Next Friday (the 13th), I will make my second visit en femme to my alma mater where I will participate in the annual True Colors Conference.
"True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed." Their annual conference brings together GLBT youth and their adult supporters and/or facilitators (parents, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, etc.).
On Friday, I will be staffing my support group's table at the conference.
After lunch on Friday, I will also be presenting a workshop. Here is the description of my workshop from the conference program:
Femulate: The Art Of Becoming Womanly
To “femulate” is to emulate a female. This workshop will assist male-to-female crossdressers to learn the art of becoming womanly and ultimately, to femulate successfully. (Successful femulation is the ability to emulate a female so well that the femulator is accepted, that is, she “passes” in society as a female.) Staci Lana Hunter BA, JD is a male-to-female crossdresser, who began crossdressing at age 12. In her late teens, she took baby steps out of the closet on Halloween. Over the years, she got further out of the closet by honing the skills necessary to allow her to pass as a woman in society (without hormones or surgery). Today, besides shopping and dining out en femme, Ms. Hunter speaks at colleges and universities evangelizing the normality of crossdressing.
This is a different kind of outreach than the kind I do at colleges and universities.
My higher education audience consists of students who are taking a course in which transgender is part of their studies. Usually, they are not trans themselves.
At the True Colors Conference, my outreach audience consists of people who are actually trans or are working with trans. As you can imagine, they have different concerns and questions than the students who are studying the topic as part of a course curriculum.
I look forward to the conference because it makes for a very interesting and rewarding day. As usual, I will have a full report here after the fact.
(That's me in the photo staffing our booth at the conference two years ago.)