Saturday, June 23, 2012
The best time I had last year was at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It was my first experience there and I immediately put it on my calendar for this year.
The parade is today! I'm heading out with Jamie and Robin. And my camera, of course.
What summer event are you looking forward to?
Oh, and not to get serious on you (which I'm prone to), did you know mermaids are the icon of my people? Studies of young M2F transsexuals find a remarkable number of us idolize mermaids when we're children. Researchers don't know why we're attracted to them, but we are.
My theory is this. Children don't perceive gender the same way as adults. Children believe that if you look like a girl on the outside (usually by dress), then you are a girl. Not only are mermaids feminine and beautiful, but they have no private parts -- which makes them someone a youngster like me can relate to. In our child minds, we believe that maybe we can be like them.