Speaking as a butch queen (I paint with that term more broadly than most, clearly I think there are obviously lines where we dont intersect with one another - lines that must be recognized and respected (which btw is part of the reason why the term "transgender" is of limited usefulness, except as a description of behavior).
So, I for one can only imagine the magic a full-time shemale must have to conjure to get through the day! The stories Stacy tells me about her walks home or her trips on the subway would break your heart (if it hasnt already been broken a hundred times from personal experience, that is). Ive heard it so much now Im sadly desensitized to it - I understand it feels like your very existence is up for debate, and I can only imagine - because my street experience happens on a much subtler level.
But we are bonded by strategy, baby - As people who feel free enough to exhibit "transgendered" behavior in its myriad forms - you have to be: more careful, more alert, more charming, more disarming, more thick-skinned and more fabulous because your behavior (whether you're a shemale or a day queen) marks you for discrimination - and that's something we all have in common.
Sorry I clicked the wrong button - haven't touched your post--Rose
[This message was edited by Rose Royalle on 06-05-02 at 07:31 AM.]