Earlier this year I received a phone call from a friend. She said that she was putting together a program for International Women’s Day 2022 called I’m Speaking! and asked if I would be willing to speak along with 3 other women. I said Yes very quickly because I knew that anything she organizes will be thoughtful, sensitive, on point and laced with a bit of humor. What I chose to talk about was my journey from my hometown of Toledo, Ohio to my arrival decades later in Cathedral City, California. The title is: From THERE To HERE. It includes my thoughts and learnings on Gender Identity, Coming Out and my experiences with the Women’s Community.
The link below will take you to my secure storage where you can download the video of the event. Note that it may take a bit to download as it about 3.5Gb.
My speech starts at 32:15 and runs for about 13 minutes. I also responded to a couple of questions. Those begin at about 59:54 and 1:08:09 respectively. However, I recommend listening to the entire program as the other speakers are excellent and thought provoking.
In appreciation, we were all presented with Certificates of Congressional Recognition from our Congressman, Dr. Raul Ruiz:
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Thank you DeeAnn for doing this and representing our community. You are a model for all of us. Marg
DeeAnn, looks like the dictionary is in need of a serious update. Why, because I cannot find a word to express just how powerful your words are. Not were, but are…. Your words will ring true for years in the future. Your words are a mentor to many as they discover their true selves. It is an honor and privilege to know you. Hugs, Michelle
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Thank You so much!!
I think what was, and is, important to me is the message that there is no right way to come out and no right way to transition. We all have to do what makes sense to us at the time…
Wow, DeeAnn! Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment, we’re all so proud of you and what you are doing to benefit our community of trans sisters. Way to go girl!