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I’ve just returned to dressing after a 20 year absence, and wow things have definitely changed! Among other things there is far better makeup advice out there, which I’ve tried to take full advantage of, and quite frankly I was very happy with the results. I came out to a very open minded female friend, showed her some photos and she exclaimed, “OMG, if you hadn’t told me I’d never have known that you weren’t a woman!” While that was great news, I also took it with a grain of salt since she could have been just trying to be nice. It did encourage me to to do more than just drive around in my car, so I chanced a visit to a nearby forest preserve for a maskless walk. Along the way I ran into a bit of a traffic jam; myself going one way, a lady dog walk going the other, and a couple joggers passing all of us so we paused and stepped off to the side to maintain social distancing from the joggers. I noticed that the woman dog walker was really looking at me, and with a smile! I smiled back and she exclaimed, “Oh I love your lipstick! I’ve never had the courage to wear red!” Without thinking I replied, “Oh thank you! I never thought that red would work for me either but then I tried it one day and here we are!” Amazingly she accepted my voice (which I have to admit is not very deep) and we ended up in an extended conversation about makeup and taking chances with lipstick, and all the while she never gave any indication that she knew I was a dresser, which I found really amazing! I was high as a kite afterwards and when I related the story to the friend I’d come out to she said, “I told you that you were passable, why didn’t you believe me!” Since then I’ve had a couple other public encounters which have really built up my confidence. Wow, this was really unexpected!
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