Artist Cass Clemmer has a powerful message to share with the world – not just women bleed.
Many people who don’t identify as a woman bleed every month (as well as people who do identify as women and don’t have periods).
Clemmer is a trans and nonbinary person – as well as an activist, and the artist behind Toni the Tampon – a travelling tampon with its own social media presence to explain why periods aren’t just a women’s issue.
Clemmer has also written a poem about what it’s like to #bleedwhiletrans.
It states the periods are "traumatic" for Clemmer, and every period is "another day I shred my gender".
The poem goes like this:
The post has already been shared over two thousand times.
According to Mashable the poem was written in June for an event at a menstrual health conference.
Speaking Mashable Clemmer said:
I was, and still am, terrified to be so vulnerable in front of the whole world, especially the unforgiving internet,