Just a real quick note here because something kinda interesting happened yesterday, and I’ve decided to not talk about transition related things on a public forum like Twitter.
Yesterday my folks called. Part of the conversation turned to public transportation options that I have here in Alameda. (BART doesn’t go here.)
I mentioned that while I normally take the ferry, there are times when I take BART to get downtown. When I go to get to BART, I drive to the BART station, rather than take one of the buses. (There’s lot of options if I wanted to travel by bus!) My folks thought this was interesting and were asking a lot of questions about why I’d drive just a few miles to a BART station, rather than take the bus.
After dodging their questions for a few attempts I finally gave in and said, “the problem isn’t a logistical problem, it’s a social one. As a transgender female living openly, there are some things I just don’t want to do. Sitting at a bus stop in Oakland alone for 20-30 minutes is one of those things.”
They got really quiet for what seemed like forever, but I’m sure it was just a few seconds. Finally Dad said “Okay, that makes sense.”
Welcome to my world, Mom and Dad