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?
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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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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Netflix's 'Special' Is A Groundbreaking Series About A Gay Man With Cerebral Palsy

Based off his memoir "I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves" Ryan O'Connell reimagines his journey in this witty 15-minute comedy.

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Ryan O'Connell is a gay man with cerebral palsy, and he's here to showcase his story in a must-see eight episode series. O'Connell navigates his world behind sexuality and disability in a coming-of-age twentysomething comedy, that's extremely important in today's society. When it comes to the topic of representation, O'Connell exceeds expectations as he shines a light on internalized ableism, being a fish out of water in his own community, and even the topic of gay sex. This series has a significant amount of charm, it's almost like a rated-R Disney show with its quirky music, fast-paced story and it's a success in making everyone's heart melt.

"Special" is about Ryan Hayes (Ryan O'Connell) a charismatic and shy gay man with mild cerebral palsy who's "28 and hasn't done a goddamn thing." Therefore, he takes the initiative of becoming an unpaid intern at an online magazine titled "Eggwoke" and begins his journey in soul-searching for his identity. His boss Olivia (Marla Mindelle), a chaotic Anna Wintour-type, expresses that most articles going viral right now are confessional ones. This allows Ryan to have his moment, as he writes an anecdote about getting hit by a car and inflates it from a minor injury to a traumatic piece, which allows him to use it as a cover story for his limp and to keep his condition a secret from his peers.

Ryan befriends one of his peers, a South-Asian American woman named Kim (Punam Patel) whose professional niche involves body positivity, the empowerment of being a person of color and a curvy girl. Her constant confidence helps paint her as the motivating friend that helps Ryan get more comfortable with himself. They share a moment at Olivia's pool party in a room when Ryan refuses to take off his clothes and she coerces him into taking off his clothes and appreciating his body. Kim might be a bit of a push towards Ryan, but she's only leading him in the right direction.

"Special" is extremely self-aware, especially within the first scenes of the first episode which explain what mild cerebral palsy is and in response a child screams in fear and runs away, leaving Ryan confused but humored. There even is a complex relationship between Ryan and his mother, Karen (Jessica Hecht). Karen's an overprotective mother who only wants the best for her child, but when she's at that point of finally letting him be free she's put into a place of loneliness. The show tackles a very specific mother/son relationship, as Ryan tries not to rely on his mother for help all the time, Karen does not mind any hassle regarding her son... especially with his condition. The two butt heads at multiple occasions, but their love for one another prevails.

"Special" has eight episodes that you can watch on Netflix right now, it's binge-worthy especially with each episode being around 15 minutes and it's also an eye-opener. This show helps strive for self-revelation and self-evaluation, it's a reflective process on identity and what categories we put ourselves in. Ryan O'Connell has made such a marvelous show, with a charming cast, multiple important messages, and a motive to help normalize disabilities and homosexuality to the public through a unique and specific perspective. It's a personal experience that everyone should watch, learn and love from.

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