Just an update

new-006I was getting pretty good about posting regularly here, then I went a couple of weeks with nothing.  I was tied up a little with family and work, but I did get out for the aforementioned movie night, and I got out again for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s was pretty cool.  I got to see some old friends and meet new people as well.  It was my first time out in a dress in over a year, and of course it was the coldest it had been in almost that long.  I had fun, though.  I only got a couple of self-taken photos of myself – the venue doesn’t allow photographs inside.  I’ll try to get one online soon.

I went to another New Life support meeting last weekend.  They are really a cool bunch of people, and it’s nice to have someone to talk to.  We talked a little more about the Day of “Hey!”.  I forgot that I had volunteered to participate in that.  I know feck-all about planning anything celebratory, but I’m willing to give it a go.

We also talked about this month’s Movie Night, and after some little discussion, we decided on “The Crying Game”.  I recently picked up a copy on DVD, and most of the group haven’t seen it, so it was a natural choice.  I didn’t name myself after Jaye Davidson, but I suppose I always liked his character, “Dil”.  Jaye himself is something of an enigma.  He only did two films “The Crying Game” and “Stargate”, then faded out.  I read somewhere that he never wanted to be famous, and wasn’t comfortable with all the attention, so he went back to working as a fashion assistant, and disappeared.  I suppose that’s better than lingering in the business, taking crap roles.  Still, I wonder how he’s doing these days.

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Movie Night

Saturday is Movie Night for the NLTO folks.  A couple of the members have a big house in Virginia Beach, and they host a monthly gathering to watch themed movies.  This month’s selection:

Ma vie en rose

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119590/

I’ve seen this before, but it’ll be nice to watch again with like-minded folk.

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.