I don’t always look this dazzling, though I generally try to maintain adequate levels of awesomeness. I’m 35-ish and most days you can find me staring at a computer in Boston MA. My cheerful spouse and I both originally grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, went to college in Philadelphia, and worked in San Francisco for a while. Four years ago we adopted Jasper, the most adorable senior dog with big ears and no hair and three teeth who is also an extreme introvert like us.
I’m Micah. Nice to meet you.
But What Do I DO?
You could say I’m a published writer, engaging advocate, and expert educator on transgender identities. I’ll admit that sounds presumptuous, so here’s some of my street cred.
I’m the co-editor of the anthology Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity, published by Columbia University Press in 2019.
I’ve been interviewed by lots of journalists from fancy publications such as The New York Times Magazine. My own writing has been published in not-as-fancy but queerly kick-ass online outlets, and my essays appear in a few books. And now I can also boast about my first official peer-review publication in the open access journal Transgender Health: Engaging Transgender Patients: Using Social Media to Inform Medical Practice and Research in Transgender Health.
Since 2010 I’ve traveled to every major transgender conference in the US. Most doctors eventually came to recognize me as “that strange stalker kid who follows me across the country.” My sessions on NonBinary Transition are known for their spunky humor, cookie metaphors, and occasional brain blanks.
I also consult, speak, present at, or exchange pleasantries with various health and educational organizations that seek to squeeze out my expertise in trans health. Or research. Or design. Or organizational strategy. Or whatever my career is that week. Cue identity crisis #2.
Most recently, I moved cross-country to study in a PhD program at Boston University. I bought an orange car which I named “Jellybean” and when I’m not reading academic articles, I try to rock climb once a week (yes, with orange shoes).
The Story Behind this Blog
I identify as nonbinary.
Since 2010 I’ve been transitioning – or rather, trying to figure out what transition means to me, as someone whose gender is neither female nor male. Specifically, I’ve done stuff with my body, my name, and my legal documents, to finally be myself (which is simply a handsomer yet equally cynical version of the previous me).
What began as a small blog in 2011 documenting my top surgery gradually morphed into a widely recognized, real legit nonbinary resource page – it has even been referenced in medical guidelines!
Alas, my gender journey has settled into little mayhem and more humdrum. Instead of posting about myself I started two series to feature a diverse array of stories and information about the transgender community.
I’m using this platform to amplify nonbinary experiences. Through this themed series, we collected over 50 stories in less than a year! Anyone is welcome to contribute a post, vlog, comic strip, and I’m holding out hope for that interpretative dance submission…
As if I weren’t busy enough, I launched another series. In collaboration with Charlie (a younger much taller more extroverted version of myself), we want to use this blog to: give trans patients a direct line to providers; connect providers working in trans health to other providers; promote ongoing research in trans health; contribute quality resources for providers and patients alike.
But not furry, thankfully. Although you’ve found me on the internet, I’m also a human you can talk to. For real. No contracts or hidden fees.
Email me micah AT genderqueer.me or use this handy-dandy form.
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