"I love the summer. I love being outside. I love hiking, reading in my hammock, driving around with the windows down and the music up loud, long road trips, camping, the smell of woodsmoke. And I love swimming. But when you are a trans* man who has not had top surgery, swimming is not always fun. It is hard to navigate wanting to be read as male and having that desire just to be able to be a normal guy, walking around in your trunks with no shirt on. So how do you handle those pressures?
"Some trans* guys avoid swimming altogether. It is too difficult, too triggering, but there are ways to swim and still be read as male. It depends on your build, your comfort zone, and how much money you may have available as to what approach would be best for you. If you notice when you are on the beach, not all men swim with their shirts off, so we do have the opportunity just to be another one of the guys. Perhaps not in the way we may want, but there are ways to have fun and to be able to swim."