Thursday, July 27, 2006

Trans-gender trend?

Speaking of sexuality...

Well, we weren't exactly speaking of it, like just this second speaking of it, but it's always on my mind.

I went to a couple of panels at TriNoc this weekend and I counted three trans-gender people there within the three hours I was there. On the panels, I mean - I wasn't counting in the audience.

Now, I'm from Berkeley, where even when you sign up for volunteer work you have to volunteer more specifics about your particular sexuality than most people even know about themselves over the course of a lifetime. In Berkeley meeting three persons of transgender in the same day would barely merit one raised eyebrow hair, but - in Raleigh? North Carolina? Three? In the same room? You could have knocked me over with a feather. (Part of that was the usual Con hotel-captivity-weak-with-hunger vortex, but still).

Is there something going on that I don't know about?

Or is it just the underground comic world?

Or is Raleigh a whole lot more progressive than I had any clue about?

Enquiring minds want to know.


elainesbrain said...

This is very odd, Alex. I saw Trans-America a week or so ago and have been TOTALLY remiss in not emailing you that you HAD to see it!

JD Rhoades said...

Well, GLBT folk (I hope I have the acronym right) tend to gravitate towards the Triangle area because what tolerance there is to be found here in NC is found there.

OTOH, I remember my mom's hairdresser, Jerry, who went to Switzerland for a while and came back as "Miss Jeri" and nobody in my little town said a mumblin' word. And this was in the 70's mind you.

Of course, the sumbitch could flat cut some hair, so none of the women wanted to drive him/her off.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

That is a GREAT story about Miss Jeri - thanks for that, Rev! I think in a very weird way small towns are sometimes the most tolerant of all because everyone's a crucial part of the organism.

Plus, you know, the hair thing.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Miss E, I've been meaning to check that one out for about a year! Thanks for reminding me.


Greg H. said...

Very true about the area Alex. My wife and I have had the same conversation several times since opening our bookstore.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

That's really interesting, Greg. I guess I was startled because I haven't yet seen even much of a gay scene in Raleigh - except for the night I went to see BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN at the Rialto. Now THAT felt like any old night in Silverlake!! Ahh, home....

And then, of course, any given day in my jazz classes. Dance always draws the polymorphously perverse... even if they're too young to know it, yet! ;)