Congrats to @kityanpoet and @melsaboo on opening night of @interstatemusical at @NYMF! So proud @mtfmusicals was able to play a small part!
I can't even handle the emotional labor of describing how much nerve it takes to show up and swim laps in the community pool when you're a nonbinary transwoman. Literally all the action stops. Everyone stares. The pool goes silent, the water calm. Every dance and pilates class, every actor's neutral, every postural technique I've trained in suddenly becomes, in hindsight, a rehearsal for this moment, this walk across the deck in which my body is skewered by the cisnormative gaze. I strut in order to survive. I walk in confidence because there is no alternative. All I want is to get in the water and feel the sun on my body as I pull myself through it, but my mind is already exhausted, my heartbeat already raised. I swim in the center lane as statement. Freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly. I claim space, I occupy with my body the public park that threatens to oppress me, for I am a sanctified transsexual badass and I cannot be stopped.
We had the most amazing view for the #macysfireworks along the east river! Thanks @wesleywhatley! During this dark time in our country's history, I am comforted by a quote from my Papa's favorite philosopher, John Dewey: "Our government here in America is not perfect, and it never will be perfect as long as it made up of human beings. But it is so far the best government of the people, for the people, and by the people in existence on the face of the globe today, and as such we must stand by it...until we have the time and the wisdom and the tolerance and the power to make it over--into something better." Remember this #4thofJuly as the one that marks the year we changed the course of this country's history for the better, and for good. God bless America. Happy 4th.
Some choice selections from my #WhatShouldWeDo @wswdnyc interview regarding whether or not cis actors should play trans roles. Spoiler alert. No, they should not. #RepresentationMatters