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    Mika Malone
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    Registered On: November 11, 2020
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    Last night, Philma and I went out local monthly drag show. I prefer to go down to Kansas City where people are, generally, more open and accepting. The drag show is one place though that I feel comfortable being myself in this ultra conservative town.

    I went to one a couple months back and just kinda blended in with the large crowd. I went one step further last night though. My daughter bought me a Trans Pride pin that I wore all night. So, even though I did my best with my makeup, clothes, and accessories to be passable, I wasn’t trying to pass at all. I wanted to present as a stylish and classy trans girl. How did it turn out? It was a much different experience to say the least.

    At the previous drag show, I did get a couple compliments on my outfit. But last night, the attention was almost overwhelming. So many people were complimentary about one thing or another. A few compliments were just about my overall appearance. It was such a confidence boost and really made the one negative experience not be a downer for my evening.

    There was one guy that was hitting on me from the moment I walked in until the moment he left. Normally, being hit on is a compliment and, at first, it was. But just before he left, he started coming up behind me and putting his hand on my shoulder to get my attention. He said he meant no disrespect and didn’t mean to offend me. I told him that offering me drinks  did neither but he needed to keep his hands to himself. Having Philma there did keep the guy at bay for a while and kept me from having to really go off on him or kick his a**. I have always understood what cisgender women have to deal with when they are in public and pushy guys like that won’t leave them alone. But that gave me a new perspective on it.

    In the future, at upcoming events, I will still wear my Trans Pride pin. I probably won’t wear it for a regular shopping outing but I will take advantage of these events where it’s a more accepting environment to say that I am trans, I am proud, we are here, and get used to it.

    Pictures are posted in the public and private galleries.

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      Carolyne Sherman
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      Mika I have had both good and bad attention when I used to go out to clubs. For the most part it was good and no problem. I have always worn a women’s wedding set since I married and usually pointing out I am married and not interested puts an end to it. I will never understand why some men think it’s okay to do things like trying to run their hand up your skirt or grab your breasts but those bozos do exist and when a firm stopping hand and polite please do not do that doesn’t end things informing the bar tender, wait staff or bouncer will usually have the offending idiot promptly removed as the clubs don’t want their reputation ruined due to an idiot. As with a gg we should not have to accept any unwanted advances or attention just because we are allowing our feminine side to be free and men should learn to respect women be they gg, cd or tg’s!  This is kind of a pet peeve of mine due to some past experiences and the reality of what women have to deal with every day so don’t put up with anything unwanted and support your gg, tg and cd sisters in creating and keeping a safe environment.
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        Mika Malone
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        Thanks, Carolyne. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I too wear a women’s wedding set. But, as you said, there are still those persistent a** holes out there that have no respect for women (whether it’s trans or gg). It’s a societal issue IMO. Boys need to be taught at an early age to respect women so they don’t grow up with the perception of entitlement that they can do whatever they want. Schools tell girls not to dress certain ways so they aren’t a distraction to boys. They need to educate the boys though because they are the issue. I could keep talking about this more because its a pet peeve of mine, as well. But talking about it here is like preaching to the choir.

        Hugs,

        Mika

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          Carolyne Sherman
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          Amen sister Mika and pass the collection plate!  Those of us on this site all have some special understanding or respect for women and as such it is preaching to the choir, however it does behove us to represent women whether gg, cd or tg in a positive light and share tips to be safe and proper.
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            Mika Malone
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            ❤️❤️❤️

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      Krista
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      Hi Mika, thanks for your story and for sharing your fotos.  Looking good.  You are lucky to have such a great wing gurl as Philma. She looks really confident and can handle those types of situations. I’d love to one day be able to go on a “night out”.  I dress in public regularly in the daytime but living in a small northern natural resource industry city, there isn’t a safe bar to go to in the evening.  Nearest big city is about a five hour drive – maybe one day I’ll make the trip???  Keep sharing your stories, All the Best, Hugs, Krista.

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        Mika Malone
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        Thanks, Krista. Honestly, the whole bar thing isn’t my style. I am a foodie and a slight beer snob. But my hometown is rather uptight. The only times I have dressed in my hometown are for the drag shows.

        I am certainly appreciative of Philma and so lucky to have a sister that I have known even before either of us dove head first into being CDs/TGs. She had a head start on me and having her by my side helped my rapid progress.

        Hugs,

        Mika

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      Philma Bierstein
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      You handled yourself very well that night Mika.  The plan for my next step was to get the bouncer.

      For everyone on this thread:  I’ve worked in a bar, and that is always the solution.  The bar owners/employees will ALWAYS take care of a situation like this, and appreciate finding out someone is bothering you sooner than later.  If you do anything violent, you will both be thrown out.  If you just get the bouncer or bartender, you get to stay, and the offender gets thrown out or told to leave you alone.

      However, I certainly had the urge to jab him in the eye socket with my high heel.  These guys forget we’re wearing weapons on out feet!  Stilettos in more than one way!

      I can’t wait for our next outing.  We are certainly a couple of gals not to be F-ed with.  🥰😂

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        Diana Morgan
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        Yikes! Philma & Mika – the stiletto sisters, that twerp doesn’t know how close he came to a premature end (to his evening).

        Hugs

        Diana

         

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        Mika Malone
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        That’s a good point about getting the employees involved. Next time, I’ll nip it in the bud sooner. Plus, the bouncer had already complimented my blouse so we were already good LOL.

        I’m already thinking about outfits for next time. I may have to keep wearing the ankle boots because they are so comfortable. I would love to wear my stilettos but standing that long in D’Orsay pumps sounds excruciating.

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          Paula F
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          Where I was living in the 80’s and early 90’s, we were having some problems with redneck and gay bashing.  The worst was if they got after one of us girls, which could and did end up with more than just being beaten up a few times.

          A good sized group of us, both CD and gay men had to put some serious pressure on the club owners for protection.  Starting in the early 90’s, we could ask the doorman for a courtesy escort and they would have one or two of the bouncers escort us to our cars and stay with us until we were headed out of parking lot.  That was about the time the cameras went up on the light pole also.

          PaulaF

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            Mika Malone
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            Wow, Paula. Those must have been some scary times. We have come such a long way. But the cultural polarization that we have seen recently means we definitely have to remain vigilant about our safety. And not just for us but everyone in the LBGT+ letter mafia. Thanks for sharing!

            Hugs

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            Paula F
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            Most of the time we had some good times.  It wasn’t everyday you had to watch for them.  But it taught us to be aware of who and what was around us.

            PaulaF

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      Stephanie Kennedy
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      Hi Mika Your story brought back a memory I will never forget. I used to go out to a gay night club alone but would meet up with other trans girls at the night club. I used always tried to park as close to the club as possible where there was plenty of light. There was one night there was a guy following me from other side of the street. I could see me car. I had my keys in my hand. My brain was racing going through every motion i had to do to get into my car, start it and get away. I got to the car and heard a voice calling my name. I was so grateful it was the bouncer from the club. He told me that he noticed  that guy leaving right after I did and he just did not look right so he decided to follow him. I am not into guys but i gave him a huge hug  and said thank you. He was so cute when he said I am not just a good looking potted plant I work  there for a reason. I replayed the incident over and over in my head on the way back to my apt. It was scary  I did thank him again and offered to buy him a drink. I also asked him how he knew my name and just said, I pay attention. I told him that he was going to make some lucky girl very happy one day. Couple things I learned from that experience.1. Not all guys are horny pigs. 2. Take a cab to and from club no matter the cost. 3. Apply for a permit to carry a deadly weapon. I agree with you about when and where to wear your pin. I love what you said “I am proud and here to stay”. We always have been here but just not in the light. Thank you for your post

      Luv Stephanie

       

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        Mika Malone
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        Thank you, Stephanie, for both the personal experience and the welcome advice. We should always be vigilant and pay attention to what’s happening around us. We can’t let our guard down even if we haven’t had any close calls such as yours. I have to admit that I need to keep #1 in mind that not all men are pigs.

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      Deborah Sullivan
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      I almost always have a companion when attending events like this but feel so flattered when guys hit on me and have learned how to handle it if not interested in him.

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        Mika Malone
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        A companion does make a huge difference. I did attend the previous show by myself. I didn’t have any issues but I only got a couple compliments on my outfit that time.

        After this experience, it does make me curious about dealing with guys in the future. This guy was a real piece of work. He was quite a bit older and I’m no spring chicken. He even stated his age as his excuse for not keeping his hands to himself. I found that odd. But from a sociology perspective I also found that interesting.

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      Julie Shaw
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      I have had a few instances where men approached me, one I was totally oblivious to – my “first time”.

      I was at a casino bar with 2 GG friends.  A man approached our table and started chatting us up. It was pleasant enough, but after he left, my friends were all agog. They said he was SO hitting on me, and I never even noticed!  I wanted to call him back over and ask if they were right (lol).

      The other 2 times were at bars – gay bars – so I honestly don’t know if these guys were hitting on Julie, or hitting on a guy in a dress.  (I have always had a terrible time believing that anyone would accept me as a GG, but my dear Sister Friends have told me that I pass with flying colors)

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        Mika Malone
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        That’s so awesome, Julie. I’m so glad you shared it. You definitely bring up a great point about us girls being hit on while dressed. In my case, I have to assume he saw me as a transgender girl because I was wearing my Trans Pride pin. All the attention definitely has me curious enough to wear it off and on at different times to see if it makes people more or less inclined to compliment (or hit on) me.

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      Simone C
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      Mika,

      I had to laugh, I was out dressed once years ago with a girlfriend (GG) and this guy started hitting on us both and wouldn’t stop. We went to the Ladies and she said “This is what we have to put up with as women, now you know what it’s like!” And it wasn’t pleasant.

      We went back out and the same guy started again, trying to put his hand on my butt. Now given I was not what I looked like I didn’t want trouble, but my friend said “Keep you hands off of my girlfriend!” He looked surprised and said “You lezzies?” My friend replied “No, just want to be left alone!” At this point he tried to reach up and fondle her breast and she hit him HARD with a left hook, out of nowhere! It floored him, and men in the bar started to laugh at him that a girl had floored him.

      Anyway, he left us alone then and I hope got the message that women are not there to be fondled and touched!

      S

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        Mika Malone
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        Simone, that is one of the best stories I have ever read here! Props to your friend and heaps of respect!

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      Michelle Trott
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      I would love the compliments and the attention. Unwanted or not. I often wondered how a use guy would feel. Having one of us girls kick their butt. Hope I never find out.

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      • #492753
        Mika Malone
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        LOL. I definitely didn’t mind the attention. I just wasn’t prepared for so much of it. And honestly, I didn’t mind that guy until he started getting handsie.

        The room with the show has two entrances. One is a direct entrance and the other requires one to walk through a restaurant to get in. I deliberately go through the restaurant (this time with my Trans Pride pin) because it exposes some people to a cd/tg that may not be going into the show. Exposure.

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      Clara Cross
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      Sounds like an eye opener Mika. Always nice to have your wingman (wing-girl?) along.

      You have come so very far since we first began following your exploits not so very long ago. Very happy for you.

      Best, Clara

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        Mika Malone
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        Thank you, Clara! Things definitely went pretty fast for me. I can’t recommend this approach for everyone. But it suits me well. I wish some of the girls that had been so encouraging back then had not left the group.

        It’s a big confidence boost and comfort having a wing-girl with me. Not only are we lucky to have a cd/tg friend but we are so fortunate that we had known each other before we began this journey.

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