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A Big Thanks to a Special Single White Shemale

In March, I had the pleasure of sitting down over a pint with Chrissy McKeag for a chat which turned out to be the first content edited into Scottish LGBTQI Voices.

Mental health worker Chrissy is currently in the final year of her male-to-female gender transition, an experience she eloquently and humorously records at Single White Shemale.

“Being transgender is a huge part of my identity, but it’s not the be all and end all, which I think surprises some people… I’m a Celtic fan, I normally have brown hair, I’ve blue eyes and am trans. These are all as important as each other. The trans part is not the overriding thing.”

Over our pints, Chrissy shared wisdom taken from her journey as a fortysomething transgender female, and will be a must read for anyone who picks up next year’s publication of Scottish LGBTQI Voices.

A big thanks to Chrissy for getting the ball rolling for the project and publication, and for the continued sharing Scottish LGBTQI Voices word up with friends and at the support groups she volunteers with.


Why Scottish LGBTQI Voices? A Girl’s Gotta Do What a Girl’s Gotta Do

Some ideas come in the form of a gentle apocalypse, others brew and stew over years, even decades. Scottish LGBTQI Voices was born from a little of both. That is to say a lot of both.

Feeling passionate about Scotland and LGBT equality, as I do, nailing this duo to my journalistic post made all the sense of the day, or year… 2017 as it goes.

And like all ‘best’ ideas, it started with ‘What if...’ What if people in Scotland’s LGBT community had a say, nay a platform, in sharing their experiences?

What if these voices could be gathered in one place and read by a large amount of people? What if the voices could be ‘used’ creatively to tell their story in words and art forms? And the big dancer of them all… What if people had the opportunity to play a little part in their own history?

What if people who identify as LGBTQI living in Scotland had a chance to shape Scottish LGBTQI history?

The thing about What ifs is they tend to spur more questions than answers. Not a bother when you’re cruising an epiphany built from years of latent lightning bolts here and there, while life is happening in the background. (Just leave a Post It note trail around the house, you’ll get round to them later on).

Next, this thing needs a name I hollered. I can’t moniker it the What Bloody If Project accompanied with a tin of tartan paint masquerading as a logo.

Limiting it to LGBT only didn’t seem fair either. I’m all for pushing inclusivity to hilt to but I didn’t fancy Scottish LGBTQQIP2SAA Voices fitting on the pin badges. So a shortened version compromise was arrived at, with the one ‘Q’ in the title covering both queer and intersex in one fell swoop.

I’m no fan of wanky buzzwords… but like a true hypocrite I’ve made the exception of toying and locking in ‘citizen participation’ and ‘open democracy’ as part of Scottish LGBTQI Voices.

One thing that’s true is everyone has a voice, but not everyone has a platform for it.

Sure, we can share our dinner on Instagram or give our tuppence worth about the world and its dug on Twitter. And power to the elbow of all those who have something to say via personal blogs. I’ve never made my way to Snapchat, but am sure there lies a hotbed of indispensability too.

The power of the individual knows no digital bounds. We can leave our footprint here, there and most everywhere we go. I got to thinking that Scottish LGBTQI Voices could leave its own footprint, Big Foot and Henderson’s stylee. All in the one place. As in a book… one print, one digital.

It’s the earliest of days for Scottish LGBTQI Voices, though the best wee nugget is this… If you identify (or know someone who identifies) with LGBTQI and you have a connection to Scotland, here is your platform… All we can do is use and share it.