By Nora Simone
When I feel most pretty in public, I also feel most afraid.
I don’t practice my art for other people. Yet, other people influence the way I feel.
Many (most) are not very polite when asking….
“Why do you dress like that?”
On the surface this question seems to provide an opportunity for useful dialogue.
Perhaps they have genuine curiosity.
Yet, hostility is evident by the questioner’s eyes.
“Here we go again.” I sigh.
Hey……Transgender people are not new. We have always been here.
Isn’t it time for the world to acknowledge and accept differences that individuals do not control. It is NOT a choice.
Sheeesh – I need a better response.
What would you say?
Couple notes on this photo:
1) A hooded cape is very useful for concealing details of appearance (figure, gait, etc.) – yet its uniqueness draws immediate attention.
2) When out with friends, I’m much less fearful. You see, it is highly unlikely a stranger will defend me from public hostility. it has never happened. In fact, my experience is that a taunting mob might form. Sad. However in this situation, I was with Cristy Garcia, and for sure know – no one would dare cross us. Or else!
Photo taken at the Hershey Butterfly Museum and Garden in PA, by Diane Crow.