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About Daneela

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  1. Daneela

    Thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner

    Compare and contrast with Chaz Bono, Janet Mock. Seems to me that Chaz was also a celebrity but that focus on him was less and of shorter duration. Janet is known as an activist, qualifying as a spokesperson whose opinions and knowledge have helped keep the "conversation" on-topic. Laverne Cox is celebrated for her beauty and acting on OITNB. What happens when the program ends? Transwomen have shocked American, and possibly all western, cultures for many decades, from Christine Jorgensen to Chelsea Manning, igniting the "flames of hell" with each celebrity outing. I'm sure there were others before Ms. Jorgensen but am not familiar with that part of history. We'll progress more quickly when we no longer shock them. Crossing my fingers.
  2. Daneela

    Unethical Therapy

    It's okay to wonder if they will find your journey acceptable to them. It's another double-standard that unless we are transitioning, we cannot really be transsexuals. Well, that's their standard; here at TGGuide, we seldom express judgments like that, even if we individually feel them. I like to think that, "We know better!"
  3. Someone followed up on the irrational urge to charge the Alcorns with child abuse, saying such response would be inappropriate and flameful, at least. I agree. I agree that the Alcorn family's acceptance and approval were decidedly not provided unconditionally; does that mean that the definition of love is acceptance and approval? Seems so in this family. Almost certainly, they will eulogize and bury their son Josh, who gave himself up so that Leelah got a chance to live. Worst is that Leelah knew her 18th birthday would change her legal status but couldn't see reaching that date and finding help to overcome the Christian Love of her parents. I can understand why and it points out that we need to communicate even more that we and our allies are ready, willing and able to help and to support each other as we journey.
  4. Jeez-oh-Pete's-sake! It's not even close enough to the front! But, there are those who always make something from nothing. I hope this dies of its own accord and soon.
  5. Emma, I think of you as a little sister, too. HUGG
  6. Scared my therp the day before Thanksgiving by describing that morning's Google searches and hits for my medications and which stated that "Overdose may be fatal" and that I could make a serious attempt while leaving enough doses in normal condition that COD could be ambiguous; really bad dysphoria that day, something that has never happened to me before. Scheduled for the 1st to reassure him I'd made it through the weekend. Still here, still impoverished in many, many ways, still burdened with no relief in sight.
  7. Not to mention even his "facts" about AIDS are wrong; not all AIDS patients are LGBT, many are women and mothers in Africa. Even in the USA, there are non-LGBT patients.
  8. Yes, I believe they will make the case that tampering with our God-given bodies and our destinies, we are abominations, just as they've claimed of all TLBGQ animals. I don't know what the courts will decide, where they will draw a line, as SCOTUS tried to do by writing that this ruling applies _only_ to closely held firms funding of ACA insurance benefits. Since our opposition will be cherry-picking, I hope everyone likes pie.
  9. This story was the second headline in Charleston's _Post_and_Courier today. They used the girl's picture as well. Transgender Legal and Education (something) is working on this case. I don't recall any interview with her or her parents but several statements from DMV employees. They cite the law, just as Michael has done, but some seem to be allied. The story points out there is no third option and that SC is lagging the rest of the nation on these issues. Law enforcement officials point out that they are "instructed" to treat apparent females as women whether they are wearing makeup or not as makeup is _expected_ of females and not expected of males. Don't look for this to resolve in our favor anytime soon.
  10. Daneela

    Just Gender

    I read HuffPo Gay Voices almost daily now. A recent blog entry was written in response to the advice that we should just ignore the gender voice, marry and have kids and everyone will be happy, problem solved. The blogger informed that pundit about the broken marriages, the lifelong lies to spouse and kids and the scars left behind by the tragic betrayal, not to mention those inflicted by suicides. The norms can't get it because they're fully cis-hetero and cannot even imagine our realities. Heck, they can't even imagine our levels of depression. Lady help us.
  11. As a citizen of South Carolina, my "bleeding heart" and I find SC anything but "modern." At the moment, we have a Tea Party Governor who refuses the ACA expansions, a very conservative legislature and all kinds of beliefs that cannot be reconciled with facts. According to their constitution, children are entitled to the "minimum education" necessary, probably to the point that they can read a document and sign their names. To know about SC, just follow the news stories in Slate and HuffPo. Our previous Governor, Mark Sanford, left on a trip a few years ago and didn't even tell his security; it turned out he was visiting his _soulmate_ and her kids in Argentina. Now, he's a House Representative!! IMO, our senior Senator, Lindsay (?) Graham is a staunch Republican unless there's some pork for the state. Almost no elections include candidates from anything but the GOP and libertarions; guess which wins. At least it's not TX.
  12. Daneela

    Web site captca issue

    I've seldom guessed the captcha characters correctly the first time. Being hard of hearing as well, I've never used the "audio" links provided by some sites. I just keep being bull-headed stubborn until something I can recognize shows up.
  13. Daneela

    Hair Removal

    And since most of my hairs are grey, laser is out. I'm instead doing facial hair removal the hard way: let it grow until I can pluck it using my fingers. This way, my "beard" looks mostly full and I should eventually get all the follicles.
  14. Daneela

    Some books

    I was quite surprised to find Dr. Benjamin's The Transsexual Phenomenon online at http://www.mut23.de/...Phenomenon.pdf. Although criticized for incomplete explanations of all the relevant medical science, I found these two books to be illuminating regarding the influences of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone upon the brain throughout our lives: The Female Brain at http://www.drlumd.co...emale-Brain.pdf and The Male Brain at
  15. Daneela

    Olympics and Anti-gay Countries

    The greatest difficulty I see with such a policy is what happened for the Solchi games. Solchi was selected years ago. Between the times of selection and the actual games, the "homosexual propaganda" ban came about. The only actions possible were to plan on canceling the games and lobbying for repeal of the ban. The first is unpalatable because the athletes and audience become victims. Lobbying isn't likely to be effective and frankly not something that should result in attempts at coercion, imo, as nations should be permitted to determine their own courses within the international community just as in the USA states can pretty much make their own policies.