Meet our Volunteer: Yvy DeLuca
Published: 31 August 2016 Tags: lgbt, volunteer, womens programme By John Walding
Our amazing volunteer Yvy, who some of you may have seen working her magic across Pride, is here to tell you a bit about herself and why she got involved with the Women's programme...
'My name is Yvy and I like to describe myself as a delicious Yvycake, made from all sorts of tasty ingredients! I’m a proud, Indian, transgender woman and I began my transition back in 2005. It’s been over ten years since I began my transition and during that time I’ve learnt so much about myself and who I am, not just as a trans woman, but as a woman.
Ever since I was a child, I knew who I was, even when I didn’t know what that meant. As the years went by I began to understand gender and sexuality which gave me a better understanding of my thoughts and feelings, finally realising that I was a woman who presented as a male. Understanding who I was after so many years of confusion gave me rush of hope that I could find my place in the world and be myself. I began my transition and never looked back.
Throughout my transition, I went through so many changes, both physically and mentally, and I experienced every emotion I could think of and then some. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the void when life gets hard, but what kept me going was the knowledge that at the end of this long journey I would be able to be my undiluted self.
Social media was nothing like how it is today when I went through my journey, so I didn’t reach out for support. I moved to Manchester in 2005 not knowing a single person. I was alone and I didn’t really have a support system around me to talk about my life or ask the burning questions that yearned for an answer. Instead, I learnt about being a woman through my own life experiences.
I used my experiences to my advantage to shape who I am and be the woman I wanted to be, instead a person that fits the mould. As a result, womanhood has embraced me and I live my life knowing that with all the labels the world puts on me, the only one that matters is my own sense of self. It’s that clarity that makes me the confident, fun and crazy woman I am today!
I wanted to be a part of the LGBT Foundation and the Women’s Programme because I wanted to give back and share my life experiences with those who need support. I also began writing a blog about my life and reached out through social media which has had an amazing response. I want to represent the transgender community by showing the world that I’m not afraid to be myself, and I encourage others to do the same.
My life is all about self-expression, and that’s what society needs more of. The Foundation gives people an outlet to express themselves in a safe space and provides support and assistance to those in need, which is why I felt it was the perfect place for me to get involved.
In my own time, I love to write, draw, sing, anything that gives me a creative outlet. Through the years I’ve made so many wonderful friends here in Manchester, and I recently married the love of my life in 2015. I’ve always had obstacles to overcome, but being Yvy is just too fabulous to let them get in my way!
I hope to make a difference and give people the support and encouragement they need to be themselves, because we all have the right to do so and to not be afraid. It took me a lot of life lessons, big decisions and bold choices to get to where I am today, I wouldn’t change a thing!
Check out Yvy on social media through her blog at www.yvyworld.com and Facebook: Yvy DeLuca