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MANDA, 2005

OAKLAND, CA 

MANDA, 2011:  I had recently turned 18 when this photo was taken.  I was really into my tattoos and my androgyny.  I was starting to own my image instead of letting it own me.  By my feet is the book Stone Butch Blues.  I think I carried that book around with me everywhere I went that year.  It was a bible for me at a time that I needed it dearly.  This was also right about when I realized I didn’t have to be a lesbian, I could be queer and I was super down with that.