I see an appropriately dressed woman my age in the mirror, public sees me a man

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    • #130422

      A nice wig, properly applied makeup, brow, lipstick, eyes…everything , with all woman fashionable  clothing appropriate for a female my age and figure, breastforms, shapers, nice tan, waxed, groomed, elegant or matching  accessories and jewelry, earrings painted toes and nails, open toe sandals or walking comfortably in heels, confident, postured and polite smile  yet although I am not fooling anyone about the gender I was born, I just want to be treated as a lady . My voice may sound like a man, but my feminine side is more dominant, I don’t want to play in women’s sports, or exploit the situation, I just want to be treated as a lady. I am probably too old to make any expensive physical changes or risky health transformations but I do want to live my remaining life as I feel. I am thick skinned, yet modest, young at heart and feeling pretty, want to be accepted, not patronized. Sometimes I feel like Audrey Hepburn, other times I wonder if I am just an old fart out in a dress and fake boobs.

    • #130423

      You Go Girl…
      Be Happy…Be Proud of who you are..
      Be Your True Self…
      And Welcome to TGH 💕

    • #130435

      [postquote quote=130422]
      Sounds like me except not appropriately dressed … yet. Hoping that day might come, but I am not sure it ever will.

    • #130436
      Lauren Mugnaia

      Get out there anyway! Enjoy being free to be your true self! Sure they may look at you but who cares, give them a nice smile and say hello, each time you do that it boosts your confidence. Get out there girl and enjoy being the appropriately dressed woman your age!!

      Lauren M

    • #130446

      Hello Marky,

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    • #130454
      DeeAnn Hopings


      Glad that you found us! I hope that being here will be a positive experience for your journey.

      I fully understand the topic that you presented as it does happen to me also.  I am ALWAYS nicely dressed, including makeup, jewelry, heels (nothing outrageous as my arthritic ankle would not allow it anyway), significant breast forms and a hat. The desert is pretty unforgiving regarding wigs, so I wear hats and caps instead. I don’t have much hair, so I do need to cover my head. I don’t carry a purse, but I do carry a backpack. When I go out, I take a cane. The backpack (all of mine are leather) allows me to free up a hand and is an easy way to carry my iPhone, iPad, masks, keys, tissues, etc.

      I have posted some public photos on this site and I believe my presentation to be quite reasonable. At 73 some might question my short skirts, but again, it is the desert. In early May we already have temperatures from the mid-90s’s to the low 100’s.

      I get misgendered roughly 25% of the time. I can understand it when I speak as I haven’t done any voice training. However, I do wonder what people are looking at when they misgender me before I speak. That is really curious to me.

      One thing I have noticed is that when I am misgendered, it is often by someone from the Latinx community. Romance languages are strongly gendered, so perhaps that comes into play. Also, the fact that many are deeply rooted in the Catholic faith may also come into play. I am not sure exactly what is going on, but these factors may have some influence in what happens.

      I’ll relate a story that occurred a few years back:

      Before the virus hit, my wife and I attended the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles. It is a trade show concentrating on the disability community. My wife suffered a spinal cord injury about 14 years ago and she uses a wheel chair. I had a mild stroke about 5 years ago and my mobility is a bit compromised. We were at the Expo for a few hours and I decided that I needed to eat something. There was a pop-up food area where they were doing burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc. My wife went to find a wheel chair cushion vendor that she wanted to see and I went to stand in line.

      Again, I was nicely dressed: purple denim mid-length dress unbuttoned at the top with a light lavender tank top underneath, makeup, silver jewelry, a black hat, significant breast forms, black patent leather sling back wedge heels and feminine looking glasses. When it was my turn in line, the cook (a middle aged Latina) said: “What may I get for you, sir?”. I usually don’t react in any particular way, and this time I chose not to. On those occasions when I do react, I will say “Excuse me?” or say “Hmmm?” as I twist my head a little bit. That is usually enough to make folks reconsider their words. I did this once to a young woman who was a cashier in a restaurant. In spite of the fact that I never raise my voice during any of these incidents, she was so rattled that she redid the math for my bill 3 times!?!?

      Anyway, back to the Expo. I didn’t react as I just didn’t want to invest the energy. I moved through the area and got a drink and chips. The cashier, also a Latina but in her 30’s, was about 15 feet away from where the cook was stationed. When it was my turn with the cashier, she said: “Good afternoon, ma’am.”. I had to chuckle to myself a bit as it seemed that I had changed genders in the space of 15 feet! It was a miracle! If only I had known that it was this easy!

      I do know a few trans people who get really upset if they are misgendered. In the situation I recounted above, I didn’t perceive any egregious intent and that is almost always the case. To me that didn’t warrant any aggressive reaction on my part. On the other hand, it does make me wonder exactly what people are looking at and what their thought process is. I am not a large person at 5’-9” (at 73 I’ve probably shrunk a bit!) although that would be about 4” taller than the average female. I don’t have broad shoulders. My bra band size is 38”. All together, it is a mystery to me how I am thought of as male before I speak, but it is what it is. Anyway, the important thing is that I want you to know that you are not alone.

      For a bit of housekeeping, I encourage you to complete your Profile page. It really helps other members understand your situation, difficulties, goals, etc. The page will always be readily available and can be updated at any time.

      You may search for other members in your area by clicking on Social in the menu and then Member Directory

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