On Saturday, March 22nd, BodyImage4Justice held its first Transfeminine Show and Tell event at Fenway Health. Our wonderful facilitator, Ms. Kim Watson of CKLife in New York City, presented an engaging and informative session. Ms. Kim was joined by Daisey Lopez from Queens and nearly 20 participants. There was a powerful feeling of community in this gathering of trans women that was truly inspiring. We thank Ms. Kim for sharing her empowering and affirming messages, experience, and information with us, and we look forward to having her return to Boston for a future event!
BodyImage4Justice and Fenway Health are collaborating to present a two-hour workshop exclusively for people on the transfeminine spectrum. This will be an accountable, non-competitive space where you can share your body challenges and experiences as a trans woman or feminine/femme-identified genderqueer person, and receive information and resources in a supportive, confidential environment.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Fenway Health, 9th Floor, Meeting Room 1
We wish to thank and acknowledge all of our wonderful partners for this event: The Fenway Instutite, The Fenway Trans Health Program, CKLife, and LifeSkills. Thanks to their support, this will be an event full of useful information and resources for those on the transfeminine spectrum.
Admission to this event is free, but space is limited. Please register online now to reserve your seat!
We are honored to present today’s reflection on body image by Ms. Kim Watson, the Co-Founder and Patient Care Specialist at Community Kinship Life (CKLife), a New York-based organization that aims to provide the Trans community with the tools needed to achieve their personal goals while having a sense of community and Kinship. People from across the U.S. and around the world have benefited greatly from the selfless acts of Ms. Kim Watson and CKLife. CKLife offers surgery scholarships, clinic services, and other necessary assistance and support for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Ms. Kim will be the facilitator of our upcoming event, Transfeminine Show and Tell. Check out their Web site for more information.
For the past many years I have been struggling with body image, and I thought if I had larger hips, breasts and butt, I would be perfect.
I have not gone through any of these procedures because I began to reflect on the way other women pumped silicone into their body, which looks great, but I could not bring myself mentally to the point of taking such risks that could be damaging to my health.
I am a mother, a wife, and a business woman who has come to the decision of changing my body naturally in order to fix my body image, but to do it by cutting out calories, which is very difficult because I am a foodie. I have tried 24 Hour Fitness and Planet Fitness, but got into a car accident in 2011 which left me with three disks damaged in my lower back and neck. So I switched my routine into walking a lot, which has helped me, but not entirely because I am still struggling with my belly fat.
One method that I use is to wear one or two girdles or waist shapers, which leave marks on my body. I am hoping to return to the gym this week and consult with a personal trainer to help me live a healthier lifestyle.
Thank you for reading… Mrs. Kim