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So, remember how I am doing movember this year? Well, I got in the paper about it!
Tatoo Tash for Transgender Man
(image by Danielle Street)
A transgender man is taking part in the annual Movember charity challenge despite not being able to grow facial hair – instead he’s using a tattooed moustache.
Sam Orchard, 28, who was born a female and grew up as a girl, came out as a lesbian when still a teenager.
Four years ago he started making the slow and steady metamorphosis into a male.
”It was a gradual shift of asking people to change name for me, and pronouns, and then eventually I started on testosterone last year.”
When the annual Movember event rolled around, Orchard knew he wanted to take part.
The month-long campaign traditionally sees men worldwide growing moustaches in order to raise awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression.
But having only recently started on hormone drugs, Orchard is unable to grow a mo.
”As a trans-guy I’ve always wanted facial hair, but haven’t been able to grow it.
”I’ve got a few wispy bits but nothing mo-worthy.”
So Orchard and friend Phlossy Roxx thought outside the box and launched Team Fauxstache.
He has a moustache tattoo on his finger. Orchard said for him participating in Movember is about raising awareness of the different types of men in New Zealand.
”I liked the idea of having a team that celebrated boys and men and masculine people, who may or may not have been born male,” Orchard said.
Orchard said the mental health awareness component of Movember was what truly struck a chord with him.
”I work in mental health and I’m also someone who has suffered from depression. I wanted to put a different sort of face to that to say trans-guys are guys too, and a lot of us suffer from depression due to social exclusion.”
He said that in terms of mental health, the rate of suicide among young homosexual people was incredibly high.
The Youth ’07 report which surveyed secondary schools in New Zealand found that gay teens were five times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. The results of the next report are due in mid-2013.
”We are way over-represented in mental health services, and that’s not because we are bad at looking after ourselves – it’s to do with discrimination,” he said.
By Danielle Street
Link to the story here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7987473/Tattoo-tash-for-transgender-man
I’ve been watching lots of transman vlogs on Youtube lately, it’s really interesting what testosterone-induced changes people are excited about – or not excited about. Voice breaking, facial hair, body hair, muscles, flatter chest, etc. etc.
And, yep, facial hair is definitely what I’m most keen for.
I usually have a blurb that I write in my head as I draw comics – to go alongside the strip to elaborate on what I’m trying to say. Usually, by the time I’m done with the strip, however, I’ve said it to myself so many times that I feel less motivated to write it down. Oh well.
I really like this video, I watched it about a month or so ago, and it has felt like it stuck in my mind, and I keep coming back to it.
My brothers quite often have family competitions about how manly they are – these competitions involve dress sense, sprinting, sociability, and culminated in a “Man-Decathlon” last summer.
One of the more recent conversations regarding this topic was prominence of facial hair – density and colouring seemed vital aspects.The Orchard boys are quite renowned for being less than hirsute.
A few days later one brother commented on that hair on my chin and remarked that I’ll “get there” with my own facial hair. He only has an inkling that I’m trans, and meant it as a joke, but I smiled and thought,”yes, I am well on my way to competing with them…”.
My facial hair is certainly darker than his blonde stubble.
Sibling rivalry at it’s finest.