PeaceWorks KC hosted a rally in support of Chelsea Manning outside Fort Leavenworth on Nov. 20, 2016. Here Caroline Gibbs shares her thoughts.
When Michaela Mendelsohn, the owner and chief executive of the Pollo West Corporation, arrived at her restaurant company’s holiday party in 2006, it had been a year since she had seen most of her 500 employees. In that time, she had worked from her home in the Conejo Valley of Southern California and was in contact with only a handful of staff members.
A rumor had circulated that she was dying of cancer. But in fact, she was transitioning from male to female, including undergoing facial and body surgeries and changing her style of dress to one she describes as very feminine.
Feeling both nervous and excited, she stood up and introduced herself to her staff. “They had no idea who I was,” Ms. Mendelsohn said, adding that their reaction was largely supportive.
A transgender man, Gutierrez grew up as a woman. In high school, he was a bit of a tomboy and came out as a lesbian. But even then, he knew there was something more he was missing.
“Being in a woman’s body, I felt trapped,” he said. “I would see myself in the mirror and see the feminine features of my body, and I would hate it.”
A year ago, the 30-year-old began taking testosterone, and his life completely changed.
He expected some of the change: Gutierrez knew his his muscles would grow, his voice would drop and his facial hair would come in. But there were surprising changes as well.
“The sex drive itself — it’s crazy,” he said. “I even asked one of my gay friends, ‘What is this feeling? Why am I so excited all the time?’ I can’t get it out of my head, it’s a constant thing. He said ‘Welcome, now you know what guys go through.”
PeaceWorks KC hosted a rally in support of Chelsea Manning outside Fort Leavenworth on Nov. 20, 2016. Here Colonel Ann Wright shares her thoughts.
Our very own Caroline Gibbs of The Transgender Institute is Executive Co-Producer and cast member of New Girls!
(Silver Spring, Md.)—NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK follows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, MO – all friends, some couples – who just happen to be transgender. After years struggling with their gender identities, they are finally finding themselves and learning what it means to be the women they always knew that they were. Confronting issues with their relationships, their femininity, their families and friendships, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK is an authentic look at lives in transition. As the first series to embed with a real group of female friends within the transgender community, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK offers a transformative look at these women’s lives as they navigate their daily struggles and successes. The five-part series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel on Saturday, April 11 at 10/9c.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – AJ (not a real name) was a typical little boy dressed in football onesies when he was tiny, and sweatshirts and baseball caps as he grew. His parents kept his hair short as he began to walk and run. They had toys they thought were appropriate.
Debi and Tom (we’re withholding their surname as a privacy issue) have two children. Their oldest is a boy. Their youngest, AJ, was, too, until they were convinced by their child. AJ started trying to convince them at age 3.
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Kansas City mother Debi Jackson gave a speech about her MTF transgender daughter that recently went viral. Debi and her family were a major focus of a 41 Action News special report titled “Growing Up Transgender.”
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