|Cici and her friends: Dana Harris, Shavonna Shav, Roxanne Vegas & Emi Kis|
- The begrudging acceptance of the above groups I’ve mentioned. Views are obviously changing regarding drag queens and transsexuals. And we, the crossdressers, just might be able to ride on their coattails.
- The anti-bullying campaign. Ask any teenager – the world hasn’t changed over night. Bullying is still rampant. And junior high is still one of the most intolerant places on the face of the earth. But all of this anti-bullying is having an impact. Teachers, administrators, coaches, and other youth leaders are starting to take a hard look at the way they treat bullies and their victims. Movement towards tolerance is becoming the way of the future. It won’t happen overnight, and it won’t solve everyone’s problems. But if the kids of today grow up in a more tolerant society, that has to effect society tomorrow. I mean, gays and blacks and other minorities don’t have it great in America. But they certainly have it a lot better than they did 20 – 40 years ago. And I think we’re next.
- The internet. Tolerance may not be a solid lock for the future, but the internet sure is. It has already become an integral and unavoidable part of American life. Now, the internet has often been labeled as a breeding ground for hate.. and it is. Losers and haters can form groups and post hateful comments with complete anonymity. And that anonymity seems to make them even bolder and more crude. But all of that pales – and pales greatly – when compared to the powerful strength and sense of community that crossdressers (and other gender variants) have found over the past ten years on the net. Information. Chats. Websites. Communities. It’s all there along with the hate -- and the message is overwhelmingly positive. Reassuring. Inspiring. Young people growing up today have more access to transgender information and positive feedback than ever before. And the same goes for 53-year olds entering this lifestyle after a lifetime of secrecy.