When they dropped Gender Identity Disorder from the list they replaced it with Transvestite Fetishism (i think it's called) for no other reason than to have some trans* people under psychiatric supervision. In other words if you are cross dressed and ever become sexually aroused at the same time ( it does happen) you are suddenly a fetishist. Strange how hung up American Psychiatrists are. More than any others they see their role as making people fit into society rather than making people happy with the way they are.
I've followed Julie's career all my adult life, we are the same age. She used to be a really good social commentator. I didn't always agree with what she had to say but I never thought she was hateful. Somewhere along the way she went 'wrong', and became bit like a 'shock jock'. I spent most of yesterday writing to the editors, along with thousands of other people. I think this will mark a turning point in the battle against transphobia. A lot of fair minded, cis gender, people are honestly appalled. The Guardian/Observer is supposed to be a liberal paper famed for it's campaigning stance on human rights issues and it has stooped to publishing this! I used to buy it regularly but never will again while they employ Julie Birchill.
The doctor isn't being investigated. The complaints are being investigated. Their is a difference. Hopefully the complaints will prove groundless. The rumour in the UK is that rival doctors are trying to discredit him for some strange reason. Oddly enough the day before this story broke I was at a meeting of my trans-woman support group and one of the other women was saying what a good and understanding doctor Richard Curtis is and recommended that I give him a call.
Today I went out with a trans friend to the National Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. We met for coffee and a chat and chose the museum because it is about halfway between our two homes. I was delighted and relieved to find that some of the toilets are gender neutral, which as we all know makes avoiding conflict with the cis population so much easier. So if you are ever visiting Edinburgh and need to relieve yourself I can recommend the museum in Chambers Street. It's a good museum by the way and worth a visit anyway, and it's free to get in and the coffee's not bad either!
I guess you should do exercise that doesn't involve your arms too much, like cycling. I suppose buying a Jane Fonda workout DVD (do they still sell those) or something similar might be the best thing. Or ask for an assessment at your gym, Tell them what you want.
Hey Give it time for feed back Amber. We're all over the world and in different time zones.
I find it interesting that you changed your eating habits. Same here, gave up beer and cigarettes as well, with no cravings or anything. Enjoy your heels when you get them. I love mine though I usually wear my flats when I'm walking, I'm a bit too tall for them to be practical but my flats are nice and go well with most of my skirts and jeans.
I read your first blog. I reckon that although you say it was a sudden decision I wouldn't be surprised if you secretly knew, but were burying your true self way down deep inside. Welcome to the TG Guide sister, you will get a lot of support and advice. go on the forums and don't be shy to ask any questions. There is a lot of wisdom here.
Sad to say Ellen, but I do know that keys are a potential weapon. I've never had to use them, but casually jangling them let's others know you have them, a bit like a rattle snake giving a warning!
Amanda I think you are right. If you dress age and situation appropriate, you tend to blend in. If you were walking in a national park dressed like Lady Gaga you would get looked at.
I wonder if new-comers to our countries look at us and think that that's just how these crazy westerners act! A bit like when westerners go to Asia and think that The Lady Boys of Bangkok are what everyone does .
I guess it wont matter what you look like if you happen to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Thugs and bullies just love to hurt someone, anyone! But if you happen to be a little different they are more likely to spot you!
Take Ellen's (tbirdgal) advice about parking in well lit areas. I keep my car keys in my hand in case of a quick getaway. I try to park close to the door as well!
On that cheery note, have fun sister. And as they used to say in Hill Street Blues 'be careful out there!'