Transgender Man Joins Movember Campaign For The First Time

"I hadn't seen my face without a beard since I changed, so it was confronting."

Movember, the event where men grow mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, is officially here again.

But for one transgender man, the ability to participate in the annual campaign is a pretty big deal.

“I’m excited to do it, but my beard means a lot to me,” said Jeremy Wiggins in a video that documents him shaving his face for the first time since his transition.

“I’m worried that I might feel vulnerable,” he shared. “I don’t even really know what my face looks like.”

The Movember Foundation focuses on redefining the notion of masculinity, and so they asked Wiggins to participate in a video that documents his first shave and asks him what it means to be a man.

“I think there are negative pressures around being a man or the notion of masculinity that negatively impacts men’s health and help-seeking behavior,” he said.

Wiggins is now looking forward to growing a mustache for Movember, and hopes his involvement with the charity will spark discussions about society’s view of masculinity and how it can have adverse effects on men’s health.

Watch the video of his first shave below.

h/t: The Huffington Post

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