Hello Facebook!

If this all goes right, then you should be seeing this on Facebook. Hello all my Facebook friends!

It is really weird, but Stephen has far less interest in using Facebook than Ellen does. What can I say, as Ellen I’m just desperate for attention…

Tumblr

I’ve gone and joined all the cool kids! Rather than wasting my own webspace hosting all my pictures here, I’ve made a Tumblr and put them all there. They are shown on the sidebar on the right. As you can no doubt see. The direct link is here but you can also just click on a picture to go there.

A brief pause

I’ve just applied for a job. The process itself was as hideous as these things always are. It was all done online and there were things that were obviously put in because they look good rather than to make the process of completing the application any easier (such as entering a date – instead of just being able to type ’22/01/2015′ or selecting from a calendar, you had to select each individual part of it – day then month then year. For each entry. When you have had as many jobs as I have, that’s a lot of extra hassle…)

However, that wasn’t the reason why I have written this entry. While filling in the ‘Equality Monitoring Form’, I was given the option of being either male, female or transgender. I think this is the first time I’ve ever come across this. And I was slightly unsure what to put down for a moment- male or transgender. I eventually chose male, because that is what I would be at work (at least, as male as I ever get anyway). I also suspect that they actually mean transsexual. Just for a moment, though, I thought ‘oooh, if I got this job, I could go to work as Ellen…’

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

I don’t have a lot to say about it to be honest, I just felt that I wanted to mark it.

On today of all days, I am so thankful for my wonderful wife, my gorgeous son and all my amazing friends and family members who are so accepting and supportive of me. I know exactly how lucky I am and I hope and wish that all other trans* people had my luck and had people around them who supported them and loved them.

Even with all the acceptance that trans* people seem to be getting now, there is still an awful long way to go. The Transgender Day of Remembrance shows exactly how far the world still need to go.

For more information, look here: The Transgender Day of Remembrance website
and here: The Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project

Telling my son

This is a post that has actually been due for a very long time. But, a while ago now, I finally managed to find a way to tell my son about my crossdressing. And do you want to know the best thing? He is really unbothered by it. Being unemployed at the moment, I get quite a lot of chances to dress – in fact I’m putting a skirt on most days. And often, I will remain dressed when he gets home from school. And about the only comment I get is ‘Oh, you’re wearing a skirt today’ and ‘you look nice’. I do make sure not to do it when his friends are coming around though.

So, how did I do the deed? In the end, it was quite easy. One of the joys in life with having a child is reading to them at bed time. And I read him ‘The Boy In The Dress’ bu David Walliams. Obviously, there was an ulterior motive on my part, but he has read and enjoyed other David Walliams books in the past,so in a way, it was continuing with that theme as well. It’s not the best book ever written, but it’s kind of fun, in a sub-Roald Dahl kind of a way (which is not helped by having Quentin Blake illustrating it.)

As I read the book, I also discussed with him the concept of equality and acceptance and, at every stage he was perfect. He said that he didn’t understand why someone should have a problem with who someone loves or what they want to wear. That pushed me into doing what I really wanted to do and I told him that I wore dresses. His response? ‘OK’.
He has since seen me dressed a few times and I think the strongest reaction was for him to say that I looked funny. Which is certainly something I can live with.

If you are interested in getting the book, here is a link to it:

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