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Dapper Boi would not be where it is today without our Trans DB Fam members. We are not just some bandwagon company taking advantage of a movement. We're a part of it. A driving force for inclusion. But these folks, and thousands more like them, are the fuel.
Today is about them.
Which is why, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to spotlight some of our Trans supporters. Let them tell their stories. In their words. We're just lucky enough to have a front row seat.
So without further ado, Heart, Roman, Atlas... take it away.
Photo credit: @viragoboudoir
My name is Heart and my pronouns are he/him. I’m a queer, fat, trans masc. yoga instructor and I hold space for people like me. I also educate cisgender, straight, and thin people on how to be allies for our community. I’m hosting my first Queer & Trans Joy-centered Yoga Retreat on May 7-11, 2023 in Asheville, North Carolina!
I am currently going through my legal name change, and I am just so excited to have my legal name be Heart! I chose it because I follow my Heart, listen to it, and let it guide me in all I do. Even though sometimes it can be hard when I am receiving anti-trans hate and it hurts. I love so deeply, and my big Heart is what makes me be me. It’s why I’m able to show up and hold space for people the way I do.
So the idea that, in two to three weeks, I will be able to present myself legally as Heart—the real human I am and always have been—brings me so much joy and hope! I also love seeing queer, trans, and fat people relax after a yoga class. I enjoy watching folks find joy in moving their bodies and letting their nervous systems settle.
Joy is contagious, especially trans joy and I’ve been experiencing a lot of sympathetic joy lately! Despite all the anti-trans legislation and sentiment in the US, I have trans siblings going through top surgery consultations, starting Testosterone, and taking steps for their transition to be able to live their lives authentically. And that truly brings me so much joy. Transitioning is joy!
I recently got a bunch of gender affirming (and fat inclusive!) clothing, and it makes me feel so good about myself. I wore a shirt last week which a trans guy complimented, and I felt so sexy. I’m #T4T all the way. To be seen and validated by someone from the community meant so much to me.
I have also been feeling great when I throw on my new jumper, which fits so well and is my color. I feel so cute and that is such a nice, new experience. For years, I taught yoga and babysat and just wore whatever I could sweat in or get throw up on. It’s so affirming to finally care about my appearance in this way. Especially now that my body feels more aligned with my gender, as I’ve been on T for 3 years and have a flat chest.
I’m so grateful to companies like Dapper Boi making accessible and inclusive clothing for fat and trans folks to live their best lives and look good doing it! We deserve that, and in honor of Trans Day of Visibility, it’s nice to have clothes that make me want to be visible!
I’m Roman Matthew Velazquez Trans Latino male. Father, Husband, and all-around family man. I go by He/Him pronouns. My passion has always been fashion as corny as that may sound!
Finding opportunities to pave the way for our youth. Showing them that our future can be bright in so many beautiful ways, one being fashion.
Prior to my transition I struggled very hard to find clothes that fit me. They were either too big or too short. Until one day, I was introduced to a clothing store that had just the right fit and WOW! I finally felt so masculine, so manly. Best of all I felt like my authentic self!
My name is Atlas O Phoenix. I’m an auteur and artist. I’m currently working on a documentary about my transition starting at 50 and the link to my mental health journey as a neurodivergent queer for nearly 40 years.
I’m also the founder, creator, and producer of Trans-LATE! An evening of cabaret and chill dance vibes. It’s a hybrid event that is in-person and on zoom for the cabaret portion. After the cabaret, there’s a dance party! I’m looking forward to creating another one in August. This dance party will be a prom! You can read more about my film and support it by visiting my website www.beautifulboi.com.
My trans journey started April 21st, 2021. What brings me trans joy is being comfortable in my own skin, surrounded with loving friends and community. The joy I feel from creating my films and now Trans-LATE!—a wellness event for trans, intersex, agender, and nonbinary folx and our allies—has been life-affirming, encouraging, and truly inspiring.
Investing in great quality clothing allows me to dress up in my truth. On November 22, 2021, I had top surgery. Excited for my post op appointment, still wearing the drains, I stuffed myself in one of my favorite DB flannels! Later in the day, with the drains out, I kept posing in the mirror! Wearing it, with no breasts, felt inexplicably beautiful.
When I decided to purchase DB clothing, I thought it was like buying “clothes,” - that experience of shopping by rote. It was not. The experience of wearing tailor-fitted style clothing was up close and personal which makes the shopping experience enjoyable and rewarding.
IG: @beautiful_boi_atlas_phoenix @trans_late_mpls