On today’s episode of Touchpoint, I sit down with two of the bravest people I’ve ever met. Their life stories both individually and collectively stand as prismatic examples of the messes we create when we do not show up as ourselves and the magic we experience when we do.
I first met Nick and Katherine North in Marfa, Texas at a week-long creative conference called Yeah Field Trip. I was hosting a town hall about love and sex––obviously––and they were sitting right up front. When I asked people to share what comes up for them when I said the word “sex,” Nick shouted out, “This morning!” He and Katherine were all cuddled up together. It was very cute. Everyone laughed. I turned my attention their way.
“How long have you two been together?” I asked.
“About five years,” said Katherine.
“And how was the sex you were having five years ago different than the sex you had this morning?”
They looked at each other lovingly.
“Well for one,” said Nick, “I was a woman then.”
The room was still. It was a powerful moment. They proceeded to share a few bits of what I consider to be one of the most courageous love stories I’ve ever heard. It’s a story of overcoming poverty, shame, gender and sexual oppression, while cultivating friendship, family, intimacy, and above all things, the bravery to be yourself.
I’m grateful that Nick and Katherine agreed to sit with me and share their story. It has changed my life. They have touched my heart. And I’m honored and privileged to bring this story to you. I hope it gives you more permission to be whoever you are––in bed, in love, and in life.
Thanks for listening.
Here. We. Go.