"When cultural norms of the mainstream don't fit,

we have to work extra hard to find the truth of our bodies.

Shadow material, cultural shames, and guilts get attached to the skin and the bodies further clouding the search for true self. In the worst case scenarios, our body's truth is left invisible, disconnected, unseen, and our armoring becomes so strong and inflexible that we can't allow the access (to self or others) that we desire. But at best, these challenges allow us to step into our bodies with deep, solid self-knowledge and keen awareness of what mainstream often finds invisible, thus never questions. That is what creates the queer guides who bridge the known and unknown."

Amy Butcher, Chief of Whimsy for Body Trust