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March 16th, 2012

Jay Frosting

Ashley is frustrated by her parents’ lack of acceptance, and suggests that instead of emphasizing her new happiness to them, she could instead explain how bad she’d feel if she had to return to her life before transition. And if they don’t come around and she tries to bring this up with them, should she try to broach this over the phone or might she have better luck with a letter in the mail?

Jay and Ashley chat about the group sessions organized by her gender therapist that she attends with several other trans women. It’s a cozy supportive environment where they talk about some of the progress the other women in the group have made with their transitions and various ups and downs.

Ashley talks about some of the trans community she’s come across online including the alternating-weeks #transchat and #queerchat each Sunday. Jay asks whether Ashley has come across much cyberbullying and Ashley talks about some of the microaggressions she’s come across in passing.

Ashley offers a follow-up on two makeup products discussed on earlier episodes. Oh, and they veer into talking about nail polish too. Yeah, like that ever happens.


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  1. Erin #
    March 20, 2012

    Hey Ashley,

    Would you consider applying for a job outside of TX? I happen to know of some relevant web UX and programming jobs open at Amazon, and would be happy to to pass your resume along.

    Apologies if this is too random; it’s just that you sound like a good fit!

    Please feel free to e-mail me,

    • March 23, 2012

      Hi Erin!

      Your comment means a lot and I really appreciate it. As it would happen, I’m fairly settled down here in Dallas and I think I would like to remain in the area.

      Thank you so much again!

      — Ashley

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