A transgender activist has ‘bared the bulge’ in solidarity with another trans woman after she witnessed a group of commuters harassing her because of her ‘untucked’ penis underneath her skirt.
Customer services assistant Imogen Loxley, 27, had been running errands on Tuesday, April 30, when she saw a teenage trans girl being harassed for wearing a skirt with a ‘visible bulge’. After making sure the girl got her bus safely, Imogen went home and knew she couldn’t let the issue slide.
The following day, she took matters into her own hands and posted an image online to show that trans women are ‘beautiful’ and ‘valid’ women.
Imogen, from Sydney, Australia, said:
If the girl sees my photo, I’d like to tell her she is beautiful, she is valid as a woman. She doesn’t need to prove or try to impress anybody else, especially strangers. If she feels comfortable and happy with who she is, that’s all the matters.
I decided to post a photo with my complete bulge showing to say ‘yes, you see me. I may look like a pretty woman but look, I also have just what this girl has’.
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Happy Trans EVERY Day of Visibility! 🏳️🌈 I decided to upload today instead of yesterday or the day before because #TDOV should not just be celebrated on the 31st of March – it should be celebrated 365 days a year! I decided to recreate a photo that I uploaded back in January 2017, because at the time, even though I had already commenced HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and started undergoing laser and electrolysis hair removal, I still had to shave my face daily… whether it was because of actual hair growth, dysphoria just for my own peace of mind. This photo may be “confronting” for some of the cis people who follow me, but this is a real and honest image of what MANY trans* women have to do on a daily basis… and I want visible for all my trans* sisters who endure the daily chore of having to shave their faces and bodies, no matter how far along they are in their own personal transition and gender identity journey. I know the struggle is very real, because I have also experienced this struggle… but we are all in this together! #transdayofvisibility
I’m still trans, I was born male and I transitioned to female. I know that a lot of people, friends and family, see me as a woman because I look passable.
I did notice she was trans, which doesn’t make her any less of a woman because she may not be as passable. I did drag so I was taught how to tuck, there were little pieces with makeup I knew. She may have just started her transition.
We’re both trans, we’re both still women. Everyone is different.
The incident reportedly happened in the centre of Sydney. Imogen spotted a group of men and women harassing the woman verbally and ‘gawking at her like an animal’.
After arriving home and realising she had been in the position of the girl when she first started to transition, Imogen decided the only way to show solidarity was by posting her support online.
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I said I would post it, so here it is! Yesterday I witnessed a young trans* girl being publicly shamed and ridiculed for having a visible bulge in her skirt, so I said that I was going to publicly post a photo of me with my visible bulge just to prove a fucking point, that whether you’re tucked or #untucked – you’re still a woman! • Trans* women are held to a higher standard than cis women, and society as a whole makes us feel like we have to constantly try and prove to them, STRANGERS, that we are “real women”. We try our best to look as passable as we can, just so we can fit in amongst the cis society that don’t even see us as equal human beings regardless of our physical appearance. We don’t need to try and fit in when we were ALL born to stand out and live an authentic and happy life! We are who we are, we love who we are and we were born this way! Being transgender is NOT a choice! • Ok, we all see the elephant in my photo, no pun intended… but now look up at my face, you see a woman, right? Good. Because even if I have my bulge out like this, or if you see a trans* woman on the street with a visible bump or bulge in her pants, she still identifies as a WOMAN and a bump or bulge doesn’t make her ANY LESS of a woman! • Even if you don’t like or know a person, you should at least respect that they are also a human being doing everything they can to live a good and happy life… and just so you know, unless you’re a trans* woman or a #dragqueen, you have NO idea how hard, uncomfortable and painful it is to tuck. • #freethebulge ✊🏼🍆🏳️🌈💅🏼
Imogen wrote on social media:
I just witnessed a trans girl being publicly shamed for having a visible bulge, so I’m going to publicly post a photo of me with my visible bulge just to prove a fucking point.
Tucked or untucked – still a woman.
Imogen was unsure whether to post the photo at first, but decided she had to share it ‘for the bigger picture’. She has since received thousands of supportive and positive comments in response.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers.
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