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    Lorie Peace
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    Registered On: October 13, 2017
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    “These ladies…”

    Today was an adventurous day for me.

    Over the last few weeks, now that my church has allowed social distanced services, I’ve been going to church in an androgynous/feminine style. Very little makeup, longer hair, skinny jeans and girls tops. Sometimes I wore a bra with a bra pad. Sandals. I was getting more and more obvious, and more and people knew about Lorie because I had been telling more people. But there was still a large contingent of the people I would see there who didn’t know.

    So I invited them to my Gender Reveal Party on FB. I’ll post the letter in a separate post. I posted the letter on FB as a custom post inviting only friends that I selected. I received some amazing letters of support. No negative thoughts were posted.

    Come that Sunday, I wore a lovely blue broom skirt and an eyelet lace peasant top. I didn’t wear a wig, going with my natural white hair that I’m growing out gradually.

    I was surprised how calm I was, though there was a little bit of nerves running through my body as I stepped through the door of the sanctuary. Keep in mind that this church is called a spiritual center, not a church, and there has recently been a Pride flag and a Trans flag installed at the front of the sanctuary. Yet, it felt like I was still putting myself out there vulnerable and fragile.

    Everyone was nice, of course, no special mention was made. It’s hard to read expressions when everyone is wearing a mask! One friend was just looking at me in the eyes, and I stopped and explained my gender. We exchanged emails later and he was able to share some of his own story as a gay man.

    After the service I started on my way home and stopped the car to walk around in the local park, look at the flowers, stretch my girly (shaved and tan) legs, when a cis-woman friend invited me to another park to see the explosion of flowers on display there.

    When we began walking around, as the sun got higher, hotter, and more humid, some sprinklers were watering the gardens. Two little girls, maybe 3 and 4 yo, were running back and forth in the spray. The flowers looked particularly colorful there, so I decided to take a picture, and include the girls in the shot.

    The mother standing by began to call to the girls, “Girls! Come over here, these ladies want to get a picture.” I could barely contain my glee; I was a “lady!”

    It may have been the skirt, but I didn’t care. What mattered was that some stranger was acknowledging me as a woman whether because I looked like one or because I was clear about my intention.

    This is the beginning, and the beautiful moments that say, “I can do this. I own it.”

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    • #376885
      Bobbi
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      Registered On: September 13, 2018
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      Moments like those are one of life’s simple pleasures.
      Bask in the glow, darling!   Those moments are too few & far between.

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      Sandy Jayson
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      Registered On: September 29, 2019
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      Great story Lorie. It’s hard for those of us that haven’t been there yet how much of a non confrontational event showing your real inner self can be. It can be such a high for each one if us to have these experiences.

      Sandy

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      Gloria Renee
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      That so good to hear. Being able to go out and be accepted.

      Best of luck.

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      Autumn Valiant
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      Registered On: July 14, 2019
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      Hi Lorie,

      I saw the letter in the new members/introductions forum before finding this post.

      I have to say it again.

      You are amazing!

      Hugs

      Autumn

       

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      Philma Bierstein
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      Wonderful story.  Being identified as a lady is a thrill, and very confirming to your feminine side.  Good for you!!!

      Now, go out there and get called a lady again!!

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      Mary Ann Summers
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      I can only imagine how wonderful you must have felt. Congratulations on being able to get out there as Lorie.

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      Linda Rose Nygaard
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      Being acknowledged as a woman is gratifying to me also.  I went to a thrift store one day last week to get some orange juice glasses, when one of their employees, who was unloading a truck at the time, said to me  “the store doesn’t open for another 10 minutes ma’am”.  He was standing 20-25 feet from me when he said that, and I was wearing a plain yellow sun dress with flats, although a bit of “Australian heel” was showing at the back of my nylons.

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      Alice Underwire
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      Hi Lorie,

      Thanks for sharing your lovely story.

      Alice

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      Stephanie Flowers
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      Registered On: June 26, 2017
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      Wonderful story,  totally unexpected but yet so natural. Definitely and special moment to remember  🌷

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      Terri
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      What a beautiful story.  Thank you for shari g.

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