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Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #5 – “When you look like a man in a dress…” (video)

Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #5
“When you look like a man in a dress…”

In a 2015 TIME interview, Caitlyn Jenner commented, “When you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.” It was a rather unpopular statement among transgender people… but was she right?

I don’t pass and sometimes people react with visible discomfort in my presence. I shared one such experience in Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #2 – “That’s a man!”

Is passing important to you? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts and opinions in a comment!
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Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #4 – Bi, Pan, Poly & Monogamy Myths & Realities (video)

Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #4Bisexual, Pansexual, Polyamory, and Monogamy Myths & Realities. What kind of assumptions have people made about you because of your sexual orientation? What kind of assumptions have you caught yourself making about others, in this regard?

Misunderstanding, assumption, and myth
It’s sometimes assumed that bisexual and pansexual people are polyamorous by nature. That’s not quite how it works. Also included in the video are some misconceptions and realities about monogamy.
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Walk and Talk with Gabrielle #2 – “That’s a Man!” (video)

While grocery shopping last Friday, another shopper looked at me and called out, “That’s a man!” I discuss the experience and pose a few related questions in this short video. Give it a look and share your thoughts!
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Should Transgender Girls be Allowed to Play in Girls Sports?

My answer is: absolutely! Later this month (July, 2015) the New York State Public High School Athletic Association is expected to create new guidelines for transgender athletes.

Lynette Adams, reporter for News 10 WHEC Rochester, invited me to talk about whether or not transgender athletes have any inherent advantages in sports. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the realities about such concerns and met with her for an interview. A brief sound byte from the interview made it into the final story and can be seen in the video posted above. Here’s a link to the story on the WHEC News 10 website where the video and text copy can be found.
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Trans Documentary: “Line in the Sand”, Vanity and My Personal Struggle With Gender Dysphoria

Line in the Sand
This short documentary by University of Rochester student and talented filmmaker: Hayden Freedman, explores being transgender in a society that doesn’t quite understand “transgender”. Trans woman: Natalie Robin shares some of her experiences in coming out, gender roles/expectations and discusses a rather questionable suggestion from her therapist.

Also included are interviews with my friend and mentor: Jeanne Gainsburg, Education Director for the Gay Alliance, and another trans woman you may be familiar with: me.

Natalie has a YouTube channel and Tumblr blog where she shares her transition progress, thoughts and feelings. I encourage you to check out her offerings and maybe send her a little love and support in a thoughtful comment.

Painful realities that are difficult to share
Rather than rehashing what the documentary covers (and rather well, I might add), I’m going to take this opportunity to talk a little about gender dysphoria and share my personal struggle living with it.
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Video: Tabling, Talking, Meeting People, Educating and Grocery Shopping

 
Because I felt like sharing a beautiful day and a smile
This short video was recorded a couple of days ago. A friend and I were “tabling” volunteers for the GAGV downtown Rochester at the Metro Center for SUNY Brockport during their Wellness Fair this past Wednesday (April 16, 2014).

Making new friends
This kind of volunteer work offers an excellent opportunity to meet people, converse, share, increase positive LGBTQ awareness, educate, learn and make new friends.
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