So, as fun as dressing up as Joanne was, it came with some very serious realizations. I now have way more respect for anyone who is transgender and is brave enough to walk around as themselves.

Having the reactions I did dressed up in my costume ON HALLOWEEN was completely unnecessary. For example, walking up to different groups of people and having them back away from me; having girls laugh at me in the bathroom; having people tell me to leave them alone. I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like to be viewed as someone “different” in this world.

The fact that I felt the need to constantly tell people “RELAX I’M A GIRL” is so depressing. My two friends who were with me witnessed everything.
I’m a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white woman; what our society essentially still views as “ideal beauty”. I was in my workplace and I knew Security would have my back if anything ever happened. But there are a lot of people who were not born in the body they identify with and now I completely understand why they don’t go to “straight” clubs.

Let’s all be more mindful of how we react to people who we perceive as different than ourselves. I understand that people may react differently to things they are uncomfortable with, but all the looks and stares really made me feel lonely last night. But it’s not about me; this happens to people ALL THE TIME.

  • Christina Cole

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