a busy night, a few new people and several others I had not seen
for some time. The first new person I spoke to was Rosemary who
is starting on the TS journey and would like to come along and
make some friends. She works shifts so will only be able to come
every few weeks but at least now she knows where to come and be
accepted and relaxed.
A bit later Shannon, who came for the first time two weeks ago,
came in with a new friend called JJ who she had met over the internet.
JJ is also a TS and has recently moved down to Manchester from
Kilmarnock to try to find a bit more life, so she has come to
the right place. She is in her twenties, which is a lot younger
than me, but I found her very easy to talk to as she is a confident
and interesting young lady.
Shannon made friends with Alison when she came the first time
and they have been in touch and gone out together a few times
since then which is good to hear.
Tuesday I had an email from a girl called Kay who said she was coming
down to Manchester from the North East to stay for a couple of nights
at the Rem and she came in part way through the evening. I found
her very warm and friendly and easy to talk to, finishing the evening
off with her and Andrea over at Napoleons later on. She was staying
for two nights, so was asking us what the village was like on thursday
evenings. We were both unable to answer this question, but we recommended
a few venues that she could try. She said she would email me later
to tell me how she got on, so I hope she does as it would be useful
to find out and pass this info on to others.
Another visitor Martina from York was also staying at the Rem and
she came in for a short time to introduce herself but could not
stay as she was meeting friends elsewhere. I hope we see her for
a bit longer next time.
girl on the left Christine had not been for several weeks and the
last time she was here she had come back in at the end of the evening
to say that her car had been stolen which was very distressing.
It turns out that she had unintentionally parked in a disabled bay
in chorlton street and the car had been impounded. She had found
it very difficult to find out what had happened as the police had
not been very helpful to her. People need
to take this as a warning to be very careful where they park even
very late in the evening as she had not parked it till around 9
The girl on the right is Sarah who hails from the North East so
can only be an occasional visitor to Manchester but has been coming
to Concord for several years now.
had a rare visitor this week who hasn't been into Manchester for
over 10 years. Raymond, who, as Shirley, was on the scene long before
Concord started and became member number one when the club was formed.
When I first started coming from december 1986 onwards Shirley was
here every week and continued coming for many years until we left
the Rembrandt. He and his partner Christine also ran a bed and breakfast
in Northwich for TVs and still welcome many of their old clients
today. I think Raymond, who came with Debbie, was very pleased to
see the club thriving and enjoyed meeting the many people he was
introduced to. Now that he has broken the ice again I think he will
be back. If people want to hear what the scene was like over 30
years ago then take the opportunity to talk to him when he returns.
I am trying to get hold of some photos as well.
was pleased to see Nic here with her wife who came for the first
time and I think was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it all
felt. When later on another couple came in called Lisa and Lorraine
from Middlesborough I was able to introduce them and they kept
each other company for the rest of the evening. It was also Lorraine's
first time in the club although she had visited the village before.
was pleased to see Jessica again after a long gap but still her
usual extrovert self wearing a skirt even shorter than mine.
also had a visit from Bernie, the local "Hate crime"
policeman who visits us regularly to make himself and his position
known, to encourage people to report hate crimes rather than just
put up with things that shouldn't be happening. He is always a
I spent some time talking with Mac, who is the manager here at
the Rem, about any events we may be able to organise during the
Sparkle weekend at the end of June and I was very encouraged by
the suggestion he made. So watch this space when we finally decide
what is best to do.
first person I spoke to this evening in the bar was Alison who
was looking very smart having just been and had her hair done
by a very good hairdresser. When she was asked how she wanted
it done she just said " I'll leave it entirely to you "
and she was very agreeably surprised when she saw the result.
So here it is.
bit later in the evening a new couple came in and introduced themselves
as Mark and Shannon. Shannon is a very good looking but unconfident
TS who had come along to try to meet some new friends more like
herself and Mark is her very supportive boyfriend. I sat and talked
with them for a while and then offered to introduce them to other
TS's as I new Alison was in the club and I thought she would make
a good start. I asked Alison and Steffi-Millie who were talking
together if they would mind coming over to introduce themselves
and spend some time with them. I was delighted to find that Alison
and Shannon seemed to have hit it off well and they were still
sitting together and chatting away at the end of the evening.
I went over to Napoleons after finishing at the club only to find
them over there as well still talking, so I think they enjoyed
themselves and am sure we will see much more of them.
the evening Bella Jay from Repartee Magazine came in having arranged
to come and have a chat about Sparkle. Bella has taken over the
organisation of Sparkle for 2008 as Kim Angel is planning to have
the op in a few months time.
has asked if we will sell the Sparkle Arm Bands as we did last
year and I have agreed to do this as the money is really needed
to help cover the expenses. She is looking for as many people
as possible willing to sponser the event as a considerable amount
of money is needed to stage the show in the park and pay for the
MMU building where the talks are held.
sponsers names will appear on the Sparkle website as a way of
saying thank you and also giving them some advertising.
photo in the middle is just one corner of the room we meet in. This
seating area is just next to the bar which is shown in the background
of the picture on the left with Bella having just bought herself
a drink. The one on the right shows Tina who is our very helpful
solicitor always willing to help members with legal problems.
was delighted to welcome back Christine and Jane who joined us
for the first time last week. This week I was able to introduce
them into a different group of people so that they could get to
know as many people as possible.
was also pleased to see Steff Millie again after two weeks as
she had emailed me during last week about a recommendation she
had for buying larger size boots and shoes. She had chanced upon
a Dorothy Perkins shop in Sale where they were having a sale and
found that within the shop there is a section that sells Evans
stock. In the sale she was able to buy a pair of black leather
boots with chunky 3" heels for only £7, some black
suede shoes for £20 and courts for £5 so she was well
pleased. The sale is now over but the point she wished to make
is that many towns that do not have an Evans shop will often have
a Dorothy Perkins shop with an Evans section. As these sell outsize
items to size 10 and 11 they could well be a useful source of
footwear for many of us. She suggests that it may be worthwhile
phoning a shop before visiting it to make sure that they do stock
what you are looking for. So thank you Steff for the tip.
I called round on wednesday afternoon to the Anything Theatrical
shop in Oldham street and found that they are having a closing down
sale, so all their fancy dress stock that they normally hire out
is for sale at bargain prices. If any of you are looking for something
different it may be worth a visit.
never know how these evenings are going to turn out, tonight started
off very quietly with only about half a dozen people in soon after
7, but I needn't have worried, people drifted in, in ones and
twos and by 9 it was buzzing again.
first newcomer of the evening was Geraldine from Dublin who came
soon after we opened and stayed the whole time talking to many
different people and I think thoroughly enjoyed herself.
after her a new couple arrived, this time from Chester. They were
Jane and Christine and had been recommended to come along by Ellen
from the Unique group, so thank you Ellen. It was only Jane's
second time out so she was feeling nervous but I think she soon
relaxed and enjoyed her time with us. Her partner Christine had
done all the work to find out where to go on the internet and
then encouraged her to come along. It is very nice to see people
helping each other in this way. I introduced them to Nic who had
come back to us last week after a year's gap and they all seemed
to get along really well.
bit later I recognised a girl who I hadn't seen for several years.
When we last met she was called Trudy but has now changed to Emma,
so welcome back Emma. She tells me that she stopped coming to
the club as her confidence grew and she started going out much
more at the weekends, but now life has changed for her as she
has found a new partner and they now have a 2 year old daughter.
This had curtailed her socialising activities for a while, but
now she would like to come out again and make some new friends.
welcome back to Doreen who used to come when we met at the Rem many
the end of the evening Jessica came in with a new tv friend Susan
County she had met at a party in Birmingham. Jessica had invited
her up to stay and brought her along to show her the scene in Manchester.
Although she lives a long distance away I think she will be back
towards the end of the evening we had a visit from the new owner
of the Hollywood showbar who was upset that I had put a notice
up saying where we were now meeting. I had not asked his permission
so I did apologise for that, but explained that I did not know
who the new owners were having only been told by accident last
week that the bar had been sold. It turns out that he had known
that we used the bar every wednesday and had assumed that we still
did, because the previous owner of the showbar had not been told
by his manager, that we had been asked for an increased rent,
resulting in us looking for a new venue. He was now very anxious
to have us back but as we are now very pleased with our new home
I had to explain that it was very unlikely that we would want
to return. He invited me along to see all the improvements that
are being made and I will go and see and let people know what
had our barman back on duty this week. Last week was
just a glitch in the organisation, we have been promised a barman
every week from now on. Graham is charming and has served us well
so I hope he keeps going with us.
mirrors in the changing room have been approved by Mac and he
has said that we can now organise some improved lighting so this
is now being organised. Watch this space.
was good to welcome back Nic who joined us in november 06 but
then was immediately posted to work in Canada for a year. She
is now back in this country and raring to go again. She highly
recommends Canada, especially Victoria on Vancouver island where
she had a trip on a large inflatable for over an hour out into
the Pacific to watch whales playing in their own environment.
in the evening a new girl came in who was visiting Manchester
from Dublin on the recommendation of some friends who had told
her that it was much better than London as a TV venue. But they
didn't tell her about Concord so she had no idea it existed. She
had started her evening in NewYork NewYork and then progressed
to Napoleons but it was not yet open so she asked the doorman
at the Rembrandt as she was passing where she should go and was
gobsmacked when she was directed upstairs to find a weloming crowd
of girls like herself. She stayed the whole evening having talked
to quite a few people and I believe finished her evening back
at Napoleons accompanied by Nic. I had to go home without going
on to Naps as I had an early appointment in the morning.
as I was driving off to go home I spotted that our Notice on the
wall at the Hollywood was still there which was unusual as is
has not been there by this time before. I reparked the car and
went along to take it down but as I walked up I bumped into Russ
the Manager of the Hollywood. I asked him how things were going
and he told me that it has been sold and is going to reopen under
a different name. He said that he did not know that this was going
to happen when I last spoke to him.
left him and continued up to the door which was being guarded
by three real girls. I removed our notice but as I was walking
away one of the girls chased after me and asked if I wanted to
put it up every week. When I said yes she said that she was now
working behind the bar in the Hollywood and offered to put it
up for me every week. This seemed to me like a breath of fresh
air so I said thank you vey much I would be delighted and gave
her the copy of the notice, which is in a plastic sleeve so should
survive the process.
managed to get into town in time to get changed in room 1 before
6 o'clock so that I could go and eat with Gemma and Elaine in
Eden before our start at 7. If any of you would like to join us
at that time on any wednesday in Eden you are very welcome, it
makes a good start to the evening.
opened up at 7 but this week they did not have a barman available
to serve the upstairs bar so they asked us to fetch our drinks
from downstairs as needed. It worked OK but I hope this is not
what will be expected every week. Even so it was a very pleasant
evening with well over 40 people coming in and many of them staying
the whole time. The atmosphere seems much livelier that it was
at the Hollywood. Some people went out to visit other bars during
the evening but came back later on saying that the village was
very quiet and that we had the best crowd going.
people come to the club for the first time not dressed en femme
but they are still just as welcome. We had a new member come from
the Liverpool area who stayed all evening and I think enjoyed
enjoyed himself and will be back. Someone came last week in the
same way and I'm very glad to see that she came back this week
dressed and also enjoyed her evening. She is a local girl so I
hope we will see a lot more of her.
on at around a quarter to 11 another TV came in dressed with his
girl friend and introduced themselves as Sarah and Laura. They
had seen our website and had come over from York to visit us,
staying overnight in the Rem so that they could enjoy their evening.
It was a pity that they had come in so late in the evening but
we still made them welcome and stayed with them at the Rem till
about 11:30 before going over to Napoleon's. We met them again
over there and stayed talking till about 01:30. They both thanked
us for making them so welcome and I'm sure we will see them again
when they can make it from York.
first evening back in the Rem after a 10 year gap. It was really
nice to be made so welcome by the management.
there were things to do before the start of the evening. Gemma
and I had come in on friday to see what bedroom room one was like,
as we had been offered this room again, to use as a changing room,
but I wanted to know if it had changed. We had decided that the
least it needed was more mirrors but that ideally they should
be fixed to the wall. Mac agreed that we could fix them but it
would have to be done during the day, so I came in early on wednesday
afternoon with two mirrors and my toolbag ready to fix them during
the period when we had use of the room. Unfortunately when I told
him in the afternoon that I wished to fix them up then, he said
Oh! no, could I please wait till the morning as he didnt want
to disturb any clients that may be taking a late afternoon nap
in the other rooms. He later relented and allowed me to do a quick
fix just to get us through the evening but I decided to stay the
night anyway and fix them properly in the morning. We had paid
for the room so it was no extra cost to stay the night except
for a car park fee.
that time it was about a quarter to 6 so I went out to meet Gemma
and Elaine outside the Hollywood where we stuck up a notice to
remind people where we were and then went to have an evening meal
in Eden before we opened at 7 pm.
all got back to the Rem by about 10 to 7 and went up to room one
to wait till the bar was opened at 7.
three of us waited outside the bar door and Lo and Behold, bang
on 7 O'clock up rolls Paula as our first entrant in the new premises.
Paula has been coming for just over a year now and is one of our
most loyal supporters, never missing a week, it is a pleasure
to see her and I'm glad she was our number 1.
bar was opened and we all trooped in to make ourselves at home.
At this point I had to leave for a couple of hours for personal
reasons but the club was in safe hands with Gemma & Elaine
to look after things.
I got back I went up to room one to get changed and found Andrea
there already getting changed as well so I had good company. We
got down to the bar at about 10 pm and found a good crowd there
giving it a fantastic atmosphere. It is really noticeable, the
smaller room and less carpeting etc makes the sound of human voices
louder and gives the place a buzz that was missing from the larger
bar at the Hollywood. I was pleased to see Kath and Bev there
talking to Jean who is an occasional visitor who I have known
ever since I joined Concord as she joined the week after me. I
was also good to see Abby who was on a flying visit from Texas
and will only be here for a week.
had decided to stage a little opening ceremony where we formally
cut a tape to bring in a new era at the Rem. This gave us a photo
opportunity and we asked the barman to take it so that we could
get everyone in.
were still quite a few people in the bar at 11:15 so people seemed
happy to spend their evening with us, without going out round
At this point there was a slight mix up as we had not sorted out
with the management when the evening should end, so when the security
man came in and asked us all to finish and move downstairs if
we wanted to stay longer, I assumed this was what they wanted
us to do. This did cause some confusion as, it turned out that
the security man was doing what they do at the weekends but he
was not supposed to ask us to move downstairs as this was NOT
what they wanted us to do. They were actually quite happy for
us to stay upstairs as long as we wanted to, so in future this
is what we will be able to do. But as far as I am concerned, myself
and Gemma will be off duty by11:15 pm at the latest, so we will
expect people to vacate room one by that time to ensure it is
cleared up and we can return the key correctly.
in all I think the evening was very successful and I look forward
to many enjoyable evenings ahead.
I was able to catch up with abby at her hotel the evening before
she returned to Texas. She has now finished her business commitments
over here so we are not so likely to see so much of her in the
future but she has promised to keep in touch and I am sure we
will see her again soon. She has now reverted to her main love
in life which is appearing in the theatre and is now about to
appear as a professional with an equity card. Her next venture
will be a nine week run in a play where, surprise surprise, she
has to play a transvestite doing many costume changes during the
evening. I know she will thoroughly enjoy this and I think it
is fantastic that she can get so much fun out of life in this
was expecting a quieter week after our party and was pleasantly
surprised to find a good crowd already in when I came up from
the changing room. There was quite a buzz about the place as so
many people had enjoyed the party the week before. I was pleased
to see Cindy back from her travels again in South America and
Marolyn up for a break from her new job down in London.
also had a new girl in from Wales on her very first night out,
enjoying herself making some new friends. She even had the courage
to go out onto the town with a few others to sample the night
life. Everyone gets a buzz out of helping new people to find themselves.
is now time to say a bit about what has been happening behind
the scenes regarding our venue at the Hollywood. I received a
letter a few weeks ago advising us that they wished to double
the rent we pay each week for the use of the bar.
After much discussion and following a suggestion from Pauline
I approached the Rembrandt Hotel to see if it would be possible
to return there after a 10 year gap and use their upstairs bar,
plus use a bedroom as a changing room. Their attitude was to welcome
us back with open arms. They would love to have us back and we
have now arranged to start using the Rembrandt from Wednesday
the 2nd of January. The changing room is booked and paid for and
they are happy for us to fix up some more mirrors, so that several
people can get made up at the same time if necessary. Perhaps
not quite as good as our changing room at the Hollywood but still
perfectly adequate for our purposes.
We will be paying slightly less than we are now for this facility
so we wont have to raise our prices and also we will no longer
have to wait outside in the cold until the management at the Hollywood
opens their doors at 7 pm or as happened recently, much later.
from Wed the 2nd of January we will be meeting in the Upstairs
bar of The Rembrandt Hotel. It is situated on the junction of
Canal Street and Sackville street. The entrance to use is the
side door on Sackville street. If you go in that door and turn
left, the nearest door opens onto a staircase to the first floor
where you will find the bar. Using this entrance you dont have
to go through the downstairs bar at all. See you there.
we will NOT be meeting anywhere on Boxing day the 26th Dec. May
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Mary
Wed 12th Dec 2007
|The Christmas Party
Wow, thank you so much to everybody that came along, it is good
to see so many old friends enjoying themselves. Over 80 people made
it, which made a great atmosphere, with Alison doing her utmost
with good music and singing to get everyone in a party mood.
The Karaoke was very popular with many people getting up to give
us a song.
Sue, who supplied the fantastic food for the last
few parties, had said that she would not be able to do the food
this time so I was wondering how we would manage. When asking
around, Astrid and Sandra said that they had a Makro card and would
be able to get the food for us. Later on, Sandra said that she would
prepare it all as well, provided we could go over to her place to
get it. So that is what we did, Pauline and I were delighted to
find all this food ready for us to take away .
||We had arranged
with the Hollywood to get access at 6 pm so we met up with Gemma just
outside and with her help carried it all up the back stairs ready
for the party. Astrid and Sandra came along later to set it all up
as you see it here. I cant thank them enough for doing such a superb
Gemma & Donna
The following pictures are just those that I have been sent. If
anyone else has some more that they would like to see then please
email them to me and I will put up a further selection.
Elaine and Jenni
Finally please note we will NOT be meeting on Boxing
day Dec 26.
I am sorry but I was unable to attend tonight's
meeting for personal reasons. Please dont forget that next week
on the 12th we are having our Christmas party with a buffet, a raffle
and Alison with the Karaoke.
Wed 28th Nov 2007 & Sat 1st Dec
This was a busy evening with quite a few people we have not seen
for some time. I am delighted to see Rachael and Lottie coming
more often now but was annoyd to hear that the doorman had initially
refused them entry. I will talk to the management of the Hollywood
about this. Alison was back from her holiday in the Canaries all
ready to perform her duties at the party on the 12th.
Amanda was booked to come to the dinner on saturday but she recently
pulled a muscle in her back and decided that it was probably unwise
to come out in heels until it was better. She generously gave
up her ticket and I was able to let Jane have it instead, as she
had only tried to book at the last minute, when there were none
left. Our best wishes go to Amanda for a speedy recovery.
33 of us sat down to a very enjoyable meal in Eden
Bar on saturday evening. All our thanks go to the staff at the
bar for looking after us so well. My apologies to Marolyn who
I forgot to include even though she had asked me several weeks
ago, but the staff rallied round and a meal was provided anyway.
I didn't manage to get many photos but the one here
shows Hazel and Emma and Maddie plus several other people in the
background. If any of you have other photos I will be happy to
put them up here later.
This was a quieter evening but there was still an interesting
crowd. It was good to see Molly from the lake district who is
starting to get out again after a long interval.
We got in by 19:10 this week which is a lot better than last
week but still not as it should be, as we tell people that the
start time is 19:00. I always get changed at the club and was
very pleasantly surprised when I got upstairs to find so many
people there already, including Gwen and Linda who have been absent
for several weeks. I was begining to worry that we might not be
going to see them so often but they assure me that they are going
to continue coming when they can. They lead busy lives and Gwen's
health is not as it should be so there are reasons why they cannot
always make it.
Pauline was there trying to sell off some of her Boots and shoes,
not very successfully, so if any of you out there want size 10
or 11 boots or shoes, she still has some for sale. All in nearly
Several people asked and paid for Christmas dinner tickets so
we are now at present full up. I had asked the manageress of Eden
if we could squeeze in any more this evening and she gave me a
figure of 32 people maximum. That is the number I now have so
if you have not already booked, I am afraid you will be disappointed
unless there are some cancellations.
I spent some time talking with Dave, (she doesn't believe in
using a femme name so just uses her own name). She tells me she
is writing a book giving many tips and lots of suggestions to
help people like ourselves and our partners to come to terms with
and enjoy, the lifestyle. I look forward to seeing a copy of it
when it is done. She says that she may give us a few advance copies
so that we can comment before it gets published. She is an occasional
visitor to the club so I have met her a number of times. Knowing
her normal daytime job I was very surprised to hear that she was
doing this but she seems very level headed and is probably an
excellent person to do it as she seems to have the level of confidence
I spoke the the manager of the Hollywood about meeting on Boxing
day, which is a wednesday and he said that we can have the room
if we want it but that we would have to pay extra because they
would have to pay their security staff overtime for doing it.
As we are likely to have less people able to come on that day
and it will cost us more I decided that we will not meet.
So there will be no meeting on Boxing day. We will start
again on January the 2nd.
This week was marred at the start by an unfortunate late start.
The manager got caught up in a traffic holdup on the way into
Manchester and didn't manage to get to the Hollywood until about
ten to eight. He was very appologetic but there was not much he
could do about it. There was quite a crowd of us waiting outside
by the time he came including two newcomers, so I hope it didn't
put them off. Phillipa and Becky were the first new comers waiting
outside with us and they stayed for the whole evening so they
must have enjoyed themselves. A few days later I received a very
nice email from Phillipa thanking all of us for making her feel
so welcome. It was a lovely letter very much appreciated..
Later on Two other newcomers came in. First there was Jennifer
who came with a friend and then Kate who came on her own. I introduced
Kate to Becky and Phillipa and they seemed to hit it off straight
away and she and Phillipa have even exchanged telephone numbers.
I believe that making new friends is really what this club is
all about. Long may it continue. Mary
Wed 31st Oct 2007
This was a busy week with quite a few people now
confirming their bookings for the christmas meal. We now have over
20 people coming. If you want to come you will need to be quick
as I am not sure if we can have more than 30.
It was very nice to see Gabby again as she has not visited for
quite some time. She looked so good I couldn't resist taking some
photos, (actually Elaine took them as I had left my camera at
home by mistake,)
Here are two of them which I thought showed her and the outfit
It was also good to meet Amanda again. She is an occasional visitor
to Manchester just to sample the scene here. Her claim to fame
is that she is one of the two people who now run the Chameleons
group in a Leicester Community centre. It normally meets on the
first saturday of each month but in November it will be the third
saturday instead. For address details see the Concord info. It
was only when I saw the photos in my computer that I realised
how similar their outfits looked but I thought so what they both
This was a good week, with the numbers attending picking up again
as the nights draw in. It was nice to welcome Sarah as a first
timer who came in with a very handsome boyfriend. They were both
very complimentary about the club and it's website, saying that
they appreciated the amount of information it gave that is useful
for trans people. I'm sure we will see a lot more of her. She
was wearing a very useful accessory giving her name in diamante
letters which for me was good as I have great difficulty remembering
names. Perhaps we should all do this.
There were other newcomers as well but, as I cant be sure I have
their names right, it is difficult to talk about them. I really
think we are going to have to give everyone name labels to make
it easier for all of us.
It is good to welcome back Rachel and Lottie who have come two
or three times in the last few weeks but had not been for some
time before that. Rachel now seems to be fully recovered from
all her ops and is back at work. Lottie is a lively lass who adds
some life to the party.
Michela came in later in the evening loooking very upmarket in
a long evening gown. She showed me her new photo album which contains
many pictures of all the outfits she has created over the years
and she has finally gathered together into one place.
was a slightly odd evening as we had a comfortable number early
in the evening but then it went quiet as many people left in small
groups, either to go and eat or just to visit other places in
the village. But then rather surprisingly a lot more people arrived
around 10 pm and made the end of the evening quite lively.
think a few of them had been out in the village for their evening
meals and had then come on to the club afterwards. During the
evening we had seven more names for our christmas meal on the
1st dec so I think we are going to get a good number there.
Tina rejoined after a gap of several years. It is nice to see
people come back after a gap but there is always a different reason
why they had to stay away. I think we will see more of her now.
popped in on a quick visit to say hello. She had come over to
collect some paperwork before starting her new job as a teacher
in Thailand. She looked well and happy and we wish her all the
best in her new life out there.
am now in the process of adding a few more people onto our "Who-will-you-meet"
page and to this end took a number of photos this evening. Below
are just a few of them.
had a good crowd this week with a few new people coming from as
far away as Glasgow and London, plus a number of members that we
haven't seen for some time. One girl is now seriously considering
moving up to Manchester to enable her to have a better social life.
The two girls on the right are both first timers with us and seemed
to thoroughly enjoy their evening. I hope we see more of them.
shown on the left of this picture is now working successfully
as a girl and is very pleased with the reaction she has had from
her work mates. It is very encouraging to hear how the new policies
of work tolerance are enabling tg girls to much more easily get
other girl shown, Lee, is working on a Phd about transsexuals
and their social lives. This is obviously keeping her very busy
as we have not seen her for some time but it is always a pleasure
to see her.
week we had an interesting visit by Bernie Clifton, the local "Hate
Crime" police co-ordinator. He said that we should report any
"Hate crime" which, for instance includes verbal abuse
even though we may have no other witnesses. This would at least
enable the police to build up patterns of abusive behaviour in their
database with a view to enable them to target certain areas or people.
He supplied us with a few reporting forms and contact information
if we need it.
22nd August 2007
opened at 7:15 pm instead of 7pm. The management of the Hollywood
apologised but I do hope this doesn't happen again especially
as we had two new people waiting with us to get in and this is
not very welcoming.
two new people were Sophie and Sarah and they came and got changed
with us in the changing room. Later in the evening we eventually
had three other newcomers Toni, another Sarah and Tina so I hope
this is a continuing trend as it is new people that always makes
the evening more interesting.
the members there this week were Frances who is shown on the right
and Donna on the left. This is a good illustration of the range of
dress that is perfectly acceptable in the club.
week Elaine had just had a bad day, so she was back with us this
also said that Bev and I were going to see the Pride event on saturday
afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but were sorry that more
of us were not out there as everybody made us feel so welcome, adding
to the colour of the event in our own way.
open at 7 pm, Gemma on the door but no Elaine, hope she is OK.
had visitors this week from The GMPTE - Greater Manchester Passenger
Transport Executive, what a mouthful, who had emailed to ask if
they could come along to try to gather any special comments or
requirements from transgendered people relating to any of the
public transport systems within Greater Manchester.
are in the process of updating their plans, especially relating
to staff training , to ensure that all their customers are properly
They stayed till around 10 pm and spoke at length to several members
so I think they were pleased with their night's work and our members
were very happy as each person who was interviewed was given a
£10 voucher as a thank you present.
any other TGs reading this would like to add their pennysworth
then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you
welcomed three new people during the evening which is always fun
to do. There was Sarah, who has just moved up from Birmingham
to do a college course, so hopefully we will see a lot of her
in the future.
was a girl from Halifax called Vivian who came with a lady friend
who was looking for somewhere to meet other TGs so I think we
will see her again soon and finally a friend of Molly's who she
has corresponded with on the internet but had not met in person
before. I'm sorry but I can't remember her name but I hope we
see her again soon.
It is Mardi Gras in Manchester on Saturday the 25th and Bev and
I are planning to visit the village to watch the parade dressed
up as wedding guests and If anyone would like to join us we would
be delighted to see them. It is a fantastic photo opportunity
as many people like to have their photos taken with us.
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