Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies: Nancy Nangeroni

We are honored to post this reflection on body image by Nancy Nangeroni, Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and the founder and co-host of the long-running weekly radio show Gender Talk. Thank you for adding your voice to our campaign, Nancy!


Nancy Nangeroni

On Body Image:

I’m never satisfied with my body as it is. As a man, I was never big or strong enough. Now, I’m rarely womanly or small or thin enough. This discontent is a constant force in my life, driving choices of what to eat and wear, nibbling at my self-confidence.

I know I’m not unique in this. We’re all constantly reminded of our flaws by corporate marketing, so we’ll buy more product. They swamp us with messages about our need to look better, planting hurtful self-doubt deep in our hearts. They tell us our body image needs to be younger, more fit, attractive, and sexier.

I fight back as much as I can. Some days I win, some days I lose. Winning is feeling good about my body as it is, gender norms be damned. Winning is taking the time to be good to my body, because it deserves it. Winning is forgetting inadequacy and remembering that my body is a righteous and quite wonderful vessel for my spirit.

Nancy Nangeroni

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Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies: Saterius Ian Roberts

The first story in our new campaign, Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies Just As We Are, is from Saterius Ian Roberts (SiR), a transgender activist, artist, teacher and single parent living in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his artistic prowess, SiR is a tireless activist for the Trans and Gender-Queer community.


Saterius Ian Roberts, also known as "SiR"

In a world where body size, shape and figure can consume one’s outlook on life, love and relationships, and sometimes even self-identity, I choose to fight an everlasting battle with the societal “NORMS”.

I have been in a battle with weight gain for the majority of my younger years. As a child living in a large family, at times too large to go to the doctor for every little pain and or ache, I finally took charge of my life as an adult to seek medical assistance in my weight issues. Finding out that I had a bacteria in my stomach lining called “H PYLORI”, I took the medicine that was needed to cure the bacteria and I took control of my weight for the first time in my life.

I am considered over weight in the eyes of medical professionals who don’t know much about me or my medical history of what was viewed as an eating disorder. Yet, my primary care physician that I had been with since the age of 12 years old has congratulated me for being able to keep my weight on, because that was one of my many challenges in my younger years.

I am a single parent of a 12 year old little lady who is very much a fan of me NOT looking “sick” or even being sick for that matter. I have watched my family torment people about being too fat, and even people for being too skinny, when in reality the person is neither. I have dated people who were in a size 6-8 in women’s pants who cried continuously about being fat, and some who were bigger than me embrace and love their sizes and some who hated their sizes.

So “whom shall I adore?” Those who dislike or wish to change the size or shape of skin they live in?

“My body is MY canvas, and I am the artist.” – SiR

BI4J Presents: Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies Just As We Are

BodyImage4Justice is pleased to announce a new campaign to promote positive body image and self-esteem in our community. The Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies Just As We Are Campaign features our stories in our own words about body image. This campaign focuses on the experiences of transgender people, but we will also include stories from LGBTQ allies because we see body image as a common thread that connects people throughout our community.

If you would like to contribute a story to the campaign about your experience regarding body image, please e-mail it to us at embodyingjustice@gmail.com. We accept video submissions for this campaign as well, and also invite contributors to add a photo of themselves and a brief biographical statement to accompany their story. We will post new campaign stories on the Love Ourselves, Love Our Bodies page on this site in the coming weeks.