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Your experiences of Pride Marches – Research project

A student at St. Andrew’s University is currently conducting a research project exploring LGBT+ people and allies’ experiences of being involved in Pride parades.

For the project, she is conducting interviews via Skype and hopes to speak to as many people as she can from all across the UK, to make this study as representative as possible.

Unfortunately, she has not yet been able to interview many Trans people and so is concerned that their points of view may go unrepresented.

I’ve told her that I’ll be happy to participate, and if you would like to help out too then the details are in this poster along with her email address.

Any support would be greatly appreciated!

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The Dorothy Relief Appeal

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(Promoting an appeal organised by Pink Saltire in Scotland, UK)

Ever heard that old queer phrase “a friend of Dorothy“?    Well listen, we saw a theme for a fundraiser and ran with it! ‍

Pick up your little basket, grab Toto and read on……

Do you want to support folk in need during this pandemic? We do.

Have you waited 5 weeks for ‘someone else’ to organise it?  Us too. Well kind of.

Pink Saltire, the Scottish LGBT community charity, are appealing for funds to support the ongoing relief effort helping those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic or at risk of isolation.  There’s already relief efforts happening in Edinburgh, Dumfries & Galloway and Fife.  We know there is demand in other areas, especially for LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees, but we can’t hope to meet that demand without extra help.

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Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) – Helping Hand Register

Fife Voluntary Action and Fife Council have created the Helping Hand Register to help co-ordinate anyone offering support to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

People can register to volunteer or make services aware of those needing assistance.

Find out more here.

In a state of shock. Good shock!

Those of you who know me well will be aware that I have struggled financially for many years, my only personal income being some meagre pensions which I had to draw out many years too early in order to survive after my accident almost 13 years ago.

That is about to change.

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Desperate for the knife, but not where you’d think

Well here’s a blog post I didn’t expect to be writing during this lifetime.

I went for a coffee with some friends yesterday evening, and during the conversation I showed them the problems I have with my feet. These are numerous, (the problems, not my feet), but the main non-medical issue is the size of them.

In order to be able to get ANY footwear on I need to buy a UK size 13, (EU 47, US 14, CM 31.5) and, because of the high instep and circulatory problems I have, a wide fitting is also needed.

This makes buying Men’s shoes really difficult, and women’s shoes virtually impossible, something which really jerks up the dysphoria rating.

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So many …

So many people at Fife Pride 2018 having a great time.

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So many excuses to have fun.

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So many times I wanted to have a chance to sit down!!

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So many times I forgot to take pictures.

So many old friends met.

So many new friends made.

So many times I wished Jenny could do my makeup every day.

So many times people said I looked fantastic/beautiful/pretty.

So many times other people looked fantastic/beautiful/pretty.

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So many of the acts I’d have liked to have a chance to see.

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So many kind and generous people stopping by the stall and donating.

So many times I looked at my nails and fell even more in love with them.

So many times I wished I could be like this every day.

So many times I admired/envied the clothes other women were wearing.

So many times my feet said “Get off us!”.

So many times I ignored my feet.

So many times I wished it would rain Blue Lagoon.

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So many times I wished every day could be like this. 😀

Fife Pride preparation

I almost can’t believe that Fife Pride has finally arrived again but tomorrow is the day, and it’s going to be a scorcher!!

I’ll be getting my make-up done by Jenny again in the morning, and I did something a bit special today too …

Yep, I got my nails painted professionally for the first time ever!! … Trans Flag on my fingernails, with added glitter. 😀

Wifey wasn’t too pleased. LMAO

And those are my own nails too. 😛

Hey, check out those boobs too, and they’re all mine with no bra! 😀

Partay, partay, partay!!!!!!

 

Tonight’s the night, and it feels like the Oscars

Here we are at last.

Tonight is the Awards Ceremony for the Fife Voluntary Action Volunteering and Voluntary Sector 2018 Awards in which the group I help run, Transgender Fife, is shortlisted in the Equality and Diversity section.

We were amazed to have been shortlisted so we’re certainly not expecting to win, and we know that the other candidates will all be very worthy of the award. We wish them all well.

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