From the Minneapolis Star Tribune
The city of Minneapolis will add “all-gender” restrooms to its buildings in a nod of support for the transgender community.
The $17,000 project will change signs and make security upgrades, such as new locks, at 62 gender-neutral restrooms at 44 city facilities, including department offices, fire and police stations, Public Works facilities and city-owned parking ramps over the next few weeks. The bathrooms will be available for anyone to use, and separate men’s and women’s restrooms will continue to exist.
“We see this as part of providing better service overall to members of the public as well as to our own city staff,” said Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who pushed for the establishment of the city’s new Transgender Equity Council. “We want to make sure people are comfortable going into restrooms.”
The monthly MN T-Girls outing was yesterday and you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. It was a reminder why we are the MN T-Girls, and not, I don’t know, the FL T-Girls. Days like yesterday are why I live here.
A few months ago, we were invited to attend a play put on by the Uprising Theatre Company for a production of ‘Sex in the Dark’, a play focusing on intimacy after transition, but unfortunately the timing did not work out. Having always wanted to attend a play en femme, I was excited that we were able to attend a performance of their current production ‘Prometheus Bound’.
It was a small group, just myself and two others but the three of us were treated to amazing performances, particularly by Shahd Elkhier. The crew was wonderful and friendly. I was really impressed with not only the play itself, but also by the social awareness of Uprising. I really encourage you to see the causes they champion for.
Thank you to Uprising for the invitation, for the causes you support and for a wonderful evening!
Last month the MN T-Girls visited Midwest Makeup in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Owned by the fabulous Corrie, she not only runs an amazing store, she also does male to female transformations as part of her Femme Makeovers service.
I was fortunate to get a makeover by her when I visited her store and wanted to share my experience. I’ve had a lot of makeovers over the last few years but I have to say I was blown away by Corrie and her techniques. I’ve been using color correcting to cover up my beard line, but the foundation and concealing technique she used was amazing.
What I loved about the makeover was watching her work. Most of the makeovers I’ve had I faced the artist and didn’t see my face until my makeover was completed, but with Corrie I was in front of a mirror the entire time and was able to see her work. I was able to see my face transform into someone beautiful and it was amazing.
Corrie is set up to do makeovers not only in her store but also in a private room should you so wish. Corrie understands that many of us have a need for privacy and she is more than able to accommodate.
After the makeover, I did some shopping and purchased the concealer and eyeliner she used for my makeover. I also picked up some custom made lip gloss for my wife.
I had an amazing afternoon and I cannot recommend Corrie and her store enough. I know you’ll have an amazing time.
Last night I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Corrie, a superstar in the Twin Cities trans community. I’ve been hearing about Corrie and her business Midwest Makeup for a few years now and I am kicking myself for not meeting her sooner. Midwest Makeup not only sells amazing makeup I’ve never heard of before (they custom make lipstick!), but she is absolutely the most talented makeup artist I’ve ever met.
Corrie also specializes in male to female transformation services and has a website called Femme Makeovers where she does makeovers and gives lessons for those who are looking for an absolutely incredible life and gender changing experience.
Corrie was the host of the MN T-Girls March event last night where she kindly invited our group to her shop for an after hours event where she demonstrated different techniques such as beard covering, contouring, eyelash application and many other skills.
I’ve been using a color correcting technique for beard cover for a few years now and it works rather well, but I was amazed at a product she demonstrated called Camouflage Creme by Kryolan. I highly recommend it for those of us who have trouble covering facial hair.
After the demonstrations were over, Corrie and her associates Hexa and Ben helped the girls shop for makeup and provide one on one tutorials. I love watching amazingly talented makeup artists work their magic.
It was a wonderful, beautiful evening. Every time I talk to a makeup artist I realize how much more there is to learn and how many possibilities makeup has.
Thank you Corrie, Hexa and Ben for a truly magical evening.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Group will advise the City Council and Park Board on issues such as disparities, employment and access.
Minneapolis city leaders created an official group Friday to advise the City Council and Park Board on matters related to the transgender community.
The new Transgender Equity Council is part of an ongoing city effort to identify disparities and work more closely with community members. The city launched an annual Trans Equity Summit in 2014 and formed a transgender issues work group that same year.
The council established Friday will continue that work but be subject to the city’s open appointment process and open meeting laws, said Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who sponsored the measure.
Yesterday the MN T-Girls had our monthly outing. Every few months we get together at the Townhouse, Saint Paul’s oldest LGBTQ nightclub. When a t-girl is ready to go out, the Townhouse is usually one of the first place we go…it certainly was one of mine!
It was a small group, just six of us and we had a nice evening enjoying some drinks and girl talk, chatting about everything from makeup to shoes to family.
As I looked around the table I reflected about although it was small group at the moment, I was amazed at how many of us are out there and how alike we are.
We all go through the same experiences, whether family members not quite understanding or accepting us, or the challenges with finding heels or the thrill of an amazing makeover. We are lucky to find others like us. I know many of us have felt like we are the only ones in the world who do what we do, but we’re not. You are not alone, and never have been. We all know how we feel, we all know how each other feels,
It was wonderful catching up with some old and fabulous friends.