Threadbare necessities with the bare niceties.

This is literally a 45g can of Patience.

45g of dry ripostes. No reason to hazard a guess on nutritional facts: there are none.

Obviously, Patience is a can way beyond her best by date. Patience writes. She sometimes advocates. She’s a kind of seasoned traveller for #folkslikeus.

Her writing on trans stuff began around 1998. She launched the collaborative Cisnormativity Project in 2011. Between 1998 and 2001, the woman behind this avatar was plaintiff in the first-ever test case of its kind anywhere.

At 13, her parents institutionalized her in a child psychiatric hospital less than a week after they learnt she was trans — back when that was a routine way for trans kids to be managed. She ran away from domestic violence at 16 and voiced as trans two years later. In 1996, Patience was cast in the first production of Kate Bornstein’s play, “Hidden: a Gender,” not involving the playwright.

In January 2012, Patience made a design series called Shit Cis People Say (owing its inspiration to Shit White People Say). This series gave accidental birth to dead name (a noun) and dead-naming (a verb). Around this time, she wrote an essay, “Maybe you should never transition.”

Patience wrote under a pen name, Ententa’s Magic, to unpack particular challenges faced by trans people in a city dominated for decades by a now-defanged Gender Identity Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (now CAMH, once The Clarke Institute). She recognized how one need not be a product or survivor of said clinic to bear witness to the cultural and social harm it wrought upon a regional community of trans people it tasked itself to pathologize and regulate for nearly five decades.