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TransKyAdvocate By Tuesday G. Meadows

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Bobbie Thompson “Be happy...be yourself...whoever you are...and allow others to be themselves, whoever they are.” From her book My Husband Looks Better in Lingerie Than I Do...Damn It

ecently I had the pleasure of having

the transgender community here in Central

here locally consider Bobbie not only an

lunch with Bobbie Thompson, a

Kentucky, along with her obvious passion,

ally but also a friend. I have never heard

wife, a mother, a friend to many, a writer, and

caring, and honesty about what was going

anyone speak her name and then not smile

an ally to our local transgender community.

on, she helped teach me the important role

and say, “I know her.” I hope someday I can

Even though I had read her memoir that

of allies in the fight for transgender rights

call Bobbie and Alana friends, but right now

came out in February of this year, I still was

and equality.

I will call her an ally to me and my brothers

not sure what to expect when I met her for

Given that the transgender community is

and sisters here in Central Kentucky. In fact,

the first time in Versailles, her home town.

small, our allies can and do play an important

I was thinking of the word “ally,” and it just

While we had lunch, we got to chat for a

role. Allies help the larger community

did not seem like enough describing her

couple of hours about different subjects,

recognize that we exist and we are their

for this article. When she first walked into

but mainly about the Central Kentucky

friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow

the restaurant, I was sitting in the entryway

transgender community. I was not planning

church members. While listening to Bobbie

waiting for her to arrive. As I am most of

on writing about our lunch, or Bobbie for

speak, I could hear in her voice the struggles

the time, I had my head down scribbling

that matter, so I did not interview her or take

as well as the successes and triumphs, that, as

in my notebook when she walked up to

any notes while we chatted. Instead, this was

an ally, echo my own experiences. Moreover,

where I was sitting. With the glass in the

just a couple of girls chatting about what was

despite personal struggles, she still finds the

doors behind her all I could see was a figure

on our minds at the time.

time to champion transgender issues. She has

standing over me with a glow behind his or

Bobbie comes across as a very warm

attended the Southern Comfort Conference

her head. It looked like a bright shining angel

human being, one who loves her spouse,

two of the last three years where she has

with a halo was standing over me looking

Alana (a transgender woman), talks openly

gotten to interact with many trans folks on

down. I later thought: maybe Bobbie is not

about all issues, says that she doesn’t know

the national advocacy scene. We quickly

just an ally, but an angel for all of us in the

everything about the transgender universe,

realized that we both enjoy the work of the

transgender community. We could use more

and, perhaps most astonishingly, seems

same people. She writes regularly for this

allies and angels.

to be grounded in reality. Now, I have

publication and for several other national

You may write me at tmeadows828@

been a proponent of the trans community

online outlets. She is very sensitive to our

gmail.com or follow me on twitter at

advocating for themselves. However, talking

community and its ever-changing landscape.

TuesdayM@trishgigi. Now Tuesday is gone

with her and learning of her connection to

Now, I know that many LGBTQ folks

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