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IMG_0694I am having a hard time believing that Christmas Eve is two weeks away.  The holiday season can be stressful and busy, which makes the annual MN T-Girls holiday party all the more fun!

Last night about fifteen of us gathered for drinks, food, holiday music, girl talk and fun.  It was a time to take a break from the busy holiday season, show off our new sparkly Christmas and look back on 2017.  In addition to using the night as an excuse to be fabulous, we also sponsored a family who has had a really hard year.  Because of the generosity of the group, we were able to give a family a hopefully brighter holiday by donating money and gift cards.  Seeing the T-Girls open their hearts and purses to this family who has been struck by tragedy made my heart soar.  Thank you to everyone who helped.

I had such a fun time and I spent a bit of the evening reflecting on all the amazing things we did this year as a group.  I made a lot of new friends and had a lot of new adventures.  We talked about what we want to do next year and I am excited and recharged for our next events.  Organizing and planning a group like this is exhausting but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  Thank you to every MN T-Girl out there for making the group as successful as it is.

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I can’t wait for 2018!

Love, Hannah

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Four More Years!`

31This month marks the four year anniversary of the MN T-Girls!

I remember the very first MN T-Girl meeting at Cafe Southside in Minneapolis.  I arrived a little early and wondered if anyone would show up.  But a few people did, and now, 4 years and a whole lot of eyeliner later, the group is still going strong with close to 200 members.  When I started the group, I had a goal of helping other t-girls find the courage to go out, have fun, make friends and experience life outside of their living room.  I also wanted to help us become visible to the rest of the world.  To show people that we are real and are more than how we are portrayed in movies.

I’d like to think that these goals are being accomplished.  At almost every monthly event, there is usually at least one t-girl out for the first time.  Almost all events are out in public, whether at the mall, in a restaurant or museum.  I am also seeing increased tolerance, acceptance and love from the real world.  Whether it is the group being invited for a private shopping event, a play or simply someone telling me that they love my dress.

IMG_0571I like looking back at how things have evolved, and I also like to celebrate!  Yesterday was the monthly MN T-Girls outing and it was truly special.  Yesterday’s event was actually comprised of three separate moments.  The first was an amazing combination of our history and of our future.  The University of Minnesota recently unveiled an exhibit documenting the history of the transgender and non-gender conforming community with a special emphasis on Minnesota’s role and community.  The exhibit, titled ‘In Their Own Words’: The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project  is an amazing collection of literature, newspaper articles, photographs and interviews.  I was excited to see the exhibit and thought it’d be interesting and important for the MN T-Girls to visit.  I think history is so important.  I have the freedom to walk through Target in heels but I can’t forget those activists who fought for this freedom.

Typically, the museum is not open on the weekends, but thanks to the U of M’s kindness, they opened for our group for a special weekend showing.  I cannot thank the U of M enough for their flexibility.  What made the visit extra-extra-extra special was our tour guide was Andrea Jenkins, the curator of the exhibit and the first out transgender person of color elected to public office in the United States!  Jenkins will represent Ward 8 on the Minneapolis City Council next year.

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I learned a lot about our history, such as when the term ‘transgender’ was first used, how different ethnic groups have had multiple genders for a very long time, and how the U of M was the second university in the United States to perform a gender reaffirmation surgery.  It was an amazing exhibit and I am still stunned by the courage of those who came before us.

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Again, special thanks to Ms. Jenkins and the U of M!

We had dinner reservations but there was a little time to kill before then.  A small group of us went to Midwest Makeup Supply in Minneapolis to do a little shopping.  The MN T-Girls had a private makeup event there earlier in the year and it’s always fun to visit.

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After the exhibit and shopping it was time to eat!  We had a wonderful meal at PUBLIC kitchen + bar in Saint Paul.  We had dined there two years ago and like last time, we had delicious food and wonderful service.  I can’t wait to go back!

It was a fun day and I cannot thank Andrea, the U of M, Public and Midwest Makeup enough for helping make the day special.  I also want to thank every member of the MN T-Girls for helping the group grow and making the group what it is.

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Onto the next four years!

Love, Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lights and Cameras for the MN T-Girls!

Today was the monthly MN T-Girls outing and we had an amazing time as we held our annual photo shoot.   This was the third year that we were treated to such an incredible day thanks to Shannonlee of Fotodia Studios.   I have been working with Shannonlee for a few years now and she is always just wonderful to work with.

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There were a total of six of us getting our portraits taken.  We had a lot of wardrobe changes and the day was filled with the sound of high heels clicking on hardwood floors.

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It was a day none of us will forget anytime soon.  Thanks to Shannonlee for such a perfect day.

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Love, Hannah

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

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