Damien, 2014

Published on 2017-12-04

SOUTH FLORIDA

Tell me about an average day in your life.

“I wake up. I go to work. I go to school. And I work on activism projects. I spend some time up in the city. Every day is different.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I like old punk, anything really fast.”

What websites do you visit?

“I don’t really use the Internet all that much. I use Facebook every once in awhile. I check tumblr.
Other than that I’m not that big on the computer or TV or anything.”

When did you realize when you were trans?

“I can’t remember the time I first realized it because every time I think about it I think about an earlier moment where I should have known. I remember first coming out around the age of nine or ten to friends.”

And how did you do that?

“I just told them “look, I feel like a boy”. That was the only way I knew how to say it. None of them really took me seriously until a few years later when I came out to my family and they started calling me by a new name and stuff.”

How do you identify?

“I identify as a queer male.”

Have you ever been in love?

“Once a long time ago, I think. We are still really good friends today. She’s been one of the biggest supporters during my transition. We went out for 3 years. It was really great, we were pretty much like other halves, but her mom didn’t approve of me being trans so it ultimately didn’t work out because I didn’t want to make her choose between her family and me.”

What do you think the future holds for queer people in America?

“I think that equality is slowly being achieved, but I think that we still have a really long way to go. And I think that just because things are getting better, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep fighting for equality as well as, you know, acceptance.”

Try to imagine your life ten years from now.

“Well that’s a scary thought! I picture myself either staying here in Florida or moving up to Boston for art school. I want to do tattoo art and I want to travel a lot to.”
Where do you want to travel?

“Everywhere. Me and my friend are planning to go to New Mexico this December in my car and I want to head out west.”