Thursday, April 04, 2019
Happy 25th Transiversary To Moi!
I was going to wait until my May 4 birthday to do that, but got impatient and just went ahead and put my new femme uniforms on, grabbed my new ID and plunged into my new reality.
since that 1994 day. My hair is a lot shorter now than when I walked into Terminal C, and I've gained 50 pounds. There's even a brand new Terminal E next door and connected to Terminal C at Bush IAH.
I even have a shelf of awards I keep adding to from multiple organizations across the country for my 20 plus years of activism on behalf of the community.
She downplays her role in it, but one person I have to credit for burning my trans closet door down and challenging me to handle my transition business was a fellow flight attendant coworker in Maxine Farrington.
As for the peeps gawking at me during my awkward transition stage, I dealt with it the only way I could, by putting my head down and throwing myself into doing my job to the best of my ability. Major difference was I was way happier with the way my life was going.
Max was walking off one of her first post vacation trips when she walked off the plane that had parked at my gate and she spotted me.
"Congratulations," she said after spotting me. "But we need to talk."
Max had four girlfriends who were trans from her modeling days, and I assured her that I was not only serious about what I was doing, I had been thinking about it for more than a decade.
I had her and a lot of cis feminine role models around that airport and elsewhere to look up to in those early days. It was an interesting, emotional and challenging first month, but I survived it and the next seven years on the job.
Were there some potholes along the way? Sure was. But nothing in life is easy., especially a gender transition.
And yeah, I have a lot of trans nieces and nephews these days in addition to my two biological nieces.
And yeah, I look fly doing it.
Happy 25th transiversary to me.