Story Time.. about this dress.. It once belonged to my former spouse. I rescued it from a Goodwill donation pile. You see, when I came out, I was told out of ‘concern’ that I would not make an attractive woman. Being attractive has nothing to do with the reasons for transitioning. Note: I already was a woman as my gender (which is different from biological sex) has always actually been very far on the female side of the spectrum. Anyway, I rescued this dress and promised myself I would one day not only fit in it, but totally rock it. Well.. you be the judge. I think I did okay 65+ lbs and 6.5 years of transition later. #JUSTBEYOU #itsalluptoyou #storytime #decadeofari #maidenariana #hazeleyes #nofilter #ringlightselfie #greendressgreeneyes #newhaircolor #transvengers #lgbt #fuschiagirl #blondegirllife #blowoutstyles #heylookitsariana #ihaveapatreon #linksinprofile #instaprofilehasmylinks

I have a little slew of pictures to get through until I show you all my next hair change 😊 So here are some fun pictures I took the other day. Also, I stuck up for myself with a family member today that consistently uses the wrong pronouns for me. Apparently I made them feel uncomfortable by bringing it up in a “forceful” way. It’s been over 6 years so.. about damn time to be a little forceful. Although saying it is time to do better did not sound at all forceful to me. I am too sweet normally I guess. #nofilter #ringlightselfie #justbeyou #standupforyou #devilishangel👹👼 #decadeofari #maidenariana #hazeleyes #blondegirllife #transvengers #lgbt #twitchaffiliate #linksinprofile #instaprofilehasmylinks

I said I was taking a break, but I need to dust myself off. Today is too important as it marks a vital chance to highlight the transgender community beyond our individual life circles.

If you can safely be visible, join us in expressing your personal battles, joy, sadness, struggles, fears, victories, losses, loves.. your existence.

In another year where our collective lives are played with by far right legislation written by people who wish to erase us rather than learn about us. We exist, we fight, we proudly stand. From our first steps out into the world bravely showing who we truly are, to battling as a group for our very survival, we are all siblings.

The sum of a human being’s existence is not fixed at conception. We are a constantly changing beacon of life, a mass of cells that comes together in a myriad of beautiful & amazing ways. Those cells are driven to change based on more than an initial blueprint. Somehow, someway, there are those of us who are different than the basic human model. We are not deviants who chose a lifestyle, or evil, or sinners because we do not fit a false conception that there are only two molds. We are just honest about who we actually are.. bravely, boldy honest!

The slurs & lies used by those who push conformity & peddle in fear can’t stop every brave step you each take when you say unapologetically, “no, this is me.” You create change. You make the world brighter & better.

Pictured above shows the first time in March of 2015 that I finally was able to publicly step into the world & say “this is me & I’m just going about my day.” The lady at Goodwill gave me a caring smile & gentle nod as my quiet voice thanked her for my purchases. I knew I stood out, but I didn’t care, it was time to just be me.

Today, after all of the obstacles of trans healthcare, barriers in legal recognition of my gender, 65lbs of body weight lost, & 40 years of the weight of conformity lost, I am Ariana. I am beautiful, confident, happy in my existence as a whole human being. I will not be erased.

#transgenderdayofvisibility #tdov #transdayofvisibility #justbeyou #transvisibility #transpride #lgbt #lgbtq #transgender #transgenderwoman