It’s Pride weekend in Minnesota and the MN T-Girls were there celebrating with about a zillion others. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun meeting people, talking about the group and being part of the community.
The day started early with Mari and I setting up the tent, the table, the Wheel of Fabulosity and decorating our booth. And yes, I did this all in three-inch heels.
It was amazing to see so many resources and allies of the transcommunity.
As the day got started, Liz and Nikki joined us.
Liz and I both wore dresses with a rose pattern and I promise that wasn’t planned and we both looked amazing.
One of my favorite things about Pride is seeing so many people in our community. There were so many people happy to find others like them.
Pride weekend goes all weekend long, unfortunately the MN T-Girls won’t be there on Sunday. We all had an amazing time and we are so grateful to be part of our community. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and to the MN T-Girls for making this happen. See you all next year!
June is Pride month and I am excited to confirm that the MN T-Girls will have a booth (G37, in the Green Zone) at this year’s Pride Festival in Minneapolis the weekend of June 23rd and 24th. Although the festival runs both Saturday and Sunday, please note that we will be there SATURDAY only. Come meet the t-girls and find out how to join our fabulous group. This will be the MN T-Girls second year at Pride. I hope it’s less eventful than the first year we were there when a sudden gust of wind uprooted a tent and smacked me in the face. I still have the scar but thankfully it’s covered easily with foundation.
I would like to start a group similar to the MN T-girls but I am having trouble finding other CD’s that might join the group. Could you share some of the steps you took when starting the MN T-girls? Particularly how did you contact a community of people that is typically in the “closet”.
Congratulations on starting your group! It will be one of the most rewarding and occasionally frustrating things that you’ll ever do. I knew it would be difficult to meet others like me, especially those who were brave and confident and ready enough to go out. Luckily I had a blog and had a lot of people who visited it each day. I blogged about the group and invited t-girls in the area to email me. Being a little web savvy, I knew the most searched term people used to find my blog was “crossdressing in Minnesota”. I knew people were looking for others like me in Minnesota so I started to tag Minnesota on my blog so Google would start directing people to my site. So, setting up a blog that is updated frequently is a good start. Of course, starting a blog is a challenge in it of itself, but WordPress is very user friendly option. You might want to start blogging about LGBTQIA issues in your home state, share your thoughts and experiences and write about resources for our community in your area like I have here. A blog is a great way for people to get to know you so others feel comfortable reaching out to you.
The next thing I did was posting a thread on crossdressers.com. There is a section there titled ‘Places to Go, Places to Meet’. Crossdressers.com is probably the biggest social group for girls like us. T-girls constantly discover my group through this forum. You may also want to visit a local PFLAG meeting and invite members to your group.
Creating, organizing and, maintaining a group like this is a challenge and can be frustrating at times. But it is also very rewarding and fun. It takes a lot of patience and professionalism and dedication. It takes commitment. It is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of my time. However, through the group I’ve been able to do many amazing things and I am constantly looking for new adventures for us.
I will say if you are going to create a group then it really is something you need to commit to. You’ll need to stay in contact with the members, keep them updated about outings and listen to requests. You’ll need to be reliable and consistent. You need to be social and outgoing and friendly and confident. The group really brings me out of my comfort zone in terms of being social, and I really need to be organized and plan ahead. You’ll also need to be able to not take things personally. There have been many events where ten T-Girls say they’ll be there…but two show up. There are times when I get frustrated when not as many girls show up as I expected because the events can take a lot of time to plan. Most outings take a few weeks, or sometimes even months to plan. The last outing was in the works for three months, for example.
I wish you the best of luck! I hope it goes well and thank you for creating a group! Let me know when you group is up and running and I’ll writ a post about it.
Some people think that the Twin Cities are a frozen tundra that is completely uninhabitable. Since yesterday was our first 60 degree day since November, sometimes I agree with them. This has been an unusual spring for us. Last week was supposed to be the MN T-Girls monthly outing, but a very powerful blizzard caused me to cancel our plans. I was disappointed as it sounded like a fun event, but the event itself was cancelled, too. However I’m happy we were able to do something that was just as fun. Yesterday the sun shone, the snow melted, and people were out enjoying the day. I spent the afternoon shopping and getting a makeover by Corrie at Midwest Makeup.
Last year we went to a play at the Phoenix Theater that was put on by the Uprising Theater group. I was excited to see that they were doing a production titled ‘Twisted Death’. The description for the production reads:
Pam and Ryan couldn’t be more different. He is a young transgender man and she is an older conservative woman but when they are both diagnosed with cancer their lives intersect in ways that neither of them could have ever imagined.
This world premiere of a new work explores questions of identity, relationships, our health care system, and who has control over your body and life.
It sounds rather dark and serious and it does take on some pretty heavy themes however there are some genuine moments of brevity and tenderness. It was a wonderful evening.
It was just a trio since the event was planned at kind of the last minute but I was glad to see another play en femme.
According to the documentary’s website, The Queens takes viewers out of the politics and onto the stage with an exclusive look inside the first beauty pageant to ever allow transgender female impersonators to participate. Born out of discrimination, the Miss Continental Pageant is now one of the longest running and most prestigious contests of its kind in the United States, attracting competitors from around the globe.
The Queens humanizes and demystifies this group of often-misunderstood individuals; they’re fiercely determined, strikingly imaginative and possess jaw-dropping talent. The Queens will have you cheering for the creative spirit that lives within us all!
In attendance was director Mark Saxenmeyer and Tiffany T. Hunter, one of the featured girls in the movie.
After the showing Mark and Tiffany took questions from the audience and Tiffany performed for the crowd.
It was a very fun night and it’s always interesting to see a part of the transgender spectrum that I am not too familiar with. Thank you to Mark, Tiffany, Lush and to the MN T-Girls for coming! Unfortunately it was too dark to take photos of the group, but rest assured we all looked fabulous. Oh, and thank you to Corrie of Midwest Makeup Supply for the amazing makeover before the night started.
Yesterday was the monthly MN T-Girls adventure and it was an unforgettable afternoon!
The girls visited Midwest Makeup Supply in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis for a day of beauty, makeup lessons and shopping. Midwest Makeup Supply is owned and ran by Corrie, a rockstar in the Twin Cities makeup world. She does everything from bridal to special effect makeup to drag makeovers. She also does complete gender transformations and will soon have a new photography studio in the Saint Paul area.
This was our second visit as a group to Midwest Makeup Supply and it was just as incredible as the first. Corrie started the afternoon with three different makeup demonstrations showing us everything from color correcting/beard cover, highlighting, and contouring.
Corrie then moved onto teaching us how to have fuller lips using liner and lipstick and some tricks for our eyebrows. I learned so much about everything from finishing sprays, foundation to primer to bronzer.
After the demonstrations were over, it was time to shop! Corrie and Nico helped us all pick out the right foundations, powders, eye shadow, makeup brushes and everything else.
After we all maxed out our credit cards we went across the street for dinner at ‘It’s Greek to Me’. In addition to amazing food we were also treated to incredible hospitality and were made to feel very welcome.
Huge thanks for Corrie and Nico and to all the t-girls who came to the event. I can’t wait to play with my new makeup!
It was a very, very cold evening last night, but that didn’t stop the MN T-Girls from our monthly adventure!
I had spent the afternoon doing some shopping and meeting a friend for coffee, and by the time I met up with the other t-girls temperatures were a few degrees below zero. Did sub-zero temperatures and icy sidewalks stop me from wearing a dress with a hemline above the knee and four inch stilettos?
I think you know the answer to that.
For our first outing of 2018, we met at The Townhouse, Saint Paul’s oldest GLBTQA nightclub. There were about two dozen of us who braved weather that was actively trying to kill us. We had some drinks, some food, chatted about the holidays, met new friends and a lot of girl talk. It was a nice way to start the year. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good photos of the girls but everyone looked fabulous and was dressed a lot more practical than I was.
As the MN T-Girls enters our fifth year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how far the group has progressed and what the future holds for us. I am constantly thinking about what we’ll do next, whether it’s shopping and makeup lessons or events built around activism. I try to balance our events that appeal to all members of the group, whether it’s an event at The Townhouse, which tends to be one of the first places a t-girl goes when we leave the house for the first time to something bigger and more public to appeal to those of us who have been out in the real world for years and are comfortable anywhere.
Most of the events for 2018 are already planned out and they range from attending Pride events around the state to makeup demonstrations to photo shoots to holiday parties, but I am always thinking about what we can do.
It is a lot of work planning and coordinating these events and I tell the girls I will always continue to do so as long as the girls show up.