All my life I have been called freak, been asked if I was a boy or a girl, been called stupid, mentally retarded, ugly, that I should have been aborted. I have been called every mean name in the book. Behind my back and to my face. Even online. But no matter what they say, no matter what they do. They will never break me down. Yes, it hurts. But I will move on, grow stronger every day that I live.
I may have a female body, but that does not define me as a woman. I am not a girl, I am a boy, a man. I am male completely inside and out. I was made, while others were born.
I am a boy. Perfectly me.
James Damien Moore
James is a rad CHATpdx Peer Educator, volunteer and awesome human.
I guess I would consider myself a trans guy, but I don’t want hormones or any kind of surgery. I mean, if I were able to and was brave enough to do it. Then yeah, I’d take that chance. But it’s not something I believe is necessary to be who I am. to feel like a real guy, a dude.
Not every trans person wants the hormones or the surgeries, most do though. I feel that it’s not something I need.
Even with the body that I have now, I feel like a dude. My boobs are basically my balls, just up higher on my body. And instead of a penis, I have a vagina that doesn’t hurt much when kicked or hit.
It’s not about the anatomy, it’s about the persons feelings and preferences about it all. It’s different for everybody.
I am comfortable, I am me.
~Damien (aka Tony Taylor)
Damien is a CHATpdx peer educator, an awesome SMYRC activist and a really funny person!