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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