Hey pals just wanted to share some stuff I've learned about myself. In high school I really struggled with my gender identity because I come from a very conservative area with very specific ideas about gender and how guys and girls should look and act. At this stage I was identifying very heavily as transgender and it consumed a lot of my thoughts. I didn't tell many people about this. In college I moved to a much more liberal area and was able to express myself more femininely. What I found is that this removed a lot of the stress and I had less desire to hormonally/socially transition than before and I found it didn't bother as much when people would use he for instance. I never really went public with my "identity" and now I'm identifying more as GNC/androgyne. I was getting kind of stressed thinking like well, if I "come out" I have to go against other people's preconceived notions of me even if they do know I wear more feminine stuff what if they can't accept me being a different gender. What I've kinda thought about is what if I just don't talk to people about it or try to come out as a specific label. I can have a private identification is what I'm saying. I'm not advocating for trans/NB people to just like "suck it up" or anything like that I'm just gonna offer an alternative which is that, and this is just if it's of interest to you that perhaps just being yourself can be just as relieving as telling people about your feelings. I'm back in my hometown for the summer but when I go back I'm planning to go even further than before and just solidify a femme/andro look and I'm really excited.