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  3. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/22/memo-pentagon-assesses-readiness-to-recruit-transgender-applica/22103409/ Excellent news, provided that the President or Congress doesn't interfere. Carolyn Marie
  4. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-05-22/aclu-dispute-over-transgender-students-treatment-resolved Carolyn Marie
  5. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20170522/us-transgender-surgeries-up-20-percent-in-2-years#2 Carolyn Marie
  6. I'm going to get my lab work done tomorrow. I've stalled on it a bit. Also on Monday I received a call to say I'm being moved out one day to the 15th. Something about the hospital overbooking operating rooms. I didn't ask more. In the big scheme of things, not a big deal. I was talking with a friend yesterday and said before E this would have driven me crazy. What a change in life perspective... I send my check to the Anesthesia doctor next week. Getting closer. Jani
  7. That's how my mother reacted at that time. She was slightly concerned on where this would take me and to be careful if I ever went out in public. I assured her I will be fine, that I have my closet friend with me. That I'm comfortable dressing and enjoy it. She said that as long as it makes me happy, she'll support me.
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  9. I had my 50th HS reunion last September. At #40 I was not out, so this was their first time to see Vicky, and more darn people WANTED to talk to me this time that ever before. My most precious moment was when two of the men who had made my life miserable in HS, came over and made amends for what they had done back then to Rick in those days. They could see I was happier and much more a person than I had been in the past. Hugs are great.
  10. Be sure your seat belt is buckled firmly, keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, and be sure that the chin strap on your hard hat is snug under your jaw. You are in for a wild but wonderful ride on one heckuva roller coaster here girl. The first dose, and off it goes. Be safe and follow the rules your doctor sets out, and you will be around to enjoy it.
  11. Kind of makes me want to go to my 30th, which is about 4 years away just because it would be interesting to see where people ended up. Glad you had a good time!!!
  12. Yeah! Congratulations!!!
  13. If your HR team suggest it's safe to come out to others there, then that might be a risk worth taking. Specifically, to the leaders working there. As for the fellow coworkers, maybe talk to them one by one, or with your friend. I've told a few friends that I work with because I felt they would understand better and accept it as they always help pro-LGBT views. Now that I am transferring to another place, but same job, I will be full-time at work and be going by Alicia which is a scary step. Because this is still a newer place for you, it might be best to come out early so as new people join they already know and won't know you before to care, if that makes sense? They'll see you as you.
  14. Congrats! Yay!! I'm very happy for you, it's an exciting day for sure!
  15. Charlize, I'm so pleased that you had a brilliant time at the reunion. I am fairly certain that the positive nature of this event says a lot about you as a person. However, I can't help but wonder whether it might say something beyond the confines of that gathering. Could it be that it is indicative of a gradual "turning of the corner" with regard to our community? I hope I am not reading more into this than is desirable or trying to morph a class reunion into a bellwether statement about our culture. I would appreciate reading your reflections about the broader implications of this if indeed they can be deduced.
  16. Those are both reactions that i shared when i started. Relax, Take a deep breath and enjoy. It can be hard but also a beautiful ride! I remember being told to fasten my seatbelt. Hugs, Charlize
  17. Happy Birthday Kallum!🎂 Happy Birthday Sara P!🎂 Hope you have a super duper day! Lots of love, Timber Wolf🐾🍀🌷🌾🍄
  18. I love that you passed by and she did not even notice until you said something. I think it comes down to why parents get upset about this, for some it is because they worry about your future, for others its for moral/religious reasons. Mine were upset because they worried about my future and it is a slow process of letting them realize that everything will be ok.
  19. Congratulations Celest! Lots of love, Timber Wolf🐾🍀🌷🌾🍄
  20. I came out as transgender to a couple people at my work yesterday. I feel really good about it. They both started referring to me as Celest and it felt really amazing! It made me feel good and maybe I can start going out full time soon.
  21. Finally, the day has arrived that I'll be going to the doctor to start HRT. I am really excited but nervous at the same time!
  22. Hey, I had the same thing happen with me! I took a break from hormones for a while, and when I restarted I went through a growth spurt! I'm pretty big now I'm glad you've got some going for you, maybe it will continue even more!
  23. Glad to hear that you are doing well! Thanks for checking in with us and giving us all some good news!
  24. Excellent outcome to what could have been a bad situation. You are fortunate to have a Mom that you can talk to, even if the conversation is limited.
  25. Good advice, "don't lie about who the clothing belongs to" . That will only postpone the inevitable conversation. Sometimes the little "accidents" are the best way to get a beneficial conversation going. Be true to yourself and never lie to your mom! ;-)). She knows you pretty well I'm sure and may have already figured things out on her own.
  26. Welcome to LP! Thanks for sharing.
  27. Bit of a backstory here. I graduated from high school in 2006. Have been working full time ever since. Since then my collection of women's clothes grew, and grew, and grew. I was always in the closet, too shy to come out to anyone, let alone my own mother. Well it was in March of 2011, I was away for the weekend to visit my father. Now for some reason my mom needed paper and went into my room looking for some. My room at the time had 2 closets. I used one for my male clothes and the other for Amelia's, and a dresser that had a balance of intimates and boxer shorts. Well she happened to open the top dresser to see bras and panties, and looked in the other closet and found lingerie, tops and dresses. Well she picks me up from the ferry terminal and the long car ride home was rather silent. Wasn't till that evening when I'm about to go to bed that she brings up the search for paper and what she found. Needless to say I had a lump in my throat and my heart was racing. She wasn't mad, mostly confused and in tears. Her first thought was that I may be gay, which I assured her I'm not. Life at home after that was rather awkward. I love my mom dearly and I felt terrible at what happened. Wasn't till a few years later that after coming out to a close friend that she became more accepting. I even let her have a few spare bras as a few of hers were wearing out. I think the best moment that I can recall was after I started going out with friends as Amelia. I left my apartment and got in the elevator. Upon leaving my mom was waiting to get on. I knew I was passable enough, because she didn't even recognize me, until I said hello. She was very impressed with my outfit and how convincing I looked. My heart swelled when she told me I look like the daughter she never had. I am truly happy that the most important person in my life accepts me for who I am.
  28. Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. I hope to learn more about myself and share my experiences here.
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    • Carolyn Marie
      https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/22/memo-pentagon-assesses-readiness-to-recruit-transgender-applica/22103409/ Excellent news, provided that the President or Congress doesn't interfere.   Carolyn Marie
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      https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-05-22/aclu-dispute-over-transgender-students-treatment-resolved   Carolyn Marie
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      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20170522/us-transgender-surgeries-up-20-percent-in-2-years#2   Carolyn Marie
    • Jani423
      I'm going to get my lab work done tomorrow.  I've stalled on it a bit. Also on Monday I received a call to say I'm being moved out one day to the 15th.  Something about the hospital overbooking operating rooms.  I didn't ask more.  In the big scheme of things, not a big deal.  I was talking with a friend yesterday and said before E this would have driven me crazy.   What a change in life perspective... I send my check to the Anesthesia doctor next week.  Getting closer. Jani
    • AmeliaB
      That's how my mother reacted at that time. She was slightly concerned on where this would take me and to be careful if I ever went out in public. I assured her I will be fine, that I have my closet friend with me. That I'm comfortable dressing and enjoy it. She said that as long as it makes me happy, she'll support me.   
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