Being proud to be a trans person isn’t always something that is easily accomplished. It is something personally for me that eves and flows. It can be real difficult being a trans person in today’s world and due to that it makes me go back to my years of feeling transphobic towards myself. Unfortunately, those things don’t give me the ability to be proud of being trans and be proud of who I am. This is something I believe many trans people deal with on a daily basis. Despite the hardships we go through we need to make sure we stay proud of who we are and proud of having a trans experience.
Meet Malcolm Ribot (he/him/his)
Malcolm Ribot is, a trans man who is a community builder, avid hiker, graphic designer, artist, constant wanderer, wiggler, and man of trans experience. He was born in Maryland and grew up in PA, Germany, UT, IN, and IL – where he graduated with his Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. After working at a travel goods company for 5 years as their packaging designer, he left for life on the road and found his true purpose and calling as the FTM Traveler.
In June, 2015, he began traveling with his trusty copilot Catahoula pup, Grayson, connecting fellow men of trans experience with one another – helping folks like him see that they are not alone, and that there are other folks like them often even nearby. He’s done so in 49/50 states, Vancouver, Brighton, and Berlin thus far – with much more to come. He now also volunteers, works with, and partners with his favorite non-profit The Venture Out Project bringing together queer folks in the outdoors – combining 2 of his great passions into 1!
His trans experience, and his efforts have been featured by/in: NBC OUT, Buzzfeed, Transform Washington, and much more.
In this episode, we talk about:
– Pride Celebrations
– Pride in being a trans man
– Being visible
“To recognize where we came from and be out and open and be who we are.” – Malcolm Ribot
“My pride in being a trans man has shifted throughout my journey.” – Malcolm Ribot
“Feeling is not linear.” – Malcolm Ribot
“It’s still important because our rights and protections keep getting taken away.” – Malcolm Ribot