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Please take time to look at this slideshow via ATT. They’ve collected a short collection of quotes, statements and other things to think about during National Transgender Awareness Week.
National Transgender Week runs from November 14th – November 20th, 2016.
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Listen to the Kansas City Community Radio interview with JoAnna Ramsey, a transgender woman who experienced a harrowing time incarcerated in Kansas within the male prison population, and she will be speaking with us about herself, what she went through in prison, and her transgender activism behind the wall.
Our very own, Caroline Gibbs, founder of the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, joined them to discuss how the Institute worked to help JoAnna, as well as plans for a future outreach project for transgender prisoners.
Click here to listen to Trans Talk: Transition in Prison on Kansas City Community Radio.
In the simplest of summations, I am currently in my ninth year at my job. A place where I not only transitioned but stood my ground. Soon, I’ll have my B.F.A. All the clues are here. In my life, I have lived in Spain, Germany, and across the United States where I would eventually settle in Kansas City with my cat, Grimlock. None of these things is particularly relevant without the context of what it is I have become, which I’d have considered a monster before transition and a hybrid where it suits the world after. I’ll gloss over my many potential deaths, both at my hands and at the hands of others. I swear they’re as mundane as humanly possibly, if not haunting in my lore.
If I were to start anywhere for my so-called gender highlights I would start in Florida. You know things about yourself and you know things about the world, even at two or three or seven and ten. When you extrapolate what you know, you learn that no one can ever know what you are. Having a word for it doesn’t matter. My Floridian adventures as a child offset my physical dismay. Adventure waits for no one.
At eleven, I moved to Germany where I would spend ample time with anything I could if it were to accommodate the sex I was. Clothes are a type of magical boon when you can’t quite reach what’s under the skin. It had to do. I continued to keep my secrets for years. Although the locks loosened when a friend I found in Virginia mysteriously began pretending to be female characters from the comics we’d read with me. We did what we assumed normal girls did. Maybe we didn’t assume incorrectly.
When I was shoved through the magical pubescent doors is when worldly collapse became imminent. It was at this time, aged thirteen years, like a goodly liquor, that I came to Kansas City. Years after my arrival I would come out. Terrifying experiences, these. Unfair, ultimately, that I will have to come out for the rest of my life as I date, as people learn of me, etc. However, no friend let me down, turned me away, or violated my physical or spiritual form.
Kansas City would be the place I would tell my ex-girlfriend, now my bestest of best friends. She is my cosmic friend forever. She wrestled with me as much as I did. It would eventually be her to force my hand in my transition. From there I called Caroline, who, in a cab, helped me until we could meet by appointment. Her office was cozy, and tiny, and hot. We formed a plan to tell my family involving letters, blackmail, and breaking and entering with a touch of evidence planting. We were prepared for two frame-ups and body disposal, where necessary.
Only the letters would come to pass—mostly because the rest was illegal, and I just now made it up—but the case of my transition became strangely compelling to me nonetheless. My family just added it to my black sheep list of traits and continued loving me as they always have. Ish. My grandparents still use male pronouns and deadname me, but I’ll take what I can get. I haven’t lost a single person in my life from my transition. From there I was put on hormones. The door had been pried from its frame.
On the other side, however, was a war I was determined to win. Believe me, the tyranny of the many is formidable, but not impossible. If I choose to stand, I will. The effort of no longer pretending to be someone is as abstract as it is burdensome; it’s terrifying to be so exposed. I chose a name that would give me a goal, but more than that, it would give me armor. My personal image would spring from this single word that I claimed as mine, and I have spent years tempering it. My middle name would follow not only the flow but also the precedent.
Caroline mused about other things, such as teaching voice feminization, compartment, groups of therapy, and things like shows. I was there when they began and stayed at her disposal if she needed a volunteer to help out for a few years. I would pull away from the trans community here. To be fair, it had been pulling away from me.
Now, I tend to think of my name as a whisper echoed only in passing by ghosts long departed for the past. The future, though, couldn’t be brighter.
Have you seen?
New Girls on the Block
NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK follows the lives of six transgender women in Kansas City, Missouri who face obstacles on their journey from being born in male bodies to embracing their transition to womanhood.
Watch Season 1 on Hulu
Ever wonder? Join us on July 31st at 3pm for this FREE lecture:
A Presentation on the Bible and Transgender Identity
Presented by our very own, Una Nowling.
Click the Event’s link below for more information or visit the TransCity post.
DATE: July 31, 2016
PLACE: Johnson County Central Library, Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212
TIME: 3:00 pm – 4:51 pm
I am new to the whole transgender thing, I am 65 years old and at the age of 64 I realized I was a TransWoman. In March, 2016, I started going to The Transgender Institute and seeing Caroline Gibbs on a regular basis. I literally feel she has saved my life!!! The Transgender Institute and all of its staff have been very helpful, informative, and caring. I have felt extremely comfortable while in their care.
This can really be a life saving event if you are as troubled as I was. I came there initially for Voice lessons, and having seen a previous therapist and doctor and already on small dosage of HRT. Caroline recognized I was not really being cared for properly and got me with the right local doctors who I feel really care for me.
NOW, I am on track to be the Woman I am. I have always been able to get an appointment when needed, and the Group Voice Therapy is the best. In addition, I have gained new friendships (in the group voice lessons) and am feeling so much better about myself.
A special thanks goes out to the staff at the Transgender Institute.
Michelle W., 65 yr old Engineer
Vocal Feminization & Comportment
Each Wednesday starting May 25th through July 13, 2016. 6pm to 7:30pm
Please join us!
Call us at: 816-305-0943 or e-mail The Transgender Institute for questions and to sign up.