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One Woman’s Life After Coming Out As Transgender

Sarah McBride is the first openly transgender woman to work in the White House, and in this article by WAMU, she talks about her life and experiences. Specifically, her coming out process, with her friends, her family, and her employer.

This reaction from Joe Biden is heartwarming.

But she had a lot of support. Not only from her family, but from another clan: the Bidens. After coming out, McBride got a call from Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden. She had worked for Biden during his 2006 and 2010 elections, back when she was known as “Tim.”

“First he used my correct name and accurate pronouns and said, ‘Sarah, I just wanted you to know, I’m so proud of you. I love you, and you’re still a part of the Biden family,'” she says.

She says the “cherry on top” came right before President Obama’s second inauguration, during an event at the Vice President’s home.

“I went up to the Vice President to get a picture, and without saying anything, the Vice President saw me and he grabbed my arm and he said ‘Hey, kid, I just wanted to let you know I am so proud of you, and Beau is so proud of you, and Jill is so proud of you. And I’m so happy that you’re happy.’ And he gave me a big hug,” she says, adding that it was inspiring to see the Vice President, his family, and the Governor of Delaware embrace not only her, but also the broader transgender community.

One Woman’s Life After Coming Out As Transgender | WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio.

Transforming Skin: Transgender Dermatology

Danna Elaine Wheeldon sent me this link to an article by Dr. Brian Ginsberg about transgender skin care and dermatology treatment. One item I noted was he mentions “pumping parties” as an aside, and it’s terrible to think that in this day and age “pumping parties” still exist. But when folks are desperate and money is short, it’s unfortunately a fact of transgender life.

Transforming Skin: Transgender Dermatology | Brian Ginsberg, M.D..

Arin Andrews and Katie Hill, Transgender Teenage Couple, Transition Together

This couple has appeared here before on Transas City, but they are being highlighted again because they and their story have really set social media abuzz across the world, as mentioned. This longer interview has a slide show of photos at the bottom of it, and while some may focus on what a lovely couple they are, notice how happy they look in each photo!

Arin Andrews and Katie Hill, Transgender Teenage Couple, Transition Together.

The The Dark Side of Being Transgender: Having Little Choice

A powerful testimonial of how we are driven to do what we must do. Each of us has our own path to walk. Each has their own personal joys – and hell – on their journey. A nice quote from the article:

My father told me about a movie he saw many years ago where two male police officers, one white, one black, are riding together in a car. The black guy turns to the white guy and says, “Do you ever think about being white?”

“Of course not,” says the other guy. “Why would I?”

“Well,” the black man said, “I think about being black every day.”

I doubt that born women and men ever spend much time thinking about it. I’d do anything to be able to be that way. I’d do anything to have a uterus, ovaries, and periods. My many born-woman friends all think I’m totally nuts for wanting periods, but they don’t understand. When you’re outside this, it’s hard to comprehend what it really feels like.

I’m stuck spending my whole life looking over the fence, wishing I were on the inside. Sometimes it’s hard to believe all this struggle is worthwhile. But, again, I have little choice.

The Dark Side of Being Transgender: Having Little Choice | Danielle Kaufman, M.D..

Annika Penelope: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Transition

From the Huffington Post, an interesting collection of advice, however I dvery mildly isagree with some of it. For example, I would modify (2) to also say “…and say hello to feminine privilege,” because I have definitely benefited from that more than I lost anything.

Annika Penelope: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Transition.