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Andréa: We found in this community it's really difficult to find community programs for LGBTQ youth that are Tobie's age. Most of them started at 16.
Tara: I see.
Andréa: So, and he started identifying as, first as non-binary when you were 11. So we're really kind of like stuck trying to find anything. So, we went to that one organization that had one for 16 year olds and up and I talked to them and asked them about that. They started briefly started a group for 12 to 16 year olds but, um, that...there wasn't enough interest. But you're part of the, the there's a community arts group here, Myths and Mirrors that runs a group called Artistes Trans Artistry.
Andréa: So you're part of that, you go to that.
Tara: Tell us a little bit about that.
Tobie: Like I've gone just a while ago but before. Like before that, I like, I didn't go for like, two days or something but when I came back again and we were working on, like on, well at least me and my friend were working on this one piece where it was like a can of spray paint kind of thing. Like on, like, they spray painted a bunch of different colors on a piece of wood and then took like one of those sponge brushes, like, smudged it all. Then I'm going to draw like, a fox. Like, with all the like, trans colors. Like, the trans flag colours are pink, blue, and white.
Tobie: And yeah, and I have a butterfly on its nose. Because like, the theme is butterflies that are like, with like, positive messages on them for other trans people. So, I am going to make like the butterflies saying a bunch of positive things to the fox.