My Identity Winnipeg, a blog by Riley Chervinski, takes a look at the stories of young trans men in Winnipeg.
“I didn’t really know what I wanted to get out of it,” said Chervinski about starting the project.
Initially, she was looking for traditional transition stories, but during her first interview, she realized there were more important stories to tell.
“The first person I talked to had just gotten back from a Europe trip,” said Chervinski. This was Chris Gadaleta. In his story, he talks about the anxiety of keeping his trans identity hidden overseas.
“From that one, I then spun them all into having their own focus so it wasn’t on the whole transition,” said Chervinski. “It was just on a certain aspect of their lives.”
Through the project, she said she learned a lot, such as that Manitoba is lacking in resources for people who are trans.
The most surprising thing Chervinski found was that every person she interviewed had a supportive group of people who were accepting of their identity.
The idea for this project came from criticism last year ofhow the media was covering trans issues.
“I wanted to challenge myself to report correctly,” said Chervinski.
You can judge for yourself whether or not she was successful.