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Hello CDH! I am so incredibly thrilled to have found a community of like-minded folks here. I stumbled across Lexi Moon’s page (go buy her album!), which eventually led me here. In clicking around and reading all the stories – particularly, again, Lexi’s Halloween stories – I know I’ve come to the right place.
Figured I’d tell my story a bit – been dressing since I was a kid, stashing stuff from my mom in the back of my closet, but my first real memorable “public” outing was Halloween 2016. We were out as a family one Saturday afternoon discussing an upcoming party, throwing costume ideas around and looking for a “pair” costume for me and my wife. Someone suggested “Ivanka and Chelsea,” since one of the stories at the time was that they were actually good friends. (Something of a cringe in retrospect, but at the time, we were pretty excited that the election was going to be a landslide for Hillary. But alas.) Regardless, the kids thought it would be awesome. So it was on! We picked up a dress at Goodwill, a matching set of “BFF” necklaces for us, a couple of “Hello, My Name Is” stickers, and then a few days later I stopped at a real wig store (no Spirit Halloween for me!) and bought a nice blonde wig that I figured I’d get some more use out of.
The next challenge was makeup – I stopped in at the Elf Cosmetics store at the mall and asked about what pieces I’d need. After a long talk with one of the women there, she asked, “do you want just to come in that day and just have us do it for you?” So that was how I came to be sitting in a makeup chair in the mall one Saturday afternoon. You want nerve-wracking? THAT was nerve-wracking.
The party was a big hit – folks were pretty amazed at how all-out I went -fake nails, heels, and all! I’ve taken advantages of a few more opportunities over the years, including performing in a charity drag show and running our UU auction night in full princess garb, but I’ve always teetered on that edge of how “public” I really am. I’m a happily married cis hetero guy in my real world, but this piece of me is such an important part, and I’m glad to “meet” you all.
(And I really wish the coronavirus wasn’t scuttling all the Halloween opportunities this year! I’m still thinking about it, though, because the possibility of spending a whole Saturday in drag is really interesting.)
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