2012

  Things continue to be very busy into 2012

    My time out is still centered around Tuesdays, but I do get out alot more than once a week. The early part of the year was a little slow and I enjoyed my days out shopping and meeting with friends.

 I continue to work with the Fayetteville FFEAC Inclusion Group. I was elected to the C0-Facillitator position, so i am getting in some leadership work, when the Facillitator can't be there. I have been able to educate some others in Trans issues, but my goal is to, still,educate the Fayetteville City Administration and staff in the issues Transgender people face on a daily basis. Hopfully that learning experience will let them see the need for additional action to gaurantee Transgender rights to public access and accomadations.

  I am still involved with a local collabarative that works with disabilities and violence issues, although they have been pretty quiet since July. I have recently started to dive into a field that i have always wanted to get into. I attended a meeting for the Citizens Congress for Arkansas. This is a political action group that works with the State Legislature on Civil Rights issues.

    One real Downer this year was the move of the organizer for Living Library, at the University. She took a job in Oregon, so this Spring Library seems to be the last one. No one has taken the reins to keep it going.
 For those of you that missed it, the "Human Library"was an event the Ombuds Office, of the University of Arkansas, put on twice a year. The "Library" is a selection of books (people with interesting stories) that can be checked out by readers for a 45 minute session. This is done in a comfortable setting on Campus. I have been participating in this event for several years.

                                

                             Jamie at the Spring Human Library

  The rest of Spring and Summer was filled with Outreach sessions and just being out and enjoying life.  I also attended the PRIDE parade in June again.


                                

    I did get to go to Southern Comfort again. Serenity (former Katrina) joind me again and we had a GREAT time. We stopped for lunch in West Memphis, again,before pressing on to Birmingham, Alabama for the night. We stopped at the local Walmart for some supplies and then on to a resturant for dinner.

SCC itself was another fun time. We helped with the Vendors reception again this year. It was nice to get to know some of the vendors this year.                                                                                                                         

  Thursday was the offical start of the Conference. I visited a couple of seminars and also joined a few Vanity Club Sisters for lunch. The evening started out with a wine tasting. This year it was all Zinfandels. It just happens to be my favorite wine.I did discover a couple that were much to my liking. Following the tasting was the Vanity Club Dinner. This is the primary reason I attend SCC. The VC is an online sorority for Transwomen. We chat and exchange photos and comments online. That is all fine and good, but I feel that face to face conversation is sooo much better. The Dinner gives all of the VC Girls, attending SCC, a chance to sit down and get to know each other better. It is held at an Italian restruant in the Perimimeter Mall. It is a very nice place. We have an upstairs room with a full bar. There were about 30 of us this year so needless to say we had a GREAT time!!

                               

                                 Jamie and the VC President

                            

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   As in last year, we had a reception in one of the Owners Suites. We were able to all sit down and get to know each other a bit better, as well as meet some prospective new members. We had wine and snacks, and a very good time.

  I did pay a visit to the local MAC store and get some good tutoring on making up my eyes. I had a sales girl explain and then demonstrate the art of doing "Smokey eyes. She then had me do it so that I would have the experience, with her watching. I do feel that it has made a big difference in my make-up application.

        Sunday we packed our bags and headed home. We stopped in Little Rock, this time at a Comfort Inn. We chose Chilli's for dinner and then back to the hotel. Monday found us back home.                

   

  I continue to work with the FFEAC Inclusion Group (Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council). I was elected for the Co-Facillitator position, so I am doing more in a leadership role.

  I am also still working with the NWA Center for Equality Transgender Peer Support group. We have managed to keep a good attendance each month. This is a mix of M-F and F-M individuals. Some are Post Transition and other are just getting started.

  
  All in all, 2012 has continued to be a very busy, fun and productive year.

 

These photos from 2012 give some good examples of how things are proceeding.

 

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