The Minnesota Transgender Alliance

I had the honor of speaking at last night’s meeting of the Minnesota Transgender Alliance in Minneapolis, whose mission is to provide resources and support to all members of the transgender community.  I talked about creating and organizing the MN T-Girls, my experiences as a transgender girl in the Twin Cities, the responsibility of being a positive representative of the transgender community, and the importance of being honest with ourselves about who we are.

I met some amazing people and I was grateful for the experience.  I look forward to partnering with the MNTA more in the future.

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Love, Hannah

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Saint Cloud Pride!

The MN T-Girls will be taking a road trip this month to Saint Cloud’s Pride weekend!

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There are events all throughout the weekend, from theater shows on Friday, Saturday’s Pride in the Park and drag show, to a Sunday brunch.  The T-Girls and I will be at Pride in the Park.  I hope to start attending more of Minnesota’s pride festivals and I am excited for this!

If you plan on going, drop me an email!  I’d love to meet you!

Love, Hannah

 

A Day at the Museum

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Today the MN T-Girls had our monthly outing.  It was a dreary, rainy Saturday and we spent the day at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts looking at beautiful artwork.

We’ve been to this museum before and we’ve always had a wonderful time.  If you haven’t been, or planning on visiting Minneapolis, I highly recommend making a trip here.

It’s easy to lose yourself in such a massive building and before we knew it, two hours had passed.

It was time for an early dinner and we had a wonderful meal at The Lowry in Uptown.  We have been to many restaurants in the last few years but this was one of my favorites.
It was a wonderful way to spend a rainy day.  Thanks to everyone who came and I look forward to our next adventure!

Love, Hannah

Long Tall T-Girls

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We have all experienced challenges with shopping at one point in our lives.  Whether it was selecting accessories that best complimented a dress, putting an outfit together, determining our correct size(s) or simply working up the courage to set a foot (high-heeled or otherwise) into a store.

I cannot tell you how much money I’ve spent over the course of my life in purchasing the wrong size of something.  Working up the courage to talk to a salesperson in a store has changed my life, not only in expanding my wardrobe but also in overall change in my confidence.  In my experience salesclerks have been extraordinary helpful and have gone out of their way to help.

However, I have to say I have never had an experience like the shopping experience I had yesterday.  Last night the MN T-Girls had our monthly outing and we were treated to a private shopping event by the wonderful staff at Long Tall Sally in the Mall of America.  Long Tall Sally is a clothing boutique that carries clothes designed for women 5’8” and taller (up to size 20) and sells shoes that range from 10 – 15.  Basically, it’s a haven for girls like myself.

Shopping can be an intimidating event as we’ve all needed to work up our courage to simply start building a wardrobe but also in navigating a new world of sizing.  However Wanda, Cindy and Kiersten couldn’t have been more amazing.  The event started after the store closed to regular shoppers and for the next two hours they helped us find clothes, put outfits together and helping a few of us buy their very first pair of heels.

The event was a success on so many levels  There were about 15 of us and we all had an amazing time shopping, talking, trying on clothes and meeting new friends.  I fell in love with two dresses, one of which is perfect for Saturday night, the other perfect for Sunday morning.  I will let you decide which is which.

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I really want to thank the members of the MN T-Girls who come to shop and have fun, and I really want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Long Tall Sally and their incredible staff.  It was such an amazing night and the staff provided incomparable service and an unforgettable experience.

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Love, Hannah

MN Tea-Girls!

1Last night was the monthly outing for the MN T-Girls and like each month, it was filled with girl talk, making new friends and support.  We’ve had a busy 2017 so far with going out to dinner, shopping, makeup demonstrations and other exciting events so I thought it was a good time to have a quiet evening at Blue Moon Coffee Cafe in Minneapolis.  The weather was rainy and gloomy which helped add to the perfect conditions for spending time drinking tea and coffee with friends.

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Thank you to everyone who came, whether in boy-mode or just-had-a-makeover-mode, t-girl or supportive family members.

Love, Hannah

 

 

Dining with the MN T-Girls

4Last night was the monthly outing for the MN T-Girls and we had such a wonderful time.  Dining en femme was a dream of mine for so long and no matter how many times I dine out, it’s always an incredible experience.  I understand how nerve-wracking it can be, but I have never had a bad experience whether dining alone or with the T-Girls.

We dined at Kincaid’s in Saint Paul, a really beautiful restaurant with terrific service and food.  There were a total of nine of us and there were a few girls who were out with the T-Girls for the first time so it’s lovely to meet new friends.

Some of us knew each other from previous outings, but for the most part everyone got to know each other for the first time yesterday.  It really is amazing how so many of us have the same experiences and feelings and we are all connected through who we are.  Within minutes we were all chatting as if we were lifelong friends about everything from makeup to family to books.

It has been a busy month for me so I was really looking for ward to getting ready and dolled up and having really yummy food.  I had a chance to wear a new dress I bought back in January on another T-Girl outing and I loved how it looked.

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Thank you to Kincaid’s for impeccable hospitality, for delicious food, for always directing us to the ladies’ room and for making us feel welcome.  Thank you to everyone who came last night, see you soon!

Love, Hannah

 

 

A Night at the Theatre!

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’.

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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!

Love, Hannah