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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Little things that help

Anyway, as I happened drop a teaspoon, I caught sight of my toes. They don’t usually see much sunlight, them being less that very pale was unusual. My next thought that popped into my head was a bright pink varnish would look ace.



Can't go out and about right now as your real, or other, self?  Never fear, there are Little things that help!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Trans in Quarantine

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives.  What seems normal is being challenged on a regular basis.  No more hugging other people.  No more going out to restaurants.  No more in-person chorus rehearsals.  It feels a lot like stepping back inside the closet, and for many in the transgender/non-binary community, that’s what has happened.




The theme of the last featured post on T-Central was how the blogger's life has changed for the worse, while sheltering in place.  This post, from Maddie, takes a completely different view on the subject of this horrible time we live in right now.

Time to say Goodbye

Feeling that due to my health issues I’m in a higher risk group I decided early on, 109 days ago to be precise, that I should shelter as much as possible to try to keep myself safe.





Like so many in this horrible time, Tish has had to shelter in place and has lost much of the social life that we humans so need. She is also saying goodbye to a part of her life over the past years.  It really saddens me to hear this, since a similar part of my life has meant so much to me.  Go here to read about it and consider leaving Tish a comment.   For all of those sheltering in place, without the ability to socialize, even a comment on a blog can be very welcome.




Sunday, June 28, 2020

2 Year Anniversary

Lately I have heard from many people something along the lines of “Well, I am sorry, but I am having a hard time because I knew you as male for SO long.” What I would like to say is that, no, I am the sorry one for having deceived you for so long. 



Kelly is celebrating a special date for her in this post.  She also discusses the use or incorrect pronouns and misgendering.  Included are some great pictures of her, from age three on up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

41 days until surgery!

What if there’s a new wave of COVID-19 cases now that we are re-opening businesses prematurely? What if I get sick right before surgery? What if I get down there and find out that the hair removal wasn’t sufficient because I missed 2 months due to COVID shutdowns? What if the doctor says that my weight is too much of a problem since I’ve put on 20 pounds in the last year? 


No matter what the surgery is, we all have those "what-if" thoughts.  Let's hope that none of these "what-if's" materialize and it's smooth sailing all the way to her quest to be whole.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Please take the time and watch

Her title does not do justice to what is being said and how she is replying. I love to support positive stories and comments about my community. So many in my community are trying to change how the world views us. Please take the time and watch this video and if you can please put a like up for her.




Aleana links to a really well done video, from Maya, with her response to the recent J. K. Rowling comments about transwomen.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

What is the difference between sex and gender?

I love the following photo of her, because it makes it so clear that she is using feminine gender expressions to express her real gender, XY chromosomes be damned.


It's another good essay blog, from Jack Molay.  Well written and thought out.  Oh, and if you want to see the photo, mentioned above, you need to read the post.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

UK Survey Seeking Response From Those Who Are Trans


Hi everyone,

My name is Ed from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the professional body for those in HR and involved in the management and development of people. I run research at the CIPD and am also the chair of the CIPD LGBT network.

I wanted to share with you a survey we are conducting which explores the working lives of trans people in the UK, which we're running in partnership with Aston University. We hope to use the findings to inform the advice given to employers and the government regarding trans and wider LGBT issues. Ultimately we want to improve the support HR professionals provide to trans people at work.

The survey is anonymous and can be found here: https://astonbusinessschool.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6MbXZwqQVFiw5aB

We are trying hard to reach our target of 150 responses but really need help and support.

If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated if you could complete the survey if you are trans, and if you could share with your networks and friends too.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have and also if you'd like to learn more about the research, just drop me an email: e.houghton@cipd.co.uk

Thanks so much.


[note that this survey only applies to UK residents]

Saturday, June 13, 2020

2020

JennaBack in 2016 I felt that I'd reached the point with this blog where I had nothing more to say and that it was time to move on. 

Every once in a while, a long time blogger comes back after years of silence.  In this case, like many, Jenna had completed her transition in 2016 and just did not have much left to write about. Then, a few things changed in her life, including a heart wrenching loss.  It's been about a year since her last post.  You can go to 2020, to catch up.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

JK Rowling speaks out on sex and gender

Now, the trans woman is protected by Equality law from the moment she decides to transition. She, male-bodied but probably wanting not to be, is in women’s spaces, and has been for years. The effect of what Rowling demands would be to exclude the most vulnerable trans women, those of us on the cusp of transition, not mythical perverted men who find other ways to abuse women.

Many of our bloggers have been writing about JK Rowling's on-going comments regarding transwomen and those who consider themselves transgender.  I've been looking for a post to feature that sums thing up an this one, from Clare, seems a good fit. 

I also want to note a totally different kind of post on the subject, from Lynn Jones, who links to an excellent article by Daniel Radcliffe.

Thank you, Clare and Lynn, for including a link to T-Central on your blogs.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Reflections

En Femme Modern Color Block Dress 1Over the last few months many parts of Hannah’s life were put on pause. MN T-Girls activities stopped (they resume this week!), my modeling shoots were delayed, and simply being able to go out en femme was just a memory. Aside from the social aspect, there were some physical changes as well. I watched my hair grow and grow and grow. My eyebrows looked ghastly. It was harder to see “her” when I looked into a mirror.




Reflections is a nicely thought out post, from Hannah.  I think many of you will relate to her thoughts.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Candid camera

I have no recollection at all of it being taken. None whatever. Maybe he sneaks about in bushes and snaps unsuspecting women.



It's amazing what you can find on the internet!


Thanks, Sue, for including a link to T-Central on your blog! 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

A Choice?

The problem we have is as we come out is a severe problem with being selfish in our drive to discover our true selves. Often, we are so frenetic in our approach, we have a tendency to forget those around us.


This is a brutally honest post, from Cyrsti.  It's short, very well written, and contains a valuable message for all of us.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Womanhood

I had an epiphany a few years back when I saw a European public service announcement. It was broadcast there on TV; I saw it on YouTube. The video depicted a trans-woman cowering in a bathroom stall as a group of confident, attractive cis-women chat at the sink. The trans-woman is afraid to leave the stall for fear she won't pass judgment from the cis-women. The video ends with a written message: "There's no wrong way to be a woman."


This post starts out with the above paragraph and just keeps getting better, all the way to the end.  Do read Womanhood.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Don’t be that

As a straight white bloke from a middle class background, I think I’ve got a fair old chuck of privilege. The schools were pretty good where I was born, my folks cared for me, and despite some minor bullying/outing, I passed through life pretty easily all things considered.



Great post, from Lynn, that everyone should be able to relate to in one way or another.   I'm betting this post will get a lot of comments.

Thanks, Lynn, for including a link to T-Central on your blog.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Well. Here we are.

Staying on-brand for the pandemic.It's been a bit of a struggle, but I have a feeling of coming out of it. Writing is coming more easily, the muse that had completely departed me at times is back.



Jenny, a post-transitioner, good on-line friend, and someone I almost got to meet a couple of years ago, is writing again.  It hasn't been the best of times for her and I'm sure she would love a "welcome-back" comment to this latest post.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

A fresh view on gender stereotypes

.....I have, however, continued to research things that I consider you might enjoy and happened upon this very clever little film which looks at gender stereotypes from a “reversed” viewpoint.

 

 

Tish links to a short film (a bit over 6 minutes) on "reverse gender" stereotypes.

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