By MARTIN BRYANT Source Medical News Now title ‘The Red’ magazine cover: My FIRST feminist cover story by MARTin Bryant article “You have to have the ability to look at a human being and say, ‘This is not something you can be a part of.'”
The “Red” magazine cover, featuring a model posing in a red dress, was a moment for Bryant, a trans woman of color, to finally take on the world.
“I was inspired by the cover, which I knew was going to be controversial, and so I thought I’d make it my own,” Bryant said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“I had to be bold.”
When Bryant, who was born with a gender identity disorder, first started taking hormones in 2014, she didn’t think she was ready to be seen in a “Red Power” magazine article.
“When I was in high school, my friends were all asking me if I was transitioning and I said, ‘Yes,’ but they all thought I was a girl,” Bryant explained.
“It was just something that I knew would be controversial.
So I kind of didn’t want to do it, I didn’t know how to say no, and I didn, too.”
Bryant was a member of the “Red Team” of “Red Girls,” a group of trans women of color that was launched in 2017 to encourage other trans women to come out.
“The idea was to have a ‘Red Team,’ so I’m a member, and if a trans girl wants to join, they can,” Bryant told The Daily, adding that the group has over 50 members.
“We started out with a group in high schools, and that was the beginning of the Red Team.”
In the year since her debut, Bryant has gotten support from various people, including a former Miss USA contestant, and she even received a call from a famous actor who was supportive of her transition.
“There are a lot of people that support me now that were once opposed to me, but there are also a lot people who are still supportive of me,” she said.
“And that’s kind of why I have been able to keep going.”
In a recent article in “The Red,” Bryant shared her story and shared her struggle to be accepted by her peers.
“As I was trying to figure out what my identity was and what my future looked like, I was reading a lot about transgender women,” she wrote.
“This is a huge part of our community.
I’ve heard stories of trans people getting harassed in the subway.
I was just so confused about my identity, but I was also so inspired by what I saw.
It really made me realize that this is something that trans women can achieve, that we can do.
And it’s so important that we embrace who we are.”
Brisbane’s “Red-ness” cover is a fitting illustration of Bryant’s journey.
The cover is titled “The first woman of Color” and it features Bryant, wearing a red blouse, in a provocative pose.
“It’s a great way to be a representation of a marginalized group, especially in the United States, in terms of representation,” Bryant added.
“When I first got on the Red team, I had no idea what a red bra would look like.”
She is not alone in her journey.
A number of trans men have been inspired by Bryant’s “The Girl Who Lived” cover to share their own personal stories.
“In the end, the idea is to make a difference,” said L.A. trans man and “Red Girl” model David Deen, who wrote a story on Bryant’s experience.
“If you’re a transgender woman of colour, it’s very important to show the world that you’re human and that you deserve to be treated with dignity,” Deen told The New York Times.
“Because it’s going to come in many different forms, whether it’s through a bra or through clothing, it will be an experience.
It’s going in a different direction and it’s just a beautiful thing to do.”