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Sentient, I like the new group avatar. :)
Here's an uplifting and inspirational story:
Two Men Marry in First Gay Traditional African Ceremony
Two gay South African men recently got married in what is believed to be one of the first gay marriages under the Zulu and Tswana traditions.
The ceremony for Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol, both 27, took place on April 7 in the town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal, in front of 200 guests.
"We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about. Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build family through a happy and loving marriage," he said.
I really wonder what the Supreme court will do. I can't say I'm super hopeful. Then again, that is a protective mechanism on my part, against disappointment.
As marriage equality plows forcibly forward here in the U.S., I think I'm even more amazed at how quickly it is advancing in other countries all around the world. It's quite gratifying to see such steady progress internationally as well.
Update on marriage equality.
It amazes me we have come this far in one lifetime. I never thought it possible. Now, of course, I'm frustrated that people in some states and countries are so vile. But the progress so far has added some sweetness to the bitterness that so often accompanies being LGBT.
Wow, how cool is that, to see yourself in that story?! You have obviously affected an untold number of people in a positive way. My hat's off to you!
That was a very interesting presentation, I even got a surprise to see myself in it as I was in the clip where Lisa Lyng visited St Louis to interview us on the OWN programme. The world is beginning to come around but there are still a lot of ignorant people who shout "It's against Gods plan" and I am sure we both are of the same opinion about that BS. I shout back that Jesus was gay and he hung around with 12 blokes. The best part is that a lot of parents are helping rather than throwing their kids out. I was not thrown out but I had a poor family life with a father who complained "oh well we got stuck with a homo. and he had no intrest if I lived or not. Mother was under his thumb.
Chrissie, thanks for sharing your story. It is, indeed, interesting. Our ancient historical origins that pervade Middle-Eastern societies must have been a fascinating background in which to live.
I'm happy to hear you presently say, "Life is good." I know gender transitions are not easy. You're very lucky to have had an understanding wife all those years.
Coincidentally, last night on our local PBS television news/arts program, Chicago Tonight, they aired a wonderful segment on a new Children's gender clinic here in Chicago. It's part of the Lurie Children's Hospital (the recent new name of the former Children's Memorial Hospital.)
Here's the link for all to see:
Chicago Tonight: Children's Gender Clinic Video
I'm glad to see young children getting the proper support that they need.
As I think most kow I am a MTF transsexual and spent my first 76 years as a male. I went to Oman in 72 shortly after Qaboos overthrew his father and opened up a country that had been closed to outsiders for centurys. I got to see how the old men who wrote the Bible really were because that was the state of the country when I arrived. There was a total of 37 K of roads in the whole country and I travelled to villages who had never seen a white man or a car (Land Rover)
I had been recruited for the tiny Sultan of Omans Air Force working through Airwork Services Ltd. of Bournmouth UK and wound up as CEO. During the 5 years I was with the Air Force it grew from 3 Vickers Viscounts and a handfull of Jet Provost trainers converted to fighters. The country was at war with Chineese and Russian trained forces operating in Yemen. At the time I moved on we had grown to 3 BAC 1=11 transports and the air force had aircraft in the 100s including the British/French Jaguar fighters and the largest fleet of Skyvans in the world 16, When I arrived most Officers in the three armed forces were European or Aussies and all told about 40 in total. A number were seconded from the British Armed Forces but I was contract. After the war was over I left and did a short trip to Nigeria but it did not last. The Nigerian Army Sucks, what can I say.
I went back to Oman and took over a large Engineering Co. owned by HH Sayid Thuwainy Bin Shihab. the Sultans uncle, #2 and Gov. of the Capital Muscat. My Wife and I left Oman in 87 and sold our home in UK and came to US to be near our daughter.
I lost My Wife in 03 to Cancer after 45 years. Then after loosing the only person who knew of my strong doll collecting female interior I was lost. In early 08 I gave in and started my transition and thanks to Marci Bowers I completed it in Sept. 09.
Life is good, I have given up all the "Boy Toys" the Bentley, the 46 Ercoupe and hanger and am now a very contented 79 YO Lesbian Female with a large doll collection and driving a Jetta.
So that's me, most say "how exciting" but it was a way of getting by in a life that never fit. I have to admit that I was very lucky to be able to hide the true self and make a decent living income which most like me are unable to do. I would have never been able to do it without my Linda. At home we were just a pair of girlfriends and it worked. Now it's just me and my little dog.
Chrissie, if you don't mind me asking, can you tell us a little about your time in Oman? What brought you there and what type of work did you do? I see you have a background as an aeronautical engineer. You sound like a very interesting lady. :)
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