Fat by Choice: Happy (and Healthy!) At the Intersections of Size and Mental Health

Almost two years ago now, I began taking a medication with the hope that I could finally manage the aggressive symptoms that came with mental illness. I was experiencing despondent, suicidal lows; I felt panicked, paranoid, and inexplicably angry. But by far the worst part of what was happening was the feeling that I wasn’t [...]

The Elephant in the Room: Your Questions About My Gender and Transition, Answered

[The photo features the author, Sam Dylan Finch, standing near a lake. He is a white, androgynous person with dark-rimmed glasses and a colorful, knitted sweater. He is smiling and looking off toward something in the distance.]    IMPORTANT NOTE (2/1/2016): I answered these questions over a year ago now. Time sure does fly! My [...]

More than Just Ink: How Tattoos Were a Vital Part of My Gender Transition

[The image features an androgynous person with light brown skin, flexing their bicep in a powerful pose. Their body has numerous tattoos, some geometric and others floral. They are wearing a chest binder.] When I was younger, I never anticipated being the kind of person with tattoos. I have the pain tolerance of a goldfish, [...]

I Could Have Been You: An Open Letter to Leelah Alcorn

[The image features the name "LEELAH ALCORN" in uppercase letters on a ribbon banner. Above the banner is a young girl from the shoulders up. The girl is trans teen Leelah Alcorn. She has side-swept hair framing her face, a loose t-shirt, and deep, thoughtful eyes staring straight ahead.] Leelah, When I was a teenager, [...]

At Times, I Am Impatient

[The image features an illustration of the author, an androgynous white person, holding up a sign that reads: "Trans rights NOW." Surrounding the author are other indistinct and faceless people, ignoring the author as he protests. The text above the author reads, "BE LESS AGGRESSIVE! BE KINDER! PEOPLE WOULD LISTEN IF..."] --- I have been [...]