S4E3 - Ari, 33. Portland
Ari grew up in Milwaukee until age 10 when his family moved to Tucson, AZ. The new environment brought him out of his shell in spite of being raised in a religious family. Raised as a girl, Ari had the most difficulty with his mom when it came to his family’s acceptance of his identity first as a lesbian, then as a trans man. Ultimately, Ari had to prioritize his own mental health and happiness over his mom’s objections about his “lifestyle.”
Eventually, he made his way to Portland, OR where he was able to find gender affirming healthcare and a larger dating pool where he suddenly had his choice of partners to explore different forms of intimacy including penetrative sex and kink play.
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Rebecca M. Davis is the season 4 voice of Fruitbowl. Dave Pezzner is the assistant editor and mixer for this episode. Story editing and sound design by Dave Quantic.
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