Skirting Portland


Adam wears a skirt in public for the first time, while traipsing about Portland with friends.


The Instagram picture that served as a sort of coming out:

Today’s #OOTD isn’t just #fashion. This is a side of myself I’ve been coming to terms with, a side that I still feel an instinctive push to hide from the world, out of fear. Last night, spending a power outage hanging out with the farm’s work traders, I wound up borrowing a skirt. It felt good, not only because the skirt, which I chose to wear again today, is particularly fun and swishy…but because it felt like I wasn’t hiding anymore. I’ve been fairly open about being #genderqueer, with the sublabel #genderfluid being the closest to accurate, but I haven’t had the courage to be nearly so obvious about it. I don’t talk that much about it, and there are certain types of expression I’ve been slow to allow for myself. But I feel damn pretty in this skirt, and I’m hoping I’ll have the courage to continue this, to express who I am without the gnawing fear that was bullied into my consciousness when I was young and figuring out who I would become. #courage #progress #becomingmyself #AdamTheAlien

A photo posted by Adam J. Manley (@adamthealien) on

My outfit from this video:


  • History by Dr. Noise. You can find the track on his latest album, Shadows.
  • My theme song is Pluto Vs. Neptune by Driftless Pony Club. You can buy their albums from DFTBA Records.


Writer. Actor. Director. Chalk artist. YouTuber. Nerdfighter. Traveler. Pansexual. Genderfluid. Millennial. Socialist. Living a complex life beyond those words.

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