Who is Amelia?

Photo Mar 27, 5 52 57 PM_croppedHiya!

I’m Amelia!

Writing an about me page is kind of weird. How do I describe myself to someone who’s never met me before? I think I’m a pretty rad chick, but how does one say that without sounding egotistical? If I ever figure that out, I guess I’ll have to rewrite this!

I’m a lot of different things. Marathon runner. Transgender. Software engineer. Snowboarder. Photographer. Lover of all foods, but the spicier the better. Cat lover. Cat hater. Nerd. Whovian. Feminist. Recovering music snob. Wannabe activist. Frequent visitor to Disney World. Not quite financially well off enough to travel as much as I wish I could.

Mostly, I like to write about running and being transgender here, but I sneak in a few other things from time to time. These are the things that shape my life the most right now. I feel like I’m constantly in marathon training mode and, as much as it wipes me out, I love it. I love pushing myself to be faster and stronger. The feeling of crossing the finish line never gets old!

I live my life as an out transgender woman. I don’t believe in hiding who I am. I tried that for a long time and it didn’t work. When I transitioned, I decided to be proud and open about who I am, I had no desire to simply trade one closet for another. I describe my attitude about it as “trans as ****” because that’s how I feel and I’m going to own it. That’s where the name of this blog comes from, I am entirely me. I write about my life as a trans woman because I think it’s important and I think trans equality has a long way to go. I envision a day when trans people are no long seen as freaks or a lesser part of society and trans women are seen as the same as any other woman. By living openly, I get to show the world that us trans folk are just normal people.

I guess that’s it? For now, at least. I’m super easy to reach out to on Twitter or Facebook or even by leaving a comment here. I love to chat with other runners and, especially, other trans folk. Feel free to say hi!

 

15 Comments

  1. Amelia:

    Damn I wish I had seen this about six months earlier. My name is Joanna Harper and for the last seven years I have been, among other things, researching trans running performance. I recently submitted a paper on my study, but only have seven study participants. I would include you if you send me your date of birth and your permission. Email me and we can talk more.

  2. Amelia –

    I am not responding to what’s on this web page specifically, but rather asking questions related to to the over-arching thread that runs throughout your blog. That being the intersection of your passion for running and the fact of your being transgender.

    Are you aware of any organized transgender groups that meet regularly to engage in running, jogging, or any other fitness activities? I am wondering if I just haven’t scoured the web enough, but I have looked long and hard, and I suspect not.

    Here in Washington, the few transgender groups seem to include few, if any, athletically fit individuals. At least, that seems to be the case in local area transgender social gatherings I have attended.

    I wonder if it relates to the issue of transgender “passing.” Those who can pass successfully in stealth may not want to hang out with other transgender people or see the need, whatever the activity. And I would hazard that fitness may correspond to self-image and desire to pass in stealth.

    [I sincerely apologize for any offense related to my personal observations concerning fitness that I have given to any members of the transgender community at large and the t-community here in the DC region.]

    Is this just my imagination running to a dark place? And it may well be.

    In any case, I wonder whether getting together with other athletically-minded transgender people could be really good for everyone’s mind and body. I know that I would certainly like to.

    I plan to repost portions of this reply in a week or two to Laura’s Playground (or some such similar site). Unless you think I’m going to only provide a firestorm response.

    Thanks any or all for reading this.

  3. Your resource page is extensive and amazing. In the last few years, I occasionally see you mention or leave comment and I wanted to thank you for everything you do. You’re an amazing person. 🙂

  4. Hi Amelia – I just stumbled over here researching Disney’s Wine and Dine half. This year will be my first and I am a bit nervous about it. But since I see you are recovering I thought I would wish you well while I am here!! I will be sure to check back again to see when you are up and literally running again. Take care!

  5. Amelia,

    You are gorgeous! Where do you live? Let’s run in Cape Cod.

    Love,
    David in Boston

  6. Hi Amelia,

    I was fortunate to watch your Huffington Post Interview this morning and something you said really hit home for me. You mentioned how transitioning and coming out later in life entails some unique complexity in that people have known you for several decades as a certain person and now you will be changing that perception. As someone who is transitioning in my mid 30’s, I really feel the same. I feel like I’ve been lying to friends and family. I’m grateful you mentioned a similar sentiment, I’m sure that was not an easy thing to say.

    I also think it’s great that you’re sticking to your sport of running and and snowboarding. As a transitioning trans-woman myself, I have a lot of anxiety over my love of participating and interest in sports. I have had experiences of people having a negative surprised reaction, or a dumbfounded reaction that I can enjoy sports, or camp or be an avid snow skier. So it’s really nice to see another trans female be active.

    I have really enjoyed seeing your blog today, hearing journeys like yours reminds me that it’s possible to be the real me.

    -Maddie

  7. PS, can you delete my last name from this comment? Failed to recognize that was going to post as well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

  8. You seem like a delightful lady and a wonderful writer. I look forward to reading your work and getting to know you well through your work.

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