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Aydian Dowling on transformations of the body and soul

What it means to be “The Ultimate Man”, the emotional transformations that accompany physical changes, and creating businesses that give back to your community, on Episode 8 of the Bawdy Love Podcast.

Aydian Dowling is an activist, an entrepreneur, and a role model gaining world-wide recognition as the lead contender in Men’s Health Magazine’s search for the “Ultimate Men’s Health Guy” 2015. If selected, he will be the first trans man on the cover of a mainstream men’s magazine.

So much of the narrative surrounding Aydian Dowling is about his body, but his emotional transformation has been even more powerful. In this episode, we discuss the journey that Aydian has taken to feel complete within himself and how that has contributed to the wider trans community. We also discuss the ways in which he created his clothing company Point5CC as a way to support other trans people through their transitions.

Be sure to also check out next week’s podcast, where we’ll chat with Aydian’s wife, Jenilee Dowling, about the various ways in which she helps people heal their body trauma, and the body-image pressure of being wife to “The Ultimate Guy.”

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Topics covered in this conversation include:

entrepreneurship, relationships, confidence, trans, FTM, Point5CC clothing company, LGBT rights, trans rights

Also discussed: Aydian’s candidacy for Ultimate Men’s Health Guy 2015.

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More About Aydian Dowling

Aydian Dowling is an FTM transgender entrepreneur/activist/model from Long Island, New York who is gaining world-wide recognition as the lead contender in Men’s Health Magazines’ search for the “Ultimate Men’s Health Guy” 2015. If chosen, Aydian, will be the first transgender person to be on the cover Men’s Health and break down the stereotypes of what defines a man. Aydian was invited on The Ellen Show to discuss the contest and his transition. He gives an openly candid interview and dedicates his successes to the entire transgender community.

Aydian is the cover of FTM Magazines’ April 2015 edition and the feature of a nude photo shoot that has since gone viral. In 2011, Aydian and his wife Jenilee, were featured on the Emmy nominated MTV special It Gets Better Project which highlights the excitement and challenges of planning an LGBT wedding.

Aydian has been paving the way for the “T” in the LGBT community since his 2009 launch of Alionsfear, a Youtube documentary and advice channel. Don’t forget to check out Point5cc, his clothing line, that caters to the fashion needs of transgender men and women. Twenty percent of every purchase made goes into The Surgery Fund. In his free time, Aydian enjoys putting his culinary skills to use (he is also a pastry chef) and hiking with Jenilee.

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Bawdy Love is a revolution, one full of people audacious enough to stand up and say “I am worthy of love as I am right here, right now, no exceptions. My body deserves to be seen, my voice deserves to be heard. I will not shrink. I will expand and thrive.”

Are you in?

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