I am not afraid! In the past, voices in my head would stop me from having fun dressing up as a character, doing cosplay, or going to costume parties. The voices were from the bullies I faced growing up in a small town. The toxic push of conformity was deeply ingrained in me for so much of my life. When I came out and began my transition over 6 years ago, I also began the long process of silencing those voices in my head. “Just Be You” became my mantra. It took many moments of courage to step out into the world as myself, to grow in confidence and to replace that deep fear of being judged with a bold ability to say with no reservation “This is Me!” – Last night I did an “Anime Girl Ari” cosplay stream that I had promised to my viewers back when I was raising money for my BFF (who had been financially affected by Covid). Before I went live, I felt a moment of embarrassment and fear of being judged for my slightly over the top cutesy outfit. Thankfully, I was able to get past the soft nerves. The truth is that I flipping love being able project this level of adorable cuteness. I can finally say with absolute certainty that I have beaten the bullies and this who judge and I am finally free to just be me without fear, without reservation, and with only joy in my heart for who I am ❤ 🌈😚 #adorableari #decadeofari #devilishangel #justbeyou #thisisme #maidenariana #cosplay #positivity #animestyle #fuschiagirl #curlyhair #hairringlets #ringletcurls #transvengers #lgbt #twitchaffiliate #kawaiiaesthetic #kawaiistyle
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I find myself filled with awe every Transgender Day of Visibility. Seeing all of us just Being. Living a life fully realized and in harmony with one’s self is so spectacular but often difficult to achieve.  Breaking through the voices and societal pressures we all face as we grow to find our individuality is always a sign of strength. You all are awesome. I try to follow so many of you, but with me following over 500 accounts now I just don’t get to see everyone’s posts. I am grateful for ALL of you though and for every effort you put forth to let others know they CAN just BE. Physical and emotional scars and all.
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I launched arianadanielle.com just under 4 years ago and since then its pages have reached people in 135 countries. It is a chronicle of just one transition. With the power of the social media apps we all use, imagine the over all reach you all have.
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Visibility is how change happens.
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While those that sow HATE see this as an attempt to turn people to some sort of ideology or political agenda, they misunderstand or they just feel threatened. We are not trying to turn people into anything, we are merely showing and celebrating human LIFE, as it exists, in all its splendor, without judgement or suspicion of intent.
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Those that feel threatened by such action are the ones with an agenda. Individuality is purposely suppressed.
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The pendulum swings both ways and make no mistake it is swinging toward brighter days. We all are riding that b*tch and adding our collective weight to it. Stay connected, support each other. Don’t tear each other down. Let’s add more speed to that pendulum!
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#tdov #tdov2020 #transdayofvisibility #justbeyou #transvengers #bevisible #transgender #lgbt #wegotthis #decadeofari #transgenderdayofvisibility #strongertogether
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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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