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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why Be Out?

A Neighbor's Son
We grew up together in Virginia
I attend several social events a few weeks back in my childhood hometown.  I wrote about my high school reunion and how positive the response, but this time back in Virginia I extended my outing. I presented to “growing up” neighbors, childhood playmates, and former workmates. This particular area of Virginia, is conservative, Trump red, and rural. Why would I put myself into this situation?
  
My reasoning was simple. There was nothing to lose and much to gain.  Take a look at a point made in the article” Why Do So Many Folks Hate Transgender People?”.


Most studies say that only 8-11% of people personally know someone who is transgender, yet approximately 75% know someone who is lesbian or gay. Studies also show very strong correlations between knowing an LGBT person, and being supportive of LGBT issues. The transgender community lacks that vital component of acceptance.Transgender people need to be more out. The more people know us, the better it makes it for the rest of the community....

To hate a concept is easy. You just go along with everyone else, and make assumptions that feel safe and intuitive. However hating a person require a conscious choice that involves disrespect and prejudice. 

By definition prejudice is the preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. Based on the questions I received and answered to the best of my ability, many there have a better or different understanding than before. For many that evening, being transgender is no longer an abstract concept - Being transgender has a face, is a person and is someone they know.



Dinner Out After my Museum Opening  


   





      

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kinky Boots - A Revisit

A  spring look.
Off-the-shoulder top and floral skirt

This past weekend I saw Kinky boots for now my third time. No matter how many times, I always laugh to my heart's content and cry. The story is touching, well done for our community and helps others to understand us better.  In a time when the transgender community is portrayed in so many negative ways, this play wins hearts.  


Yes, based on a true story is the part that makes it so enthralling. It is very British and here is the BBC's comment from 2103.


A BBC documentary about a struggling Northamptonshire shoe factory caught the attention of film-makers and in 2005 became the film Kinky Boots. Now in New York the stage version has won the Tony award for Best Musical. What has made the story travel with such success from Earls Barton to Broadway?

There is more in a North Hampton Chronicle article on the real story behind "those kinky boots".  As Steve Pateman describes it: "The niche market of erotic footwear in men's sizes suddenly opened up".  

I wrote about many of the play's detail back in March of 2016, so will not elaborate again. If you have not seen it, I encourage you see it.  In fact take a friend or family member that you might want to come out to, and share. There is no better or more positive presentation. The story line and music is beautiful.
 
This was a wonderful fun escape.  See it on Broadway or on tour.  Here is the upcoming tour schedule.  Never forget - The sex is in the heel.