1 : Mom

I’m in Saskatoon for the holiday season. First time in my home town since I started my gender transition. My Mom has been quite supportive of me through out all of this, which is great. I feel quite fortunate. 

We’ve been talking a lot more in the past year; I’ve overcome a lot of my teen angst and closed lip and can actually engage in honest conversations. It helps a lot that I can talk openly about my trans issues and general queer concerns. I’ve been making an effort while visiting her to show affection and hug her when I can.

1 : Mom
2 : Nathan & Kids

My Brother Nathan is a giant, and probably one of my favorite people to hug. His wife jokes that he hugs people so long that they get uncomfortable, and then a little longer for good measure. Personally I like it.

He’s got three kids; Luke is 3 and the twins, Seth and Paul are just less than 1. The twins were born premature, and spent a while in the hospital, so it’s great them growing and crawling around, doin’ baby stuff. Luke is funny and sensitive, and had a good reaction to his Mom’s explanation that I’m a girl now. It’s pretty neat to be called Auntie Morgan.

2 : Nathan and Niblets
3 : Chrystal

Chrystal always compliments me on my hugs, which just makes me want to hug her more. I think she might have been the first person to mention anything about it. We have been friends for 12 years. She was also one of the first people I was “out” to and been available to chat as my identity went through its many refinements. 

I’m glad I was able to see her again while I was in Saskatoon.

3 : Chrystal
4 : Auntie Cecile

Auntie Cecile came over for my last supper in Saskatoon and I am thankful she did could make it. When my Dad had died and my family moved in the city, Cecile became kinda of a second parental unit for holidays and such. She is one of the only members of my paternal family that I see regularly, and has laid the ground work for what I like about being Auntie Morgan. She is warm and sweet, and offered an alternative to some of the scarier aspects of Saskatchewan conservatism.

4 : Auntie Cecile
5 : Tanya

I had a strange flight home from Saskatoon to Montreal. There was a long layover in Toronto, but the flight after that I was sat in a row by myself and given a complimentary beer. Pretty Neat. I spent most of the 50 minute flight considering how I could approach someone to participate in this project and share affection. I eventually worked up the courage to talk this neat kinda punky lady in the row ahead of me, who had a heart shaved in to the side of her head. (awesome!)  Anyway, she agreed to hold hands on camera and I gave her the url for my project. So, maybe she is reading this right now, if so “Thanks Tanya, I hope your vacation went well.”

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