New Beginning

I went to a service for the Day of Remembrance last month, and I met a nice group of people.  They were part of a support group sponsored by the New Life Metropolitan Community Church.  I am naturally leery of anything to do with organized religion, but I miss having a regular group to hang with for support and social functions.

I went to my first meeting on Saturday.  There were twenty-five people there, which is about twice as many as would regularly show up at either of the groups I belonged to in Charlotte.  What’s more, this group is more inclusive.  There were both MTF and FTM members present, ranging in age from 16 to, well, somewhere in the 50s (or possibly older).  Some of the members were accompanied by partners or relatives.

We began by going around the room introducing ourselves, and we were asked what our preferred pronouns are.  This has always been a pet peeve of mine, to spend hours preparing for an excursion en femme, only to be addressed as “Sir”, or referred to as “he” or “him”.

There was a recap of last month’s DOR service, and some discussion about next year.  Next came discussion about a planned “Day of Hey” (name subject to change), an event to celebrate our transgenderedness.  It’s tentatively planned for July 2nd, which is the birthday of Sylvia Rivera, a TG lady who was in the front lines at Stonewall, and who campaigned to keep TG people in the middle of the struggle for GLBT rights.  Incidentally, next June is the 40th anniversary of the events at Stonewall.  I was in New York just before the 30th anniversary, and I missed out on the celebration.  Not this time.

In between discussions, we listened to selections by the Athens Boys Choir, a pair of T-men out of Atlanta who do spoken-word performances and music.  During another break, I scored a *FREE* pair of breast forms from a lady who has grown her own.  She actually had about four pairs to go, and I wasn’t the only girl to come home with new breasts.  😉

I met some new people, and spent a couple of hours chatting about everything from Halo to medieval swordplay, something I used to be quite good at.  I used to be a pretty good sword fighter.  Halo, on the other hand, is a more common present-day pursuit.  Heck, it’s almost a religion.

Anyway, I found a nice, new group of people to hang out with, and I’m already looking forward to the next event.

PS – If you haven’t seen it, check out “Prop 8: The Musical” at funnyordie.com.  It’s hilarious.

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