Time warp Tuesday.. it’s hard to believe it’s now been a full year already since I finally got to meet @mikaelaville actually in person. She instantly became one of my best friends and still is to this day. From partying it up in Long Beach, then later that summer in Vegas, and now weekly co-hosting a show together on Twitch.. I want to thank you Mika for making my life more exciting, fun, interesting, and all around better. You are the stuff great friends are made of and I love you girl! (See us both along with @meganbound and @victoria_maximus this Thursday on twitch.tv/transvengers) #bffs❤️ #friendsforlife #twogeminis #twogeminisarebetterthanone #longbeachnightlife #cantwaittovisitagain #transvengers #lgbt #havingablast #girlslikeus #iwanttogoback #maybeafterlockdown #crossover #crossoverepisode #friendship

As many of us look at the prospect of missing our friends at least in person for a while, I want to share a post about lasting friendship.

The photo with this post says a thousand words on its own. This past February, my friend Eric and I recreated a photo his mom took of us over 30 years ago.

Eric and I shared a love for technology and experienced the evolution of personal computing together, both being lucky enough to have parents that encouraged our interest. We were very ahead of our time 😉

Our strong friendship, though centered around our common hobbies, also had a lot to do with our shared temperament. We spent countless hours learning about computers and creating things with them, not just playing games. Because of that shared time, I have the career I have now.

We had so much in common it was uncanny, except for one very big difference that would become obvious many years later.

While I considered Eric to be like a same aged brother from another mother, it would not be until many years later that he learned I was actually his sister from another mother.

Though we’ve lived in separate states for many years now, he was the first person I fully came out to as transgender. His response was exactly what I would have expected. A response filled with care, acceptance, and offers of support.

In many ways telling him was the first step to me being able to be the open and honest person I am today with the world at large.

Be there for your friends, with real support and emotion, and don’t be afraid to be your true self with your friends. It makes a huge difference in their lives no matter their location on this planet. Let’s all draw closer together during this time and let people know we care.

Thank you Eric! Love you buddy! Your sister, Ariana 🙂

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My birthday is the 18th, but this past Friday I was able to celebrate it with a large group of friends. Moving to a new town where I knew no one during the early days of my transition was very difficult. After spending the first 5 months of that time building my confidence to venture out and make connections.. I declared 2016 to be the year of Ari. I began going to meetups to find people I could connect with. 3+ years later and I am able to fill a cidery bar with an amazingly beautiful variety of friends that I could only imagine the day I moved so long ago. To my friends, I love you all! Thank you for the joy you all bring to this girl. To those afraid to venture into a scary new change.. you really can, just don’t do it alone for too long! #girlslikeus #transvengers #blondehair #pinkpeekaboohighlights #peekaboohighlights #girlswithglasses #lgbtq🌈 #happypridemonth🌈 #happypride🌈 #friendsforlife #friendship

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