As I’ve been working through the numerous tasks that I have lined up at the moment I’ve been putting together a section in the Transgender Awareness Training relating to definitions of the various sub-categories which fall under the Transgender Umbrella.
In order to present the concept on the PowerPoint slides I decided to use the various Pride flags as a starting point for each definition, and this highlighted a problem. I couldn’t find a flag to represent the cross-dressing community.
Now whilst cross-dressing is not synonymous with being transgender per-se, the support group I help to run welcomes cross-dressing individuals to our ranks as we feel they are a valid subsection of our community and face many of the same problems and issues as the rest of the transgender people we aim to support. Just try going shopping with one and you’ll find out what I mean.
Once again my planned blogging schedule is overtaken by events happening around me.
Someone Danny and I met quite by chance in Second Life last year (cis-female) has become a very close friend of ours and has been very supportive of both of us, especially with regard to our individual positions pertaining to gender.
She also happens to be a very talented miniaturist, web designer, graphic designer, etc. and having seen her at work in “artistic mode” I can vouch for her attention to detail and dogged determination to get things “just right” … “Almost right” is never enough for her as she is constantly checking visual angles, scale and textures.
Her work is in private collections and museums and has been featured in numerous magazines and the New York Times. She’s a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA), Artisans in Miniature (AIM), and the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME). Continue reading →