Every day I feel the pressure to conceal my true self under makeup and feminine clothing. Whether in public or at work; society demands that you not only perform a role, but you look the part. It is more important that your appearance adheres to the heteronormative values of others, than expresses your essence.

I am a twenty-eight-year-old woman. I am androgynous, a lesbian, and the daughter of a trans couple. My upbringing allowed me the possibility to explore my sexuality with openness. For me, self-expression and beauty come from being able to express myself through my masculine side, while still conserving my femininity.