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It was an honor to attend and facilitate a workshop at the Human Services Conference on Domestic Violence at #MCC this past Saturday. It was my first time delving into the topic of intimate partner violence issues within the #LGBTQ population and I was very nervous prior to the workshop. It all went very well, though, and some amazing discussions took place. Most amazing was to discover how all attendees were already on-board. They seemed to understand barriers to care faced by LGBTQ people, and some of the agencies represented had already taken steps to make care more accessible by LGBTQ people.

The whole conference was loaded with amazingly smart, dedicated, caring people who are passionate about making a positive difference and helping people regain their footing after abusive relationships.

If you've ever doubted humanity and felt like everything was going to hell, spending just a few minutes around these folks would have you believing in humanity again. There's no shortage of people causing other people pain and suffering, and there's an always growing number of good, talented, passionate people who are readying and willing to make life better for those who need a little help. I believe in #humanity. ❤️

#ipv #lgbt #trans #transgender
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Thank you, +Melanie Dawn. 😊 That's why I share what I do - to let people know we're out here working hard to make a positive difference, open hearts and minds and foster a stronger, more inclusive society and communities. For all the posts I make, know that there are countless others who do this work, probably much better than I, who you never know about. I work with and learn from amazingly talented people!

It's unfortunate that this kind of outreach work is necessary, but given that it is - I'm just grateful for every opportunity to get out, connect with people, share, build relationships, learn and make new friends along the way.

I believe in humanity. I believe in the power of love. Positive change is happening. There so much more to do, and I'm honored to be one of a growing number of voices in the choir bringing people and communities together to build a stronger, healthier, happier world for us all, no matter how you identify. ❤️
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Yesterday Rowan and I talked with about 100 branch managers and executives from Enterprise Holdings (car rental) about ways to be more #transgender inclusive with their service. I was blown away by their genuine interest in better serving the transgender customer base. The discussion was thoughtful and smart and hinted of policy changes that may benefit everyone all around. It was a total pleasure working with these folks and left me feeling really positive. This is definitely a trans friendly company with a desire to offer all of their customers a respectful and pleasant experience.

After the presentation I talked with one of the attendees who shared that one of her employees transitioned on the job and how they worked with her to make things go as smooth as possible. How cool is that?! I think other companies could learn a lot from the excellent work ethics practiced within this Enterprising industry.

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Talking about #transgender issues and realities with students at the #Wegmans School of #Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College this past Wednesday. They asked great questions and the discussion was excellent. Feeling super optimistic about the quality of service these pharmacists-of-tomorrow will offer.
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Talking #lgbt basics w/ a wonderful group of librarians @ #Irondequoit Public #Library Monday. So #grateful for the opportunity to connect and share.

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#Selfie b4 heading out to co-facilitate an #lgbt talk for #ABVI youth in #Rochester NY. So #grateful for the opportunity.
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+Anne Debulle thanks! 😊
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Participating in the Penfield Public Library Human Book History Project on Saturday. My "book" was about how the challenges of growing up #transgender in a society that doesn't understand transgender has strengthened me, offered a deeper understanding of #humanity, and empowered me to share important lessons learned - lessons that are universal and may be helpful to anyone dealing with life's challenges.

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Monday I was co-facilitating a #SafeZone Training for teachers & administrators at Hilton Central School with the always high-energy, always amazing & awesome Sady. Some of the attendees were pretty on board. Some were far less engaged. Hopefully we planted a few seeds for those who may have had some reservations. I'm always grateful for opportunities to connect with people, share, have a discussion and open hearts & minds. Some of the best learning that happens in public speaking and outreach work is my own learning. It's always an adventure full of useful lessons and growth opportunities.

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Talking about #suicide awareness & prevention at #SUNY Brockport yesterday. More than 40% of #transgender people attempt suicide. Some studies show the number being over 60%. I've been there myself, as have many of my friends. There's nothing easy about life, especially when you're perceived as "significantly different" by the masses. It's always worth sticking it out and staying alive, though. The world is slowly changing and the best is yet to come. ❤️

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A photo from the 4-hour #SafeZone Training I facilitated at #Meharry Medical College in #Nashville, Tennessee last Wednesday. The attendees were absolutely fabulous, smart and a total pleasure to work with! And I finally got to meet a friend I've known for 13 years online-only, in person.

I was only in Nashville for about 24 hours and didn't get to see much, but what I did get to see was enough to make me want to return!

Openly transgender people (who look very trans) aren't as common in Nashville as in Rochester. Even so, everyone treated me with kindness and respect - especially at the airport and hotel. I was really impressed with the level of professionalism and care people offered. I got stared at a lot by locals, especially at the airport, but at no time did I ever feel threatened or in danger.

Most of the people I randomly talked with at the airport engaged me in conversation. A couple of people seemed uncomfortable talking with me and that's fine. I understand. It never stops me from trying, though. I love meeting people!

Oddly it was during my layover at LaGuardia in NYC returning home that I got stared at the most - like a LOT. That was surprising. That place didn't give me the warm fuzzies, but I still didn't feel like I was in danger (or even close there to) at any time. No one bothered me and I mostly kept to myself there.

On the whole, it was a really fun adventure and excellent experience. And there's nothing I love more than meeting people, sharing, discussing, learning, opening hearts and minds, and making new friends along the way. ❤️

#lgbt #lgbtq #trans #transgender #outreach #publicspeaking
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Had an excellent discussion with #RIT students in a cultural communications class yesterday. I used my experiences as a #transgender woman to illustrate the clash between cultural/social expectations and #human #diversity/realities. They were a smart bunch. It was difficult to get really deep into things in just 50 minutes but I'm so grateful for the opportunity to connect, share and have a conversation with brilliant young minds.
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Talking #lgbtq issues and realities with ABVI youth downtown #Rochester yesterday. They were such an amazing bunch of beautiful, young, courageous people! It was sad to hear disrespect, social policing, bullying and separatism are alive and well in their schools and personal lives. And it was an honor to offer a positive, empowering and uplifting message to them all. I'm filled with #gratitude for the opportunity to work with these teenagers and offer them something no one offered me when I was their age. ❤️
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Taking #lgbtq issues & realities for the Real World #Geneseo folks at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday. What a bright, super-smart, amazing bunch of people they were!

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Updated: 2014-12-29

I'm a trans woman in transition.

I speak publicly about trans realities in an educational capacity as a proud member of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV) Speaker's Bureau.  Sharing my life and talking trans realities is very important work and it's my honor and privilege to do so.  My real passion is promoting "leadership of self", helping others feel empowered, and lighting people up with love and truth (which are one in the same).

Through love all things are possible.  That's the truth.  Love opens doors.  Fear closes them.  It's so simple, it almost sounds too easy.  The trick is to get out of the mental trappings of that dreaded "voice in the head" (self-narrative thought process), let go, and live in the moment.  It's like a trip back to childhood when everything seemed so magical.  The magic never went away - it's just that as we grow, many of us (myself included) get clogged up with emotional baggage and self-imposed mental barriers.  The mental barriers are generally the result of believing in the lies of society, including many well-intentioned teachers, friends and family members.  The barriers are as real the "monster in the closet" as a child.  They *only* exist in the mind...  So yeah, I really enjoy helping other "debug" the system (their mind).  There's nothing more beautiful and more powerful than freeing people from these mental trappings and watching them light up with creative energies, full of life and love! :)

In time *this* will be my day job - working with people, sharing, educating, learning, empowering, enlightening, and encouraging others to pass on what they have learned, as I will continue to do myself.  When this time comes, so too shall my transition be on the *right* side of full-time ME!

Namaste <3
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I Am increasing the vibrational frequency of the world around me... and LOVING every moment of it! <3
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