I grew up in a small town. I've always been masculine but it took a long time to embrace it because I saw how the out people were judged. Now that I'm comfortable with my masculinity I run into older folks that talk about "family" yet judge those who identify differently than them. Ex. A butch woman once told me that she was proud to know me because she thinks i am a proud lesbian who goes by my "real" name. I gave her a strange look which prompted her to explain that she was happy that I wasn't trying to be a man or go by some made up name to sound like a boy. I was shocked. This isn't why I dress the way I dress or act the way I act. It's not to please one set of people over another. I dress this way because this is how I'm comfortable and I think I look pretty damn good.
I don't want to be judged even by those who are supposed to be part of this community i was so worried about being a part of when i was younger, just as much as I don't want to be judged by those outside of this community. That's why I support this project. I want everyone to be able to be who they are without judgement. The more people understand ALL the different kinds of masculinity, the more it will help become everyone's norm.