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Coming out



Amber Field

I am transgender. The pronoun I use is they. The gender binary feels limiting and restrictive to me. The pronoun "they" originally felt clunky to me. These days, it feels more aligned because I feel a multiplicity of gender expressions. I don't identify with being a woman or a man. I do identify with being both of these and none of them. Cross-gender, mixed gender: I feel genderqueer, gender fluid, gender fabulous!  

Society is more accepting of people with vaginas presenting masculine than of people with penises presenting feminine. It's messed up and makes my being trans less threatening for society. When I came out as queer in my late teens, my grandma told my mom, "I've thought so since she was twelve." So this probably doesn't surprise most of you to learn that I'm trans. I've been wrestling with my gender identity for most of my life. Dismayed when people called me boy, trying to fit in and be more feminine, rejecting the masculine, rejecting the feminine. These days, I am finding my own fabulous relationship to gender. 

Months ago I told my sex therapist I didn't have the energy to deal with my gender identity because sexuality has been such a fraught journey. Homophobic remarks, fears for my physical safety, social ostracism, religious condemnation, and living in a heterosexist society weighed heavily on me for years and then receded to the background as I spent more time in the Bay Area. After getting some breathing room around sexuality, the last thing I wanted was to be marginalized for my gender identity. I've had to endure years of people gender policing my hair, clothes, behaviors, actions, and being. It's exhausting. 

At this point, trying to conform or be someone I'm not is a huge waste of energy and an internal war I don't want to fight anymore. Coming out as transgender is life affirming, truthful, and helps people see me the way I see myself. Massive gratitude to all the brave transgender warriors throughout history all around the world who have paved the way for me to come out more gracefully. 

Thank you for your actions that make the world more safe for the most vulnerable (we must stand with immigrants, Muslims, people of color, queer and trans folk, the poor). Use your passion and privilege to take actions such as going to protests, attending city council and town hall meetings, calling and writing your senators and representatives, hosting gatherings to educate people on issues, volunteering with local organizations, and donating. Together we rise! 

I'm available to come to your gatherings/events and teach protest and freedom songs, lead people in voice work, speak, and perform. 

In love and freedom, 

I am thrilled to be singing and drumming with over 70 people this winter as we raise our voices and rise together. Every year I donate money from these classes to different organizations. Last year, we donated $500 to Black Lives Matter. This year, we have donated $500 to the ACLU. I look forward to working with more local organizations in the coming months. 

Have you gone to protests and marches and wondered why are they so quiet? Couldn't they be more powerful and fun? I will be hosting a 2 hour free your voice while drumming workshop at Bandaloop Studio, 1601 18th St., Oakland, CA on Tuesday April 4 from 5:15 to 7:15pm. It's a 10-15 minute walk from West Oakland BART.

I will teach protest and freedom songs, fun chants, and Civil Rights songs along with rhythms you can play on your djembe, doumbek, tambourine, or other percussion instrument. I will teach simple rhythms you can drum as you walk and sing. I will also teach a fun 3 part polyrhythm. Please bring a drum, shaker, or rattle. If you are bringing a djembe, lightweight ones that have a carrying strap are best for long marches.

Contact to sign up. 

Upcoming 10 week series start in late April. Registration is open online. 

Maru Dojo, 736 14th St., at Church and Market, SF 
Free Your Voice: Initiation

  • 10 Sundays 5 to 6:30pm, April 23 to June 25, 

Free Your Harmony 

  • 10 Sundays 6:30 to 8pm, April 23 to June 25

Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline St., near Ashby BART, Berkeley 
Free Your Voice: Initiation

  • 10 Mondays 6 to 7:30pm, April 24 to June 26

Free Your Voice while Drumming: Foundation Flow B

  • 10 Mondays 7:30 to 9pm, April 24 to June 26 

$325 Early bird by 4/19. Afterwards, $350

We Shall Overcome song set to 3 different djembe rhythms

Live music at RISE Yogathon fundraiser to bring yoga to high school students in the Bay Area: 
Mar 18, 10am-12:30pm, Mission High School, 3750 18th St, SF

Live music in yoga classes:
Mar 4: Elise Collins, 6:15pm, Yoga Tree Stanyan
Mar 6: Danni Pomplun 6:15pm, Yoga Tree Hayes
Mar 7: Grace Cathedral, Labyrinth Yoga, 6:15pm, 1100 California St., SF
Mar 10: Julie Locke, 6:15pm, Yoga Tree Castro
Mar 11: Amanda Moran, 9am, Yoga Tree Hayes
Mar 12: Abby Tucker, 9am, Namaste Yoga Berkeley, 2820 7th St.
Mar 14: Janet Stone, 6:15pm, Yoga Tree Castro
Mar 20: Dana Damara, Noon, Yoga Tree Castro
Mar 21: Erika Van Gemeren, 4:30pm, Yoga Tree Potrero
Mar 30: Britt Fohrman, 10:35am, Yoga Tree Valencia
Mar 30: Britt Fohrman, 12:15pm, Yoga Tree Valencia
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr.                            Stani Photography
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