perception is reality

i've been reading Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation in an effort to educate myself more on transgender & genderqueer experiences. At last year's Ladyfest Los Angeles I had the privilege of attending a workshop, 'On Gender Liberation,' lead by awesome trans activist & educator Sophie Violette. She said something that stuck with me: "Why is our biology only determined from the waist down? Is your brain not biology?" It's a good point- Who is to say you are not what you know yourself to be? Why should anyone have to justify something as innately personal as their gender?  Anyway, with those thoughts swirling in my head, I made this collage: