Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Chit Chat!

Sup fellas?

So.  I was killing some time on Google Images searching for "Christmas Party Dresses" earlier today (It's kind of what you do when you're me and you have a lot of time to kill), but wasn't seeing anything that really said "Christmas Party Dress" to me. 

Most of them were either really stupid...

Or really cute, but not Christmas-y enough...

But then I stumbled upon this...

First I laughed.  Then I cried.  Then I wondered where the photo came from.  I followed the trail of links to a blog titled "Stephanie Marie, Transgendered Southern Belle."  The blog is operated by Stephanie Marie, a "38-year-old transgendered gal in Concord, NC."  "As the title [of her blog] suggests," she says, "I love formal dresses, but my life is more than that now.  I invite you to learn a bit about a young girl and how she finds herself."

Now, I've yet to actually read the blog, but I'm eager to know what life is like for a transgendered person in North Carolina.  NORTH CAROLINA!  How does she survive?   How does ANYONE survive North Carolina?  Here's her blog:

Meanwhile, I'd like a date for Christmas Eve.  My treat.  Your job is just to make sure I get home before I turn into a pumpkin.

Stay tuned for holiday craft ideas!


Thomas said...

I don't really want to mock her, seeing as she might end up reading this blog... But you have to love the backgrounds. It's like with porn; you always end up staring at the wallpaper. All that poofy dress and then that apartment... How does that work? Then there's Southern Belle in the parking lot, Southern Belle in what appears to be a biker bar...

Stephanie Marie said...

I'm amazed that picture is still floating about. That was back when I applied makeup with a spatula, and a wig came from the end of a mop. I do still have the dress :)

And yes, I do have to work on the pic backgrounds. My next shoot will be Southern Belle at Wal-Mart :)

I think you may be surprised about the NC area particularly with regards to the TG community. It's certainly not NYC (but what is?), but the state has a good number of support groups and resources for the GLBT community. Asheville and Greensboro are quite progressive, and Charlotte is getting there. I was amazed at the amount of support when I started going out almost 11 years ago. I thought there must be something in the water. What I discovered was that even in a relatively conservative community, people will still want to be true to themselves and meet other like-minded individuals... hence the large number of groups.

As far as going out, I can honestly say I've never had a real problem. Do I pass? Not very well. However, I hold my head up high and try to not go where real women wouldn't go. Stores are glad to have my business (particularly now), and they treat me with respect.

My blog really needs to be updated, but there are still some good older stories there. Feel free to write me with any thoughts or questions. I'm a big girl. I can take it :)

Thanks and take care,

Stephanie Marie