A crossdressing look back at 2008

The new year is almost upon us. It’s cliched, I know, but it seems as though just the other day we were ushering in 2008. Which proved to be a very interesting year for society. The economy drove off a cliff and doesn’t seem to have hit the rocks at the bottom yet. A black man was elected president of the USA, and a transgendered girl competed on America’s Next Top Model. Though the latter is perhaps less remarkable in light of the first two events I was overjoyed to see the transgendered community take such a bold step towards acceptance.

Californian voters decided to take away the rights of gay people, transgender discrimination was deemed illegal (at least in this particular case) and Thailand got transgender bathrooms. Much ado was made about a hospital offering sex changes to boys as young as 7 (though again the headline is perhaps more sensational than reality), a man got pregnant and India welcomed their first transgendered star.

It’s been a busy year. Comment and tell me what has stuck out the most for you in the transgender news for 2008.

Personally, I’ve made quite a few breakthroughs in my journey through gender dysphoria. I started Crossdresser Heaven earlier in the year which has provided me much joy – both at expressing what I think and feel, and in helping others who are searching for answers. Your notes and comments have warmed my heart.

My wife and I have had (more than) a few discussions about my transgendered nature and despite all the sometimes heated words we’re still married and in love 🙂 I’ve gone for a few more laser hair removal treatments (thrilled with the results so far!), found the joy in mineral makeup and slowly begun rebuilding my feminine warddrobe after my purge a few years ago.

I got a transgender makeover in a mall for the first time, took full advantage of the crossdressing opportunities at Halloween time and had a long chat about nothing in particular with the saleswoman helping me find a nice pair of woman’s yoga shorts. I’ve made some wonderful new friends online, and in general have felt greatly blessed with 2008.

It’s been a busy year. Comment and let me know how you’ve faired on your transgender journey in 2008.

I look forward to 2009 – a year full of hope and promise.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Vicki Stevens 11 years ago

    Vanessa
    Congratulations on your first year and let me say thank you for starting this little place for us girls to stop for a minute and enjoy some girl talk about the simple to a chat about more weighty issues. Maybe this blog is the most significant occurence in the past year for Transgender awareness. Sometimes we don’t always see the impact right at the start.
    I think as far as it goes, the Prop 8 struggle in California may emerge as the galvanizing event of 2008. While it is on the surface a struggle for the Civil Right of Gays to marry, I think this negative occurence at the ballot box will ultimately turn out to be one of the most positive events for not only Gays and Lesbians, but Bi and TG as well. I think they, (the Unreligous Right) have finally pissed us all off.
    For me 2008 has proven to be a breakthrough year, but in fits and starts. I joined the Emerald City Crossdressers Club here in Seattle back in February and have pushed Vicki to be more open and free about herself. Personally I feel that in concert with this sort of thing, I am being called to do more in raising awareness and advancing the cause of TG rights both in the civil and religous arena, in tandem with any effort on the gay and lesbian front. Of course none of this is possible without the support of my wife and her acceptance and let me say encouragement for my feminine side. I love her deeply and want to make her proud of me on all sides of the equation.

  2. Lynn Jones 11 years ago

    Happy new year indeed. I hope the next one is kind to you.

    Take care,
    Lynn
    x

  3. ARLIVON 11 years ago

    i am so glad you have continued on with your life as you see it …so many people dont have a clue what they want out of life…god bless…arla

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