I wrote in my Cyrsti's Condo "Columbus Pride" recap post of how for the most part I was utterly invisible to the 20 and even 30 somethings in the crowd. I said at the time I guessed the only peeps who paid any attention to me were 40 something women.
It's certainly no secret, the younger the generation is, the less they really care about gender unless their parents are making them haters. Plus, I'm sure that bunch on Saturday had way more to worry about than staring me down-such as finding the right place to party!
After all the worry I put into being the social director for our little group, it was fun to just disappear into the crowd and not worry about educating any number of people about who I was. Plus I was treated to even being "embraced" in a couple of the non gay places we went. I rate my experiences as being tolerated, accepted and then embraced at the top of the list.
I can't say I'm jealous of the world our younger transgender women and men are operating in now but at the least I can say I wish it would have been around "back in the day". Maybe then, I wouldn't have been so apt to be stoned and drunk out of my mind trying to lose myself to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Speaking of those days, this coming weekend, Columbus, Ohio is having a street fair called "Community Fest" which is "rumored" to be quite the collection of old hippies my age. I don't think I can make it though due to several factors, but it sure would be fun to have a chance to go back to the hippie girl days I so missed.
It would be interesting to see if the women in my generation ever caught up to the fact of what a transgender person is and we are not to be stared or smirked at. Maybe they can learn from their daughters.