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      Jenny Jones
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      Registered On: November 5, 2019
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      I mean it makes sense. I’ve been out a few times and nobody has ever said or done anything untowards, but there is always that risk of someone doing something and making a big fuss of it all. On average I doubt anyone ever will say or do anything, but that doesn’t matter. It only takes that one bad encounter to ruin a day so I think feeling nervous is just what is normal.

       

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      Leah
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      I think it is normal to be anxious or nervous to go out dressed up.  Primarily due to most of societies limited understanding and acceptance of what we do.   At the end of the day, does the benefits out weigh the potential ridicule and risk?

      Life is short, dress as you wish, and go where you want to go.

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    • #642632
      Lauren Mugnaia
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      Registered On: November 1, 2021
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      Good morning lovely ladies, interesting topic for me in view of the fantastic weekend I just had. I am “out” at my workplace but my friends have been urging me, encouraging me, telling me and now coming and taking me, out to very public places. Yesterday I went with my sister to a local brew pub for lunch, on Saturday a long time friend picked me up and we went for coffee with another good friend to a place that was incredibly busy, and after that we went to a local clothing store to check some sales items. So far I’ve been to the above places, and at Starbucks, in to a drug store to look at some makeup, and then to a local art gallery, in to see my nail girl to get my nails done, stopped off at a local mall to talk with my MAC girls, and while there had to make my first visit to a public ladies room. And every day I take local transit to get to and from work. So even though I’ve had a fair amount of local exposure I still feel and get nervous. As we’ve all said and been told, we are who we are, women, trans women, and we aren’t ashamed of that. I have a coach, Cindi Grace, who is also trans, she put it to me this way, “You’re a gorgeous woman and people will naturally be drawn or attracted to a gorgeous woman.”

      Love you all,

      Lauren M

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    • #642530
      Gabriela Romani
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      Registered On: January 11, 2021
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      Catherine,

      I can understand your being nervous. In particular if it has been some time since the previous time you were out.

      But Jules reply is awesome! Really great take on how different it is the concepts of “passing” and “being accepted”, even without having to mention them by name!

      If your goal is passing you are basically hoping your “transformation” is good enough to fool others into believing you are a woman. You will have to put effort at staying in character, and even if you believe you succeeded, chances are that some of the people who saw you knew, but didn’t care about making a scene.
      Even if you ask women who are very supportive of the community, 100% passing, look, voice, mannerisms, is very rare.

      So do your best to present nicely, but be yourself! It is much more rewarding!! Believe me!! 🙂 🙂

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    • #642481
      Dee Nash
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      Registered On: November 7, 2021
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      I got that for a few weeks after going out.keep going out knowing your a woman it soons goes xx

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    • #642454
      rebekka moore
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      I think it’s a natural thing to feel nervous, anxious, etc. Especially in today’s social climate. You never know what you are going to come up against. Just stay safe, stay aware, feel good in what you are wearing and how you look and concentrate on that. Keep that at the forefront of your mind, thoughts!

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      Araminta Purdy
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      Registered On: January 23, 2020
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      Stage fright!

      Araminta.

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    • #641110
      Jess Taylor
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      Registered On: January 31, 2022
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      For me, going out is important soul food for my CD’ing soul.  I crave the experience.  My wife worries more about meeting someone we know and I try to be respectful of that.  As for me, I don’t really care.  As someone else wrote, life is short.  J

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      Zenn
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      I have been dressing full time publicly for a couple of years,  I was “Caught” in Walmart, guy stops me, I recognize him from many years ago (30), we used to go ice racing, him and his wife and me and my wife to be. We talk for about 20 minutes, he asks how I am, then comments that I seem very happy and have been smiling the whole time. Nice!

      I figure this is who I am and how I want to present, no shame, no hiding, my friends will have to deal with it.

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        Brielle Ross
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        What a great story! See, gurls, we don’t have to be afraid – if we are content and confident the people around us can relax and just enjoy our company.

        When we act nervous or like we are “sneaking” around they will be on edge as well.

        Hugs,

        Brie

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    • #641015
      Julie (Jules) Anderson
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      Registered On: February 9, 2021
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      Catherine, I believe ultimately your goal should be to find your authentic self, be proud of yourself, and do the things that give you joy. And the reality? What others think or say about you is none of your business. It’s their business, and a waste of their time. Honestly? Most people don’t notice, as they are consumed with their own stuff. And if they do notice they most likely just smile before, like a moth, turning their attention to the next bright light.

      That said, I too was frightened my first times out as Jules. But once I realized that this was an authentic part of who I was, a part I was both proud of and love, I put on my big girl panties and put that fear and anxiety behind me.

      Do I try to minimize risk? Certainly. Like any generic women I am aware of my surroundings, and avoid certain places and times. I try to blend in to avoid attention and avoid awkward situations. But I don’t hide who I am any more. Actually the more confident you are the easier it is to blend in. Conversely, acting with anxiety and fear will draw more attention.

      And guess what? As many here on CDH can attest, I’ve met nothing but smiles, kind words, and positivity.

      My advice? Life’s short, so be gorgeous and get out there!
      Hugs
      Jules

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        Stephenie Derick
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        Registered On: July 9, 2020
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        Jules, your beauty inspires everyone around you.

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          Julie (Jules) Anderson
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          Oh my, Steph, you are just too sweet with your kind words, words that inspire me, to be, well, me…🙏🏼
          Thank you sweetheart!
          Hugs & Kisses
          Jules

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            Stephenie Derick
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            Love you.

            Steph

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    • #641007
      Evan Nine
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      I am really just starting and my dream is to get the courage to go out, I am sure when I get there I will have that too.  But for now I can only dream about doing it.  All I can say is I admire you for what you have accomplished, hope that helps.

      Hugs, Evan

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      Alison Anderson
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      Even though we don’t usually calculate probabilities, I think we instinctively know that the more often we go out, the more opportunity (and the greater the chance) of being caught.  And if you go out to places where others you know are more likely to frequent, you increase your odds again.  And staying in one place increases your odds more than just passing someone by.

      I had one close call a few years ago, and I think I have come to the conclusion that I will likely be caught someday.  Accepting this I don’t worry about being caught.  This is who I am, this is what I enjoy doing.

    • #641005
      Cassie Jayson
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      Catherine, I often feel like I am in the same boat. Often when I am out now I don’t work that hard to disguise my male self. I think sometimes I am ‘made’ but no one says anything. I do like going out in fem mode and trying to behave my feminine best.

      ,.Cassie

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    • #640945
      Sandy Honey
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      Registered On: February 24, 2021
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      It’s normal, I know for a couple months recently I was reluctant to dress and go out. Then I went out and had fun and that feeling went by the wayside. We all at times have doubts and become nervous about living our life. We have to reassure ourselves that we look great and it feels wonderful to be who we want to be. You will be fine, just put that skirt back on and strut out that door.

      Sandy

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