My SO, who is more than a little disapproving of my crossdressing was going to be away for a couple of days. This gave me the opportunity to have the flat to myself, and I could spend the whole time dressed. I had the thought, “Why restrict dressing to in the flat?” Now you have the chance to dress and go out; something I’d never managed to do before.

As this was to be a first, I decided that it should be something of a celebration. I booked a table for lunch at one of Brighton’s posh restaurants – The Ivy. I was concerned about how to get there, so I booked a taxi to pick me up and take me. I was so nervous getting ready, wondering whether the taxi driver would make comments and be unpleasant.

I decided on a grey wig and a floral dress that a female friend, who is supportive, gave me. It’s a joke between us that some of the clothes that she is too big for now fit HildaRuth rather well. In the event, the taxi driver turned out to be a woman and was exceptionally kind. She realised I was a crossdresser but took no offence, and we talked about all sorts, including rude passengers and Brexit. She dropped me right outside the restaurant and thanked me for my politeness.

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In the restaurant there was total acceptance, not the slightest hint of censure, and the staff was happy to take photos. I’ve posted one in my private gallery. The meal was delicious, and there is just something about lipstick on your wine glass. I was thinking about getting a taxi home, but changed my mind and decided to walk from the restaurant to the bus stop. Only a few hundred yards, but not something I’d done before.

As I sat next to a young lady on the bus, I dropped the paperback book I was carrying. She kindly picked it up for me and said, “That looks interesting.” I explained that it was a book about the victims of Jack the Ripper and dealt with how women were often written out of history. She took a photo of the cover with her phone, and we chatted generally about her job as a social care nurse who looks after people in their homes. We discussed the emotional stress that this causes nurses, and whether robot nurses could do this as they have no feelings.

She then told me about an event she was going to near where I lived. It was about femininity and playfulness. I said I found that very interesting as I was obviously a crossdresser and intrigued by the notion of what it means to be feminine. We chatted about gender dysphoria, euphoria, and the issues around being transgender and transitioning. I shared with her that this was my first time going out as HildaRuth. When we got off the bus together, she said that she was so happy for me at having found the HildaRuth within and could she give me a hug? Big hugs and beaming smiles, and then she went on her way and I on mine. I don’t think crossdressing can get much better than this.

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Amy Myers
Baroness
Noble Member
11 months ago

Such a great sounding experience! We worry so much, but mostly our fears are completely unfounded. Hopefully this was only the first of many other outings!
Amy

Gianna Bonita
Baroness
Active Member
11 months ago

HildaRuth, I am so happy for you! Such a successful outing and I hope you have the opportunity to repeat it. What fun it would be to meet up with a few other gals from CDH and fill your restaurant booth with our chatter and laughter. And then a promenade along the waterfront…
BTW, you look great!
Hugs Gianna

Gianna Bonita
Baroness
Active Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Hilda Beaumont

Sadly, no. I’m in New Zealand but lived in London for several years in my youth. We had plans to visit UK this year but the nasty C19 has put a stop to that.

skippy1965 Cynthia
Ambassador
Trusted Member
11 months ago

Congrats HildaRuth and thanks for sharing your success story; I’m sure it will inspire others to venture out!
Cyn

Paula1
Active Member
11 months ago

HI Hilda
what a wonderful outing, Thank you for sharing
Hugs

Sandi Santora
Member
11 months ago

HR, I know it took a great deal of courage to do what you have done! In my 3 years of dressing and maybe 2 years of gettingbout in the real world, I also, have never had a bad experience in a public setting.
Thanks for sharing yours.

Ann Lee
11 months ago

Yay HildaRuth! It was delightful reading this story again!

Laura Lovett
Member
11 months ago

Hi HildaRuth

Brighton is so lovely and accepting – I for one am very glad, but not at all surprised that you had such a great time.

Once lockdown has ended, I hope to see you there – let’s do afternoon tea, in pretty tea dresses, and stroll along the prom!

Please stay safe.

Love Laura

Katie
Member
11 months ago

Wow, what an inspiring story. I guess many of us are afraid to go out, because we have all kinds of stories how people might react. I am so happy that you only had good experiences and shared them with us. It will surely motivate me and hopefully others too. Thank you for sharing. You look gorgeous by the way!

Terri
Duchess
Active Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Hilda Beaumont

Lovely story. I have been going out a long time. Each time I go out I feel so free, so myself. I count on one hand the number of negative events that occurred in over 40 years. Nowadays people are either very positive or are too busy to take notice. I have met so many interesting and nice people.

Terri
Duchess
Active Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Hilda Beaumont

Thank you Hilda. The more you go out the easier it gets. I say like many others ” Life is Short, Enjoy !”

Victoria StJohn
Active Member
11 months ago

Hi Hilda. I must say you are a very classy lady. I love the dress you are wearing. You do it justice. I have a wig that looks the same as you’re wearing. Do you find that it gets in your face at times, or do your use hair spray? Cheers, Victoria.

Victoria StJohn
Active Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Hilda Beaumont

Hilda, thank you for your friend request. It has been accepted. I see by your posts you have been out twice, or by now, maybe more outings are in the history book. May you enjoy many more outings in the fut;ure, now that the ice has been broken. Cheers, Victoria.

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