My Life Online
by Charlie Martin
Sharing my life online feels pretty routine these days. The bottom line is that it’s part of my job. You could easily assume that I don’t have much of a filter, that because I grant people so much free access into my life, I’m happy to share anything and everything. I consciously make decisions on where I draw the line though, I’ve had a number of experiences that escalated, one where I had to involve the police… so the reality is that I take my privacy very seriously.
Some might say live by the sword, die by the sword, and it can be a fine line to tread. Context is everything. I’ll talk on stage in front of a few hundred people about personal aspects of what it’s like to be transgender, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll tell someone I just met in a pub all about my back story, or answer every question that I ever get asked if I do.
For me, it’s about control. It might seem like I make it up as I go along, however the fact is I’m the one making decisions, perhaps subconsciously and in a moment, but I have control of my privacy. I get to choose what I disclose, with whom, and when. People only see what I choose to show them, what I’m comfortable with, and nothing else.
Professional racing driver & LGBTQ activist
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