I popped over to their FB timeline to see what was new and realized that I had been unfriended.
So, I’ve certainly been unfriended in the past. Sometimes with a giant huffy fit of blocking, parting shots and veiled references to my sins. Sometimes quietly with no fanfare so that I don’t even realize it for months or longer. And most of the time, I’m sure, somewhere in the middle.
But Glenn? I thought we were cool. I thought we thought alike enough to make us comrades and allies and in the trenches together.
So I did the rational, adult thing and sent Glenn a FB message asking for an explanation. I was partially concerned that I had offended him and partially just curious to know why. Rather than speculate or assume, I asked.
Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? For me it’s making the outside match the inside and unfortunately insurance doesn’t pay for “top surgery ” so u r constantly running the risk of being outed. #AMPLIFY #trans #transgender
I told my family when I was in my late 30’s when this woman and I were together constantly. No one was surprised actually. My dad was great. My mom would not have been but she passed away before I even knew I was gay (she died in 1991).
I recently heard the word “genderflux” and I really love it. The idea is that my gender, and by extension my presentation, is sometimes a really, really loud version of itself and sometimes it’s quiet, but it’s always there.
County of Residence: Allegheny. I spent some time up in Erie when I was about four or so, and I lived in Philly area for about 7 years right before I moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. But I grew up mostly in the Maryland (Baltimore-DC corridor) area.
Preferred Pronouns: her, she…for now
How do you describe your identity? I consider myself a gay woman. But, my identity is still evolving. I just came out a year ago, and I feel like that was just the first layer of me being who I am. I strongly feel like there are more layers yet to be peeled away to reveal even more of who I truly am. I like the word Queer because it’s almost like a boxless box, there’s a gestalt to it, but nothing that puts you solidly within a certain category or within certain lines. Sometimes I feel like I would like to call myself queer. For some reason I hesitate because I feel like I’m not queer enough. lol. Issues of gender identity come into play with me, but that’s still a rather amorphous area. Like I said, I’m still working on who I am and how I want to be in this world.
15 neighbors who identify as trans have shared their stories – from Allegheny, Butler, Cambria, Erie, Fayette, McKean and Westmoreland counties. #TDOR #Trans #Transgender
“The term describes our local blogosphere and that’s the series of well over 1,000 blogs in this region and how they connect and how they interact with one another,” said Sue Kerr, co-organizer of the “Best of the Burghosphere” awards.
- University of PittsburghSocial Work, 1998 - 2000
- Marymount UniversityPolitical Science, 1988 - 1992
- Pittsburgh Lesbian CorrespondentsEditor, 2005 - present
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