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Alright tumblr fam! Here we go!
I have 14 days to raise $8,500 for top surgery. I can’t do this without your help and I really appreciate anything you can give! I’ve also created tons of fun perks (like handmade stationary sets! and zines!) which you can claim on my donation page right here:
For those of you who don’t know me yet, here’s a little more information!
Hey lovelies! I’m Myles and I’m a fem transsexual man hoping to have top surgery in March. Because of the unexpectedly early surgery date, I’m now rushing to fundraise and could really use your help. This procedure is both life-saving and life-changing for me, so please donate if you can! Every little bit helps and I am so deeply grateful for anything you can give.
Being “visibly trans” has made it very difficult to get and maintain jobs. I’ve been let go from two jobs already for being trans, and I currently work two jobs just to cover my rent. I’ve tried hard to save money for surgery and I managed to scrape together the $500 deposit the surgeon requires. But the $8,320 price tag for this surgery is way out of my range.
I’ve struggled with dysphoria for a long time, finding myself in psychiatric programs because of the depression and anxiety it’s caused me, and I’ve been blessed to find so much relief since starting hormones. Recognizing myself in the mirror for the first time is an incredible experience.
But I am still struggling everyday with having large breasts. I bound my chest for years, causing myself severe back pain. Now I walk around in the world with my unbound chest and receive stares, harassment, and threats of violence nearly everywhere I go. This surgery will help me to feel safe in public and at home in my own body.
I know it’s super cheesy but I feel like I’ve been in a little cocoon all through my transition. For me this surgery is going to help me burst out of my cocoon and finally see my wonderful butterfly self reflected in the mirror! Please help me make this a reality by donating and by sharing this campaign far and wide!
Thx for reading, you are all angels <3 <3 <3
Please reblog and donate if you can!!! Myles is so close to his goal with less than a week to go!!
My DT @opusartsupplies coworkers and I are doing a 30 art challenge. Check #DT30DAY to check the progress. I’m going to try 30 days of flash
A Very special Art Nouveau tiara, circa 1900, with textured gold branches, carved horn leaves and apple blossoms, collet-set diamond pistils, baroque pearl buds, and suspending two detachable clusters of flowers and leaves.
Piece by Paul Liénard, Paris | Vogue | Christie’s
Dwam. Oil on wood. 24”x32”. 2014.
This painting is heading to Mirus Gallery in San Francisco for “Through the Looking Glass: Refraction Through the Female Gaze”. You can go to their website for more info - mirusgallery.com. The show opens Feb. 22.
I’m so excited to have been invited to participate in this show because, as you can read from my blog, this theme interests me greatly. Or perhaps it’s not even that it interests me so much as it’s an inevitable factor in my practice of painting women. I get asked all the time why I paint women; it’s in the top 3 questions that I get. I often wonder if men get asked why they paint women. Do you? But anyways, I’m glad to have the opportunities to speak up about a subject that I very consciously consider.
I spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of images that I want to see in the world because I’m not satisfied with what is already here. In doing this, it’s also had the knock on effect of changing how I see myself. Perhaps it’s simply a result of getting older, but I think that filling my world with empowered, body positive imagery has helped me become so much more comfortable in my own skin. It’s also helped me to connect with other like-minded people, which is really wonderful to realize that I’m not alone in wanting to see a different world.
Dwam is a particularly captivating person, as I’m sure anyone who has ever read her blogs or seen her photos can attest. She is one of the people who has inspired me the most in terms of pushing for equality and speaking my mind. I’d like to address the fact that she doesn’t identify simply as female. You can find out more about this on her Tumblr blog (http://dwam.tumblr.com). I’m hoping that, by including a portrait of her in this show, it is saying something about gendered imagery and the falseness of gender binarism. This is not to criticize the show itself, because it is doing many important things like acknowledging that there are alternatives to the male gaze (see my previous (re)blog to know more about this and it’s ill effects), and giving female artists a clear platform on which to exhibit our views.
Tiny amanitas for Tru’s birthday.
It turns out he would have been named Amanita had he been born a lady type. Coincidence? Yes.
About 2.5” tall. Glass bottle with cork, polymer clay, acrylic paint, copper wire, imitation gold leaf, natural moss, hemp string.