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I'll get the pictures out of my camera a little later but the tranny march was a big success and a little bigger than last year's until we hit that part of market street that is the windiest spot in the city and I think we lost two-thirds of the contingent to BART. but that was ok as that was near the end and I wasn't feeling compelled to stick around for the after march speeches either so a bunch of us left shortly thereafter and BARTed back to sixteenth street where we had some amazing chinese food at a place I'd never been inside and interestingly enough they were slammed with tables of transgendered folk who all came in around the same time.

sixteenth is only one stop away from the civic center, which is where the wind blows and the speeches are given.

because I am old I did not go to the fairy butch afterparty. some of us though commented on the treatment that transitioned transmen sometimes get at fairy butch happenings and although I suppose it is understandable to a degree that if he looks like a man and you think the event is for those who at least started off female-embodied that you are entitled to be rude to him, my thought is that as a venue the place where s/he puts on her shows needs to become a little more acquainted with the ftm clientele that is supposedly welcome at these events. after several years on T most transmen don't look anything like women anymore and at an event like fairy butch you just can't go making assumptions.

I suppose I could work this up into a full rant if I wanted. hm. not feeling ranty though.

today is my day to myself as I will skip the dyke march even though I think it is a great thing, now that trannies have their own I feel less of a need to go to it. the cool thing about the tranny march is that it is an all-inclusive act in which all the participants actually march, like in the olden days in atlanta where the gay pride march consisted of every gay person who was brave enough to show up and march with the other thousand or so gay people down the main street of the capital of the deep south.

the big parades now are so very different from what they started out as, and I don't know if younger people realize how difficult it used to be to get the people out and on the street and into the public eye. I don't know if this still happens in smaller, more conservative communities, but it used to be that a number of people would show up with brown paper grocery bags on their heads with eyeholes cut out so that they could march without being recognized, either by family or employers or whoever might make their lives hell if they saw them marching with the queers.

that is how the tranny march differs from the old days: in san francisco there is no shame in marching with a bunch of transsexuals and there are never even the few bible thumpers that you will see on sunday out protesting our existence. in atlanta sometimes the baptists would outnumber the queers at certain places on the route.

today though I think I will try to do something relaxing or actually fun or something. but I don't know what. hugo reminded me last night that I want a tattoo for graduation and although they don't cost tons of money I don't know if I can squeak out both a tattoo and a new ipod out of my gift stash. will have to see. the main challenge will be not pissing it away at nordstrom rack. I do not need anymore clothes, but I'll be damned if they don't keep piling in new items that look good on me.

the fog is in. or it was. the sky is blue in the mission now but it wasn't an hour ago.


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Jun. 24th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
oh, the fairy butch! i've read her stuff off & on over the years. she's very smart. if i remember right, her website even has family photos. hmmm, will go look. sorry to hear there can be problems for ftms at her events.

glad the march was fun!
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
You know what I just checked out her site and I think it's funny that she has pictures of herself on there from like about 10 years ago and no recent ones. She doesn't look anything like a "butch" anymore...she now looks kinda like fred flintstone.
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
i was just there reading and looking, too. fred flintstone? how unfortunate! some of us don't age very well (me included). :/
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
well I believe she was on T for a little while, which explains the masculine turn in appearance. it is odd, though, that she does not have any recent pictures up. I wonder what about her current appearance she does not want to advertise.
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
oh, i didn't know about that! are the changes irreversible, if she were to decide she didn't like them? she's still doing public appearances though (and as "she," i assume?).
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
some changes are irreversible, yes, like beard growth, but she's managed also to retain the more or less broad-shouldered small-hipped (to the degree that she is small) male fat pattern. don't know what's up with that but you never really know what's going to change and what's not, and whether you'll get any of your old self back if you stop.

she uses feminine pronouns on her website so I assume that is what she prefers.
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
oh and yes she still does public appearances. not going to her show last night was what brought all this up.
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
yes, i constructed my question poorly. i remembered about the missed show but was angling toward how she bills herself. i'm not handling language very well today.

thanks for the info. there's so much i don't know!
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wanna hear the rant.
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
well I can give you some backstory but I'm not feeling particularly rantish at the moment. hugo/ute and I were at an fb event at a club conveniently located a block and a half from my house. at intermission we went upstairs to find a better view; we found some standing room at the balcony so stood there until a party of women come to the table we are standing next to and tell us we are in "their spot." I'm like well we can move over but hugo was a little more confrontational and the head butch of the crew says I can have you thrown out, goes and gets the bouncer who immediately starts yelling at the two of us. we got thrown out but our money back at least.

hugo hadn't thought about this but I'm fairly sure we were treated the way we were because we looked like guys, not transitioning ftms. I know max (valerio) also has been hassled there with his girlfriend for being a straight couple daring to intrude upon whatever sort of exclusive space this is supposed to be.

anyway it pisses me off because fairy butch shows are advertised as being geared at least partially towards ftms but anyone past the "genderqueer" look is regarded with suspicion. on the other hand I don't really give a damn because it is a female-oriented strip/cabaret show and those aren't the bodies that turn me on anymore so I'm not likely to want to go back anyway.

once my self-coded blog is up maybe this is one thing I'll write about. that's the sort of thing I'm thinking of using it for. less personal stuff than here.
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