Transgender Encounter by Shale March 3, 2016 I know I have written about this in the past, perhaps online but I cannot find it in any of my journals. I have met transgender ppl at gay rights functions where they had seminars and I was impressed with how they changed their lives. However, I met one trans woman once at our nude beach here in Miami-Dade County. I was entering the beach, naked of course, walking along the sand looking for any friends that might be there when I came across this woman with long hair, small but noticeable breasts and a penis & scrotum. Piqued my curiosity, so I put my towel down near her and we had a good conversation. She told me about the harassing comments she received from some ppl at the beach but like the rest of us naturists was determined to let it all hang out. (Non-judgmental body acceptance is a sacrosanct tenet of nudism, but there are posers everywhere.) I asked her if she planned to get the final surgery and she said no, that the surgery was not advanced enuf to guarantee that fysical sensation in her genitals would remain. That I can understand. Anyone who enjoys sex can understand that. Lots of sex educators tell you the best sex organ is your brain, but every guy I know says it is in the tip of your penis. I really liked this person's candor and enjoyed the time spent with her, talking on the beach. Oh, and some ppl will wonder why I refer to a person with a penis and balls as "her." IDK, she had breasts and long hair also but female was the persona she was projecting. I just felt that she was female. I did not enquire about her sex life. I have lots of friends I know even more personally whom I do not make such enquiry. But, I could be excited by her and get intimate with all her parts. Then again, I am bi and get aroused by men or women. Maybe that and the fact that I am a nudist and can't take all these mainstream body issues seriously is why it is so disheartening to see the mean-spirited and ignorant legislators (and their mainstream electorate) create problems that are not there concerning which restroom transgender ppl must use. Like my acquaintance on the beach, when she is dressed, it is as a woman and no one would know what parts she has between her legs. To make a law based on that alone and not the person's actual gender and forcing an apparent woman into a men's room is misguided and confusing at best and dangerous at its worst. I have been using men's rooms all my life and never once saw a man's genitals even standing at a urinal next to me. More so, I would not know what was between a man's legs sitting inside a toilet stall in a public restroom. That is how it would also be in a women's room, so what is the problem? Again, ignorant ppl waste time making a problem where none exists. (Like some stupid "War on Drugs" that accomplished nothing except creating crimes and filling prisons) It is time for the mainstream culture in the U.S. to grow up and quit attacking anything that is different. I have encountered female attendants in a men's room in Germany and none of the guys standing in her view at the urinals seemed to have a problem with that. We all know what parts are between ours and the other genders legs, so what is the big deal? BTW, the fear seems to be that someone with a penis is going to be using the women's room. No one even considers that such laws might force someone like Buck Angel to use the women's room when he is quite content to use the men's room. Do you really think women would be more comfortable with that?