T-Town Transgender Neighbors



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COMMENTS

As the T-Town Neighbors exhibit has traveled around the area it has drawn rave reviews. Overwhelmingly the comments are positive, with just a few dissenters in the mix. Below is a sampling of the responses the exhibit has generated.



"I was incredibly pleased to be able to attend a preview showing the T-Town exhibit. The pictures are beautiful and the written narrative along with each picture helped me understand a bit better about the struggles and joys faced by all those going through a gender transition. This exhibit is the exact thing we need to help gain more understanding, acceptance and support of our brothers and sisters in the gender community."
-- Washington State Representative Laurie Jinkins,
Vice Chair, Health Care & Wellness Committee

"INCREDIBLY PLEASING to see this in my dad's workplace!" (a transgender child)

"Honesty is always best! Thanks for showing."

"Glad this exhibit is here."

"I absolutely love this. It is projects like these - prominently displayed in our public places - that make me a proud Washingtonian."

"Very powerful exhibit. Should come to DSHS, too."

"Thank you to all the contributors for sharing their stories. I'm very pround of you."

"I'm always glad and impressed by LNI's Pride Month display."

"I'm glad I stopped to read these stories of transgender neighbors. I learned a good deal about the challenges and empowerment of these people. I'm grateful they were willing to offer their stories."

"Thank you so much for sharing these pictures of our neighbors."

"FANTASTIC! I love that this is giving these people a voice and to prove that they are invisible."

"Thanks for sharing your stories. The portraits are great, too."

"Thank you so much for sharing your stories so others can understand and learn."

"Jesus Loves You!!! I love this display."

"This is a beautiful display. Reading the stories helped me understand transgender people better. I'm so glad you put this up."

"I love diversity! I love this agency. Nice job, LNI."

"I feel so much warmth and love from this exhibit as a pansexual trans man. I learned that I am never alone, and this has made my day! Thank you so incredibly much!"

"One of the most visually stimulating and beautiful pieces I've ever seen! Very well balanced with both transmen & transwomen. Good Job!!"

"I love the warmth I felt as I read all their stories. So lovely to see more of us out there. You have done a lovely job creating this site, thank you for allowing me to visit."

"A socially responsible project. Hopefully it will lead to less violence and discrimination. Well done."

"Incredibly eye-opening and very sad at the same time. Very glad I got to see."

"Beautiful photographs & important stories. I am glad these people are sharing their experiences with us!"

"Very impressed that the Library would put up such a wonderful exhibit."

"Yo! do more like this!"

"Glad they are accepting how they are, hope the society could allow more of there happen!"

"Sad."

"Sad? No, No - joyful. A generation ago this could never have happened."

"It's nice to see this community getting the support it deserves."

"Beautifully done!"

"Thank you!"

"Awesome."

"I felt less alone. I'm 48 and been actively transitioning for 2 years. Its a blessing and it's......lonely. This exhibit was connecting...thanks."

"It was so hard to read of the level of rejection many of the trans-people faced, but their smiles and their ability to find hope and love on the other side of prejudice was so warming. Thank you for your bravery and for taking the time to produce it."

"Terrific and thoughtful exhibit!"

"Unfortunate that so many people are driven so close to suicide- here's to a brighter future where the 8% of people that identify as something other than straight can come out without living in fear. Beautiful exhibit, we have a long way to go, but UPS is leading the way in spreading compassion."

"This is one of, if not the best exhibits I have seen!"

"Very interesting and informative. Thank you and thank to all of the brave trans-gender people for showing."

"This is such a moving show. Thank you!"

"I'm still angry, and guilty what I am. Until the day I no longer feel like I was born to be punished as a TG, I will continue to hide and hurt."

"Thank you for creating this beautiful and amazing presentation. It has been thoughtfully put together and very respectful of each person. Way to go Library!"

"Thanks for envisioning this project and carrying it through. It make the world safer for all of us."

"Thank you for creating this beautiful and amazing presentation. It has been thoughtfully put together and very respectful of each person. Way to go Library!"

"Thank you for creating this beautiful and amazing presentation. It has been thoughtfully put together and very respectful of each person. Way to go Library!"

"This is the best exhibit I have seen in the library; it is educational, respectful and so necessary! There is so much negative judgment and misunderstanding around the issue that something like this could literally serve someone's life. Thank you!"

"Hello. I am Sharon Z. My portrait is on display with T-Town! My story is true. From suicide to savior. And an all-engaging story with Good News!"

"I look forward to the day when coming out/transitioning does not require any bravery because it is accepted and supported universally. In the meantime, I appreciate and respect each of you for your honesty and bravery."

"This is acutally the BEST exhibit that the library has EVER had. Thank you!!"

"Thank you for doing this. It is so important to the Queer Community to build VISIBILITY! And this is such a beautiful example! Love it! Woohoo!! Go T-Town!"

"This exhibit is a wonderful representation of Tacoma and its transgender community. I'm proud to learn that the intersection between the two is so vibrant!"

"I really enjoyed the T-town discussion panel. It was enlightening and eye opening to hear personal stories of trans individuals in Tacoma, their journeys, struggles and spirituality. Trans people have been quieted for such a large part of history, and I think the amount of wisdom and knowledge their transitions and life experience is so valuable to human beauty and diversity, and livelihood. Thank God for T-Town!"

"I learned that no matter what you come out as, the process is still hard. I, personally, am a pansexual lesbian, and it takes time to dig deep enough and figure out the feelings that you couldn't discuss with anyone else. I found this exhibit inspiring."

"OMG… this is sooo Beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. This work shows so much love and appreciation. I celebrate you and love you as my brothers and sisters. Thank you for the Courage to be Yourselves in all your Beauty."

"This is amazing, I'm incredibly thankful for everyone who shared their stories, and I have nothing but the utmost respect."

"My heart goes out for the struggle that transgendered people go through."

"The South Sound has a great trans community. This exhibit is truly wonderful and very insightful. I really hope more is to come in the future."

"I think the most beautiful people on this earth are transgendered, bi, gay, lesbian, etc. They live their life completely fearless of who they are inside because they truly know themselves. To gain such confidence is to gain the greatest power to change the world. Thank you for all of your stories."

"I thank you for your hard work, and I thank each person willing to share their story. It seems through ostracism by others and deep searching within, these people have found something very special in their lives. I applaud them."

"I really want to work to empower and spread the word about transgender-ism in the South Sound. I believe we have a very unique culture down here that should be celebrated."

"These individuals are to be commended for having the courage to come out. Some may have taken longer than they would have liked but by doing so they can serve as an inspiration for others who may be struggling within and help them to take steps earlier. We are all a part of this journey called life."

"I have friends who are transgender. This helped me understand them better."

"I am continually wowed at the strength of the trans community. It is a strength to be proud of and to cultivate. I am an ally who would love to learn more about the amazing people who make up the trans community, their experiences and their stories. This exhibit was very thought-provoking. Thank you all for sharing!"

"Good way to spread awareness. Keep up the much needed work."

"The personal stories are like that Roberta Flack song: Killing Me Softly With His Song. Thank-you for sharing. Peace."

"Thanks for the exhibit. I think more discussion and exposure for this topic is positive for communities."

"Beautiful and inspiring photos and stories. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and lives. You're a vital part of our Tacoma community."

"Being gay, I understand having to live in a world in which you are very different. I'm happy being male, and I'm expanding my understanding of the world by listening to people who need to be more than what their bodies allow. I'm learning that just the body fails to completely define a person."

"I was so moved and inspired by these stories. So many conflicting feelings and so much loss but so much joy in the acceptance of who you all are. I could almost feel the sense of freedom in being able to embrace that."

"Thank you for this exhibit. It is important to have people's stories like this out and available. How else can we eradicate ignorance and foster understanding and acceptance? Beautiful exhibit and a great source of learning for all."

"I appreciate the truthfulness & strength required to compile this exhibit. I look forward to knowing my transgender neighbors more."

"Thank you for the amazing learning opportunity."

"The South Sound has a great trans community. This exhibit is truly wonderful and very insightful. I really hope more is to come in the future."

"I think the most beautiful people on this earth are transgendered, bi, gay, lesbian, etc. They live their life completely fearless of who they are inside because they truly know themselves. To gain such confidence is to gain the greatest power to change the world. Thank you for all of your stories."

"OMG...This is sooo Beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. This work shows so much love and appreciation. I celebrate you and love you as my brothers and sisters. Thank you for the Courage to be Yourselves in all you Beauty."

"Just how much I miss living in a community that has a active and OUT Trans family. Moving to Tacoma soon with the desire to reconnect with the LGBTQ community in general. I did meet Ethan earlier this year and the conversation helped me to realize that living as a senior OUT transwoman in North Central Washington was not the way I wanted to spend my remaining years. The feeling was very much like starting my transition 23 years ago when I decided I could no longer live as a male. Oh Yes, filtered sunlight energizes me espically in a diverse urban enviroment."

"Thank you to all the individuals who bravely chose to share their stories!"

"My heart goes out for the struggle that transgendered people go through."

"I absolutely LOVE it!"

"The photography was very moving! And, like I see in so many of my peers, having gone through transition makes us stronger. Thank you all for sharing with everyone."

"I am continually wowed at the strength of the trans community. It is a strength to be proud of and to cultivate. I am an ally who would love to learn more about the amazing people who make up the trans community, their experiences and their stories. This exhibit was very thought-provoking. Thank you all for sharing! "

"Thank you for being you! Facing our anima/animus is the hardest thing one can ever do but we can never be complete without it -- so implied Carl Jung."

"This is amazing, I'm incredibly thankful for everyone who shared their stories, and I have nothing but the utmost respect."

"I really want to work to empower and spread the word about transgender-ism in the South Sound. I believe we have a very unique culture down here that should be celebrated."

"These individuals are to be commended for having the courage to come out. Some may have taken longer than they would have liked but by doing so they can serve as inspiration for others who may be struggling within and help them to take steps earlier. We are all a part of this journey called life."

"I like the idea. It's truly great."

"Beautiful pictures, beautiful stories, beautiful people."

I appreciate all of you sharing your stories and experiences - thank you for being open and honest about the journeys you've been on. Kudos!

"I have friends who are transgender. This helped me understand them better."

"I learned that no matter what you come out as, the process is still hard. I, personally, am a pansexual lesbian, and it takes time to dig deep enough and figure out the feelings that you couldn't discuss with anyone else. I found this exhibit inspiring."

"Good way to spread awareness. Keep up the much needed work."

"Very offensive. I'm tired of it being put in my face all the time."

The amazing photographs and different locals around Tacoma caught my eye. The photos are great!

As a woman's and gender studies major at PLU I want to learn, experience, and advocate for all beings!

"Sharon Z's story proves that faith is never an excuse for cruelty. Bless all of you brave people on the wall."

"This is a gift to all of us to explore growing in confronting personal stereotypes and connecting to our communities."

"Really enjoyed all the pics and stories."

"Take them down."

"Thank you for representing trans folk and all the great outreach."

"Really enjoyed the pics and stories."

"Thanks for the exhibit! I think more exposure and discussion for this topic is positive for communities."

"Right on!"

"LOVE"

"Fantastic exhibit. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us."

"It makes me happy to see people being who they are. If only everyone had such courage."

"Inspiring stories and beautiful art combine to create the opportunity to learn more about our neighbors. Thank you."

"Put the historic pictures back up."

"Thank you for your courage and wisdom. I learned so much."

"I support the Transgender Alliance. Death to the Horde!"

"I am a straight ally and am inspired by this presentation. End the hate!"

"Stupid liberals."

"Thanks for coming, and keep up the good work."

"This is an excellent firsthand expression of what it is to be all kinds of transgender. I found it to be very insightful, although brief. I AM proud to personally know most of these people, and be part of the community. This effort is a great example of community outreach."

"I was quite moved by the stories and courage of the people portrayed in the exhibit."

"God bless you all."

"Where is the wall for the proud heterosexuals?"

"This art project is about transgenders, not homosexuals. Their sexual orientation has nothing to do with it. Your comment is not relevant."

"People living their lives happy and fulfilled. How is that ugly?"

"Thank you for sharing your stories and teaching us to be better."

"I greatly appreciate all of you and what I learned. Proud to be an ally."

"This is a great snapshot of these individuals - it helps to make this experience real."

"Thanks for your words of wisdom. Go allies."

"Be kind to others and true to yourself are the messages I see coming through this exhibit. I want to thank all the participants for a wonderful presentation, and for sharing those most intimate details of their lives."

"The pictures are beautiful, the stories insightful and inspiring. Thank You!"

"This ia a gift to all of us to explore growing in confronting personal stereotypes and connecting to our communties."

"Good people are what matter in this life. Kudos to all you brave people for sharing and teaching."

"Beautiful pictures."

"The stories behind the pictures are what makes them beautiful, inspiring and courageous."

"This exhibit helps me realize I am not alone....... I live in Sweden, small country with tight acceptance!"

"Being gay, I understand having to live in a world in which you are very different. I'm happy being male, and I'm expanding my understanding of the world by listening to people who need to be more than what their bodies allow. I'm learning that just the body fails to completely define a person."

"The personal stories are like that Roberta Flack song: Killing Me Softly With His Song. Thank-you for sharing Peace."

"I thank you for your hard work and I thank each person willing to share their story. It seems through ostracism by others and deep searching within, these people have found something very special in their lives. I applaud them."

"Beautiful and inspiring photos and stories. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and lives. You're a vital part of our Tacoma community."

"Fantastic exhibit! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. "

"Right on!"

"Thanks for the exhibit. I think more exposure and discussion for this topic is positive for communities."

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