Catching up with some photos… ^_^;
Catching up with my mobile photos that were uploaded here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/julieanne03/
An original sketch I did for the incredibly talented (but not quite as visible over the internet as she was about a decade earlier) dj bridget, for her birthday this past Thursday.
The toughest part, other than going for a realistic interpretation of one of her photos, was choosing which photo out of hundreds to base the sketch off of.
I stumbled across her Flickr (It’s gone now ;_; ) in June of 2009, and, that was the “tipping point” that made me realize I was lying to myself by continuing to deny an important part of myself… That I am transgender, and twenty-seven years of hiding was essentially only a partial existence, and essentially “living death” for me.
I’ve come out to a few, I’m getting out in public, either with other girls, close friends, or on my own, and I’ve made quite a bit of progress in about 18 months.
But, if things didn’t happen, or I didn’t get curious back in the summer of 2009, I’d probably still be in hiding.
Who knows what my life would be like if I came to my senses a decade earlier.
This is only a small way I know of of saying “thanks” to someone who played a small, yet significant part in my ongoing rebirth. ^_^
Concluding: Sunday started relatively early, as three of us needed to get ready to be out, Loni, as she was in the parade with the River City Gems, one of a contingent of 15 or so lovely ladies in Southern Belle gowns, always a crowd favorite for the last couple years. Joni had to be out on the scene as one of the group monitors. As for myself, I figured I’d be photographing from the sidelines, or marching at the back of the Belles, in my normal attire. (A nice top and one of my new pairs of Dickies Girl college pants, which I picked up on sale at Sears a couple weeks back.)
Sunday: After a quick breakfast at Denny’s (Yet again, since it was in walking distance, and fairly quick.), Loni and I met Tilda and Cheryle as they were catching a taxi to get within a couple blocks of the parade staging area. (Not a small task when you can’t wear a hoop skirt while sitting down in the back seat of a taxi cab.) – The driver said he’d come back for us, but after 15-20 minutes, we gave up and walked eastward, once again, several blocks, with my Android phone, GPS, and Google Maps to the rescue once again.
Continue reading #99 – Looking Back: My SF Pride 2011 Weekend — Sunday
(Note: If you’re just tuning in to read this, be sure to read the previous entry, “Looking Back: My SF Pride 2011 Weekend – Friday” to find out what happened on the first day. ^_^; )
Continuing: Saturday was the first full day of my adventures at Pride Weekend in San Francisco last weekend, and it was the best and busiest day of all three, from getting up and getting going for breakfast, all the way to the wee hours of the night, making our way back from a bar and drag show. It was another exciting and wonderful adventure, adding more pages to my ongoing story…
Continue reading #98 – Looking Back: My SF Pride 2011 Weekend — Saturday
What can I say? This was my first official time in San Francisco for the entire Pride weekend as myself, and for the most part, it was everything I could have hoped for, with some stuff left to experience next year.
I’m going to try to recap my exploits from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, with links to photos and videos, and recounting my experiences in the paragraphs that follow. If you haven’t been out to San Francisco, I highly recommend going to Pride at least once, no matter where on the spectrum you identify with.
Continue reading #97 – Looking Back: My SF Pride 2011 Weekend – Friday