Plume People is our employee spotlight series featuring stories by the passionate team bringing gender-affirming care to you.
My name is Denym Aphrodyte, and I’m a queer nonbinary trans masculine human who uses they/them pronouns. At Plume, I’m a care coordinator, where I communicate with patients and providers to ensure that all patient needs are met by our team. This is my story.
When I was coming of age in a small town in Illinois, I didn’t know any trans or nonbinary folks. I felt like an oddball my whole life, not really understanding why I felt so misunderstood. I moved easily between socially constructed binary boxes of gender norms, but I didn’t want to be in a box. I was really intimidated to come out and start my journey to affirm my gender identity when I realized my truth: I am nonbinary. When I came out to my community, I was met with overwhelming love and support.
After graduating from Augustana College, I headed to Denver, Colorado to begin my journey. Being in Denver and meeting more and more gender non-conforming folks and trans folks helped me settle into my identity. I started gender-affirming hormone therapy in May 2019. This was a decision that I did not take lightly, and it was something I needed and never regretted. Taking hormones has helped me settle more and more with myself and my confidence in who I am. I started realizing how happy I felt in my body. I felt seen for who I wanted to be for the first time.
In my journey to receive gender-affirming hormone therapy, I was exposed to the flaws and struggles in the healthcare system that neglect the trans community. Gender non-conforming and nonbinary trans folks are typically overlooked and pushed into a more binary gendercare system for hormones and surgeries. But gender-affirming care is not linear, and being nonbinary can mean many things.
That’s why I’m so proud to be part of Plume! At Plume, we understand patients as individuals on their own unique journeys. All identities are valid and affirmed. Plume is by trans people, and for trans people. Since working at Plume, I have truly reignited my passion and drive to provide the best gender-affirming care because of the amazing mission our team has to create a work environment that has made me feel more confident, comfortable, and seen.
There’s no right or wrong way to live in your truth. You are valid in any and every way you choose to express yourself. To be your authentic self is one of the most revolutionary things someone can do, and being part of the trans community is a powerful experience. Everyone is welcomed at Plume and we’re thankful to be on this journey with you.