Happy that you joined us! You mentioned being encouraged by reading the stories of others. To me, this is one example of the power of community. It is a way of letting us know what may be possible. Community also connects us. Members of this site are spread out all over the world, but what binds us is that the idea of gender for us isn’t what was originally thought.
Being a California transplant of 6 years, it’s alway nice to see someone else from these parts. Anyway, glad to have you!
I encourage you to complete your Profile page. It really helps others to understand your situation better. Further, it can be updated at any time.
One point to note is that the term transvestite has fallen out of favor here in the US. I can’t say why this is specifically, but it is the current state of affairs. The interesting contrast is that the term is still in widespread use in the UK. In his shows, Eddie Izzard often refers to himself as an Executive Transvestite. Quite the character!!
If you would like to search for other members in your area, click on Social in the menu and then Member Directory.