I had been watching a Sister who joined my Local Crossdresser Support Group (LCSG) nearly a year after I had joined. I have admired her courage and being brave and open telling her stories going out on her own with her wife. She is obvious if you interact with her that she is a crossdresser. She has fun with it, expresses herself and educates people one by one.  I personally had been very quiet and discreet trying to pass as a women around every corner and by the way very successfully.  I have gotten to the point of passing at will, however passing is again hiding me, it is going back into hiding like I was when I was just Manly.  After hearing her stories of being up front helped me feel braver to be me!  I am Meili and I cannot change it, as well I cannot change the world but I can help change people one by one.  Meili is OUT!  In this past year, Meili introduced herself to her two daughters, her son, mother, three brothers and their wives.  Meili came out to her ex-wife of 22 years because we felt she had a right to know.

For the past eight years, every Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, Manly went to the same Mexican restaurant.  It is almost exactly like Cheers, if you remember the sitcom, and I am one of the charters.  Over the past several months, I came out to most of my Cheers buddies allowing many of them to meet Meili. I have also told most of the staff who are like family to me.  This leads up to the moment, I recently threw a grenade!

I went to the restaurant the first time as Meili.  It was near closing time when I knew most patrons would be gone, especially those who knew me.  This was not easy.  Some did not recognize me, some did, some were laughing, and others were intrigued.  When I was exposed those that did know who I was, maybe I initially laughed.  Several younger men were questioning my sexual orientation; they came at me at all angles.  When the fragrance of the perfume wears off everything came back to normal.  By this time, many employees were standing around or sitting next to me, asking a lot of questions which I answered freely.  It was lovely.

When Meili walked into the restaurant the second time, it was much earlier in the day.  No one immediately recognized who I was as I sat down.  Many who knew Manly did not catch on until the manager who always takes care of me asked what I would like to drink and eat.  My Cheers friends could see I was somewhat nervous, and told me not worry and just to be me because they had my back.  Quietly, a friend put male patron at ease who was questioning him about me.  Another sitting next to me asked if I had a brother.  I said, yes I do, why.  That patron said I looked almost just like another patron he knew — well little did he know, it was me.

Meili recently visited the restaurant with my two beautiful daughters.  Again someone with whom I talk to often knew there was something peculiar, but could not connect the dots.  He was told later after I left that I was Manly, who is now Meili.  I now go there as Meili more and more often.  The staff has even mentioned that they like me visiting as Meili more so than when I did so as Manly.

Being able to be you comes down to you,the relationships you have with family, people in your community, and the support you gain from those relationships.  Today I enjoy all of that and so much more.  I have my family and their love. I have my lady friends who help with dressing and makeup and go shopping with me.  And I have the support of the strongest of men who definitely have my back.  When Meili introduced herself to everyone at Cheers in her own way, they all managed to accept Meili in their own way.  I am sure this is not the end, but rather a process which will just keep moving forward.

In the end, it came down to me being brave enough to accept me for being me.  I decided not to live in fear.  I have amazing experiences just being me which help others in accepting who we are, and in understanding more about the community of which I am a part.  I am Meili, I am free, and I am OUT!

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Krista
Duchess
Active Member
5 years ago

Hi Meili, What a lovely story. Thank You so much for sharing.
Your bravery is truly inspirational and courageous. Congratulations!
I wish I lived somewhere with an LCSG. Crossdresser Heaven has become my support group. Hearing stories like yours certainly helps.
All the very Best,
Hugs, Krista

MARIA
MARIA
5 years ago
Reply to  Krista

GREAT STORY

Amanda Patrick
Member
5 years ago

Wow Meili, Your bravery is incredible. You were able to overcome you fears. All the best going forward.

Hugs, Amanda

skippy1965 Cynthia
Ambassador
Trusted Member
5 years ago

Melli-thanks for sharing and congrats on accepting yourself and then getting out to let the world share in your happiness!
Cyn

Lea
Active Member
5 years ago

Thanks Melli for sharing and giving so many of us hope that we too can be fully out and free one day, we just need to be confident!

Codille Benton Baer
Ambassador
Member
5 years ago

Melli, Glad you could stretch out and be yourself and then have the opportunity to go back to where now everybody knows your new name!!!!

Codille

Jaime
Member
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Melli. I’m so happy for you. What courage you have to do what you did. I wish I could be as strong as you.

XXOO Jaime

debbie
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debbie
5 years ago

Yes Melli thanks for sharing your story which definitely gives all of us a sigh of relief. Makes us feel proud now

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Kelliann Tgurl
5 years ago

Very inspiring story….Thank You for giving me strength in my journey of Coming out of The closet to my Family and Life long friends first, Then the world……….Tired of wearing over sized man shirts to cover up my Padded Bras that I wear everywhere…LOL

Pippi Long
Pippi Long
5 years ago

what beautiful story . I too have just recently stepped out of the closet ! My girlfriend and I have attended a couple of drag shows and I was brave enough to go in drag , but to my surprise. myself and the praformers were the only ones in drag ! lol but I enjoyed it nevertheless . freInd me please ! lots of luck
Pippi

Michelle
Michelle
5 years ago

What a lovely and inspiring story. I truly wish it could be that positive and successful for all of us. Speaking for myself, it wouldn’t have gone so smooth, especially with family. In any case, an excellent article.

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