• UO Pride: Tyler Ford

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    Agender writer, speaker, and media personality Tyler Ford champions non binary notions of gender and sexuality. We caught up with Tyler at their apartment in New York to take a look behind-the-scenes and chat about their important work. 
    Photos by Tavish Timothy

    Tell us about yourself and your background. 
    I’m a 26-year-old writer and speaker. I’m queer and agender. I’m passionate and compassionate. 
    How would you describe your sense of style? 
    I let my style speak for me. It changes every day. 

    You do it all— you write essays and poetry, and you travel the world sharing your life experiences and advice. How do you strike a balance between all of these pursuits? 
    I try not to say yes to things out of a sense of obligation, and do my best to say no when I need to. Otherwise, I love everything that I do, and there’s so much variety in what I do that it automatically balances out - I’m never doing too much of the same thing for too many days in a row. I think the key is that I’m always trying to turn what I love into something that can not only fulfill me, but sustain me professionally. If I don’t enjoy something, there’s always another approach to it, so I’m constantly experimenting. I guess being in constant motion is my balance.

    How do you spend your time when you’re not working? What does a normal day-in-the-life look like for you? 
    Every day is different. I read a ton, from books to online articles. I love to sing and discover new places to eat in New York. I really enjoy skateboarding. Most of all, I love learning in any capacity.  

    Are there any people in your life who have been particularly inspiring for you? Can you tell us about them?
    My friend Chrysanthe Tan, who is brilliant, resolute, compassionate, and so particularly her(wonderful)self. 

    What’s something about yourself that not many people know? 
    I taught myself to read when I was 13 months old. 

    Why are you proud to be who you are? 
    Because I deserve to be. 

    What is one thing that you wish everyone would remind themselves every day? 
    Everything comes in waves, and confidence is a process. Take it slow, and find joy in your journey in whatever way you can. 

    Why is it important to love yourself? 
    I think it’s more important to make peace with yourself and to simply allow yourself to be. We all deserve to live our lives without being so self-critical; we all deserve to enjoy life and to enjoy our own company. Life is miserable when you can’t let yourself live. 

    What’s next for you? 
    You’ll see. ;)

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