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Tales From The Flip Side

This is another take on the restroom issue that has become such a topic in the halls of Southern and Midwest State legislatures . This is a parallel universe scenario that explores the question of who really should NOT be sharing public bathrooms with women and children .

I Fixed The Problems With Mrs. Winston's Cat

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For all who read my story earlier and noticed it was cut off halfway through, I re-wrote the missing part and re-submitted it. I apologize for any inconvenience. I'm still trying to figure out why it all failed to post originally, but it is now posted completely.

Hugs,

Jen

Mrs. Winston's Cat

It all started Halloween night a year ago. My sister, Lisa, and I were out Trick-or- Treating. We had begged our parents to let us go as Disney Princess characters for our final year, as we had turned 10 and 11 and were getting too old for it. I wanted to be Cinderella and Lisa wanted to be Jasmine. My parents weren't all that thrilled that I wanted to be a girl again, but they had gotten used to the same request since I was 4 years old and Lisa was 5. I knew that I should have been born a girl since I was old enough to talk.

I Had An Interesting Dream Last Night

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I had an interesting dream last night. I dreamed I was staying over at my friend, Tracy's house and trying on clothes. I was wearing a pretty pink dress and looking at myself. I was a teenage girl! I looked just like I would have if I had been born genetically female. It felt like an alternate universe type of thing, but it was so nice! In the dream, I also had a conversation with her mother and she was treating me as I was another daughter and it felt wonderful!

Today Is The 7th Birthday Of My Legal Womanhood

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Today I am celebrating my 7th Birthday as a legal woman. I remember that day well. I got up that morning and felt like a weight had been lifted. I dressed in my red skirtsuit heels, hose, blonde wig and did my makeup and then drove to the courthouse for my name change hearing. Standing there hearing the bailiff call me by my male name, knowing how I looked, was a little nerve wracking. The best look I got was from our family attorney who was there representing another client. It was priceless!

I'm Officially 21 With 21 Years Experience!

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I guess I don't feel any older. It's so nice to be 21 with 21 years experience. That's the way I look at it! I am so blessed with so many wonderful friends in my life and I am glad I'm here to share this day with you! Thank you all so much!

I Got A New Job Yesterday!

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I have some wonderful news! I start a new job in 3 weeks working for an organization that provides job training for veterans who are transitioning out of the Military back into Civilian life or have been out of the military for a while, but need re-training to meet the demands of the modern technological job site . I am so excited for this wonderful opportunity!

I Got A Sobering Dose Of Reality Today

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I had a sobering dose of reality delivered to me by four of the women in my life today. My, mother, sister and two sister's -in-law pretty much told me I have been fooling myself that I could ever think I could ever be successful as a woman the way I have been going. I went to our family reunion yesterday and today my sister-in-law proceeded to chop whatever self confidence I had left in myself to shreds. She told me that I just "existed" in that room yesterday and my body language showed I didn't care. It seems like I am doomed to failure in the make up department too.

Got A Lot Going On Lately

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I have had a lot going on lately. I am working with my sister-in-law who lives in Colorado, trying to get my career off the ground as a Mary Kay consultant. I am trying to get enough orders to buy my starter kit and some inventory to get started with. She gave me a task to find six women to place orders this weekend, but so far, I haven't had much luck. If any of you would like to place an order, you can go to http://www.marykay.com/kcampbell98934. Just let me know if you do, so it will count toward the total I need and I can offer you my sincerest thank you.

I Have A Question For The Computer Techs Among Us?

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I have a question for the computer techs among us? I have an HP desktop computer that I purchased for my work from home business. I got on it last week to check emails and then clicked shutdown in the start menu and it completely shut down. A few days ago, I happened to come in my room to get something off my desk and I noticed that it was turned on and running in "hibernate" mode. I touched the keyboard and the screen came up to my login page for Windows. It is Windows 7, Professional. I logged in and it went to the desktop page. I clicked on the start menu and brought up "shutdown" again.

Tennessee Legislature Is At It Again

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There is a law being proposed in Tennessee that would allow bullying in schools by people who feel they are justified based on their own religious, philosophical and political views against LGBT students.I wonder if they have figured out that federal Hate Crimes laws would trump any attempt to violate the Civil rights of these kids? This comes in the wake of the suicide of a high school student who was being bullied for being gay. I have heard that Michigan just passed a similar law. It is sickening that any State would legally try to justify violence against someone else as a RIGHT!

Wish Upon A Christmas

Christie made her way to the eighth floor of the Cancer wing with a sense of dread and a heavy heart. Dr. Fischer had called her that afternoon and told her that she needed to get there to see her mother as soon as she could. The cancer had spread to her liver and pancreas and she only had a short time left. She stepped into her mother's room where she was greeted with the all too familiar sounds of the monitors beeping. Her mother looked like she was asleep, but then as Christie approached her mother replied weakly"Hello dear, It sure isn't the way to spend Christmas Eve is it?"

I Went To My Uncle's Visitation

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I went to my uncle's visitation tonight. Most of my family already knew about me and it wasn't as big an issue as I thought. Of course, there were some who avoided me, but that was no surprise. My aunt Susan paid me the greatest compliment I have ever had. She told me that she loved me even more because I am living the truth in my life and not shying away from telling the truth no matter what. Those words meant so much to me and I vowed to myself and to others that I will always live my truth, because for so many years, I couldn't out of fear for what others would think! Never again!

My Uncle Passed This Evening

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My uncle passed this evening from heart failure. He was my dad's second oldest brother and had suffered from the effects of Agent Orange for many years. My problem is this, I want to be there to support my cousins who know I have transitioned and mostly haven't had a problem about it. The rest of my dad's side are the ones I am worried about. They are mostly strict Southern Baptist and Pentecostal and they do not like anything that doesn't conform to their narrow minded view of the world.

I Have Had A Tough Week

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I have had a tough week. I started training for my new job with the IRS last Monday and had to take a very difficult test on Thursday to advance in my training. I failed the test and was disqualified for further training. I am once again trying to figure out where to go from here. Added to that, I am being blamed by my mother because we had to sign up for a new phoneline and DSL for my Home Office and we got a bill for that that was far more than the agreed upon amount.We signed up for a bundle plan through AT&T that included the new line, DSL and DirecTV in one plan for $97 a month.

TYFA Is A Wonderful Organization

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Andrea James posted a link for a wonderful organization called Trans Youth Family Allies on her page today. I have contacted them to see if I can volunteer. I have seen and read stories here locally about parents who were totally clueless about what it means for their child to be Trans. One case resulted in suicide from being bullied and rejected by their mother. I tried to get our Trans support group involved in this worthy cause, but they didn't want to "Rock the boat" and chose not get involved.

Keep Wren In Your Thoughts and Prayers

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Keep Wren Phoenix in your thoughts and prayers. She is awaiting news about her arm and it doesn't sound very good. I know she has had her ups and downs lately. I am really hoping that she does get some good news because she really deserves it.

I Was A Victim Of Mistaken Identity Today

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Today we had a woman reported missing here in town. The 911 dispatch center put out a bulletin using the phone system with a description of the lady and said that her likely destination was the next street over from ours. Anyway, I told my mother and she thought it might be a good idea if I walked around the block to see if I could find her. I did that and didn't see her, so I turned around and headed back to my house. I had gone out and come back through the garage door. I wasn't home 5 minutes when the police came to my door.

Preparing For The Loss Of A Great Lady

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Over the last week, I have learned that Hospice has been called in to care for my grandmother. She is in Stage 5 Kidney failure and fluid is building up in her system making it difficult for her to breathe.The diuretics she has been taking no longer work. The doctors all thought she would pass on last Summer, but she defied the odds and made it for 10 months longer. She is on high dose pain meds to keep her comfortable and I expect we will get the call sometime within the next week. I'm really saddened by her impending death because she is my last grandparent left living.

Until We Meet Again( Expanded)

Janie Lewis and I were the best of friends ever since the first day of Preschool and we did everything together. So many times we would hear people say "Those two are almost like conjoined twins" It seemed like it too. Our mothers would have to promise that we would get to go to each others houses the next day to ever get us to go home. I would play with her toys when I was at her house and she played with mine when she was at mine. I always wondered why my toys weren't the same things Janie had, but I was afraid to ask.

"The Gender Puzzle" Is Currently On Documentary Channel

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The Australian Documentary "The Gender Puzzle" is currently showing on Documentary. It is one of the best programs I have seen at explaining the scientific reasons behind Gender issues such as Intersex conditions and Gender Identity.

I Got A Surprise Phone Call Today

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I got a surprise phone call today from the hiring coordinator for the company I recently did Customer Service training for. The IRS is hiring for positions beginning January 2012. The training starts September of this year. I went through a phone interview and I have been given a conditional letter of hire, pending a background check. I am wondering if those Federal agencies like the IRS would refuse to hire you if they find out what your former status is during the background check?

The State Of Tennessee Has Stooped To A New Level Of Stupid

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I read an article that talks about how the Tennessee State Senate has passed a law making it illegal to say the words Gay or Homosexual or discuss any related issues in the classrooms of Tennessee schools. Just when you thought people couldn't be any dumber, this just adds another layer of stupid. They already get made fun of for other things, but now they will really get it big time. I guess the birthplace of the KKK wants to ensure a new generation of bigots continues for years to come. Unreal! This is the 21st century, not the dark ages! It's time these people figure that out!

One Of My GG Friends Is Writing A Paper

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on how Transgendered people are portrayed in the media. Her name is Amy. I have been helping her by citing a few examples. She turned in a rough draft to her professor yesterday and she is supposed to get that back by Tuesday to rewrite it for the final version due on Thursday. I talked to her about how newspapers cover hate crime reports against the Trans community based on where they are in the country. Could anyone give me a few more examples to use just in case she needs more refined material?

No Hope And No Place To Go Yet

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I have come to the conclusion very clearly that I am no longer welcomed where I am living. My mother told me she is selling my only means of transportation to get to a job and everyone in my immediate household is mad at me now. I am nothing but a burden to them. In a few days, I will pack what I can in a rolling suitcase and set off on foot. I don't know exactly where I will go yet. I have $3 to my name right now, but no other choice but to go. I have a sleeping bag to sleep on the ground if I have to. I have needed a change of scenery for a long time.

I Finally Solved The Problem With Sign Out

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I finally solved the problem that caused my computer to spontaneously sign out of Yahoo. I found out that it was the AVG toolbar. I disabled all my add ons and then went through by process of elimination until I found the one causing the problem. I downloaded session manager too, so I can log off and come back the next day and continue reading stories from open tabs without starting over. I'm so happy I figured it out!

Frustration!

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I have had a frustrating day staying signed into my Yahoo home page. Every time I go to another webpage and come back to my Homepage, I find out I have been signed out. I went in and changed my password,and it still does it. I also have trouble with my Bookmarks tab. I have had to sign back in multiple times on it. Once I'm signed in I can click on the bookmarks icon and the drop down menu will show my quick links and then at the bottom I can open up the full list. It works a little while and then it tells me I have to sign back in.

April's Fools Daddy!

My head leaned back in the seat as I tried to catch a few hours of sleep. The flight from Thailand was a long and uncomfortable one. I was sitting on a Donut pillow as my nether regions were still tender from the SRS I had three weeks earlier. I thought about the long journey that brought me here and the bitter words that were said by my father the day I left home.

I Read An Interesting Article Today About Androgny

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I was at my salon today getting a cut, color and eyebrow wax and my stylist brought me a magazine to read while I was under the dryer waiting for my color to set. Anyway, it was the issue of "Allure" magazine from November 2010. I flipped through and found an article about how Androgny has played a role in history from Greek Mythology to films made in the 1970's. It cited several historical examples of how women have lived as men to be treated better in the societies of the times in which they lived.

I Just Read An Article on MSNBC.com

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I just read an article about how more and more companies are offering SRS and Breast Augmentation for Transsexual employees in their Health Insurance plans. It talked about Wells Fargo Bank, Coca Cola,AT&T, New York Life, and others are offering SRS as a means to promote tolerance and diversity. I left a comment on the article, but I can tell you that it definitely brought out the bigots in full force on the comments page. Most of them, had absolutely no experience with the issue and spouted off from their own point of view.

Is Anyone Using Open Office?

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I wanted to know if anyone uses Open Office? I downloaded it and I really can't tell any difference between Microsoft Word. The templates actually look better than Word and the document and spreadsheet program is identical. They also claim it is compatible with Word and reads PDF files just the same. The part I like is that it's free. I couldn't afford to purchase Word when my trial subscription ran out.

I Had This Dream Last Night

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I had this really vivid dream last night that surprised me because it was the first time since I started my transition, that I have dreamed in such detail. The biggest difference was that in this dream, I was 100% female. Anyway, I was a teenage girl with long curly blonde hair that reminded me of Taylor Swift's style. I was apparently around 15 or 16 and new to this town and new to this High School. This group of girls invited me to go to the movies with them, so one of my parents dropped me off.

The Consequences Of Conformity

I remember my early years as one half of a set of Fraternal twins, as a time of great confusion for both of us. I was born the boy of the pair named Christopher Ray McClain. Christine Rayanne McClain was the girl of our pair. From the age of four, we were both aware that there was a great cosmic mistake made. I felt I should have been Christine and she felt she should have been me. We would play with each other and exchange our toys. I would play with the dolls she had and she would play with the trucks and toy soldier's.

My Dad

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Today I went to see my dad for our annual Christmas get together. He told me when I first started transition, that he loved me no matter what. I just wish he could get it through his head that my name is Jennifer now. He sent me a card for my birthday last month addressed to my old male name. I just pitched it in the garbage can. He did the same thing with the Christmas card he sent me this year too. I did the same thing to that one too. I opened my gift he gave me today and the outside of money card envelop said the same thing.

When It Rains, It Pours!

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You know the saying "When it rains, it pours? That sums up my week . First, the battery died in my car on Tuesday, then today, my AC adapter goes shot on my computer and then if that wasn't enough, my dog went to the vet with a yeast infection in his ears. It seems like things always happen like this at this time of the year. My sister paid the vet bill, but the car battery and AC adapter are not in my budget at all for the moment. I wish I had a fairy Godmother with a used Toshiba adaptor and a car battery laying around somewhere.( Fat chance of that one!

My Friend Just Told Me About A Billboard She Saw

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My friend Danielle told me about a billboard she drove past in downtown LA. It was an advertisement for a Cosmetic Gynecologist. She was asking what that meant and I told her that it sounded like it could be a new creative term for a Sex Reassignment surgeon. LOL!

I Have Diabetes

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I went to see my doctor today and I took the diabetes test. My fasting glucose level was 154, so she put me on Metaformin and set new guidelines for my diet. I definitely have to lose weight too. The good news is that if we keep it under control, I can still have my SRS in the future. I am going to do everything possible to follow her instructions. I am grateful that we caught this early on before it turned into something more serious.

Hugs,

Jen

The Mrs. 'Clause'

The icy wind and blowing snow cut through me as I trudged along the sidewalk on my way to my job as a salesclerk at 'Kringle's Department Store'. The job didn't pay a lot , but it kept a roof over my head and food in my tummy. I was also fortunate in that Kringle's was a friendly place to work for the LGBT community. The owner's daughter was among our sisterhood, having completed her transition 6 years before.Her name was Claire and she worked in the Accounting department.

My Birthday Was A Bit Disappointing

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My birthday was a bit disappointing. I had some longtime family friends there as well as my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. The small group of friends that I personally invited never showed up at all. I was very hurt and disappointed, but I guess that's life! I told people that I won't celebrate any more birthdays, because I don't want to get so excited about seeing my friends and then have them decide that I wasn't worth their time. It felt like all the times I was rejected in High School. I got to the point that I withdrew and quit putting myself out there to be hurt again.

My George Jones CD Is Cued For "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair"

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Today my family will declare me to be over-the-hill officially as I have achieved that milestone that women don't talk about. I have my George Jones CD cued to "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" and I will use it to remind everyone who rubs it in too much! There is a few more miles left in this girl before she is officially "Over -the- hill" I don't intend to go quietly either! At least I can say I have the best gift already. The wonderful friends and family I have!

I Got Some News

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The nurse from my Endocrinologists office called and told me that she was sending my new prescriptions out to me. She did tell me that my blood sugar was elevated and they scheduled me for an appointment on December 10th. I am hoping and praying that I can get it down by modifying my diet and not have to start insulin. I hate needles anyway,so the idea of sticking myself a few times a day is not high on my list of things I want to get started doing. My family history is not on my side with regards to diabetes. I just hope I can change habits and take care of it that way.

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