I appreciate all of your comments. I am not going to speak for others as we are all on our own journey.
If I only went to places where I know I will be accepted, I would still be fully closeted. I was really concerned with who would accept me and who would reject me or just ingore me. I would be denying myself and deny others choice to not only accept me but others that may follow. I am not looking for opportunities for rejection but groups of people I would have been drawn to in my male persona.
I don’t want to live in a bubble or, because I am a crossdresser, I can only fit in with those known to be friendly to it. The whole point of going public is to be public. Yes there will be rejection but I don’t feel I need to limit myself because I may be rejected. I want to give people a chance to get to know me.