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Carolyn Marie

Sarah McBride to Run for State Senator

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Great to hear some positive news!  We've heard way too much about murders and attacks of transwomen...

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Yay!! I hope there are plenty of Good people in Delaware that will help her win!

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    • ShawnaLeigh
      Isn't that the truth.
    • Miss Bunny
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    • Jackie C.
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    • Jackie C.
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    • ShawnaLeigh
      I'm in voice therapy now but only two appointments deep and unfortunately they are spread out to just one per month.  I am struggling with it as I have a physical issue going on with me that effects my voice box.  I don't see it as a real issue at first as it puts me in a gender neutral voice pitch but apparently I have to get back to my original male voice before I can try to learn to manipulate my female voice.  (Sigh) However like the other ladies pointed out if you can nail the "way" females talk and gesture while they talk that is half the battle.  There are tons of apps on your phone that can help teach you this to a point but the best teacher is listening like Vicky said and mimic what you hear and learn from others.  
    • Jackie C.
      Yes, that's key. You can slow down to help others adjust, but never, ever stop striving for what you need. You're important too. I'm sure the two of you can work something out.   You're absolutely right, there is no "perfect time." If you wait for the perfect moment, you'll never get anywhere. There are no... well very few... perfect moments. You can't count on them and usually only realize they were there after they're gone.   Hugs!
    • ShawnaLeigh
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    • Jackie C.
      Hey Trisha!   Welcome to TransPulse! It's lovely to meet you.   Your story is pretty common here with some variations. We're all pretty familiar... well, all the MtF gals here are pretty familiar with how things go. FtM's have their own struggles, but they're supportive too so here we are. I think you'll find us a supportive and friendly community. Welcome to the family!   Hugs!
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    • ShawnaLeigh
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    • ShawnaLeigh
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