We’ve spoken with so many amazing Birds over the past two years who continue to do some awesome things. We thought wed check back in with some

What's the scariest thing you've done this year? 
In February, I began my medical transition from female to male. This has been a long time coming. I feel like I've taken a mask off after 24 years of wearing it against my will. So, you can imagine my relief and joy when I tell you that I can finally see myself. I'm finally moving in the ways that I've wanted to move. My body is finally growing in the ways that it has wanted to grow! I'm a more reliable person. I can show up for other people when they need me. I can carry on conversations without constantly dissociating from reality.

I am so freaking happy with my progress! That being said, I'm in the process of mourning my womanhood and relationships I lost by admitting to the world that I'm a transgender person. I have new safety concerns, but I'm shedding old ones. White male privilege is real - just ask any white "passing" trans guy.

While navigating this new terrain is scary, I only have one regret. I wish I started this process a helluva lot sooner. Unfortunately, I'm often late to my own party and coming out to myself took a lot of rigorous emotional excavation, but here we are!

What are you working on right now? 
I'm a 2016-2017 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts. On January 13 and 14, I'll premiere a new solo called Tra(n)sh at New York Live Arts. Equipped with cookies and an open invitation for political incorrectness, Tra(n)sh takes a humorous ride from overzealous optimism to total despair as I simultaneously seek a “safe space” for my audience’s opinions and my non-binary transgender body. 

How has your work/choreography evolved?
Medically transitioning teaches you how to give less fucks. As a result, my work is becoming more naked both literally and metaphorically (ha). I'm not tidying the work up or putting bows of "satisfaction" on it anymore. I'm moving in the ways that I want and need to move. So, I guess my work is getting louder through color, speech, and my absurd facial expressions. I love giving a good face to the audience. I want to laugh with you. I want to cry with you. I want to learn together through performance. 

Ashely is currently raising funds for top surgery and recovery which is not covered by insurance. To help Ashley's transition, click here.