Los Angeles, CA.
I believe that masculinity is a state of mind and attitude. It can be whatever we want it to be. I've always been more masculine than feminine and fought it for a long time because of society and their so-called norms. I spent my childhood as a tomboy with a feminine twin sister. She was Barbie and I was Ken...and Star Wars. I was criticized for 'being a boy' by others from time to time and it changed me. When high school came along, I became completely feminine with no trace of my former self. I forced myself to fit in; to be the girl that everyone thought I should be. It wasn't until I moved away for college that I realized it was okay to be different. Slowly, I gained the confidence to let my true self show.
For the past ten years, I have embraced it more and more because of the many positive influences we have available to us in our lives now. It's an amazing feeling to own one's 'boi-ness' and to be a part of this community that supports one another. We have come to know that are not alone. Wear those pants! Tie that tie! Be ourselves.