Reply To: Hi! I’m Archie

DeeAnn Hopings


Glad that you found us! I hope that being here will be helpful for your journey. Know that journey is an important word as this is not a sprint. It is a marathon. Haste is not our friend.

Being a non-binary trans woman, I think it would be inappropriate for me to comment at any depth on trans masculine issues, but there are a few things.

From everything that I have seen, there are parallels in the coming out process. If you would like to discuss that further, let me know.

I see that you are not that far from Atlanta. I don’t know what you time and transportation situation is, but isolation is a thorn in the side of the community. Humans are social creatures and contact with our peers is a powerful thing. It reminds us that we are not alone and there are others dealing with the same issues.

As a result of the pandemic, a number of LGBT centers have taken to doing support and social groups online. I suspect that this may become a continuing feature. I participate in a weekly women’s chat group based in Palm Springs and we get people from Nebraska, Michigan, Seattle, Las Vegas and up the California coast. The women that connect from other places have prior contact with the area and they want to maintain that. Some have vacationed here a lot. Some may have a 2nd home here. Others are thinking of retiring here and want to get connected with the women’s community. The women value the connection to the women’s community here and that thought process is also true in the trans community.

Anyway, in your search for other members and organizations, I suggest that you widen the search to include Atlanta as being connected with our community can be something that helps to keep us in balance.

It would also be very helpful if you completed your Profile page. It really does help others understand you and your situation better. Your page will always be readily available and can be updated at any time.

As a final comment, many here are working with, or have worked with, a therapist. The human mind works to keep us safe and lower our stress levels. It can be very difficult to think about gender issues on our own because potentially it can be the source of considerable stress and major changes in our lives. Further, we have a lot of fear when we think about gender issues because we’re walking off into the unknown. This is all uncharted territory and we don’t know what to expect. A therapist helps to keep us focused and thinking about the issues that we need to deal with. But, it is important to find someone with experience in gender issues. Not everyone has that background and experience.

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