Who I Am

Who I Am

I’m 49, although I’m told I don’t look or act my age. I take that as a compliment. I have a love-hate relationship with labels, but I think they can often be helpful. Labels come with a lot of loaded information, and are filtered based on YOUR experiences and information you’ve received. Despite that risk and sometimes my own distaste for the confusion surrounding them, I’m going to throw around a lot of labels. In this case, I hope they will help you get a better idea of who I am. These labels are in no particular order or importance or weight.

I’m a journalist. I work at CNN’s Worldwide Headquarters in Atlanta. My title is News Editor, but if you’re not in television news, you probably don’t know what that means. I typically spend my days taking in information and deciding where it needs to go and how. Sometimes, I change other journalists’ work to help it fit within certain standards and format. It’s a rewarding job, sometimes stressful, and very interesting (to me).

I’m a parent, a sibling and child. Those labels should be self-explanatory.

I’m transgender. This means nothing about who I find attractive. Gender is not sexuality. Gender is how you see your femininity and/or masculinity, whereas sexuality is the gender to which you’re attracted. Here are a couple basic rules to help you understand the difference: gender is between your head, sex is between your legs; and gender is who you go to bed AS, where sexuality is who you go to bed WITH. I transitioned late in life. It’s only been about a year for me, and I only came out to the majority of the people in my life about 6 months ago.

I’m a friend to a wide variety of people! I don’t have a lot of close guy friends. Most of my close friends are women, and most of those are either gay, bisexual or gender variant. That’s because these are the people with whom I most closely identify. I’m a woman and a lesbian. I’ve exclusively dated women. I’ll never say never, but I can’t see myself dating a guy. I’m also single, by choice. I have been for several years, and for a number of reasons, most recently because I was focused on myself. That’s not a bad thing! If you find yourself focused on you, it’s probably a good thing to be single.

I’m a wannabe musician. I studied opera and play (to varying degrees) several instruments. Music is a big part of my life, and I have a wide range in taste, but I’m no expert on any one genre.

TinCanBay

Me and Steph on the beach of Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia.

I love to learn! Because of ADD, I did poorly in school. I flunked history, for example, but love learning about history and cultures now! I just returned from a 3-week trip to Australia where my friend Steph lives. I stayed with her and her family outside of Brisbane, so I feel like I really got to experience Australia better than most visitors. It was definitely one of the most lovely experiences I’ve ever had, and I’ll be writing more about my time there, soon.

Those are the highlights. There is a lot more to who I am, but that should be a decent introduction. If you have any questions, or want to share something you found interesting in this post, please leave a comment below! I promise I’ll read it, and will reply as best I can.

5 Comments

  1. Shawn Masterson
    Apr 6, 2016

    You forgot inspiration. Your willingness to share, in an open forum, is an inspiration to many.

    • dstew67
      Apr 7, 2016

      Thank you, Shawn. I don’t think of myself in that way, but I’ve been told that before. I just hope I can give people an exposure to what being trans really means. People are being bombarded right now with concepts and information that doesn’t represent my reality, or the reality of many other transgender people. I hope I can give that a little balance.

  2. Shawn Masterson
    Apr 7, 2016

    That’s great. Happiness can be fleeting. It is the lucky among us that are able to stop it and capture it. It seems like you have.

    • dstew67
      Apr 7, 2016

      YES! This put a smile on my face. I am, truly happy 🙂

  3. Constance Hoffman
    May 25, 2016

    Legal news out of the Mid West:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Case against William Earl Harrison dismissed for second time
    PHELPS COUNTY, Mo. / May 19, 2016 — William Earl Harrison is focused on putting his life back together after being falsely accused of murder for the second time. On Wednesday, May 18, the state dismissed its case against Harrison in the 1992 death of Jerry Wayne King.
    King’s body was found July 8, 1992, near the entrance to the Gourd Creek Cave, located near the end of what is now County Road 7270. Harrison, then 28, was arrested and held 90 days in connection with the death, but the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
    For Harrison, the damage had been done: As a result of the wrongful accusations, he lost his job, and his marriage ended, as did his relationship with his stepchildren.
    In the two decades since, he had rebuilt his life: remarried, holding a stable job and forging a strong relationship with his granddaughter. 2014’s arrest ripped through his life yet again, costing him his job and halting his attempts to get guardianship of his granddaughter.
    “I had a wonderful reputation in the community; I was a trusted member, and that was taken from me,” Harrison, now 52, says.
    Now, with the state’s case dismissed May 18, 2016, again for lack of evidence, Harrison is turning his attention to the future and to clearing his name.
    “I want to get back into society and hold my head up high,” he said. “I’m glad that the stress of this false charge is now off my family.”
    Among his goals: Harrison hopes to get his job at Walmart Distribution back now that the case has been dismissed.
    He also wants to get the laws in Missouri changed for other innocent people.
    “They cannot do this to other people, dragging their good name through the mud without evidence,” he said.
    Harrison’s attorney, Carrie Gerischer, is thrilled that he can now move on with his life and work to put this injustice behind him.
    “I have always known of Bill’s innocence but saw how this accusation was destroying his life, career and family,” she said. “Our community should embrace Bill for his courage and patience during this challenging situation. Having the case dismissed and charges finally dropped was long overdue.”

    About Gerischer Law, LLC.
    Carrie Gerischer, Attorney at Law, LLC offers top-notch legal representation to those who face criminal prosecution in Phelps County and surrounding counties. Her extensive experience includes criminal and court cases, building her reputation as a formidable defense lawyer. To learn more about Gerischer Law contact Gerischer Law, LLC. at 573-202-6161 or visit http://www.GerischerLaw.com.

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    Media Contact:
    Constance Hoffman
    Gerischer Law, LLC
    (573) 202-6161
    Constance@GerischerLaw.com

    1212 Highway 72 East, Suite 7
    Rolla, MO 65401

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