Friday, February 27, 2015

Genevieve's Gems

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.

~Oscar Wilde, Dramatist (1854-1900)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Flu

I've been under the weather the past several days with a touch of the flu. Fell behind in my posts but will catch up soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


The film 'Soldier's Girl' will be shown at the Sage Center on February 23rd at 6:30 p m. 


NEW YORK, NY 10001

Eight Transgender Women Murdered Already In 2015

There have been at least eight transgender women murdered in America already and it's just February. There has been attacks of transgender women either physically/verbally. The vast majority of them have been women of color. This is getting crazy. Too many of my trans sisters are dying needlessly and senselessly by people who hate them just because of who they are.  

What's hurtful is the friends and family who are affected by this. There have been some resolution to some of the cases. I am hoping that the other cases will be solved. I have trans friends and am concerned about their safety. Fortunately, I haven't had any problems but one has be vigilant. I'm not fearful and will continue to live life. Meanwhile more needs to be done. There  are numerous problems to be dealt with. People like Sally Kern of Oklahoma and anti-TGLB preachers and politicians do nothing but fan the flames of hate. 

Trans people are standing up and stepping up in the face of hate. I haven't been in the situation yet and it would not surprise if at sometime in the future I will have to. I will be ready.

The Ronettes - Do I Love You. Stereo.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Genevieve's Gems

When considering an institution of higher learning, choose the place where you believe that you will get the best education.

~author unknown

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Seed Planted Regarding Gender Variance?

Last night I was reflecting on the time I hung out on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village beginning in 1968. It was the time of the hippie-rock and roll and psychedelic culture. Folk music was still going but not like in the early 60s. I felt really comfortable here (didn't know why) and loved the vibes that I felt. Friday and Saturday nights would really buzzing. I didn't walk on MacDougal; I shuffled along because the street would be so packed.  

As I reflect I do remember a TGLBQ presence. I've always was drawn to people outside the norm so it was to my liking. On further thought, I wonder if the seed was planted about my gender variance. As I've said many times it was never evident to me until about ten years ago. I was a straight arrow so to speak and I viewed myself in this vein. Something always kept me coming here though.  All this happened a year before the famous Stonewall Riots. 

I still go to MacDougal Street. Many of my favorite places are gone. Gentrification has ground its teeth into the once avant-garde enclave, however there are still vestiges of 1968. Could those days have been the spawning of my transgender status that I enjoy today? 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Transgender Flag

I was well acquainted with the rainbow flag and what each color represents. In the transgender flag, he two light blue stripes represent the traditional color for baby boys. the pink stripes represent the traditional color for baby girls. The white stripe in the middle is for those who are intersex, transitioning, or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Genevieve's Gems

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

~Oscar Wilde, Dramatist (1854-1900)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Keep Calm

Transition And Journeys

When I was alone with my thoughts the other day, it dawned on me that I have journeyed many, many miles. My transition reminds me of the sojourner out on the road with his backpack and a walking stick. He doesn't know where he is going but is compelled to continue on. 

I'm not lost or restless-I am a seeker. Always have been. I've never been afraid of the unknown-it's what to do when I get there. Looking at my life, I go to a place, stay awhile, then move on. Have a sense of knowing when my time there is over. What's different about transition that one never knows when the journey will end. In a sense, I find it welcoming. 

I know that I cannot go back because I've crossed the Jordan River. I will be doing some traveling later this year. I will be presenting in venues out of the city and state. It's no telling where the journey will take me but I'm looking forward to it.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Track Meet, Continued

More photos from last Saturday's track meet.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Ramapo College Indoor Select

My wife and I went to a track and field event this past Saturday. I am a huge fan having run during my years in high school and junior college.  This event took place at the New York Armory which is two blocks from my residence. I have many fond memories of this place. Many of the high school stars would later become stars in college. Teams came from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut and Virginia. However on this day Texas A & M-Kingsville would win both the men's and women's divisions. Below are some photos from the meet.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Genevieve's Gems

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

~Dr. Seuss Writer (1904-1991)

Thursday, February 05, 2015

First Time In Church As A Woman

Today, I was reflecting on the first time I wore women's clothing in church. It was a church that I visited from time to time when I wanted to pray and meditate. A week earlier I visited this church dressed as a male. I wanted to dress the way that I believe and know that I am-a transgender woman. 

The following week I wore a light blue flower print maxi skirt, blue pullover and sandals. When I entered the sanctuary it felt right. I felt no guilt or shame. I didn't know at the time but a midday service was going to be held. I stayed for the half hour service.When the time for passing the peace was announced I shook hands with several people. None suspected that I was trans.

This was significant to me because I'm an active church goer and am involved with a couple of activities. A few years later, I came out to the congregation of my church. It has been one of the many defining moments in my life. 

When God saved me forty odd years ago it included everything about me including my being transgender. Those of us who are born again are of all races, sexual orientations, and genders. God is no respecter of persons. We are all welcome at his table.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX Champions

                                                 Congratulations! New England Patriots!

                                     SUPER BOWL XLIX CHAMPIONS!



P.S.-This is coming grudgingly from a long suffering Jets fan.