Here are a few more photos from my photo shoot with Sarah Deragon. Just to refresh your memory Sarah started The Identity Project. So please go check out her amazing website to see the work that Sarah has done.
I am extremely honored, proud, humbled, and joyful about these photos. I mentioned on my personal instagram that these photos mean a lot to me. For many years I suppressed this dapper look. I remember saying to myself or thinking “I’m not beautiful” “Beautiful only means femme — so maybe I should grow my hair out”
If you’ve followed GIABT for some time I’ve gone through many hair changes and waaaay more before that. So even though I might have been wearing the bow ties I felt the need a few years ago to have long hair again and wear make up and present just a LITTLE bit more “femme”
I was tired of being called sir and being misgendered. I was tired of the looks and the stares and the confusion. It’s funny how when you start to accept yourself, all of that goes away. Although still today I might get misgendered it does not bother me quite as much. I have to say it doesn’t happen as often as it did a few years ago when I had my hair short as well. Once I felt comfortable in my own skin people just saw me as Laura. And that’s who I am.
Laura who loves bow ties. Laura who loves fashion. Laura the future social worker. Laura who lives in brooklyn with her wonderful girlfriend and loves to cook.
I feel very grateful and thankful for this blog and all of my followers. If it wasn’t for this blog I wouldn’t have met Sarah Deragon and I wouldn’t have had this humbling experience.