Hello! I'm houndsoflove (a.k.a. Hounds or Julian), whom you might know if you're in some Seebs channels on Discord. Let me know if you hang out there and also here. I joined the forum because I like the ethos of mutual support and compassion, even towards people who've done awful stuff. People at a local LGBTQ center essentially approached me with that ethos when I was a social justice guttersnipe at them. I learned a lot from that and I'd like to play a small role in helping others grow, or just acknowledging that everyone's suffered and some stuff's unfair. Also, I am nostalgic for forums! I'm still building life skills and figuring out how to be a person because it turns out that my specific tragic backstory limits me in some ways. We'll get into it later, maybe. I got some diagnoses and some childhood experiences, oh my. I also spent ~3 years not leaving the house much and having interpersonal drama over Skype. (I imagine you read this sentence, went "oh, pandemic" and then I bodied you with that time capsule.) Now to overshare about my fucked-up gender. Let me know if this needs a cut or to migrate to the gender forum. I'm a trans guy so I use he/him but they/them is also fine. I thought I was "nonbinary, definitely nonbinary, not a lady or a guy" or "nonbinary but I low-key wish I were a guy" for like 6-8 years. Also had a lovely phase where I thought I had to live only as my assigned gender and identify with womanhood. Eugh. Nowadays, I am like... nonbinary-adjacent? I'm somewhat non-conforming to dominant models of masculinity which makes my internal gender a mite wobbly. But "GNC trans guy" seems like a good enough label for how I think about myself and want to present myself to the world. Ask me again in a couple years. Also, I'm jumping through hoops to get top surgery this summer, knock on wood. Hooray for bodily autonomy. Nice to meet you guys. Please tell me a combination of building material and object/structure you like. For example, I like buildings that use a lot of glass and concrete (see: Modernism).