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… with my General Practitioner (GP). His nurse brought me in to take my blood pressure, etc. and we started talking about my breast augmentation. She is just the best. And then the doctor came in, said “hello Michelle”. He said later that he paused at the door to make sure he had my name and pronouns right. I told him not to worry. I fully expect folks to slip every now and then. It happens when you have known someone one way, and then it changes.
When I was done and checking out, the office manager came up to me and started apologizing because she needed to tell me that they still need to bill things with my old name. “Not to worry”, I said, “I understand”. Then I explained to her how the whole name/gender marker process works, and she understood.
I also told her about listing them on our Local Places and she was so appreciative. And I told her about Transgender Heaven and she just loved that. Apparently a girlfriend of her’s who is transgender is going to have her breast augmentation in the spring and she is going to tell her about TGH.
And all this had me thinking about how often we may become our own worst enemies when it come to being out in the real world. A positive outlook goes a very long way in gaining social acceptance of who you are. So, embrace the positive in yourself, and venture out there. Michelle
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