Masculinity for me is natural. It's an energy, a way of walking through the world. But, it took me awhile to embrace being a masculine of center person. I had to go through my own journey of self-acceptance. It's not always easy, especially because I do not subscribe to many of the dominant practices of masculinity. My masculinity is not in conflict with, or opposition to, femininity. I do not embrace the mainstream masculine culture that results in sexism and misogyny. As a queer person of color I had many challenges keeping me from completely embracing myself. Part of my journey has been reflected through my hair. The moment I cut it, I shed so much emotional weight. At this point in my life I feel happy, comfortable, and most of all proud to walk through the world as who I truly am.