As predicted, last night’s Transgender Day of Remembrance here in Cincinnati was a somber quality event. The speakers did a very good job of relating their personal trans experiences growing up. All five speakers were of color which represented the great majority of slain transgender people so far in 2019.
Over 200 people attended.
The goal for next year of course is not to have to have a TDOR at all. Maybe all these senseless crimes against our community will end.
Somehow, someway, I have been able to line up a couple speakers of color for this year’s Cincinnati “Transgender Day of Remembrance.” Now, all I have to do is find a couple more before the November event on the 20th.
The whole situation has taught me how isolated I am from the transgender community as a whole and in particular, transgender people of color.
The event itself is turning out to be an evening to be proud of. We have a class venue which is donating it’s space free. With plenty of room for the participating groups, such as HRC, GLSEN and Crossport to set up in. Crossport is the local transgender – cross dresser support group I am part of.
Photos of the deceased trans people who died in this country this year will be presented on an endless loop during the event and even a showing of the short documentary film on Leelah Alcorn will be shown. You may (or may not) remember, Leelah was the transgender teen who committed suicide locally around here a couple years ago. Her parents were forcing her to go through a Christian form of gay conversion therapy.
Even the catering is being set up to satisfy the needs of Vegan and Kosher attendees.
So far, so good on the planning!
FINALLY! A break from the record hot streak we have seen around here (SW Ohio) in late September and early October. Today is supposed to be over twenty two degrees cooler than yesterday. Fashion wise, it will help me decide what I am wearing to our latest paranormal ghost hunt tonight, With the new chillier temperatures and with spending all night in a very old mansion, I have decided to wear a long sleeved t-shirt Liz bought me out in Colorado while we were on vacation. I will pair the t-shirt with my distressed black jeans. My goal is not to scare the spirits and blend in with what the other cis women in the group will be wearing.
As far as footwear is concerned, I am declaring this to be the last day for my walking boot. So, just in case I end up walking a long way tonight, I will have the boot to help me. I have not experienced any discomfort in a while and can’t get anyone at the VA to give me an answer. So it’s gone tomorrow unless I get a call today.
The ghost hunt tonight will preclude Liz and I going to the monthly cross dresser-transgender social tonight.
But I have been attending the planning meetings for this years’ Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s tough on me because I am still so new to the Cincinnati metro area and have very little knowledge of the resources available. What I am trying to do is line-up several transgender speakers of color. So far I have been able to come up with a maybe from two. Overall it’s going to be a quality somber event and we want to feature the fact the greatest percentage of tragic transgender murders take place against persons of color.
The event will take place this year on November 20th. To make a long story short, I am proud to provide whatever assistance I can.
Yes, I am still wearing this damn walking boot. At certain points in time it seems as natural as being transgender. At other times, as unnatural as being trans is.
While I know (after so many years) I have always been gender dysphoric, it is sad I have taken this long to come to terms with it. So, how did I?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any magical formula. Everyone is on their own discovering their gender boundaries…or should I say, their personal gender compass.
As so called science is coming to terms with the differences in the human binary concerning sexuality and gender, I am a believer in yet another binary. The one which involves the so called transgender umbrella. Some of us opt to be part time cross dressers, others decide to go all the way through sexual realignment surgery. Ultimately, we are all related in a very complex, difficult process.
The problem is dealing with feuding under the umbrella. Who gets wet and who stays dry. Seemingly, too much of the male ego bleeds through, leading to pushing and shoving for room.
Again, I wish I had an magical answer for all of this too. An example was the other night when I met another two people going to the ill-fated Transgender Day of Remembrance meeting which never happened. I innocently introduced myself, received a nice return from one of the people. But of course the obviously transgender person, had a tough time revealing her name. I have no idea why she was being that way. Unless we had met before and I did something she didn’t particularly like. Oh well!
These days I am concentrating on not aggravating people. So that means being secure in my little space under the transgender umbrella.
Hopefully, the boot is on it’s way out so I won’t take up so much room!