6 Transgender People To Follow On Instagram

6 Transgender People To Follow On Instagram

Transgender Day of Visibility is this month, who can you learn from?

Transgender Day Of Visibility is held every year on March 31st. It is a day used to celebrate the Trans community and recognize the accomplishments of it members. It's a day used to show love for all Trans people. This day can be used to educate others, as well to learn something new for yourself. Of course, Transgender Day of Visibility doesn't have to be restricted to one day, a simple way to celebrate and learn all year around is to feel your social media with the accounts with Transgender activists who are all on their own unique journeys. Here's a list of six inspiring people to get you started:

1. Leo Sheng @isupersheng

A transgender man who began documenting his transition from female to male on his Instagram account. Providing a new perspective for many, on the transition process.

2. Janet Mock @janetmock

A New York Times best selling author, Transgender rights activists, and T.V. Host. With her recent fairy-tail wedding, Mock is living a life that many believe a Transgender woman never could.

3. Ryan Cassata @ryancassata

Along with being a singer/ songwriter, and LGBTQ activist, Ryan Cassata is also a transgender man who represents those who feel comfortable without undergoing hormone replacement therapy. Which means Ryan does not take testosterone, though he has had surgery to flatten his chest. Ryan shows that regardless of the very personal choice of taking hormones his gender should still be respected and expressed the way he sees fit just like anyone else. His newest album Shine Can be found on iTunes.

4. Carmen Carrera @carmen_carrera

A transgender woman who first appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race, later Carrera would come out as a trans women and would begin to highlight the difference between a drag queen and a transgender woman. Carrera also has a modeling career and in 2015 an online petition was started for her to be Victoria's Secret's first Trangender Angel.

5. Aydian Dowling @alionsfear

A Transgender activist, YouTube personality, and the founder of the clothing line Point 5cc, which is about showing pride and giving back to the Trangender community. Dowling is also a body builder who was the runner up for a spot on the cover of Men's Health Magazine.

6. Kat Blaque

Is a Trangender activist, feminist vlogger, YouTube personality, and illustrator. She tackles subject matter both related and unrelated to her trans status on her YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter. Go to her website to see all her work in one place.

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Learn To Love Your Alone Time In Order To Connect With Others

Taking a breather from your friends might make you appreciate them more.

The fast pace of college culture and the constant surrounding of chattering bodies conditions our psyches to depend on social interactions. With an existence dominated by endless exposure to new people and opportunities, the rare moments of calm amidst the tumult give us more anxiety than the social encounters themselves.

The only thing harder than being around people all day is being left alone—the mind finally has a chance to breathe and often wanders into musings better left unacknowledged.

Learning to cherish the periods of loneliness rather than fearing them is a skill best acquired over time. There is truly no better company than your own, and you can only be so available to others if you haven’t explored the interworkings of yourself yet. A pause from the action can be just as enjoyable as being immersed in it. You are the sole driver of the events that make up your day—no compromising or deliberation necessary.

Listening to just your whims without the opinions of others vying for attention is indescribably valuable in developing a clear sense of self. You have to know who you are in order to succeed.

Not everyone has to be a leader, but there’s no hiding in the shadow of another when thinking about your personal desires. Independence is integral to survival in this world; dependence is not sustainable, and can only result in disappointment when its impermanence is exposed.

During these moments of societal reprieve, it is wholly important to explore the fundamentals of your personality through introspection and consequential actions. I find music to be a great assistance in realizing different facets of myself.

Compile a playlist of songs that make you feel a certain way and blast them into your eardrums until all you hear is white noise — then, when you’ve recovered, look back later at what you created and see what the songs all have in common (or not, either way, leads to revelations).

The theme of the music oftentimes reflects emotions that have hidden deep in the recesses of your body, emotions that need to be confronted instead of stifled by further distractions.

Another worthwhile solitary endeavor is an immersion in nature. Taking a walk among the trees with only the whispers of the wind for company is undeniably therapeutic. Time outdoors relaxes the mind and refreshes the soul, minimizing all the fickle anxieties of everyday life in the presence of such unadulterated purity.

Of course, there are an innumerable amount of activities one can pursue in the event of alone time; the key is knowing yourself well enough to find which are beneficial for you.

Life is best experienced at a balance — neither all social nor all alone time would yield the most positive results. College students grapple with a tricky situation. Living, studying, and hanging out with peers is a dangerously enjoyable cycle. The moments of calm amidst the exciting tumult are those that are most loathed but carry hefty importance.

You can't connect with others if you lack the sense of self necessary to relate with them. As counterintuitive as it sounds, time alone may be the harbinger of an improved social life.

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10 More Instances When Midwesterners Exclaim, 'Ope!'

There is never an instance too big or too small where 'ope' can't describe your emotions.

I am unsure how the word came about and it blows my mind that it seems to just be a midwestern state thing, but "ope" can almost always be the go-to word in any situation.

Below are just a few instances that it might be exclaimed.

1. Pushing a door that is a pull.

"Ope! That is a pull!"

2. Accidentally handing the check-in person at the gym the wrong ID as opposed to your gym ID.

"Ope! This is awkward, wrong ID!"

3. Feeling a raindrop.

"Ope! It is raining!"

4. Sipping on something too hot and causing your tongue to burn.

"Ope! That is one HOT drink!"

5. Dropping change being given back to you at the store.

"Ope! My hands are so slippery."

6. Accidentally bumping into your dog.

"Ope! I am so sorry, doggo, let me pet you."

7. When the Cubs win the World Series after so long.

"Ope! Did not ever see that one coming!"

8. Driving and hitting the curb.

"Ope! That was not supposed to happen!"

9. When you send a message to someone that was not for them.

"Ope, my cat must have ran over my keyboard!"

10. When your boyfriend's birthday gift to you is not something you like and cannot be returned.

"Ope ... this is just ope."

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