Welcome to the reader's guide or, rather, table of contents that should make it easier to navigate the chronology of my story as I relate it in this web journal.
Over the course of ten months beginning in July 2011, I wrote 24 posts of a retrospective nature that give historical background about my life experience as a transgender person. I intermixed these with an equal or greater number of other posts describing my life as it was moving forward in 2011 and 2012. That intermixing makes it difficult to decipher the chronological progression. My hope is that the table of contents below will make this task easier for anyone who may wish to know the full story, chapter by chapter, from beginning to end. From 2012 onward, the progression is mainly chronological in nature, describing my life in Romania, my journey to Thailand for gender confirmation surgery, and my year in the US when I served as president of GLIFAA, the official employee association for lgbt+ employees at the Department of State, USAID, and other foreign affairs agencies.
Best to all from Bucharest . . . and from Washington, DC, and from my adopted state of Maine!
NOTE: Parts 1-3 give historical background. The posts therein were written between July 2011 and May 2012.
Part 1 -- So How Far Back Does This Go (1954-2002)?
Part 3 -- A Nine Month Story (October 2010 - June 2011)
NOTE: Parts 4 and beyond were written in real-time and describe daily life and events beginning in July 2011.
Part 4 -- Looking Strange and Enjoying It (June - November 2011)
Part 5 -- Real Life Experience (RLE) (November 2011 - December 2012)
- My Coming Out Letter to my Friends at NASA
- Electrolysis in the Land of Vlad the Impaler
- Письмо моим русскоязычным друзьям; A Letter to my Russian Speaking Friends
- Thank You, Madam Secretary
- Looking Strange and Enjoying It: Two Months of HRT
- Interlude: Bucharest by Bicycle
- How We Kidnapped Irina Nita
- Tears for a Colonel
- On Finding and Losing a Boyfriend in Seven Days
- A Bushel and a Peck and Up Around the NEC
- The Odd Joys of International Travel while in Transition
- The Big Day: A Letter to My Sister
- After the Ball
- A Bucharest Christmas
- Of Friends, Mammograms, and Van Gogh
- Old Clothes and Transgender DADT
- Transitional Bicycling and a Night of Lunacy
- What Do Uranium and a Transgender Foreign Service Officer Have in Common?
- March 8 and Me
- Diplomatically, Socially, and Congestedly Yours
- Voice: The Acid Test
- If Thy Friends Doth Protest Too Much, Do Not Remove Thy Clothes
- Rising for the Moon: Farewell to a Dear Friend
- Remove the Document, and You Remove the Man
- Proudly from Tirana
- Proudly from Bucharest
- Looking for Spa Therapy
- 3F@RM's, Stepbystep_ts, and Our Transsexual Summer
- Try to Remember
- To Peris(h) by Bicycle
- Foreign Service Bidding and Transgender DADT
- Turning to the East
- Autumn Comes to 45-deg N
- An Exclusive Halloween Ogre Just for Us
- Love Is but a Song We Sing: A Message of Peace and Love to Friends
- My First Anniversary
- November Postcards
- Hamlet and Healing
Part 6 -- Gender Confirmation -- or -- The Exclamation Point (December 2012 - March 2013)
- My White Romanian Christmas
- So You Want to Be in Pictures?
- The Journey Begins
- Our Day at the Beach
- OD Checks In; I Check Out
- Fates that Intertwine
- Like a Natural Woman
- All in the Zadnitsa
- Simple Gifts
- Collapse of the USSR
- A Matter of Depth
- We Interrupt this Program
- Vodka without Beer?
- My Million Baht Body
- My Own General Contractor
- Home Sweet Home in Romania
Part 7 -- Romania Farewell (March - June 2013)
Part 8 -- Bringing Myself Home (July 2013 - September 2014)
- A Tale of Two Katahdins
- In Homage to Allyson Robinson
- Chelsea Manning, Roasting Vegetables, and Me
- On Reading "Middlesex"
- Bucharest and Roxana on the Potomac
- Rising from the Ashes
- Our Exclusive Halloween Ogre Visits Again
- November: What I've Lost
- November: What I've Gained
- JFK, LBJ, and Their Gift to Me
- Our Winter Love: Thailand Anniversary and Return to Bucharest
- Please Continue to Hold During the Silence
- Proudly from Washington, Proudly from GLIFAA
- Bringing Myself Home