This Thursday, March 31, is Trans Day of Visibility, a day that was created to celebrate the trans people who populate our families, our communities, our lives and our world. Autostraddle is a website for and about queer women, and that will always, always, include queer trans women. In order to highlight just a few of the trans women we love, respect and admire here at Autostraddle, we asked several to take pictures of a day or two in their lives and answer a few questions and we’ll also be featuring several essays related to trans visibility by trans women this week.
Luna Merbruja is absolutely one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. She’s pure magic. She’s pure inspiration. She’s pure beauty. I’ve known her on tumblr for a long, long time, and I was blessed to be able to interview her after reading her incredibly powerful memoir, Trauma Queen. She’s written for us before and also writes for Everyday Feminism as well as performing and speaking across the country. Luna’s pretty much unfairly talented.
She’s, in my honest opinion, one of the five most beautiful women in the world (I’ve thought about this a lot) and I want her to achieve and accomplish and get every wonderful thing she hopes for in life. She’s a non-binary powerhouse who fills the world with the joy and wisdom and love that radiates out of her every time she smiles or writes or speaks. She’s one of the reasons I know that magic and brujeria are real because I can see the magic and power that she emanates.
Luna’s able to write about difficult things in a way that makes you feel better about the difficult things you’ve gone through. Her writing is like an arm around your shoulder that makes you feel less alone when you’re feeling low and lonely. When she’s writing about happiness, you can actually feel the joy that she’s put into the words. I know I’ve already said she’s magic, but she really, really is and her writing is proof of that. I love her writing and I love her.
1. What’s your favorite thing about yourself right now? Your second favorite?
My self love is my favorite thing about myself right now. Seeing my sometimes dry, sometimes crusty-eyed face first thing in the morning and automatically thinking, “Damn, you’re beautiful” is a joy I never thought I would experience.
My second favorite thing is my resiliency. I’ve recently come up against life changing struggles that would have utterly crumbled an earlier self. These days, I have the strength to cry and ask for support without falling apart as hard.
2. What songs would be on a 3-5 song playlist describing how you feel today and why?
- “Warm Blood” by Carly Rae Jepsen because I want to record a vampire music video where I’m stripping on a pole and dancing in the blood of all my most difficult johns.
- “Bling Bling” by Junglepussy because “it’s a full-time job fucking loving yourself” and who doesn’t want to be with a bunch of hot girls dancing around and bouncing their titties? (Bonus: getting someone to practice 103 ways to suck on a clit on me.)
- “Lined Lips and Spiked Bats” by G.L.O.S.S. because “They told us to die! We chose to live!” is by far one of my favorite lines to scream-sing when I’m feeling down.
- “Bless The Telephone” by Kelis because I’ve had so many wonderful phone calls with beloved family today who aren’t always physically present in my life.
3. What are you unsure about?
I’m unsure about how much I want to share about my physical transition journey. It’s an intensely intimate process that very few people within my friend circle have been a part of, but social media acts as this sort of unveiling in itself.
What I mean is that it’s hard to keep things private, especially surrounding a body because it’s visible, and social media has this pressure to share your face/body to show you’re an actual person doing actual person things.
This uncertainty was my main compromise in sharing that I’m fundraising for chichis. In an ideal world, I could have health insurance that covered this instead of having to pull upon social capital to help me embody myself.
4. What and who is inspiring you right now?
Lately I’ve been inspired by Kai Cheng Thom to pursue sharing harsher truths, Katherine Cross to turn a piece of my narrative into a Twine game, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha to finish editing my memoir Trauma Queen before the end of this year.