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.