Trans and Caffeinated
By Arielle Rebekah
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Trans and CaffeinatedFeb 27, 2021
Brit Alexandria (they/them) on writing a novel, being “a lot,” and The Non-Binary Barista
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Buy Brit’s novel: All We’ve Ever Done
Brit’s blog: The Non-Binary Barista
The Twelfth Annual Sprudgie Award Nominations
Umeko Moyotoshi’s "A Better Table" interview with Alice Wong
Background Info |
Brit Alexandria and I have confusingly parallel online presences. I’m a coffee person, they’re a coffee person. I run a coffee and trans stuff blog, they run a coffee and trans stuff blog. Both of our websites were nominated for Sprudgie awards, both of us write candidly about mental health and workplace advocacy. But earlier this year, Brit released a full-length, sci-fi fantasy novel, so I guess now I have to write a freaking book!
Brit, who is sometimes referenced (at least in my brainhole) by their longtime username “Blogger Brit” , has been writing online since 2006. Formerly a lifestyle blogger, Brit launched The Non-Binary Barista in early 2020 to give themselves—and the coffee community—a space to talk about coffee, fun little coffee experiments, disability justice, gender, workplace dynamics, and so much more, and to share resources for marginalized baristas. They also use their social media for similar purposes, and are constantly seeking new ways to show their support for people around them.
Brit just has lots of great thoughts about a whole array of different topics, and doesn’t tend to limit themselves to discussing or addressing any one particular thing—only that, from what I can see, pretty much everything they do both on and offline is filtered through their desire to make the world a kind, safer, happier, healthier place for others.
This episode mentions mental health, ableism, and workplace mistreatment.
This is Brit Alexandria on writing a novel, being “a lot,” and The Non-Binary Barista
SPECIAL EDITION: I Went to NYU Langone and All I Got was this Brand New Pu$$y
Oh hey, there.
You’re pretty cute.
Haven’t seen you around here before…
Heh heh, come here often?
Oh, you work here?
So you’re here to stay?
Oh fuck yeah, they fired the other guy?
Honestly, I never liked him—yeah, what was his name…
Uhh… what was that? Oh, yeah, Penis, that’s right, Penis used to be there
Penis used to be there but now here you are all shiny and new and pretty and well…
You’re mine. I mean, you were always mine but four months ago I woke up from a surgery and they were like “you have a vagina!!!” and I was like “cool I’m on a lot of drugs and in a lot of pain!!”
And then four days later, when they removed the bandages, that resident assistant lady took one very intense look into your eyes… erm, eye… and said, “UGH! Rachel’s an artist!” and I looked down at you, and looked up at her and said “that’s art?!”
No, seriously, I said that. Or… I thought it really loudly? I don’t know, they still had me on that pain stuff, but you were categorically not cute back then. Art was a bit of a stretch.
But uh…. May I say. Now… now I see art.
I look at you and you’re a fucking masterpiece—my dazzling David chipped out of the metaphorical penile stone by my very own private Michaelangelo, AKA Rachel Bluebond-Langner at NYU Langone. And you’re mine. All mine, no one else’s. Nope, you’re mine.
No more staring at myself in undies in the mirror, dick yanked back between my buttcheeks and wishing my coochie would just sit nice and flat against my pelvis.
No more staring intensely at someone’s face as they take stock of my naked body for the first time, wondering what they’re thinking, wondering if they’re realizing they actually think my body is kind of gross and now they’re second guessing their impulsive decision to go home with that hot trans girl who absolutely wrecked them at pool in the back of Henrietta Hudson—not based on a real example… or several real examples.
Nope. None of that. Now, it’s just me and my pussy. My. Pussy.
I can’t wait for all the… climactic adventures we’re going to have together.
I’m very grateful that you are mine.
This episode mentions transphobia, discrimination, violence, genitals, sex, and surgery. It’s also… really funny, if I do say so myself.
This Very Special Episode of Trans and Caffeinated, I Went to NYU Langone and All I Got Was this Brand New Pussy, is brought to you in part by…
Otters, holding hands while they sleep… no wait, wrong episode.
Ah, yes, Anchor. Thanks Anchor. You’re a pal.
M-A Reida (they/them) on being present, saying “I love you,” and saying it often
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If you’re a coffee person like myself...which many of you are... chances are you’ve seen M-A Reida’s face flash across your timeline at least once or twice. Over the past few years, M-A has competed in a number of local and national coffee competitions and started to make quite a name for themselves. They placed second in the qualifier for Coffee in Good Spirits, a competition where coffee and liquor craft collide, and they placed second by a literal… second… in Glitter Cat Barista’s inaugural Coffee Taster’s DiGiTiTiON.
I know what you’re thinking—”wow, M-A Reida sounds so stinkin’ cool!” But to me, the coolest thing about M-A is their beautiful outlook on the world. “Love yourself. Love your friends. Say I love you, and say it often.” “Be present with people.” “Life is bigger than toasted seeds and water” These are just a few of the warm pretzel nuggets of wisdom that M-A dropped into my… erm, pretzel basket... throughout this episode.
Anyone who’s friends with M-A is better for it, and I think you’ll all be a little bit better for hearing them share.
This episode mentions the COVID pandemic and social isolation.
This is M-A Reida on being present, saying “I love you,” and saying it often
Morgan Dean (they/them) on drinking water, touching plants, and dancing in the rain
A full transcript of this episode is now available at https://transandcaffeinated.com/transcripts/
Like many millennials, Morgan Dean grew up in a world controlled by a generation who were taught that feelings are private, and mental illness is shameful. As a child and into their adolescence, Morgan bounced from doctor to doctor, many of them suggesting that their symptoms were the result of various totally out-of-left-field physical ailments — when the truth was actually very simple: Morgan, like many young trans and non-binary people, was struggling with mental illness.
Today, after finally gaining access to proper medication and therapy, Morgan is happier than they ever thought possible. They move through the world with a simple mantra: “be who you needed when you were younger.”
Whether you like to cry at work, on the train, or compartmentalize until you can cry in private, Morgan wants to remind you that it is okay to struggle. And it’s also okay to get help.
This episode mentions depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, eatings disorders, drugs and alcohol, and societal stigma about mental illness and sex work.
This is Morgan Dean on drinking water, touching plants, and dancing in the rain
Charli Mandel (she/they) on the World’s VERY FIRST Fixed Gear Brakeless Everesting
A transcript of this episode is now available at transandcaffeinated.com/transcripts/
Documentary: Fixed up - A Terrible Idea
Cycling Tips Article: Everesting on a Fixie with a Hormone Headwind
It’s hard to know which one Charli Mandel learned first: how to walk, or how to ride a bike.
You know, come to think of it, you probably need to be able to walk before you can learn how to ride a bike… but if it were possible to ride a bike first, I’m pretty sure Charli would have done it.
Because from the time she was itty bitty teeny tiny, Charli. Loved. Bikes. Starting at just 4 years old on a little Rhino Racer mini, they would eventually go on to set their very own world record.
This episode mentions transphobia, misgendering, and biking injuries
This is Charli Mandel on the World’s VERY FIRST Fixed Gear Brakeless Everesting
Not sure what that means? I didn’t at first either, but that’s what this interview is for, silly billy! Looks like you came to the right place...
Chris Mcauley (he/they) on wacky animals, the new Double Bubble, and Getchu Some Gear
Twitter: @Getchu some gear
Chris Mcauley who?
Did you know that Chris Mcauley has chickens? It’s definitely not the coolest thing about him, but it’s up there.
Chris Mcauley is the founder of Getchu Some Gear, which he launched a little under two years ago alongside his partner, Chelsea. Getchu set out to hook up marginalized coffee workers with free coffee stuff, but they’ve since expanded the scope of their work tremendously: first with Getchu a Job, which provides free resume assistance and resources for baristas… then Getchu a Grant, which earlier this year helped distribute $60,000.00 to historically marginalized coffee business owners. They also provide free coffee education, and recently roasted their own “Getchu” coffee for the very first time.
Getchu Some Gear is Chris’ “love letter to the coffee family” and this shows in everything that they do.
You might be wondering, what’s next for Chris? And the truth is, I don’t really know. Getchu Some Soap, maybe? Getchu Some Eggs? What I do know is that, whatever it is, it’s going to make the world a better place — because, like Chris says, “we’ve got us.”
This episode mentions the white, cis hetero, ableist patiarchy of the coffee industry and beyond.
A transcript of this episode is now available at transandcaffeinated.com/transcripts
This is Chris Mcauley on wacky animals, the new Double Bubble, and Getchu Some Gear
Mx. Lex Pe’er Horwitz (they/them) on dismantling the road maps of gender transition
When is the last time you laid down on your bed with a sweet, purring cat curled up on your chest, took a long, deep breath, and remembered to forget the world, if only for a moment? If your answer is “never” or “I can’t remember,” then take a second—if you can—to do that right now. Pause this episode, take a deep breath in, take an even longer breath out, ground yourself in this moment, and remind yourself that it is okay to just be.
This is what Mx. Lex Pe’er Horwitz wants you to remember: that you are enough. That you are okay. That your understanding of yourself and your identity does not have to conform to some pre-scripted road map in order for your experiences and your self-knowledge to be valid.
You are trans enough. You are queer enough. You are right where you need to be.
A jack of many trades—and equally gifted in all of them—Lex shares unique and often profound perspectives about gender and sexuality, transition, mental health, the magic of fur babies, and just life in general. Our conversation was every bit as thought-provoking and transformative as it was hopeful and warm, and you will walk away from this episode having learned something, or multiple somethings, or thinking about parts of the world in a whole new way.
This episode mentions gender dysphoria, gender-based trauma, transphobia, homophobia, racism, depression, and suicide.
A full transcript of this episode is now available at transandcaffeinated.com/transcripts
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Felix Tran (he/they) on cancel culture, being horny, and softvelvetboy
Have you heard of Felix Tran? ...no? Well, that’s surprising!
Felix is a Seattle-based, Vietnamese-American, transgender artist voted most likely to have huge bursts of energy at 1:00 AM and work until 5:00.
A little under two years ago, Felix co-founded and designed a logo for Coffee at Large—or “CAL”—which launched with a barista-led coffee-shop walkout that rocked the coffee world. Within days, everybody and their cousin had set CAL’s logo as their Instagram profile picture, in solidarity with industry workers facing workplace mistreatment.
Felix—also known by their impulsively yet aptly-named art alter-ego softvelvetboy—has since become one of the industry’s go-to digital illustrators and graphic designers. Felix is hugely self-aware, and I constantly admire their commitment to growth—both as a person, and as an artist.
This episode mentions sex and genitals, cancel culture, the prison-industrial complex, workplace mistreatment, hormones, and transmedicalism.
This is Felix Tran on cancel culture, being horny, and softvelvetboy
Cheyenne Xochítl Love (she/her) on rejecting your bullshit “inclusive” paradigm
It’s never easy to navigate the dichotomy of upholding anti-capitalist principles and beliefs while running a for-profit business—but Cheyenne Xochítl Love remains mindful of this balance, while learning new skills along the way.
Cheyenne is the Indigenous, two-spirit, non-binary trans girl behind Queer Wave Coffee, where she roasts Honduran coffee on Chochenyo Ohlone land or precolonized Oakland, CA.
For her, being queer means that we create new avenues that allow us to break free from the straight, binary, and oppressive path we have been taught. This goes not only for gender and sexuality, but also for the fundamentally anti-nature manner of existence to which we are expected to adhere.
Cheyenne contests the notion that diversity and inclusion efforts are a panacea for workplace oppression, instead challenging employers to emphasize which groups they exclude. She proudly displays “1312” in the bottom corner of each of her bags, and publicly shares her commitment to dismantle patriarchy, white supremacy, and other oppressions in both her professional and private life.
This episode mentions police violence, white supremacy, violence toward and erasure of Indigenous people and identities, COVID-19, and patriarchy.
This is Cheyenne Xochítl Love on rejecting your bullshit “inclusive” paradigm
Personal IG: @cheyenne_xochitl_love
Business IG: @queerwavecoffee
Mar León (they/them, fae/femme) on being the monster that’s under your bed
Mar León is a lot like nature: their gender cycles with the passage of each season, they are justifiably angry about the impact of capitalism, and they are tired of white people-centric approaches to problem-solving.
Mar is raising their voice and fighting for justice in the face of oppressive systems designed to disempower their communities. As a disability justice advocate, Mar’s efforts are focused through the lens of community care, interdependence, and communal abundance-making, with the understanding that scarcity is falsely created by state control over our resources.
Through their poetry, Mar highlights their experiences as a disabled, gender cyclical, non-binary Boricua in the often visceral texts of “bible perverses” and monster literature, in which they reclaim the ableist trope of “monsterhood.”
I learned a lot from Mar in our time together, and I’m confident that you will, too.
This episode mentions ableism, codependency, police brutality, environmental racism, and white supremacy.
This is Mar León on being the monster that’s under your bed.
*”Communal abundance-making” is a term originally coined by Ameenah Rashid
Em Rabelais (they/themme, fae/femme) on white feminist violence in nursing
Em Rabelais is the white, disabled, queer, trans feminine, and non-binary ethicist, nurse, scholar, white feminism dismantler, and potential kept themmebian you never knew you needed. Until now. WHOOO that was a mouthful.
As an academic, their scholarship is rooted in disrupting and dismantling white supremacy in nursing—but Em’s work doesn’t end there. They are deeply committed to pushing back against all forms of oppression, including the rampant ableism and transmisogyny they regularly endure.
Em has no desire to play nice with oppressors—they know that the nursing status quo of niceness and civility have not changed anything. Instead, they are intense, intentional, and direct as they push back against oppressive systems designed to harm marginalized and minoritized groups and individuals—even when their methods result in immense personal backlash.
This episode mentions sexual assault, white feminism and white supremacy, racism, transmisogyny, and ableism.
This is Em Rabelais on white feminist violence in nursing
Transmisogyny-exempt (TME) vs transmisogyny-affected (TMA) - Terms defined here
Faith (she/her) on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo
Faith woke up one morning with a single thought weighing heavy on her mind: “I don’t even know who I am.” For years, she internalized the resounding sentiment of those around her that it was not okay to be herself - until one day, she came to a crossroads wherein she could no longer bear to live as anybody else.
Now the owner of Wish Me Luck, Chicago’s very first Black, trans, queer-owned tattoo shop, Faith demonstrates the healing power of community spaces, especially for people who have historically been erased or made to feel uncomfortable by the status quo.
Faith’s story shows us that there is nothing quite so powerful as chasing one’s truth, wherever that may lead - and that it is not the job of Black people, of queer people, or of trans people to make themselves more palatable for others.
This episode mentions conversion therapy, weaponization of religion against marginalized groups, mistreatment of trans prisoners, and suicidal ideation.
This is Faith on freedom, self-discovery, and Wish Me Luck Tattoo.
Prisoner Correspondence Project - Find a trans penpal in prison
Dr Lori Kohler (San Francisco Public Health Network) - Healthcare professional dedicated to providing gender-affirming care to prisoners.
Mya Petsche (she/her) on loving yourself and others
Growing up in a conservative, evangelical home, Mya suspected that coming out as trans could mean parting ways with her parents. However, she firmly rejected the notion that it was her responsibility to adjust to the comfort of those around her. She felt, rather, that it was their responsibility to adjust and accept her for who she is.
Mya always says that her number one goal in life is to help people. And even at times when Mya has faced immense hardship, she has continued to lead with her empathy and compassion first.
This shines through in everything that she does - from serving on a council working to bridge the gap between religious folks and trans folks, to fostering community with other trans feminine people, to educating those around her about trans identities.
This episode mentions discrimination on the basis of religion, familial rejection, homelessness, racism, transphobia, and cissexism.
This is Mya Petsche on loving yourself and others.
Disclosure documentary | Leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community
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Fiora Wise (she/her) on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada**
Like many trans people, Fiora spent her formative years consuming media where cisgender actors repeatedly played transgender characters, usually in a very unflattering light.
After her marriage ended, Fiora relocated to New York City and enrolled in an acting class. Suddenly and to her initial surprise, she found herself surrounded by queer and trans actors, in a city where directors not only respected but actively sought to cast trans people.
Though she fully acknowledges that TV and film still have a long way to go before reaching true gender equity, she envisions a bright future for herself and her industry. Her upcoming film Boarder centers Fiora as a feisty trans hit woman hoping to pull off one last job before her past catches up with her.
This episode mentions transphobic tropes and practices in media, family trauma, and divorce.
This is Fiora Wise on Being Pretty but Also Kind of a Bada**
Jesse Lee-Young (they/them) on That Good Gay Manga
As a child, Jesse found respite from their religiously conservative community within the pages of manga. Hidden in those words and images were tales of unapologetic queer love that affirmed their identity, even when their family would not.
Jesse always knew that they felt attraction to people of different genders, and when they first heard the word “pansexual” as a teenager, something just clicked.
These days, Jesse channels their “queer angst” from high school into everything they do; be it by drawing canonically trans and gender non-conforming characters, writing their identities into music, or teaching their coworkers about queer and trans lives.
This episode mentions intersex surgeries, familial rejection, conflation of queer identity with pedophilia, and discrimination on the basis of religion.
This is Jesse Lee-Young on that Good Gay Manga.
InterACT | Advocates for Intersex Youth’s guide to being an ally to intersex folks
Special Edition | Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Poets
Cheers, queers, and welcome to the very first Special Edition episode of the Trans and Caffeinated podcast. Today, I have the unique honor of sharing with you the words and stories of six trans and gender non-conforming poets.
Spoken word poetry is one of my absolute favorite art forms. It is uniquely powerful in that it conveys meaning and emotion both through the text itself, as well as the intonation, inflection, punctuation, and feeling that that author provides in their reading.
These poets have spent years developing their craft, and I encourage you to tip each of today’s performers using the payment handles in the info section below.
Jeslyn Jacob Randall: @sapphirexsparks (Venmo)
Petal McNaughton: @Lillianmcn (Venmo), $Lillianmcn (CashApp)
Myles Taylor: @mylesemtaylor (Venmo), $MLEtaylor (CashApp)
Ness Doughty: @Ness-Doughty-1 (Venmo), $nesspie (Cashapp)
Joey Matt DiPeri: Paypal.me/JoJoMah, $J0w0ey (CashApp)
Yaz: @pjtadross091796 (Venmo)
Jeslyn Jacob Randall: @sapphirexsparks
Petal McNaughton: @Coffeepot.lilies (IG)
Myles Taylor: @mylesdoespoems (IG)
Ness Doughty: @queernaturalist (IG)
Joey Matt DiPeri: @NoraQRosa (Twitter)
Yaz: @yasminet1996 (IG)
In Loving Memory of Jeffrey Scott Guillermo (he/him), Dec. 11, 1991 — Mar 25, 2021
When I recorded this episode in Summer 2020, I had no idea how little time we had left with my dearest friend Jeff. This episode is now and forever a tribute to the kind, loving, generous, incredible soul that was Jeffrey Scott Guillermo. May he rest in the sweetest, most beautiful peace. I love you forever, Jeff❤️️
Jeff Guillermo was 13 years old when he first learned that gay people even exist. Growing up as the child of religious immigrants, LGBTQ+ people were rarely the topic of discussion - and when they were, it was most often within the context of queerness as a sin. When Jeff began to realize that he himself was queer, he feared that he would not be accepted by his community.
As his journey continued, Jeff began to understand that he was transgender - but when he came out, it seemed difficult for those around him to see him as the man that he is. Still, he pressed on, and decided to transition in spite of his fears.
Nine years later, Jeff says that transitioning has been a “breath of fresh air,” and he is happier now than he ever thought possible. Though the journey has at times been incredibly challenging, he has found support and community in the most unlikely of places.
This episode mentions anti-trans violence, transphobia, misgendering, and religious discrimination.
This is Jeff Guillermo on (almost) crying at the dinner table
Daya Deuskar (she/her) on feeling God again, at an all trans Kabbalat Shabbat
Daya always knew that coming out as trans might force her to reexamine and restructure several parts of her life. As a classically trained vocalist and a music minister in a Protestant church, the communities in which she was involved did not always create space for trans and gender non-conforming people to thrive.
When she began to transition, she realized that maintaining her connection with God would mean converting religions— and that maintaining employment would mean pivoting careers. Daya handled this rapid change with immense resilience and grace, and she is now using her experience to help other trans folx find fulfillment in their own lives.
This episode mentions passing, gender dysphoria, cissexism, transphobia, and homophobia.
This is Daya Deuskar, on feeling God again at an all trans Kabbalat Shabbat.
MORE ON DAYA
Website: www.mirabai.me (for transgender vocal training, poetry, and more!)
Payton Sliepka (they/them) on turning their pain into power
From the time they were young, Payton knew they were different from those around them. They didn’t have words to describe exactly how, and living in the politically conservative, hyper-religious, suburban town of Plano, TX, people weren’t exactly open to helping them explore.
When Payton was 15, they mustered up the courage to come out to their family as gay. After that, they were quickly admitted to conversion “therapy,” a manipulative and egregiously harmful abuse tactic to which many young LGBTQ+ kids are subjected as a method of scaring them into believing they are cisgender and straight. At the time of this recording, conversion therapy remains legal in 30 U.S. states, but the fight continues to outlaw this practice nationwide.
In the years since, Payton has committed to using their experiences to improve the lives of others, and has witnessed how their own life has improved in the process. At just 19 years old, Payton speaks with the wisdom and clarity of a much older queer.
This episode mentions sexual assault and conversion therapy.
This is Payton Sliepka, on turning their pain into power.
Facebook: Payton Sliepka
ON CONVERSION “THERAPY”
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Thank you, Em Rabelais (they/themme). Follow @dr.whomever on Instagram, @dr_whomever on Twitter, and follow their Health Ethics Book Club, which is linked in the information for this episode. Season 1 of their series is focused on Racism and Whiteness in the health profession.
Thank you, Sarita Sinha (she/her). Follow @saritarosedesign on Instagram, where you can view and purchase designer face masks. She’s an up and coming designer, so stay on the lookout for other great designs in the future.
Thank you, Stephanie Muttillo (she/her). You can follow @_stephaniesara on Instagram. Stephanie is extremely outspoken about environmental sustainability, and I encourage you to support her favorite environmental organization, @4ocean.
Each of these amazing individuals is also featured in the “Shoutouts” highlight on Trans and Caffeinated.
Ary (he/him) on choosing happiness
When Ary first came out, he had to reckon with the realization that transitioning might mean losing the support of his parents. For quite some time, his parents held firm that they could not support his transition, and begged him to reconsider. Ary knew that for him, living his truth was a matter of life or death. He chose life, in spite of how his parents may react.
Ary has been out as trans for several years now, and has taken it upon himself to share about his journey with others. He works in the coffee industry, where he wears many hats, from barista to technician. As for his parents? Well, their journey might surprise you.
This episode discusses suicidal ideation, family rejection, misgendering, and surgery.
This is Ary on choosing happiness.
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Thank you, Elaine Kohler! Follow @laineyofshalott on Instagram to view and purchase her beautiful mosaics.
Thank you, Umeko Motoyoshi! Follow @umeshiso_ on Instagram, and head to umeshiso.com, to purchase Umeko’s beautiful coffee cupping spoons. I personally have about 15 of their rainbow cupping spoon, and I use it every single time I brew coffee.
Thank you, Jeffrey Guillermo. Follow @jeffrey.scott91 on Instagram. Jeff is a dear friend of mine, who you’ll get to meet as a guest on a future episode of this podcast.
Each of these amazing individuals is also featured in the “Shoutouts” highlight on Trans and Caffeinated.
Sophie Kozub (she/her) on why it's okay to take your time
When Sophie Kozub was growing up, she often felt out of place - she was a legacy student in an all boys’ catholic school, a long-time Boy Scout, lined up with the boys when she knew she should be in line with other girls. Though she found subtle ways to transgress the confines of her prescribed roles in high school, it wasn’t until college that she truly allowed herself to break from masculinity.
As she rowed through the uncertain waters of her gender, she tried on a number of labels to find one that worked for her, increasingly thriving as she did. As she prepared to leave the queer utopia of college, Sophie was unexpectedly named her class’s valedictorian and was featured in a New York Times article on trans New Yorkers.
Sophie is kinder, wiser, and more insightful than many her age. She is powerfully candid with her story, and speaks of her experience with a level of insight that has and will continue to touch the lives of many.
This is Sophie Kozub, on why it’s okay to take your time.
For further exploration, check out:
Sophie's Twitter @ko_zub
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