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Sunday, September 12, 2021

MadCatCreations Boutique: FALL Special! 20% off for all Group MEMBERS- Join Group for Discount.

 


Starting today! all Group members or New Group members get 20% off all regular priced items in the main store only!... Including new stuff! We have mesh clothes for MEN and WOMEN. Weekly Sales Room with Specials!


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Saturday, September 11, 2021

SECOND LIFE, INTERNATIONAL SPACEFLIGHT MUSEUM, THE NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY & SPACEX PRESENTS: “OUT OF THIS WORLD EVENT OF THE YEAR” Oct 9-10, 2021

 

Dear Human or Not-a-Human,

W/E are thrilled that on October 9-10, 2021, at 3PM PST, Time 12 Midnight, Europe, we will be opening Second Life SpaceX Event Center to the world. 

Second life is a global center for creators, and have long deserved reconsecration of this size and scale dedicated to the arts and sciences of space and building.  

We have built-in PRIM fashion,  a three-floor core exhibition, Stories of Space, which features spectacular galleries devoted to SPACE, as well as the creators who produced and designed them. Sound, visual effects, animation, cinematography, and so much more.  With more than two Sims, of public spaces and theater-style meeting places, the Second Life SpaceX Exhibit Center is destined to become the premier institution of Second Life for exploring and celebrating space. 

YOU ARE HEREBY, INVITED TO JOIN US AND EXPERIENCE THIS WITH US. 

Please join our humble second life groups by becoming a member.  You will enjoy complimentary general admission, invitations to members-only programs and special events, discounts at the sponsors stores, expedited check-in, and other fantastic benefits.

We hope you will join us in commemorating this exciting new era by becoming a member today. Your support will help us build and sustain our import exhibitions and programming. Simply click on the links below and enjoy FREE memberships for the rest of the year. 

Many thanks-- I look forward to seeing you at our events.

All my best, 

~Neuralink

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PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

SECOND LIFE, INTERNATIONAL SPACEFLIGHT MUSEUM, THE NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY & SPACEX PRESENTS: “OUT OF THIS WORLD EVENT OF THE YEAR”

October 4-10, 2021-- In a time of COVID, many event staff assistants are turning to Simulated reality, social simulation games and Virtual reality to meet and greet like and kind patrons. 

Zoom meetings are on the rise and other platforms of electronic communication has taken off and Secondlife.com is the leader.  Despite the global pandemic, there are safe and exciting ways to participate and celebrate World Space Week.

Secondlife.com or Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003.  It is available on Platforms such as Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Macintosh operating systems and Classic Mac OS. 

Thought out the years, Second Life has earned numerous awards in the field of Technology & Engineering. An Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Gaming Technology and Applications. The Genres: Virtual world, massive multiplayer online role-playing game. 

Second Life is used as a platform for education by many institutions, such as colleges, universities, libraries, and government entities.  Libraries in virtual worlds #Second Life libraries.



World Space Week is declared by the UNITED NATIONS as a celebration of space. Events are held annually, every October 4 to 10. 

These events are organized by thousands of organizations, including space agencies, aerospace companies, astronomy clubs and museums. It has become the largest space event on Earth, with over 8,000 events reported in 2019 and held in 96 countries. 

In 2020, World Space Week was dedicated to satellites and their broad benefits under the theme “Satellites improve life.” https://www.worldspaceweek.org/world-space-week-highlights/


SPACEX.com a Steller sponsor, Secondlife.com, International Spaceflight Museum http://www.ismuseum.org/ and the SL National Space Society will be presenting awards to SpaceX Space theme builders of Second Life. 


Kindness awards, Participation awards among other awards. Dr. Joseph Borg of Malta will be receiving an Achievement award. Dr. Borg and his colleagues are the first Maltese space project to launch on a SPACEX rocket. A cube with science samples successfully made it to the International Space Station. https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/2021/07/joseph-borg-magazines

 

National Space Society Teleport:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/38/226/3675

For more information visit: https://www.worldspaceweek.org/  ~ AD ASTRA


Second Life's Loved Performer - Stephanniyah Sinatra

 


As one of Second Life's best loved performers, Stephanniyah's performances take it to the next level. Her controlled, powerful voice and unique vocal stylings transform each song! She performs re-imagined R&B, Pop, Indie, and Jazz songs.

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BOOKING INQUIRIES: 

To book Stephanniyah, please contact her directly by notecard or reach out to a member of her management team:

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Aurora (aurora9099)

Friday, September 10, 2021

9/11 Memorials and Events In Second Life

 


Today is the 20th anniversary of the horrible terror attacks of 9/11/2001.  It is hard to believe it has been two decades since the world stood still and watched in horror as one plane hit, then the second hit collapsing the world trade center to rubble in of Manhattan, NYC, and then the other assaults on the Pentagon and plane crash in Pennsylvania that was heading to the capital. What chaos and fear it brought us but also courage came out of that horrific attack against us.


I remember that day clearly.  I was doing my 5-year-old daughter’s hair in little pigtails getting her ready for PM kindergarten.  I got a phone call to turn on the news. I stood in horror as smoke was coming from one of the towers and watched live as the second plane hit. I was horrified as the buildings collapsed one after the other into a heap of dust and debris right before my eyes. I had a cousin that worked in tower two but was not there that day. 


 I was glued to the TV  and did not take my child to school for fear of other attacks.. I was in a state of shock just like many Americans and others around the world.  That day is burned in my memory just like many who can account for what they were doing at that moment our country was under attack.  My heart sank for every family who lost their loved ones.


Together we began the healing process and stood by the words “Always remembered, never forgotten “ Year after Year we observed this day in memory of the many who lost their lives and have suffered illnesses as a direct result of the dust. From people just doing their job to first responders, military personal, and everyone who volunteered and donated their time and money to help rebuild. Thank you.


In Second Life, many across the grid are observing the day by visiting memorials and attending events so residents can continue to always remember and never forget. 


Below are some memorials to visit: 




EVENT: 9/11 People With Disabilities 20 Years Later

Shyla (Krijon) is hosting a 9/11 Observance from 1 - 2 pm this Saturday, Sep 11, on Inspiration Island. [voice and text] 



WBH Music Cafe:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/245/231/701




9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial


Since 2011, the 9/11 Memorial has been placed in various locations around the Second Life world to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. This year the memorial is placed in the region of Dornoch, Scotland. All are welcome to visit and reflect. 



http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dornoch/54/188/23



9/11 Memorial - Always Remember, Never Forget 


A Tribute to The Victims & Heroes Who Lost Their Lives on September 11, 2001


Teleport: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gold%20Haven/246/48/1343





ROCKIN' ROBIN REMEMBERS 9/11 


 Rockin' Robin is honoring and remembering those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Our 9/11 memorial is now open for viewing. Take the teleporter at the landing point to the memorial. The dress theme for Saturday is casual or, if you wish to honor the heroes on that day, you may dress as a first responder. Join us on Saturday as we recognize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and spend the day at the memorial location.


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockin%20Robin/128/64/3509





Atlantis 2021- 9/11 Memorial


Atlantis Second Life's  BEAUTIFUL interactive adult sim Photographers paradise explore and find The Lost City and find hidden secrets dance or meet people DJs Concerts Events with a nude or swimsuit optional beach, socialize, sex swing couples Bento FREE 


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Macando/145/87/22




Learning Virtuale- 9/11 Memorial


Visit this peaceful place of reflection and remembrance. Honor those who were lost on 9/11. Never forget September 11, 2001.    


Virtual education at LV! Exhibits: Signs of the Times (COVID-19 & social injustices), Black History, Hispanic Heritage, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidency/2020 Election, and Women's History. 9-11 Memorial. Art gallery. Library. Fireworks!            


http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Balmoral/209/51/2002   

GeekSpeak – When did you last laugh? The 1970s? Let’s explore the realities of humour! Join the discussion Sept 11 @ 12pm SLT


 

Where does humour come from?  Why do we laugh and how do we sometimes avoid laughing at all costs?  Does humour depend on language, culture, history?  Are there jokes that are funny everywhere and at all times?

What would have been the most popular joke in 100,000 BC, or 1500 AD?  What will be the best joke in 2100 AD?  And what jokes will aliens find funny?  And why are the British so damn funny?  (But perhaps you don’t think they are?)

Come and discuss the mystery of humour.  Bring anyone, as long as they have a sense of humour.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday at 1pm SLT in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

O'Licia Dance Studio: "Grand Opening Extended Members Sale! Ends at midnight on Sunday!

Have you ever just wanted that feeling, like the wind has lifted you off the ground, and you're flowing through the air, like a translucent dream.

Here at O'licia Dance Studio, the Mocap Dance Animations give you just that. The precise execution of each dance empowers one and all to enjoy the fruits of its labor. Precision and balance within the hud allow for fun and exciting dances.

We want all our customers to embrace our products and know that we are serious about bringing new dance animations that will cater to all in this amazing virtual world, called Second Life.

Currently, at O'licia Dance Studio we have 20% OFF all Dance Huds for our "Grand Opening Extended Members Sale" (free to Join), the sale ends this Sunday at midnight SLT!

So, make sure you come and check these amazing dances out. Support an up-and-coming business that will invoke creativity, passion, and art through dance.

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Mainstore: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Switch/9/35/22

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oliciadancestudio

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/193653807@N04/


JAIL EVENT BY POSESION PRODUCTIONS !! September 10TH-30TH


Jail Event opens its doors for the September round with a great selection of brands just for you. Come to Jail Event and enjoy all the great creations our designers have for all of you!!!!!. In this round, you also can find in the event the amazing HERACLES BODY by INVICTUS our special sponsor for this amazing round. Don't miss what our fabulous designers made for you! The Best Brands for YOU !!!!!!!!!! September 10th-30th

Dandy Pianoman and Dennymac DEBUT LIVE at Terry's Sunday Showcase- September 12th

 



Join us on Sunday, September 12th beginning at 12pm SLT for Terry's Sunday Showcase, sponsored by the SL Enquirer! This week's featured artist is Dandy Pianoman!  Debuting at Terry's this week, Dandy began playing the piano at the age of 6 and worked his way through all the English grades up to grade 8.  After that, Dandy had a chance meeting at his college with a pro classical guitarist who inspired him to experiment with rock and blues styles as well as improvisation and composition. It would be fair to say he's never looked back since!

Over the years Dandy has played in a succession of live bands in rl as both a bass player and keyboard player. His playful approach to performing captivate you in ways that help you truly appreciate the music, making this one show you won't want to miss!

Up next this week at 1pm SLT, Terry's is proud to welcome the talented Dennymac, as he performs his solo debut on the Terry's stage! DennyMac streams from New York with his passion for music and a deep desire to share his talent. Heavily influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, the Beatles, and many others,  he brings his great talents utilizing lead guitar along with his gritty yet well-polished vocals.

Also a member of the popular SL band The QuadRadix, Dennymac is truly an exceptional force in music, having performed regularly with many of Second Life's finest talent all across the grid.

Come support live music with friends, laughter, and a whole lot of fun...ONLY at Terry's Place!!!

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Welcome to Terry's Place, your friendly neighborhood pub where everyone knows your name! Home to some of the hottest DJs and live singers on the grid, there's a little something for everyone here at Terry's when you just need to get away from it all. Dance as we spin tunes for all walks of life, show off your talents at Open Mic every Friday, or enjoy a live concert out in the park at our Terry's Sunday Showcase!  With events now happening five nights a week, be yourself and escape the chains of real-life with friends, laughter, and a whole lot of fun...ONLY at Terry's Place!

PUBLIC LANDMARK:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystic%20River%20Cove/214/82/2501

VENUE SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/terrysplacesl

Flickr- https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrysplace

Discord- https://discord.gg/8Aqxxr8

VENUE CONTACT:
Ninja (ninjaantwoord resident)

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Performer Websites:

Dandy Pianoman - http://www.strangers.org.uk/

Dennymac - https://www.facebook.com/dennymacSL


Another Great Item From MadCatCreations Boutique - A Sweater Bra Combo with HUD or singles at the MAIN STORE!

 

MadCatCreations Boutique has another cool item for FALL for Women! A fall sweater top with polka dot bra in 10 colors. Either a FATPACK or Singles! For Sale NOW! We have 2 New Men's Sweaters on sale too at the Main Store!!!! New Men's stuff soon !!!!

WIP Event: September OPEN NOW! Sept 2-Sept 22nd

 


WIP is a shopping event that takes place from the 2nd to the 22nd monthly.

The essential stop for the most select SL's community.

Our goal is to provide you the latest fashion trends through our awesome participating brands.



Featuring: Accessories, Apparel, Cosmetics, Decor, HUDs, Poses, Shoes
Event Opening Date: September 2, 2021
Event Closing Date: September 22, 2021

More than 60 special designers....special creations...DON"T miss them


⭐Come and get the New Arrivals, Giveaways & Group Gift ♥
⭐Limo:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/WIP/144/194/1496
 *Seraphim:  https://www.seraphimsl.com/2021/09/02/wip-has-amazing-summer-styles/
 *FB:  https://www.facebook.com/WipSLevent/


TELEPORT: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/WIP/128/193/1501


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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Spotlight on Maverick’s MC @ Ruffneck Falls- Respect, Diversity, Inclusion, Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun.- SLE Reporting...

 



Motorcycle Clubs in the real world are usually organized by the riding type, style, brand of bike or events and have evolved since the early 1900s when it is said MCs first originated right after world war II with the New York Motorcycle Club, which merged with the Alpha MC of Brooklyn to become the federation of American Motorcyclists. Eventually, it grew into the American Motorcyclist Association. 


Today there are many motorcycle clubs around the world involved in charity rides and other activities for the greater good slowly shedding the stigma of criminal activities by the biker gangs considered “outlaws” of society.


In Second Life, you can be part of a Motorcycle club and virtually ride across scenic terrains with your group of friends and be involved in charity events and other fun and entertaining activities without spending a single lick of gas or running up miles on your hog or crotch rocket. 


The great thing about MCs in Second Life is the bond it creates between members from around the world, sharing a virtual highway.  The SL Enquirer caught up with Maverick’s MCs owner  Λ G (angelor.galanter) and his business partner  Karlee (karlee.heartsong) to learn more about this motorcycle club and what it stands for.






Interview with Λ G (angelor.galanter) and Karlee (karlee.heartsong) 


SLE: Before we get into Maverick’s MC @ Ruffneck Falls, we’d love to know where you are from and how you discovered Second Life?


Λ G: I am in California and have lived here for many years. I became the sole parent, both mother, and father, if you will, of my youngest daughter who was 6 at the time. I wanted a way for us to play together and learn together. So, supervised, I joined SL to let her play barbie on a safe sim.


Karlee:  I live in Colorado. My RL husband introduced me to SL about 10 years ago. I hated it but tried it again a few years later and I am still here.


SLE: AG that’s an awesome way to bond with your child and Karlee glad you gave SL another shot.  Would you consider Second Life an extension of your real life or just a game to pass some time?


Λ G:  From day 1 I have acted and believed that SL is an extension and an enhancement of my real life (think video-conference with friends and loved ones!).


Karlee: I consider SL to be an extension of real-life as my feelings are involved here. I have found a great community, love to build, and even talk to many people I met here, outside of SL proper.



SLE: What inspired you to create  Maverick’s MC @ Ruffneck Falls? Can you tell our readers more about your MC motto and what you expect from members?


Λ G: Very simply we are an upscale hybrid MC within the mainstream of SL'ers who love SL and being part of a community for connection, adventure, and fun. We seek anyone who loves motorcycles, MC way of life, and brings skills, talents, and passion. 

Our Motto is Respect, Diversity, Inclusion, Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun.

We expect our members to be themselves, and share their journey in SL/life with us as we do with them.


Karlee: Angelor and I both have set this as our mission.


SLE: That is a great motto. Are you all invite-only or can anyone go to the MC events or is it exclusively for members only?


 Λ G: In general, our MC is open to the public, including events and concerts. Anyone can come and simply hang out if they enjoy the community Karlee and I (and many others) have created.


Karlee: I think other than those events specifically for patched members, anyone can join in. We love having people here and visiting with them.


SLE: That is great you are open to the public, please tell our readers more of the  types of events do you host?


Λ G: Our MC, which Karlee and I both envisioned together, and have hosted DJs and Live singers. We look forward to other events during rallies, bike build-offs, and, perhaps, even re-imagining products and services that are a benefit to the MC community as a whole.



SLE: How can visitors interested in becoming a patched member of Maverick’s MC @ Ruffneck Falls join the MC and be part of your community?


Λ G: My first suggestion for anyone is to come to meet us, ride our tracks, and get a feel for who, what, why, and how we operate. We, essentially, have no restrictions as to race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental conditions, religious/political affiliations, or citizenship. If members can't ride directly, they can either ride as a passenger for our ride-outs or be a non-riding but equally essential contributing patched member.


 Karlee: The way I see it, people should attempt to get to know the current members of Mavericks MC by joining our support group, attending our events, hanging out with us, and deciding if what we offer would be what they would want in their lives. After that, fill out an application to join and go from there.



SLE:  There are multiple Motorcycle clubs in Second Life. What separates Maverick’s MC from the rest?


Λ G:  I think a more important part is how we "fit" the fabric of all the MCs. MCs are all different but work together for the community as a whole. Every MC is a unique part of the larger community on a spectrum of all possible human potentials. Basically, we can't separate ourselves from other MCs anymore than people can separate themselves from humanity.


Karlee: In addition to that, Mavericks are different in that we are not fighting or griefing MC. We are here to enjoy our lives, have a great time with a community that all of us have built together.


SLE:  Many MCs do a lot for the community. Orion is a rider and has done many Toys for Tots and Poker Runs and many other charity rides. What kind of charities are you involved in or special events within Second Life?


Λ G:  As a vet myself, as well as Karlee, I am going to defer to her answer on that, she summarizes it so well. I will add that we assist other MCs with creating and building their sims, tracks, or any other projects they ask us to help with. We've shared the essence of our bylaws with others, as well. In addition, Karlee and I are working on tech products that will be useful not only in MCs but SL in general that will be free to all who wish to use them.


Karlee: We had a Wounded Warrior Project event on Memorial Day and we are currently planning where we go from there. Basically, as veterans, we not only hold events but help out other MCs with their events whenever possible.


SLE: Are you looking for more patched members or people for support? Can you tell us if you are currently recruiting or hiring for any positions within the motorcycle club?


Λ G:  We just started our recruitment drive about two weeks ago. This drive includes classified ads, notifications, posters, and more. Realistically, it's about us as an MC getting out there meeting/greeting people and making alliances primarily outside of MC's. There are many SL'ers who don't even know that up to 200 full track sims exist for their enjoyment. We can't and do not accept other current MC members or those who recently left an MC. (See our Recruitment Poster)



SLE: You have a Dedicated Highway here on the sim, can you tell our readers more about that?


Λ G: Yes, well, if you have anything you'd like to dedicate a track to you can. Passed or living. rip or birthday, especially vets, disabled, retired, and more.  it puts heart in what we do. We also have a Wounded Warrior Sign up and HFOT kiosk to donate for homes for our troops


Karlee: I did one level for a real-life navy friend of mine who passed away recently. The honorarium stays up for one month.



SLE: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


Karlee: We welcome everyone to come to visit Mavericks MC @ Ruffneck Falls to enjoy the natural and beautiful tracks that we have here. We have 15 total tracks. 13 of these are nice wide tracks with beautiful surrounds, a speed track to test your skills on, and our newest track, Blade Runner.


 Λ G:  I will add our primary mission: Mavericks MC's mission is to create, join, and participate in SL events, including ride-outs and/with other MCs, public, and related activities. Ride Outs typically highlight our connections with each other in a fun and unique way (usually in-voice).


Mavericks MC, Angelor Galanter, is one of many MC Estate owners and SL Estate owners spearheading a movement to eradicate griefing as a tool to strike fear in Owners of sims and businesses, and causing a huge loss in traffic and revenue. If you are an Estate owner and wish to join get an invite 

 

 here is the link: 

secondlife:///app/group/9679d3b1-3aed-6a61-4197-72ee08d001e9/about 

 

MC Command and Sim Owners Alliance. It is really up to all Estate Owners to insist griefing remain inside of RP sims.


Maverick’s MChttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ruffneck%20Falls/194/85/24

TRANSGENDERS IN TRANSITION: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE - JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING


What can I say?  I like people.  I like talking to people...and I like hearing their stories.  It is interesting how much you can learn just by listening.  It is said that God gave us two ears and one mouth in order that we might listen twice as much as we speak. Would that more people would do so.     
It was a Friday night a few weeks back.  I was in one of my favorite SL haunts, and I struck up a conversation with another patron at the bar. Over the next hour, Mercedes shared with me her story.  A story of introspection, identifying how she sees herself, embracing that identity, and then sharing that identity with the important people in her life. Mercedes is Transgender, or a “Trans”, as she calls it.  Assigned male at birth in RL, Mercedes identifies as female, in RL and in SL.
Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender or sense of personal identity does not match the sex they were born with. In other words, a transgender person may have been born as a male but identifies as a female or vice versa.  Research suggests that 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the United States. About 0.7% of adults 18-24 identify as transgender, and 0.5% of adults 65 and older identify as transgender.


After conferring with my editor, we decided that Mercedes’ story could serve to inform and enlighten SL Enquirer readers about life as a transgender, and possibly shed some light and support understanding this often-misunderstood population.
Josh Bellic (JB):  Mercedes, I believe you have an interesting story to tell, and I appreciate your willingness to share it with our SL Readers.  To start off, can you tell us, when did you first decide to go Trans?
Mercedes (M):  Not sure exactly Josh, but I am pretty sure it was about 15 years ago.
JB:  I imagine it must have been a fairly lengthy process to arrive at such a momentous decision, no? So, what was it that caused you to make that decision?
M:  Well Josh, I have always been female in my mind.  I just finally just reached a point in my life where I had the opportunity to complete the process.  Modern hormones and medicine are amazing these days. They really are.
JB:  And what of your family and friends?  How did they react when they heard the news?  Did your family support you in this?
M:  Well, most of them were shocked, but a few were not..  You’re gonna have to accept that you will lose friends in the process, but to me they were not that good of friends, to begin with.  My family is mostly accepting....distant family members remain... well.. ...distant  lol 
JB:  And what about “crossdressers”?   Are they the same as “Trans”?
M:  No. That is not correct.  I know some straight males that just enjoy dressing up.  They see themselves as males, whereas I and other true transgenders, identify as female.
JB:  How do you feel about all the guys playing females here in SL?  Anecdotal wisdom suggests that up to half the women avies here are men in RL
M: I don’t mind.  That’s what SL is all about – a "Second Life".  Where else can you see what life would be like as the opposite gender?  Just don't trick anyone that you’re "close" to.  That’s not fair to them.
JB:  And what about the “T-Girls” in SL?  - attractive female avis with male genitalia.  What is THAT all about? Are these folks legit Trans also?
M:  I find most are male.  TG people work so hard in RL to hide our history (bulge) so, in my option, a real TG is not going to show off their parts whether all out or a bulge, the point is to be seen and accepted as female.  I have no bulge clothes, and in any nude-only places, I am seen as female.  I don't advertise in my profile but all my friends know about me and for sure if we are dating, I don't hide or trick, I just don't advertise as I feel it’s no one’s business but my own. Sorry, I got sidetracked....but to answer your question...I don’t judge anyone here, if someone wants to flaunt their privates, more power to them.  If you don't like it, don't look.  :)
JB:  Do you feel subtle or not-so-subtle discrimination here, or in RL? 
M:  SL is very accepting, more so here than RL actually.  It provides a platform where I get a lot of questions asked that one may feel uncomfortable asking in RL.
JB:  How far along in the transformation process are you?
M:  This is a complicated question...as far as Male to female,  I’m happy where I’m at.  But regardless of your gender, you are always making improvements on your Physique and look.  So when I look in the mirror I’m happy but always saying "I gotta fix that", and off to the gym I go (5X a week btw ..lol)
JB:  I remember reading an interview with a RL trans.   She was saying how lonely she was.  Men won't date her, because they see her as really a man;  lesbian women won't date her because she is not “really” a woman.  It must be terribly lonely. She can’t seem to make it all work.

M:  Yeah.  It takes a special breed of a person to get past all that.  Once they get to know me though, things change.  Appearance is only skin deep. 


JB:  So, Mercedes.  You have been here almost 14 years?  What is the attraction to SecondLife, and what is it that keeps you coming back night after night?

M:  My attraction was simple boredom.  I wish I could say something more exotic, but I can’t.   I keep coming back because it is fun.  There is always lots to do and you meet people and create relationships with people from all around the world.

JB:  Is there anything else about your experience you would like to share with our readers?

M: Just be yourself, enjoy your SL as you wish.  Just know that everyone enjoys their SL the way they wish and there is no reason to be judgmental of others.

So, there you have it, folks.  Yet another fascinating resident, contributing to the variety of lifestyles that make up the fabric of Life on the Grid

Aloha!

JB


 
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