Revenge?

Last night was our regular monthly social with the transgender – cross dresser group my partner Liz and I are part of. All of the usual suspects were there, including the Mike Pence (yes the fascist vice president) loving cross dresser. 

I was enjoying myself. I thought I looked as good as possible with my loose fitting sleeveless top, along with my black leggings and black flats. The outfit gives me an inkling of how the hormones I have been on are finally shaping me a feminine body without the benefit of any shapers what so ever. The weather was not overwhelming hot and the air conditioner works well in the almost new car we just bought. Life was good.

I was even ignoring my less than fave cross dresser acquaintance until Liz started a conversation with his daughter about why my brother and I don’t speak anymore. The basic reason is he (my brother) won’t accept me over the feelings of his Southern Baptist in laws. All of the sudden I sensed my opening was coming.

To set it up, a couple weeks ago over dinner, I was trying to get Mr. CD to bring up his buddy Pence (they are both from Indiana) and he did by calling him a “man from a good Christian family.” Last night, his daughter wanted to know why my brother didn’t accept me. I couldn’t resist and looked her and Dad right in the eye and said because of a good Christian family. 

All of a sudden, the dinner conversation was over. I felt I had arrived finally. Everyone was wondering why I was so quiet…no more. However, I warned them.

Speaking, or writing on religion, Connie did write in this comment to add in because it’s never “enough said.”:

“Well, I wasn’t going to comment on this, since you ended your post with “enough said,” but since others have spoken up…

The book of Deuteronomy is, basically, a list of rules that pertained to the society and culture of that time. It doesn’t explain the reasons, really, and much is left to interpretation. I’ve read that 2:25 may have been in reference to men attempting to avoid military service, as well as women who wanted to fight. Of course, it could have been put on the list by a homophobic authority figure who found himself attracted to a trans woman. Your anonymous “commenter” appears to be of that ilk, especially considering the other Bible verse attached. 

Connie (below)

After years of hiding myself from anyone, literally and otherwise, I had what was, at least, an epiphany – but I do believe that God spoke to me directly. As I sat alone, locked in a room, I heard a voice saying, simply, “It’s OK; you are OK.” For me, that overrides any Bible quotes anybody else tries to throw at me. 

Now, if I could just get one of those Bible Thumpers to explain why God created a man with nipples before He created a woman, I’d be a happy woman! :-)”

Enough said? This time?

All that Jazz

This quote from new Harvard student Jazz Jennings reportively  about a year removed from her genital realignment surgery has a lot to say:

 “I just know in my heart that the world is getting better and better and that change is being created. So stay hopeful, stay strong, and just continue being yourself, because one day, everyone will allow you to be your true self.” 

We Got Mail

We received two great responses from our religious post yesterday here in Cyrsti’s Condo:

  • KeithJune 5, 2019 at 10:44 AM“Genesis 1:27: “God created man(kind) in his image……….male AND female he created them”. It is not the exclusionary connector, OR, but the inclusive connector AND. We all have varying PROPORTIONS OF BOTH, according to the first book of the bible, the introduction to our connectedness to God. As and deepens in their spiritual awareness one tends to understand the scriptures at a deeper level, as originally intended. Thanks for your post.”
  • GracieJune 5, 2019 at 9:49 PM“I have a hard time getting too excited about Deuteronome 22:5 after a little scholarly research. Although not completely understood, there is some speculation that it may have had to do with admonition of some pagan rituals that were performed crossdressed. Or in a society where men and women socialized separate from each other, it was a way to get together with the opposite sex for illicit purposes. If taken too literally, one could suppose that the majority of contemporary western women will be going to hell for wearing pants, and St. Joan of Arc is also burning in hell.”
  • Thanks to both of you for responding!

It Finally Happened

I think I receive surprisingly little negative feedback about being transgender. Yesterday though, for some reason, my post about Ava Glasscott being named a parade Marshall for Boston Pride fired up a religious right person here on my WordPress blog. (I write two blogs, one on another platform.)

Here is the verse, which I guess pertains to me too:

Deuteronomy 22:5

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

1 John 2:16

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Without becoming too religious, I am not a Biblical scholar. the Bible to me has always been a wonderful history book full of contradictions. Search close enough and you can find a phrase or two to contradict other verses. 

And, what about following the simple all forgiving work of Jesus which a few of today’s so called Christians have seemingly forgotten. 

Enough said.

More Visibility

Perhaps you have heard (or have seen) Boston has named a transgender model Ava Glasscott as a co-parade Marshall for this year’s Pride Parade. Here is more background on Ava (below):

 “Ava represented the State of Massachusetts in the Miss Trans USA Pageant 2018. She is the first post-op transgender contestant from New England to represent her Community in a National Pageant. The story of Ava’s journey as a trans model has been featured by NBC Boston and the WCVB-TV show “Chronicle.”  Ava made a cameo in Amy Schumer’s 2018 movie “I Feel Pretty,” which was filmed in Boston. She also appeared in the documentary film “All Stars: The Changing Face of Drag (2016)”, which she promoted at RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles.”


What a great  choice for a huge event.

Girls Day Out

It turns out, our yard sale was a very relaxing experience.  I was there with my partner Liz and two other women part of the day Saturday and the whole day Sunday. The weather turned out to be excellent. 

Being in the company of women has always felt more comfortable to me, so it was no real surprise this would be any different. 

As you can see in the picture, that is me lounging out to the far right. 

Even the red neck village was sort of well behaved. I only saw three Confederate flags on the back of pick up trucks and motorcycles. 

My only personal challenge was leaving with Liz for a bit on Sunday. We went down the street to a convenience store for snacks and a rest room break. As it turned out, the place was nearly empty and we got in and out with out even a glance from the cashier. 

As the day went on, I did have a chance to sit back and reflect on my past. I wondered to myself the differences in hanging out with women rather than men. To me, for the most part women are more laid back when dealing with each other and change when men come around. An example was when a man was waited on versus a woman. The man always received more attention. I guess that is human nature but it’s interesting to see when you have walked both sides of the gender frontier. 

The weekend turned out to be fun.

Green Power

Long ago when I first started down the long feminine path to living full time, I learned many of the retail clerks I interacted with didn’t care I was cross dressed, only that I had money. 

Little did I know, way back then, I was touching the basics of an up and coming LGBTQ economic force.

Yesterday, I received an email from Elouise alerting me to an article called “The SMB Guide to Success in the LGBTQ Market. 

I call it the “Anti” Chick fil a/Hobby Lobby post. Two decidedly anti LGBTQ companies. Here is the beginning of the article from  Website Planet:

“If you own or manage a small or medium-sized business (SMB), this article is for you. With less resources to play around with, SMBs must pull on all available resources to effectively work with and market to a wide customer base focused on interests, not social demographics.

That’s why SMBs must begin building strategies to effectively market to and work in an LGBTQ-affirming world.

The LGBTQ market is one of the fastest-growing sectors out there, and it’s becoming an increasingly valuable customer base across all industries. In fact, according to GayStar News, a conservative estimate on the size of the global LGBTQ market is $3.7 trillion – that’s a huge market that could be left out of your customer base unless you take the right steps. This community is also particularly sensitive to social issues.”

This is a very good in depth piece,  if you would like to read it follow the link above!

Top 20 LGBTQ+

Out Magazine” has published an article I thought you may be interested in…the 20 LGBTQ+ People Who Changed the World. Quite a few of them perhaps you have heard of, others not so much. 

Each one though, shares a top spot and a thank you for helping our lives along to be just a little bit better. They also provide banners of inspiration to help us along in the difficult years to come.  

It’s not a surprise, but the “uber” talented “Laverne Cox”leads the list.

Laverne Cox

Follow the link above for more!

Transgender Troops

As you all probably know, I am a transgender veteran and am one hundred percent against “commander coward’s” (Rump’s) ban on transgender troops.

Laila Ireland
Laila Ireland, an Army Veteran, poses on Monday, May 13, 2019 at her friend’s house in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Laila transitioned while serving when it was against policy to do so. Rachel Woolf for CNN

I often wonder though, what is happening to the trans troops caught in the middle because of the senseless ban. Through my seemingly endless travels for blog information, I happened upon this CNN Politics report called “What it’s like to be transgender in the military as new recruits are banned.” For the most part, the article revolves around the relationship of the “Ireland’s” a trans couple. Logan is a combat medic based out of Fort Carson, Colorado who has served missions in Afghanistan,

Logan Ireland
Logan Ireland, Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, poses on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his friend’s house in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ireland transitioned while serving when it was against policy to do so. Rachel Woolf for CNN

His wife, Laila, transitioned while in the Army and now works at the Army Hospital in Colorado Springs. Logan had the support to transition from his command, Laila didn’t,

Here you go, a human look at the problems caused on the front lines by a fat spineless jerk who has never served.

For the record I think,  at one point in time you could grandfather yourself in as transgender in the military. Now though, since the deadline has passed you need to either leave the service or go back in the closet.

Sad.

Have You Watched Pose?

To be truthful with you, I haven’t. But, after reading this post from “Film Daily“, I found out why I should:

“Pose is stacked with milestones. The FX drama features the largest transgender cast in TV history and boasts the first transgender woman of color to direct an episode of television, thanks to the talents of best-selling writer Janet Mock.

Those are some outstanding foundations to rest a show of this power upon, but dig deeper and Pose is harboring even more firsts. You can even bingewatch S1 now on Netflix if you want a rewatch or need to get your fix.

Pose is one of the first shows in a long time that we’ve so passionately gone crazy for. Within the eight episodes of the near-flawless first season, it’s proven itself luminous, devastating, life-affirming, horrifying, majestic, profound, and nothing short of mesmerizing.

The writing on Pose is masterful, bounding between heavy sociopolitical and LGBTQI issues against a period backdrop of the 80s, while capably serving up an entertaining narrative – not an easy feat at all”

For more of the post, follow the link above!