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Friday, August 31, 2007

Tennessee T-Men in Out&About

We got our first local article today in Out&About. Cool! They sure did feature me. Oops. Too bad we don't have a t-man to feature, but I guess I can take the lime light until we get going. For those that don't understand (and for the search engines) this new site is for the FTM, F2M, female to male folks. It is the Tennessee T-Men ( )

Thanks Out&About!

Tennessee’s Best GLBT Source for News in Print, On TV and On the Web

Web Exclusive

New support group forms for female-to-male
Tennessee T-Men formed by T-Vals

by O&AN Staff Reports

A new support group for female-to-male transgender, the Tennessee T-Men, has been formed by the T-Vals.

"The old Nashville FTM group seems to be defunct and we believe there is a need for such a group," said Vickie Davis, web director for T-Vals. "They will be as independent as they want to be, from the main T-Vals group. They will have access to the upstairs for their private meetings. The T-Vals are just hear to help and give support. We will welcome any or all, with open arms, if they would like to participate with the main group, but that is not necessary. "

Davis said a Web site had been created, and a new contact email address set up. A FTM transgender will receive and respond to the emails.

The group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month for the transition meeting. Afterwards they meet concurrently with the T-Vals, a group for all transgendered people. Individuals are screended for the privacy of those attending. Please let them know if you want to attend a meeting.

The Tennessee Vals is an open social and support group for persons discovering who they are, in terms of gender. The Vals offer a safe, confidential atmosphere for transgender persons, their families, and friends. The group is open to all individuals who identify themselves as intersex, androgynous, cross dressers, transsexuals, or transgenderists; whether gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or non-sexual. The individual members are involved to support, educate, and make friends within the transgender community specifically, but within the larger GLBT community, as well. The Tennessee Vals is not a singles, swingers, or fetish club, and our members do not engage in inappropriate behavior (sexual or otherwise) at Vals meetings.

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This is my new UrNotAlone Profile Picture

This is my new (finely) UrNotAlone Profile Picture. The old one was taken by my ex-wife 7 or 8 years ago, and not at all reflective of how I looked, except on that day. LOL

The Tennessee T-Men - Announcement from the Tennessee Vals

Please help us spread the word, to anyone that might be interested in a new "female to male" support group in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. See the press release below.

We would especially like those that have "been there and done that" to come and help support the new guys.

Please feel free to write me if you have any questions. I am here to do anything I can to get this group going.



The Tennessee T-Men
The Tvals is happy to announce that we are forming an FTM Support Group called the Tennessee T-Men. The old Nashville FTM group seems to be defunct and we believe there is a need for such a group. They will be as independent as they want to be, from the main Tvals group. They will have access to the upstairs for their privet meetings. The Tvals are just hear to help and give support. We will welcome any or all, with open arms, if they would like to participate with the main group, but that is not necessary. We have created a website, and separate contact email address, for them to use to make contact, and we have an FTM to receive the emails. Please tell anyone you know that would be interested in such a group. We want the word to get out. Also please post this information in your Yahoo groups, if you think it might be appropriate. Thanks!

Website address:
Contact email address:

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Casa Susanna - Edited by Michel Hurst and Robert Swope

I know the page does not fit well on here, but I just love these pictures. I feel like a sister to these women. I purchased the book that these were taken from.

Casa Susanna
Edited by Michel Hurst and Robert Swope

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Crime of the Week: July 31

July 31, 2007 07:05 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro police need help solving a murder mystery in which the victim was a man dressed as a woman.

It happened outside a club on Jan. 7 in South Nashville.

The body of 31-year-old Nakia Baker was lying on the ground next to his car in the parking lot. He was shot once in the head.

Police said Baker lived the lifestyle of a woman. When police found him, he was wearing women's clothes.

"Whether that has anything to do with his homicide or not, we're not certain," said Brad Corcoran, a Metro police detective.

Baker's body was in the parking lot of Club Adventura and Billiards at 3312B Nolensville Road.

Witnesses told police Baker was socializing inside the after-hours club until he left to walk to his car.

"We're looking for anybody that saw Mr. Baker in the parking lot or may have seen him walking up and down Nolensville Road," Corcoran said.

Baker's car was a blue Oldsmobile Intrigue. There was damage to the front of the car. It had a black light hooked up to illuminate the passenger compartment.

Police fear Baker's lifestyle make keep some witnesses from coming forward with information about the crime.

"Mr. Baker had a family that cared about him and the police department cares and we want to solve this crime," Corcoran said.

Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous.

If anyone knows anything about Baker's shooting death, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

The information could be worth up to $1,000.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Hermaphrodite Kisses

"OII - USA" posted a comment to an earlier post of mine and I followed the link in the name to several intersexed related blogs. I found this poem on one.

I look at you for the first time
You lower your eyes, the small timid guy
And slowly you smile and I take your hand
In mine – two hermaphrodite hands

I take you in my arms and press you against me
You the little guy with porcelaine skin
Soft as velvet – it gives me the shivers
And me the tall girl with a beard

I feel you finally collapse in my arms
Our two bodies sing in unison
I place my lips on yours
Two electric bodies – Souls sparkling

A long kiss, one we had waited so long for
Between two hermaphrodites who finally find each other
And I whisper softly in your ear
I adore boys who are girls…

Who love girls who are boys.

By Curtis E. Hinkle

[Flickr] VickieDavis wants you to see some photos of the 2006 Southern Comfort Conference


I want to share some of my Flickr photos with you. They're in a set called "2006 Southern Comfort Conference".

Hope you like them!

-- VickieDavis

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A selection of photos from the set

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Flickr is almost certainly the best photo management and sharing application in the world. If you'd like to see what I use it for you can check out my profile page or browse my photos.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Transgender Theories - w/ Bailey, Dreger, Keisling, & Roughgarden on KQED

Transgender Theories - w/ Bailey, Dreger, Keisling, & Roughgarden

Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED

Wed, Aug 22, 2007 -- 10:00 AM

Transgender Theories

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The show examines the ongoing debate over research into transgender identity.

Michael Krasny

  • Dr. Alice Dreger, associate professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and BioEthics at Northwestern University
  • Dr. J. Michael Bailey, professor of Psychology at Northwestern University
  • Joan Roughgarden, professor of Biological Science at Stanford University and author of “Evolution's Rainbow"
  • Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality


Wow, what a great set of interviews, but certainly was solved.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

War On America !

An Internet friend sent this to me. I was moved by the video.

Part of at least one of her videos is used in this video and here is the link to her YouTube page.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Re: Construction Update

I represented the "T" part of the GLBT community at OutCentral's building project yesterday, Sunday, August the 19th, and had a great time! We all worked hard and had a fun time too.

OutCentral will be Nashville's latest addition to the GLBTQIF community. OutCentral adds the QIF on the end of GLBT for Queer & Questioning, Intersexed, Friends & Family. It seems that should be GLBTQQIFF, but that would just be too much, I guess.

It will provide "Events & Programs, Meeting Space, Office Rental" and or just a storage space for, the Middle Tennessee GLBTQIF community, that should be a "safe, welcoming, and a friendly place" for all. It sounds like a neat thing to me. (See their About Us page for details.)

Jim Hawk asked for:

... people who can use a measuring tape, cut wood to specs, clean up, hold boards, scrape paint, pound on tin, and all sorts of other things!

I figured I could do most, if not all, of those, so I would volunteer to help.

I reported to work at the OutCentral's soon to be office space, that is sandwiched in between The Cafe at OutLoud! and Club Blu on Church Street, at a few minutes past 1:00 pm Sunday.

I had on a girlie pink baseball cap, a pink top and some old girl jeans and drove the hour to Nashville to help out. I brought my own gloves, to protect my French tipped acrylic nails, and a simple tool belt to hold my hammer and a pencil. I forgot my safety shoes, safety glasses and tape measure, but the lack of them did not seem to be a problem this time.

I was one of 8 or 9 people that showed up to work, and the only "T" person and the only "girl" working that day. The guys were all great and treated me with respect and got my "new gender" correct every time. We all worked long and hard in that "air conditioned" space, that seemed really hot, until I stepped outside into the 99 degree world.

We built what seemed like countless walls each 12 foot tall, on the floor, stood then up and hammered them into place, to form several small offices, and one big conference room. The project seemed like so many of my personal remodeling jobs I had done to my house or basement, in a past life, so I knew what to do, most of the time.

The walls of the conference room were made on 2 x 6 top and bottom plates with 2 x 4 studs placed 8 inches apart nailed every other one on opposite sides of the 2 x 6's to help make that a more sound proof wall, then if we had done it the regular way, but that sure did make it fun to stand up that wall. It was heavy and the what seemed like 100 studs, all dangling from the top plate as we raised it up. (I wish I had known to leave my walls unnailed at the bottom, when I stood up mine, in the my basement.)

We had plenty of power tools too. A skill saw, a big chop saw, a power nailer driven by compressed air that drove 16 penny nails, so the nailing went fast. We nailed the bottom of the walls to the floor with a nail gun that was driven by a 22 caliber blank cartridge, so it made a lot of noise. So we all would plug our ears when someone would fire that gun. I got to nail a few boards into the floor with that gun too, and I shouted "fire in the hole" before each shot, to worn the others that it was about to get really noisy. That was fun, but the kick into my palms, kind of hurt for a few minutes.

When I got back to Columbia I
shared an appetizer and a beer with Dean (formerly Deana) at Sam Hill's. He had been waiting at his home for me since about 6 o'clock, because that was the latest, that I thought I would be. I was still hot and sweaty, and still in my girlie carpenter cloths, when I arrived at Sam Hill's, so the beers tasted very good and went down easy, and the nacho plate tasted exceptionally good.

I hope to help out next weekend too, but I will bring ear plugs and safety glasses, the next time. I am not so sure about safety shews. I don't want to work in those big heavy
"boy" safety shoes that I ware to my regular job.

If anyone else wants to help, I am sure you would be welcome and not be bored.



On 8/13/07, Vickie Davis < > wrote:
Looks like this might be fun and a chance to meet others in our GLBT community.



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: James Hawk <>
Date: Aug 13, 2007 3:14 PM


Can YouHelp Out!
This Weekend?

Dear Friends,

We were not clear in our last request. While we do need skilled carpenters, we also need people who can just help. This past weekend, we had 3 carpenters and just a couple assistants. This made progress very slow.

Please spread the word that we are expanding our WORK DAY hours--and that we need people from all skill levels to assist.

Saturday, August 18 (9 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
Sunday, August 19 (12 noon until 4 p.m.)

Your help will be appreciated whether you are available for the entire day, or just a few hours! We do need help!


If you can HelpOut! this weekend, please email me at and let me know the approximate times (and day) that you will be there.

This Past weekend, we had three carpenters ready to work. Unfortunately, the number of people present to assist was very small. This really held us back on any significant progress. Even so, two offices and a closet are framed and three old doorways have been sealed shut.

We need people who can use a measuring tape, cut wood to specs, clean up, hold boards, scrape paint, pound on tin, and all sorts of other things!

Thanks for your past support, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend (if possible).


Other Notes:


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sportswriter Embarks on New Life as a Woman - On NPR

Great interview with Christine Daniels, The Los Angeles Times sports writer.

Sportswriter Embarks on New Life as a Woman

Listen to this story... 

Day to Day, August 15, 2007 · Three months ago, Mike Penner was a longtime sports columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Then he wrote a dramatic goodbye column and disappeared for several weeks.

"I am a transsexual sportswriter," Penner wrote. "It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words. I realize many readers and colleagues and friends will be shocked to read them."

Now Penner is back on the beat, as a she. With a new name and a new gender, Christine Daniels now covers sports and her own gender transition for The Los Angeles Times Web site. She tells Madeleine Brand about the experience, personally and professionally, of her new identity.

( More...)



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If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
        Callan Williams

"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
        Ambrose Redmoon
       (by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)


Friday, August 17, 2007

American Legion Fish Fry and Dance - Updated

[Edit note: I just added this picture and gave the post today's date.]

Linda and I went to the American Legion for dinner, May 13th It was fish fry night, and they had a guy with a guitar, who sang country songs, while people danced. Linda was hoping to be able to dance a bit there that night. After being there a while, I wondered what the regulars thought, when us two strange women came in that day. Both of us were in dresses.

There was one old guy there, named Bill, with a interesting spring in his step for man in his late 60's of 70's, and a horny disposition. He was sitting at another table, with some folks that knew Linda and I were trans, or at least he knew Linda was trans and I was obviously with her. Bill danced with both of us several times. Later some thin cowboy type guy asked me to dance.

The folks at the other table, that knew we were trans, was the Harold and wife, the folks that bought Linda's business some years ago. We had gown to see Harold earlier today, about a cardboard box for me, and to collect a payment on the business purchase, for Linda.

I wondered if either Herold, or his wife, told Bill about our TS status after we left. Probably not because, Linda did not collect a payment, and they did not want to be in any more trouble with of Linda, then he was. I will probably never know if they spoiled Bill's day.

After dancing with both of them, I got pretty nervous. I did not to be discovered to be "fooling" these old guys. Not that I probably couldn't have taken either of my two dance partners in a fair fight, but there were way more of them, then us, at the American Legion that night.

I am pretty confident that neither of them had a clue. Transgender woman at the American Legion is not in their radar.

We left the and went to the "Cash Inn Country," lesbian country dance bar, that is a favorite of Linda's. There we saw one of the worst drag shows, that we had ever seen. The "girls" showed way too much beard, few dancing abilities, and strange taste in cloths. I have lots of pictures to prove it too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Does anyone know who C.T. Cozart is?

Does anyone know who C.T. Cozart is? He seems to be the President of Carson-Newman College, near Knoxville.

I get regular 'board of directors' emails from him about the college. The first one was about his pending resignation. He emails them to me by way of one of my email accounts with my ISP, which I have set up to automatically forward to this Gmail account.

I keep hoping something juicy will come through. I wrote him before I figured out the problem, and have not written back yet. Some poor board member is probably wondering why he is always left out of the loop.

"The Believers" on Logo

from: Vickie Davis <>
to: Venus Demars <>
date: Aug 15, 2007 9:27 PM
subject: The Believers on Logo


I just saw the documentary "The Believers" on Logo, and I was so happy to hear so much of your music used in the show. Wow, as I may have told you your music gets to me. I cried every time they started playing one of your songs (I am sure it could not be the hormones. No way. LOL)

It just seemed so appropriate that your music was used. Congratulations! I am sure something like that did not pay much, but it had to be at least ASCAP minimum, what ever that is. It is a good start. Some of your stuff is just so powerful. I trust as transgender folks become more and more mainstream, your stuff will become more well known too.

Good luck to you, I think of you often.




Yahoo IM: vickiecd
Website Director of

If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
Callan Williams

"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
(by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)


Devil's 2004-2007

I found this on Angelica's site

Devil's will be missed.


We offer a really BIG Thank You


group for it's support

to keep the DeVil's tradition alive.


Yahoo IM: vickiecd
Website Director of

If you are not working to integrate your life
you are working to disintegrate it.
Callan Williams

"Courage is not the absence of fear
but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
(by way of Donna Rose's 2006 SCC Speech)


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Understanding Transgender Issues: Donna Rose's Story

I just found this link on Donna Rose's blog about HRC's and Donna's "Understanding Transgender Issues: Donna Rose's Story." I had heard that it was available for companies, but now I see we can see it too.

There is something about Donna that I just love. I am so glad I can see her video.

I have told this story several times, but here it goes again.

At my first SCC in 2005, I went to Donna's seminar titled "Yin & Yang: Finding Balance in Your T-Ness." I got there late because it was on Saturday morning and I had been up late the night before and I never do mornings well anyway. I stood in the back and listened to Donna summing up her presentation and answering questions. She was sitting in a chair and seemed so relaxed and confident. After the session was over, most of the folks lined up to say something, ask a question of her, and of course get a big hug. I really did not understand, but it was just totally obvious that they all loved her.

By the time the next SCC came around I had read her book " Wrapped in Blue: A Journey of Discovery " and knew her story and was impressed by it. I sat right down front, where I could make eye contact and just feel her presence. After it was over, I of course got in that line for a hug!. Now I could feel why they all lined up. After I told her this story, she gave me my hug and she said "You rock!" Now I know she said that to several of us, but it felt like it was just for me.

I know it is just the hormones but I still tear up whenever I think about Donna Rose. I will go to that seminar again this year. It is Saturday, September 23 at 3:35pm - 5:00pm in the Marietta room.



Understanding Transgender Issues: Donna Rose's Story


The term transgender refers to a broad range of people who experience and/or express their gender in different, sometimes non-traditional, ways. Transgender people often face challenges in coming out and living openly, particularly in the workplace.

Many people have questions about transgender issues. This training video for corporate leaders presents the compelling personal story of Donna Rose, a well-known author, speaker and advocate on transgender and transsexual issues. Rose is an active member of the Human Rights Campaign's Board of Directors and Business Council. Her website, , is also a well-known source of information and support for and about the transgender community.

Watch the video online:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Beginning / David
  3. Coming Out As Transgender
  4. Transitioning and the "Real-life" Experience
  5. Gender Reassignment
  6. Questions & Answers
  7. Additional Resources;CONTENTID=37359&TEMPLATE=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm

Friday, August 10, 2007

Watch The HRC / LOGO Presidential Forum online any time

Fwd: [T-Vals] Re: New T-Vals member

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Vickie Davis <>
Date: Aug 10, 2007 4:51 AM
Subject: Re: [T-Vals] Re: New T-Vals member
To: T-Vals Group <>

Hello everyone,

Kimberli said I could introduce her to the group. I have been so excited to meet her. She has done things that I had only heard about, but never met anyone who had actually done them.

I got an email from Kim as webmistress of the Tvals site. She explained that she is a TS-woman who had been stealth for 20 years. She has told virtually no one that she is trans in this whole time, but her husband. She just thought it was time to leave her self imposed "closet" and meet her sisters and brothers. I had lunch with her Wednesday and it was wonderful. We hit it off right away.

The strangest part of all this is that she lives just 1.5 miles from my house.

The only other person that I know of that she has reached out to, in all these years, was Lynn Conway. She said they were both in Chicago at the same time and they had dinner together. This woman is college educated, married to a man, that works in Nashville, has 4 adopted children, and has a great job, where she can work at home from a laptop and a phone.

Lynn Conway was so impressed that she asked Kim to write a page for her TS Successes site. Her profile on Lynn's site has her picture and tells her whole story.

As I write this the whole U of M website is down, I hope it is back up when you get this email. If Lynn's site is still down when you get this you can read the PDF I uploaded to the groups file section. (I just happened to have it still open in a Firefox tab on my iMac which has PDF creation as part of the operating system. I sure was ready for this.)

Kim is really excited to meet us all and get to know us. I just hope you all will be at least 1/2 as excited to meet her as I have been. I know you all will give her, and all our new people, a worm welcome.



Crossdressing Grae Phillips on Sally Jessy TV crossdresser

5 years or so ago I did purchase something from her website, but I have not heard of her since.
Wow! listen to her song Kiss, I had forgotten.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sam de Brito on cross-dressing

Angus “Andrea” Grieve-Smith, the trans blogger, found this series of articles by the Australian Sam de Brito. It is so funny and touching and shows a lot of understand for the transsexuals plight. (The stuff on Nick Lowe is just dumb, but please follow the 4 links. They are worth reading.)

Sam de Brito on cross-dressing

Metafilter featured this interesting blog sponsored by the Sydney Morning Herald (and apparently named after this Nick Lowe song). The guy may be a jerk, but he’s got some valuable insights, I think. He did one of those “non-TG journalist cross-dresses for science!” pieces, which is more interesting than it might sound. I was also impressed with how sensitive he was to trans people. Also, he hooks up with a woman while cross-dressed, which (although not unheard of), is pretty cool.

  1. My life as a woman
  2. My life as a woman: in the beginning
  3. On the town: Samantha gets lucky
  4. Samantha: getting deeper, getting out

(Bonus YouTube link in case you were wondering what Nick Lowe looks like when he’s really singing and playing - although I’ve never seen anyone play a bass with a pick before. The guitarist and drummer are pretty sharp too.)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

It's All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)

'I got an "F"!' says Christine Daniels

I got an "F"!

Right now I am looking at a priceless piece of paper I just pulled from my wallet and unfolded. I am thinking of having it laminated, or framed, or both, although a frame might make it a tad too bulky for my handbag.

"INTERIM DRIVERS LICENSE" it says at the top.

"CHRISTINE MICHELLE DANIELS" it says a few lines below.

And then, finally, the moment I've been waiting for, for as long as I was old enough to dream impossible dreams:

"SEX: F"

I got my "F"! Yesterday, at long last, I got the grade I always wanted.

It began with a lot of paperwork. I needed a document proving I had undergone a legal name change, which required six weeks to process, including a legal notice that had to be published in a newspaper one day a week for four consecutive weeks.


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