Bringing visibility to your transmasculine experience

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Bringing visibility to your transmasculine experience

Trans guys are sexy, you want to party with you, and you ought to start thinking about us as intercourse lovers.

That has been the message of y our presence campaign—that we began about ten years ago—to bring presence to your transmasculine experience. It absolutely was a crazy trip, and it’s alson’t over. Since introducing the “Top 5 Reasons to bang a Trans Guy” and other campaign materials, we’ve gotten telephone calls and e-mails from individuals all over the globe, have actually iterated our campaign, provided our experience at a global HIV meeting and established a extremely effective play events for trans individuals during the intercourse club Eros.

Suffice it to say—we’ve come a long distance in a decade, but there’s still lots we must do in order to bring trans guys front and center. Here’s just exactly exactly what we’ve learned as we’ve morphed our presence campaign (message: “we’re here! ”) within the years into one that’s more dedicated to training and serving our trans community.

Top 5 reasons why you should bang a Trans man

The most effective 5 Reasons guide had been great deal of fun in order to make. Niko created the information, Loren developed the imagery, and we also had a transmasculine visual designer additionally helping from the task. A few of the dudes at Eros additionally contributed to the way with this guide as well as other materials.

We (Niko) keep in mind gonna Folsom Street Fair and passing down materials in a crowd of individuals with a number of volunteers. People would simply take the cards, just take 4 or 5 steps away and turn around then. Like, “where would be the trans guys right right here? ” That began the discussion, plus it ended up being where we had a need to begin.

Many people actually liked the information, plus some individuals felt maybe it’s possibly problematic. We used great deal of sexy pictures, lots of sexy language. We caught people’s attention, many individuals thought we possibly may be trans folks that are fetishizing. I believe during the some time for just what it had been for, it absolutely was essential. Subsequently, things are more educational, rather than as risque with regards to pictures and language.

Introduction to Trans Male Bodies

We’ve also produced materials and held activities to teach people about trans bodies that are male. We did a workshop at Eros which was, “Ask A Trans man Anything” and produced materials en en titled, “Introduction to Trans Male Bodies” and “Introduction to Cis Male Bodies. ” Trans individuals are pretty well-educated about their health, but individuals who partner with trans individuals often aren’t.

We possibly may have intercourse with individuals who don’t know any thing on how we care for our anatomies, particularly when we’re sex that is having homosexual cis guys whom mostly have intercourse along with other homosexual cis men. They could never be considering if pregnancy is just a possibility—it’s simply not section of their intimate wellness training.

STIs might have a more damaging effect on people assigned feminine at delivery. Sometimes we (Niko) feel because I don’t know if the other person knows things like this like I have to be really diligent about my sexual health. PrEP is amazing, however it’s made the discussion about condoms more complicated—especially if you’re worrying not just about STIs but additionally about maternity. There’s a lot to unpack with regards to intimate health insurance and trans male bodies—and how we communicate about this with this intimate lovers.

We also created helpful tips to flagging (hanky rule) for trans males who possess sex with males, and tm4m hankies which are purple and black colored plaid. Many years later on, we updated the hankie rule to be less male-centered, and added “galaxy” towards the list being a t4t banner. This past year, we created and given out galaxy bandanas at Folsom Street Fair.

Trans Enjoy Parties & Safer Intercourse

Eros is just a trans-friendly intercourse club mainly staffed by trans individuals. We (Loren) have always been an owner and Niko (whom works well with SFCHC) has additionally worked at Eros. I (Niko) invested considerable time thinking about how exactly we could produce a secure, available and sex-positive play area for trans people, plus the concept to host occasions at Eros ended up being a choice that is obvious.

SFCHC now hosts tm4m sex events (every and Free Play parties (quarterly) at Eros with support from San Francisco Department of Public Health month. The tm4m activities are designed for trans dudes into other dudes, whilst the complimentary Play events are available to all trans and gender people that are non-conforming. When a 12 months, complimentary play events are for queer and trans individuals of color just. One per year they truly are for trans and gender non-conforming individuals just. Twice a free play is open to cis people if they attend with a trans people year.

Totally totally Free Play and tm4m events provide the trans community safe areas to connect, where our anatomies are celebrated.

As you’re able to imagine, too often trans individuals end in unsafe RedTube circumstances in terms of intercourse. We find yourself behind shut doorways, by having a complete complete stranger which will cause us damage. At these events, people of our community have actually a secure, neat and space that is sexy individuals can explore just just what feels good to them, with staff and community around become accountable just in case one thing takes place or goes wrong. We now have safe intercourse materials readily available for individuals, so we simply just simply take permission and security really.

You can find therefore spaces that are few trans people feel welcome and celebrated, however these play parties are exactly that. The complimentary Enjoy events are made of often 95% trans individuals. When you yourself have a space filled with cis people—and maybe merely a trans that are few vibe can feel creepy. You are feeling fetishized. To start to see the tables switched at Free Enjoy was therefore effective.

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