SHE

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“SHE”

The pronoun is she…

Its like a badge of honor. Its “only” a word but it took years to earn. To express. To hone and to fine tune.

She wasn’t a gift at birth taken for granted and often neglected as is the case for millions of genetic women.

She was hard fought for. She had to fight a world not quite ready for her and a body not equipped to carry her through her journey.

She faced doubt, fear, hatred and the prospect of risking an entire lifetime of accomplishment and success…but built upon the lie of an imposter.

She is Trans.

She is sometimes viewed as an “imitation”, a “lesser than” and a “not quite”. But her belief in herself always overcame the weight of these obstacles.

She learned strength by not having the option to be weak.
Her head is held high, her eyes focused and her heart beats with a joy only known to those who’ve walked a similar path.

Follow your heart dear ones. Be grateful instead of sad because you are one of a rare and special ones. There is a reason and a purpose to your hard road.
You aren’t a “mistake”. You are a miracle!

Toni Grace 🕊
09/23/18

Hmmm…🤷🏼‍♀️

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So I was wondering…Do you think that with all the anti transgender rhetoric coming out of the White House, in the area of accessible healthcare, that I could file a claim for medical disability?

I was thinking of filing a claim based on my nails being so long that it precludes me from typing efficiently at work and thereby creating undue duress and thumb strain.

LMFAO…I can’t believe I just wrote that with a straight face…but Oh gawd the reaction would be hysterical!😉👱🏻‍♀️💋

Toni Grace💣

I CAN…

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⚀ Support myself 💸
⚁Protect myself👮🏼‍♀️
⚂Speak for myself🤷🏼‍♀️
⚃Run a 6:30 mile🏃🏼‍♀️
⚄Shoot a 300 score at the range🔫
⚅Go toe to to toe with ANY man I meet 🚫🕵️‍♂️

…and you thought having a Y chromosome was a bad thing!

Toni Grace 👱🏻‍♀️⚡

Day One…⚘

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Today is my first day at my brandy new job.
Its so unbelievably rewarding to be:
Interviewed openly as a trans woman
Hired as a trans woman
Accepted as a trans woman
…and now I’m gonna kick ass and succeed as a trans woman!

A quote from a trans author whom I respect says it all:

In trans women’s eyes, I see a wisdom that can only come from having to fight for your right to be recognized as female, a raw strength that only comes from unabashedly asserting your right to be feminine in an inhospitable world.” —Julia Serano

Toni Grace🦋

So you don’t know any transgender veterans?

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Well, let me put a face to two of those vets… people you hear about on the news. The people that the Trump administration is trying to discard and alienate through a relentless program of exclusion in our military.

I am a former U.S. Navy Submarine Sonar Supervisor. I served for six years onboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine on patrol in the North Atlantic completing 8 Strategic Deterrent Patrols.
I held a Top Secret security clearance, received numerous commendations and awards and I worked in a state of the art warship guarding our country’s security.
…and I’m Transgender

The second photo is Dr. Christine McGinn. She was a Navy Flight Surgeon who medically certified pilots and their ability to fly. Dr. McGinn was also directly involved in the NASA Space Shuttle program as a medical officer.
….and she’s Transgender

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We are just two of the faces of the thousands of Trans service members who proudly served and who are being discriminated against by the Trump Administration.

So the next time you hear a news story related to statistics, numbers, costs and all the rest of the impersonal data on Trans military people, just remember….there are real people behind those numbers. People who served and fought for you and your family’s safety and security.

Please stand alongside us for our safety and security in a time when we truly need your support.
Toni Grace 🕊🍃