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  1. I was the first transgender person to change their name legally through our county clerk office. I will soon be the first transgender female to change her M to an F on her ID though our DMV. (It has been a pleasant learning experience for all involved. I mean that seriously.)

    I have given in, but only slightly, on my stubbornness to change my M to an F using laws that do not use the words gender and sex correctly. I talked to both my mental health provider and my primary care today to ask them to write the necessary affidavit that will state my predominant gender is female, which will allow me to change both my NY state ID and my Calif. birth certificate to reflect that I am female. (I only need one but better to have too much than not enough) I should be receiving those affidavits by mail in a few days.

    Now that doesn't mean I'm giving up on educating people on the difference and proper use of the words Sex and Gender. It just means I will no longer be able to state defiantly that "I break the law regularly and whenever I use the restroom in public."

    #transgender   #lgbt   #lgbtq  
  2. Family, travel, etc. in On Being...Me


    By Chrissy, posted
    Hi everyone,
    Happy Monday!  It's still strikes me as funny that I can actually believe that when I say it now - but it's true.
    Since I got my promotion (and raise) at work I decided I could and should go away finally.  It's been at least 2 or 3 years since I went away - granted, I don't really like traveling all the much, but usually I like to get at least a long weekend somewhere each year.  So in November, in the week before Thanksgiving, I'm going down to D.C.  It's part family, part fun.  I have an aunt and uncle (not husband and wife, they are my mother's brother and her other brother's wife), and three cousins and their families.  I suggested to one of my cousins that if I was going to see my aunt and uncle I could consider "going back" just for those visits - both are in their mid to late 80s, no need to shock them.  But he said he didn't think there's any need - my aunt has dealt with enough and can deal with this (she is Spanish and grew up very conservative catholic and has 2 kids who are gay, so yes), and my uncles probably has more in his background than any of us can match - so I'm going with that.  (I probably will suggest that it would be good if one of my cousins could tell them before I go down)
    The bigger thing for me is just the idea of traveling - this is the first time for me traveling as a woman.  I have no idea what that means, but I feel like it's something.  I've been to D.C. many, many times, but I have no idea what I will do now - I imagine some of the gay bars I've gone to will still be fine, but who knows (I doubt my cousins will be of much help, they all live outside the city and are older and settled).
    Speaking of family, it's now been about a month since my last email to my sister and still no response.  I want to believe that it's fine, if that's how it's going to be that's it, but I have to admit that when I was thinking about it Friday night it kind of hurt.  We haven't always been very close, but we have been at times, and I'd miss that if it's gone.  I'm not going to do anything further about it unless she does, I know it just has to be what it is, but that doesn't mean it won't hurt.
    On a more positive front - I mailed in my paperwork to update my Birth Certificate today (name only, in NJ you can't change gender until after GRS), and my mortgage company.
    xoxo
    Christie
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  3. Free Assistance for Transgender Persons Seeking Legal Name Change
    Sentinel-Standard
    By Press Release A coalition of LGBT community partners, Affirmations Community Center, Central United Methodist Church, Equality Michigan, and the Ruth Ellis Center is proud to announce the launch of the Transgender Name Change Project (TNCP)...