary Review. In addition to that, I've gotten experience in indie LGBT publishing, spending a year editing book manuscripts about trans people with Transgress Press. I continue to edit trans-related nonfiction and fiction as a freelancer.
In 2014, I released my own first book, a co-edited anthology of trans men's narratives titled Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves. In addition to my freelance work, I've worked in restaurants and done clerical work for the past 5 years. My current job has brought me around full circle: I am now an administrative assistant for WGS!