Posts in category "Transgender"

Shane Johnson to Lora Johnson: SciFi and Christian author comes out as transgender

Shane Johnson to Lora Johnson: SciFi and Christian author comes out as transgender
By all outward appearances, Shane Johnson had found a life of which many would be jealous. On top of being a husband and father, Johnson was an author in both the SciFi and Christian genres, appeared at SciFi conventions and had been nominated and won awards in the literary world. Johnson had become a recognized... Read more »

The ongoing genocide of the transgender community

The ongoing genocide of the transgender community
Genocide is not exactly a word on the lips of most people these days. In fact, it is a topic often ignored or pushed aside unless someone has a personal interest or connection to the atrocities. But as much as we want to think it doesn’t happen in the modern age, we can no longer... Read more »

Transgender Day of Visibility - One life lived authentically truly does create change

Transgender Day of Visibility - One life lived authentically truly does create change
Since 2009, March 31st, International Transgender Day of Visibility, has been a special day for the transgender community. It has been a day of celebration, empowerment and education. It has been a day to show the world what being transgender really is and what being transgender looks like. In some small way, I have taken... Read more »
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120 Influential Twitter accounts to contact to help support Transgender Day of Visibility

120 Influential Twitter accounts to contact to help support Transgender Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility is less than two weeks away. In an effort to spread the word, a list of over 120 influential Twitter accounts has been compiled for one special purpose. It is our hope to use the social media platform to reach out and garner support for the transgender community. The age... Read more »

Be an Ally on Transgender Day of Visibility

Be an Ally on Transgender Day of Visibility
For the past six years, March 31st has been set aside by the transgender community to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. Until 2009, the only day that was a transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember and mourn those in the trans community who we lost due to hate crimes.... Read more »

The Locker Room; A unique place to find confidence in myself

Let’s face it. Going to the gym can be an exercise in self loathing, diminished self confidence and the over whelming urge to hide every minute role of flesh that plagues our very existence. We come up with millions of excuses, I mean reasons, to avoid the mental and physical torture every day. And before... Read more »
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Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community

Illinois takes steps with new laws to protect transgender community
Regardless of the lack of a budget in Illinois, those elected to represent the people of the State have not been sitting on their hands. With bipartisan majorities, including support from Republican leaders in both the Illinois House and Senate, January 1st, 2016 will bring three new laws to the State that mark a significant... Read more »

Looking for a Happy Ending

So many of us are looking to the future for that storybook ending to our life. The present circumstances that surround us just don’t seem to add up to the happy ending we desire. It was after I had a very deep conversation with my good friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Lea Grover where I... Read more »

The first person I told I was transgender probably isn't who you might think

Growing up knowing you are transgender but not having the courage to say anything was, oh let’s say, like walking on eggshells in a minefield. Let’s add to that the confusion of my own sexual orientation and living in the ultra conservative Western suburbs of Chicago. Through out my life, I have only had 4... Read more »
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Let the court record show my Christian parents love their transgender daughter

A parent’s love for their child is probably one of the strongest bonds we as humans can ever have with another person. If you are a parent, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s a bond that is created long before you ever met your child. It’s a bond that should be unbreakable.... Read more »
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    Meggan Sommerville is a Christian transgender woman with a heart for educating others about the transgender community and her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her career life has taken her on a variety of adventures, from being a veterinary technician in the Western burbs of Chicago to being an EMT/Paramedic, EMS instructor, and a paid on call firefighter for Bolingbrook , Illinois. Since 1998, she has been the frame shop manager for a national craft retailer. You can contact Meggan via email at Transgirlatcross@aol.com or find her on Facebook at Trans Girl at the Cross

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