new tattoo, seminudity, :boosts_ok_gay: 

when I started passing as cis, I experienced social acceptance for my gender expression for the first time. "_now_ you can wear makeup". as long as I stay stealth, as long as they don't know I'm trans. (Julia Serano's term for "passing" is "conditional cis privilege").

so I started wearing trans pride symbols 24/7, but it quickly become clear that most cis folk don't know these yet. the only thing that would be clear enough would be the word "transgender" spelled out, tattooed in some very visible place. but I couldn't quite make up my mind about where. till I saw @dancebriadance's awesome collection of hand-poked tats, and looking at their hand, it dawned on me...

if the goal is clarity why removing the vowels? finger tattoos are... complicated. they fade fast and blur easily. small letters would become illegible in a very short time, and "transgender" is a long word. you can shorten it to "trans", but there's no readable way to split that between the two middle fingers.

plus you need as big letters as possible if you want it to be readable at street-guy-who-shouts-you-slurs distance.

I'm aware that "gndr" is kinda cryptic (a girlfriend said my tattoos are "trains Gondor", I'm ok with being an advocate for public transportation in the human realms). but I think "trns" carry better, and hopefully in context both work together. if they don't whatever, they'll still net me some great selfies :blobcat:

new tattoo, seminudity, :boosts_ok_gay: 

These look good! And you... *v*
Don't worry about the clueless people; they won't get it if one gave them a workshop.

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