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  • 11 Apr 2016
    Golly gee - finally got around to blogging. A funny thing happened to me recently. My wife told me that I occasionally come across "bitchy" especially when I dressed femme. I don't know if that was a complaint or a compliment. Could be both, I guess. She know my female side does tend to dominate at times - I guess we both tend to be alphas. At least we understand each other. I dress to be comfortable in my "soul." That's an odd concept - I'll have to think about that. I know my spouse understands me, sometime better than I understand myself. She fully accepts my dressing and critiques my selection of outfits. I consider myself very lucky.  
    755 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Golly gee - finally got around to blogging. A funny thing happened to me recently. My wife told me that I occasionally come across "bitchy" especially when I dressed femme. I don't know if that was a complaint or a compliment. Could be both, I guess. She know my female side does tend to dominate at times - I guess we both tend to be alphas. At least we understand each other. I dress to be comfortable in my "soul." That's an odd concept - I'll have to think about that. I know my spouse understands me, sometime better than I understand myself. She fully accepts my dressing and critiques my selection of outfits. I consider myself very lucky.  
    Apr 11, 2016 755
  • 05 Apr 2016
    Well lets see ?? I  ve  been  here now  almost  9  years  yes  that right  long time ,but I  ve  had   some great  times  and  not so great  times . when I  first  joined  then (TW) in  )08  I  had no  idea what to  do . Joing  a  site   like  this  help  me  in a  few ways and  it showed  me  that  there  was others  who feel and do the sames  things  as  I  do . it  has  taken  me a all this  time  to  find the  real  "Me"  and  I am  happy about  how  I  feel about  myself . At first  I  did  nt  really  know why  I liked  to  dress  "Fem " untill  one  night  in our  chat room here  the awnser came  to  me  in a  question  from a  good friend and sister  here . Every since  that  night  for all these years  I  kept recalling  that  question in my  mind .  Do  I dress because I want  to  be a woman ?  Or  Do  I dress  because  of   sexual arrousal ? This  question had eluded a  true  awnser to  why  I dressed untill about a  few  months ago .I m  so thankful to that  person who  asked  me  this  question and  to all the  time  I sent  in the  chatroom . This  is  for  All you  new  members  who  read  my  blogs .  Dont  be afaid  to  use  our  wonderful  chat rooms  here .  It wont  kill you  nothing  bad will ever  happen to  you and if  so  Tell  Katie ..lol   ........ Anyways  Folks  its  been a  slice  beeing  part  of this  site  but I  feel its  Time  like  a  Cowboy  or  Cowgirl  in the  old west  that rides away  into the sunset . THis  may  be  my  LAst  blog  but one  never  knows  do they  ???  Will see   ....... 
    667 Posted by Karen Elena Tea
  • Well lets see ?? I  ve  been  here now  almost  9  years  yes  that right  long time ,but I  ve  had   some great  times  and  not so great  times . when I  first  joined  then (TW) in  )08  I  had no  idea what to  do . Joing  a  site   like  this  help  me  in a  few ways and  it showed  me  that  there  was others  who feel and do the sames  things  as  I  do . it  has  taken  me a all this  time  to  find the  real  "Me"  and  I am  happy about  how  I  feel about  myself . At first  I  did  nt  really  know why  I liked  to  dress  "Fem " untill  one  night  in our  chat room here  the awnser came  to  me  in a  question  from a  good friend and sister  here . Every since  that  night  for all these years  I  kept recalling  that  question in my  mind .  Do  I dress because I want  to  be a woman ?  Or  Do  I dress  because  of   sexual arrousal ? This  question had eluded a  true  awnser to  why  I dressed untill about a  few  months ago .I m  so thankful to that  person who  asked  me  this  question and  to all the  time  I sent  in the  chatroom . This  is  for  All you  new  members  who  read  my  blogs .  Dont  be afaid  to  use  our  wonderful  chat rooms  here .  It wont  kill you  nothing  bad will ever  happen to  you and if  so  Tell  Katie ..lol   ........ Anyways  Folks  its  been a  slice  beeing  part  of this  site  but I  feel its  Time  like  a  Cowboy  or  Cowgirl  in the  old west  that rides away  into the sunset . THis  may  be  my  LAst  blog  but one  never  knows  do they  ???  Will see   ....... 
    Apr 05, 2016 667
  • 27 Mar 2016
    Well, my stroke was not as bad as might have been.  I am walking, in a manner of speaking, again...for short distances  and I am back home, alone.  Two major changes due to brain damage.  I seem to have lost a lot of  the construct  of Him but  retained Wendy and even enhanced Her.  I am far more emotional in an uncontrolled way.  It just pours out of me without warning or  restraint.   I easily sob and break into tears  without warning,  often during a movie I watched previously without a similar emotional response.  
    537 Posted by wendy larsen
  • Well, my stroke was not as bad as might have been.  I am walking, in a manner of speaking, again...for short distances  and I am back home, alone.  Two major changes due to brain damage.  I seem to have lost a lot of  the construct  of Him but  retained Wendy and even enhanced Her.  I am far more emotional in an uncontrolled way.  It just pours out of me without warning or  restraint.   I easily sob and break into tears  without warning,  often during a movie I watched previously without a similar emotional response.  
    Mar 27, 2016 537
  • 10 Mar 2016
    Hi Everyone. It's been a long time, and it's been a long time coming, but Ihave finally spoken face-to-face with someone about my Gender Dysphoria and my belief that I am Transsexual. That person was Dr. Stuart Lorimer (Gendercare & Charng Cross GIC) and the conversation was as recently as last Friday. For those that have completed SRS, have transitioned years ago or those that have been out to their friends and family for years the above is powderpuff news of insignificance. But, if your life's focus seems to be it protecting your family and loved ones from yourself, then this is a big event. Go on, bear with me for a while.. So why now he asked, a reasonable and penetrating starter for one. Well, because I cannot continue like this and advice is required from knowledgable professionals. My ability to cope is exhausted and my capacity to compartmentalise myself has run its course. The knives are in the spoons drawer and the forks are all over the place - that mixed up. I was asked if I was concerned about erectile dysfunction if I were to commence Finistaride or low dosage Estrogen. No I replied, because when I make love, I imagine that I'm a woman and that I yearn for sensitive caressing and for my breasts to be fondled. I told him that I would prefer to dress full-time if the opportunity allowed but that I hadn't dressed for ages. I explained that apart from friends, yes Friends at Gender Society that I had not conversed with anyone about Rachel, and I mocked the non de plume but accepted that I had grown fond of it. He encouraged me to speak to my wife and I await his diagnosis. Speak to my wife.. All those knives in the cutlery draw now rise as one and the dagger is drawn. I am cut down and at a loss because this scares me so. I am weak, plaintive and lack substance and as I burn £200.00 on a private diagnosis I waste the opportunity to fund a worthy charity. But the talking helped. I am what I am.
    659 Posted by Rachel de Blanc
  • Hi Everyone. It's been a long time, and it's been a long time coming, but Ihave finally spoken face-to-face with someone about my Gender Dysphoria and my belief that I am Transsexual. That person was Dr. Stuart Lorimer (Gendercare & Charng Cross GIC) and the conversation was as recently as last Friday. For those that have completed SRS, have transitioned years ago or those that have been out to their friends and family for years the above is powderpuff news of insignificance. But, if your life's focus seems to be it protecting your family and loved ones from yourself, then this is a big event. Go on, bear with me for a while.. So why now he asked, a reasonable and penetrating starter for one. Well, because I cannot continue like this and advice is required from knowledgable professionals. My ability to cope is exhausted and my capacity to compartmentalise myself has run its course. The knives are in the spoons drawer and the forks are all over the place - that mixed up. I was asked if I was concerned about erectile dysfunction if I were to commence Finistaride or low dosage Estrogen. No I replied, because when I make love, I imagine that I'm a woman and that I yearn for sensitive caressing and for my breasts to be fondled. I told him that I would prefer to dress full-time if the opportunity allowed but that I hadn't dressed for ages. I explained that apart from friends, yes Friends at Gender Society that I had not conversed with anyone about Rachel, and I mocked the non de plume but accepted that I had grown fond of it. He encouraged me to speak to my wife and I await his diagnosis. Speak to my wife.. All those knives in the cutlery draw now rise as one and the dagger is drawn. I am cut down and at a loss because this scares me so. I am weak, plaintive and lack substance and as I burn £200.00 on a private diagnosis I waste the opportunity to fund a worthy charity. But the talking helped. I am what I am.
    Mar 10, 2016 659
  • 06 Mar 2016
    Thursday afternoon esconced in Betty's for tea; and then Rigby and Peller's expensive Lingerie shop. Nobody in Harrogate seems to notice trans women: rather nice and old-fashioned - like the town. Awoke to thick snow at the Hotel on Friday: so, there was no chance of walking to the shops! The Hotel was snug and warm; so, the girls just chatted the afternoon away. The evening was equaly cosy: and , afer a pleasant meal, we 'retired ' to the bar. To our surprise, the snow was clearing on Saturday,and we ventured out for a short while.    The Hotel was buzzing with stalls selling Jewery, clothes, shoes, wigs etc. Equally, all the specialists were there to give advice on personal matters -  such as make-up, bra-size and 'House of Colour were able to do personal analyses of what we are in respect to fashion colours: I emerged as a "Spring' person with the gift of a colour co-ordination chart. What a lovely, helpful and caring group of ladies! More about the evening when I inevitably sober up! 
  • Thursday afternoon esconced in Betty's for tea; and then Rigby and Peller's expensive Lingerie shop. Nobody in Harrogate seems to notice trans women: rather nice and old-fashioned - like the town. Awoke to thick snow at the Hotel on Friday: so, there was no chance of walking to the shops! The Hotel was snug and warm; so, the girls just chatted the afternoon away. The evening was equaly cosy: and , afer a pleasant meal, we 'retired ' to the bar. To our surprise, the snow was clearing on Saturday,and we ventured out for a short while.    The Hotel was buzzing with stalls selling Jewery, clothes, shoes, wigs etc. Equally, all the specialists were there to give advice on personal matters -  such as make-up, bra-size and 'House of Colour were able to do personal analyses of what we are in respect to fashion colours: I emerged as a "Spring' person with the gift of a colour co-ordination chart. What a lovely, helpful and caring group of ladies! More about the evening when I inevitably sober up! 
    Mar 06, 2016 2314
  • 27 Feb 2016
    Transgender females recently lnform me that UK pharmacists are, on the whole, 'Homophobic': embarrasing individuals by returning from the bowels of their dispensary with prepared and dispensed prescriptions for Estradiol Tartrate and Blocker (Finesteride, etc); and making loud statements and questions, in the presence of all and sundry, as to why they are required for a 'male'.   i have bee the subject of transphobia from a specific young cis-female pharmacist on a number of occasions, and feel a  formal complaint should be made to the Pharmaceutical Society. Coments please.
  • Transgender females recently lnform me that UK pharmacists are, on the whole, 'Homophobic': embarrasing individuals by returning from the bowels of their dispensary with prepared and dispensed prescriptions for Estradiol Tartrate and Blocker (Finesteride, etc); and making loud statements and questions, in the presence of all and sundry, as to why they are required for a 'male'.   i have bee the subject of transphobia from a specific young cis-female pharmacist on a number of occasions, and feel a  formal complaint should be made to the Pharmaceutical Society. Coments please.
    Feb 27, 2016 746
  • 26 Feb 2016
    Its  been sometime  since  I  last wrote a  blog  and I  ve  had  mixed  feeling about doing  one . Lately  I  find  it   hard  to write one  because  i  feel that  no  matter what  I say  here it does  nothing  or  goes without  much or any  notice here . Winter can  be a  good  time  to  take  the  time  to  think about  things like what  to  fix  when spring  comes  . Spring  is coming  soon and soon  it will  be  time  that we  think about  taxs and doing  spring  cleaning  in our  homes or garages  or  even in our  lives . I will  have  lots  to  do  here mostly  monitor the snow  melt and  keeping an eye  on my  basement  for flooding .Planning  out  what  repaires  that need to  be  done  first .Soon I will  be with  my  new  Gf  and  this  could  mean a lot  when it  comes  to  me  beeing  "Karen Tea". For  now   our  relationship  is on track  and going  very well .  I  m not shure what this  means   for  my  dressing or even my  time  here or  on any site . All I  can say  at this  time  that if  you dont  hear  from me  then All  is well  and  I  ll  just  fade away  from here  like  most  of my  old  friends  from  TW and others from  GS.  This  is  NOT   Goodbye  , Im not  leaving  !!   I m just  fading  into the  darkness  or  heading  back !             For thoes  who  know  me  best ......May the  force  be with you ....Always  !! ..............Karen Tea
    632 Posted by Karen Elena Tea
  • Its  been sometime  since  I  last wrote a  blog  and I  ve  had  mixed  feeling about doing  one . Lately  I  find  it   hard  to write one  because  i  feel that  no  matter what  I say  here it does  nothing  or  goes without  much or any  notice here . Winter can  be a  good  time  to  take  the  time  to  think about  things like what  to  fix  when spring  comes  . Spring  is coming  soon and soon  it will  be  time  that we  think about  taxs and doing  spring  cleaning  in our  homes or garages  or  even in our  lives . I will  have  lots  to  do  here mostly  monitor the snow  melt and  keeping an eye  on my  basement  for flooding .Planning  out  what  repaires  that need to  be  done  first .Soon I will  be with  my  new  Gf  and  this  could  mean a lot  when it  comes  to  me  beeing  "Karen Tea". For  now   our  relationship  is on track  and going  very well .  I  m not shure what this  means   for  my  dressing or even my  time  here or  on any site . All I  can say  at this  time  that if  you dont  hear  from me  then All  is well  and  I  ll  just  fade away  from here  like  most  of my  old  friends  from  TW and others from  GS.  This  is  NOT   Goodbye  , Im not  leaving  !!   I m just  fading  into the  darkness  or  heading  back !             For thoes  who  know  me  best ......May the  force  be with you ....Always  !! ..............Karen Tea
    Feb 26, 2016 632
  • 25 Feb 2016
    It's been a crazy week for me. But before I get to that lets's go back in time to 2014 (cue the DeLorean and Back To The Future soundtrack). I was told that if my cataracts was going to get worse, then I could have it removed and artificial lens to help with my aniridia. So I told my cataracts to get worse everyday.   A year later my wish came true but the doctor couldn't get my eye pressure behind my eyes correct so he referred to me to two other doctors who could decide whether or not I have high eye pressure. The first doctor advised me to get a kidney function test to see if I have kidney problems which could be connected to my aniridia. So I went to my GP's and had some blood taken for the test. However, somebody came around to my house and told me that I had high sugar pressure and go back to my GP to have another blood test to see if I have diabetes which I did. Well apparently I do have diabetes which I was told could be connected to be cataracts.   The only good news is that I don't have any problems with my kidneys. So at least I can still have steak and kidney pies.
    786 Posted by Suzy Russell
  • It's been a crazy week for me. But before I get to that lets's go back in time to 2014 (cue the DeLorean and Back To The Future soundtrack). I was told that if my cataracts was going to get worse, then I could have it removed and artificial lens to help with my aniridia. So I told my cataracts to get worse everyday.   A year later my wish came true but the doctor couldn't get my eye pressure behind my eyes correct so he referred to me to two other doctors who could decide whether or not I have high eye pressure. The first doctor advised me to get a kidney function test to see if I have kidney problems which could be connected to my aniridia. So I went to my GP's and had some blood taken for the test. However, somebody came around to my house and told me that I had high sugar pressure and go back to my GP to have another blood test to see if I have diabetes which I did. Well apparently I do have diabetes which I was told could be connected to be cataracts.   The only good news is that I don't have any problems with my kidneys. So at least I can still have steak and kidney pies.
    Feb 25, 2016 786
  • 24 Feb 2016
    Hi all,  Funny thing I thought must do a blog its been a while , and maybe I had that wanting feeling for Spring to come round and get active, so I type in Spring, and GS auto completes with "Spring time for Donna 2015", reminding me of a previous blog.So i just conveniently changed title to 2016.A lot has happened in my Family life over the last year ,Unfortunately my Mums health has declined rapidly and she is quite immobile now.My Dad takes care of her as best he can ,but shows the strain,its just he has little skill or training in the caring field.There is an added complication for the family of having to deal with the repatriation of my Younger Brother from Germany after a collapse in his mental state that has been diagnosed as Grade 1 Bipolar disorder and spent the last 3 moths in a German Psychiatric hospital. If anyone asks if I am okay , I say "fine" ,afterall I dont have the suffering of either my Mum or Younger brother.     Overall It seems I am a housewife and happy to be available if anyone needs me.On reflection my state now ,having gone through all the fears and doubts of myself and those closest to me , is simply that I am very fortunate indeed.I have been lucky to have had the time to develop over the last year .That last sentence may be very strange to some people seeing as I am 54,however I dont care for any accusation of being a late developer. I guess what held me back for so long was that observance of norms and obligation prevalent in the Past.-I must stop now and get back to cooking in the kitchen and doing some Artwork. On the Art front I came across references to Amanda Lear whilst studying the Life and works of Dali last month.Interesting Donna
    674 Posted by Donna V
  • By Donna V
    Hi all,  Funny thing I thought must do a blog its been a while , and maybe I had that wanting feeling for Spring to come round and get active, so I type in Spring, and GS auto completes with "Spring time for Donna 2015", reminding me of a previous blog.So i just conveniently changed title to 2016.A lot has happened in my Family life over the last year ,Unfortunately my Mums health has declined rapidly and she is quite immobile now.My Dad takes care of her as best he can ,but shows the strain,its just he has little skill or training in the caring field.There is an added complication for the family of having to deal with the repatriation of my Younger Brother from Germany after a collapse in his mental state that has been diagnosed as Grade 1 Bipolar disorder and spent the last 3 moths in a German Psychiatric hospital. If anyone asks if I am okay , I say "fine" ,afterall I dont have the suffering of either my Mum or Younger brother.     Overall It seems I am a housewife and happy to be available if anyone needs me.On reflection my state now ,having gone through all the fears and doubts of myself and those closest to me , is simply that I am very fortunate indeed.I have been lucky to have had the time to develop over the last year .That last sentence may be very strange to some people seeing as I am 54,however I dont care for any accusation of being a late developer. I guess what held me back for so long was that observance of norms and obligation prevalent in the Past.-I must stop now and get back to cooking in the kitchen and doing some Artwork. On the Art front I came across references to Amanda Lear whilst studying the Life and works of Dali last month.Interesting Donna
    Feb 24, 2016 674
  • 18 Feb 2016
    UK PASSPORTS: CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER: Firstly, obtain your application form from your local Post Office; and, finally, do take it back when completed for them to check and send. This incurs an extra cost of about six or seven pounds; but, guarantees it is acceptable, ensuring there are no unneccessary delays.   The easy part is a new photograph of yourself, and a copy of your Deed of Change of Name. Under English and Welsh law you can call yourself whatever you want; and, indeed, several names all at the same time. I can never understand why the late Scottish General Medical Practitioner, Dr Donald Duck, did not change his. There are free sites available on the internet to facilitate your name change. There is no need to pay an intermediary (no matter what they may allege) to do it, as 'certified extra copies' are no more legal here than a photocopy of the original.   Not so easy is the new name and gender certification. It is, however, sufficient for your General Medical Practitioner to provide a short letter to accompany the other documentation. Frequently, they have no previous experience of Trans-genger individuals. It is therefore a good idea to show them the format that ' one of your friends' used successfully (here I thank the lovely Beckie for her advice).   PROPOSED GP LETTER:   [Address of Practice]   [Date]   To whom it may concern.   This is to confirm that my patient, previously known as [insert previous name], is currently undergoing genger reassignment; and, as part of this process, has changed their name, by Deed of Change of Name to [insert new name], and requests that their gender marker should be changed to [insert female or male]. This change is intended and expected to be permanent.   Your assistance in facilitating and making the relevant changes to your records; and, in preserving full confidentiality, will be appreciated.   Yours Faithfully,   Dr [insert doctor's name]    P.S.: For me, the really hard part was queuing at the Altrincham Post Office, completing the application form legibly, and keeping strictly and entirely within each box. I wrote (on the back of my hand) to remember to sign in my new chosen name, again completely within the box I await the new document with bated breath and eager anticipation.   
  • UK PASSPORTS: CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER: Firstly, obtain your application form from your local Post Office; and, finally, do take it back when completed for them to check and send. This incurs an extra cost of about six or seven pounds; but, guarantees it is acceptable, ensuring there are no unneccessary delays.   The easy part is a new photograph of yourself, and a copy of your Deed of Change of Name. Under English and Welsh law you can call yourself whatever you want; and, indeed, several names all at the same time. I can never understand why the late Scottish General Medical Practitioner, Dr Donald Duck, did not change his. There are free sites available on the internet to facilitate your name change. There is no need to pay an intermediary (no matter what they may allege) to do it, as 'certified extra copies' are no more legal here than a photocopy of the original.   Not so easy is the new name and gender certification. It is, however, sufficient for your General Medical Practitioner to provide a short letter to accompany the other documentation. Frequently, they have no previous experience of Trans-genger individuals. It is therefore a good idea to show them the format that ' one of your friends' used successfully (here I thank the lovely Beckie for her advice).   PROPOSED GP LETTER:   [Address of Practice]   [Date]   To whom it may concern.   This is to confirm that my patient, previously known as [insert previous name], is currently undergoing genger reassignment; and, as part of this process, has changed their name, by Deed of Change of Name to [insert new name], and requests that their gender marker should be changed to [insert female or male]. This change is intended and expected to be permanent.   Your assistance in facilitating and making the relevant changes to your records; and, in preserving full confidentiality, will be appreciated.   Yours Faithfully,   Dr [insert doctor's name]    P.S.: For me, the really hard part was queuing at the Altrincham Post Office, completing the application form legibly, and keeping strictly and entirely within each box. I wrote (on the back of my hand) to remember to sign in my new chosen name, again completely within the box I await the new document with bated breath and eager anticipation.   
    Feb 18, 2016 754