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Who am I and Why am I Different:
Why Self Acceptance is The Key to Trans Visibility 
A Guest Blog Post by Nic Brennan
U.K. Firefighter/Advocate/Role Model and all around Hero

"‘How can others love you when you don’t love yourself’?
Our own sense of being male or female is something that most of us take for granted.
It can be hard enough just to accept yourself, never mind love yourself! But self acceptance is the first step towards living your life authentically." -----Nic Brennan

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This year's list, we have formulated a list of nominees from the countless post, tweets, and comments by our readers here and on the various social media pages. As well, as on TMPlanet.net, our new online social network for our friends of TMP. Now it's your time to cast the vote and help us this year make the final top 20 list.Cast up five votes for those you feel best represented these qualities, or has inspired you.
Cast your vote for five of the most Influential Trans People of 2015

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If you haven't cast your vote Friends of TMP for Aurelius or any of our outstanding warriors, showing the world trans men are men (period), please support them all.
How do you stay fit and healthy? Why is it important to you?
Staying healthy and strong is important to me because it gives me confidence in myself and creates the feeling that I can acheive anything. It makes me feel that I can interact with others in a more positive manner. I can then be of better service; more productive and helpful. I live in South Carolina so I like to stay fit by surfing and bike riding. I also keep strong by lifting weights and through my work as a HVAC duct installer. My efforts in my routines keep me balanced and on track both mentally and phsically.

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Last week, Indiana, passed the Religious Freedom Act. A law that has given many to openly discriminate against TBLG persons.  While many protest the latest law in Indiana, many are unaware that a similar law has already been in place for sometime in South Carolina.

According to the Post and Courier, South Carolina is the only state, other than Indiana, with a law that explicitly gives religious protections to businesses. Raising concerns that it could be used to defend discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people. Beth Littrell, a senior attorney in Atlanta for advocacy group Lambda Legal, said South Carolina’s law was “murkier” than Indiana’s, but that it could have the same effect that activists there fear, depending on how it’s interpreted by the courts in S.C.

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This year, the weeklong event is packed with activities for everyone regardless of age. Charleston Pride week starts Monday July 29th, with a family cookout, short film festival, a party in the Park and culminating in the highly anticipated downtown parade on Saturday August 3rd, then a blow out party at the nationally known Music Farm, which is directly next door to Pantheon with the best diva show in the south and for those few souls able to make it out of bed the next morning, it all ends with a nice relaxing Sunday Brunch on the 4th.
The excitement is really building around town so I had to ask a few friends around the area what they are most looking forward to enjoying this week at Charleston Pride 2013. SEE INTERVIEWS

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But what’s really the reason this angers so many in politics? Is it the word Penis or the 170 synonyms for it? Could it be that many politicians and those men in the media are suffering from a little penis envy? I mean, can we talk seriously for a second? Did anyone ever think that an uptight politician would be packing and have a body like that? I say you go Anthony Weiner, be proud of what you got; granted you should just brag with your wife and a few buddies but hey, other than those affected by his large member, who else has been offended to the point that this man doesn’t deserve to go on with his life? In fact this maybe his way of staying physically faithful to his wife and still gets his rocks off and for those men in the media treating this like the holocaust, get over yourselves…so you feel less of a man because Anthony Weiner is a nerd and hung and you’re not, don’t you know by now to most women it’s not about what the man has but who the man is inside?

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As the birth was announced, a loud cheer went up from the well-wishers and media gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in West London and every news outlet in America had something to report this evening, so I figured I might as well join in and wishing the little baby boy a happy welcome to his new world and much happiness and who I hope the family mysteriously sees this post (yea right) and consider naming him Spencer Charles but he’ll always be referred to me as Princess Diana’s grandson. I so hope he grows up and takes after his grandmother. So here’s to you little (hopefully Spencer Charles), welcome to the world and what a privileged world it is…enjoy every day.
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