Hi to all of you.
I’m Cindi, my Wife (Alice) and I live West of Portland, Oregon.
I am enjoying the best time in my life. We have been together as a couple for 40 years and are coming up on our 28th wedding anniversary.
At the 2017 Esprit Conference in Port Angeles we renewed our Wedding Vows and she took me for her Wife this time. The Joy of the that celebration can’t be put into words.
My transition started in 2011, in 2016 (at age 60) I starting living every day as my true and authentic self, in 2017 I completed my name and gender marker changes.
My wife is an Electrologist, about 95% of her clients are Transgender and the rest are women that have excess hair issues (typically from Hormone issues [e.g PCOS] or as a side effect of Cancer treatments). She is an advocate for Transgender Health and is an active member of the Trans Health Coalition in Oregon.
I retired out of High-Tech in 2016 (my specialty was enabling Hardware and Software meet and play together very well) and now split my time between helping the Trans community, having fun socializing with friends (new and old), trying to keep up with the property and puttering around my workshop.
I am part of the Esprit Conference planning Committee representing the NWGA (North West Gender Alliance). My spouse and I are a “Mentor Couple” up at Esprit and for local couples (we are just someone to talk with as a couple that successfully navigated transition, not professionals). I am working with the DOJ folks in Seattle (as a volunteer) to bring Transgender training to local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Southern Washington.
I was a “Maker” back before that term existed (was a Do It Yourself or JOAT). I now use the term Jill of Many Talents when I can. I was a Geek before that term was popular. I can write complex software, create hardware devices as well as design, machine, weld, and bend metal. Watch out if I decide to build a robot!
I am an information sponge. When I am interest in something I dig in and learn about it.
I’m a Big and Tall Women, so I do stand out compared to typical CIS women. (I can’t even hide if I was standing with a Women’s Basket ball team.) Although I still struggle with occasional bouts of self-consciousness, my best solution is to dress for my comfort and enjoyment. Dressing down for a hardware store run is more difficult than Dressing up for a night on the Town.
I found out that I have wonderful friends, all of them have accepted me and are happy that I’m living authentically (most have said that they like this version of me better).
Meeting people who knew me before transition is has not been an issue for my for the since I went full time. I just smile as I introduce myself and lead with the statement “Hi ____, I’ve had a few upgrades since you last saw me and I am now living the happiest time in my life”.
For my geek friends I also say something like “I’m simply a Superset of who you knew before. For non-geeks I say something like, now you can see the complete person I am instead of the small piece I used to let people know.
Maker of Small Troubles and Giver of Good Hugs.
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