As far as I know, I’m the only person that has ever been discharged from the United States Air Force for “Gender Identity Disorder” or “GID”. My DD214 says I have “mental disorders”. So I’m guessing that qualifies as nuts.
I was raised as Carl Justin Lyle Aldridge. People called me Justin until I was 29. There was a brief period, however, between the ages of 4 and 5 where I would only respond to the name “Howard”. My name is now Carla Jasmine Lewis. My nom de plume is “manicsquirrel”. If you refer to it as “Manic Squirrel” or “Manicsquirrel”, I get irritated just a little bit – one word, all lowercase please.
I’m a 39 year old pre-operative transsexual. I live in east Tennessee with my lovely partner, Jaime. Jaime is an accomplished hair stylist and salon owner. Jaime was formerly the South Atlantic Regional director for PFLAG.
I used to be really overworked, but now I am just burned out. I work for a small computer service company of which I am co-founder. I spend my days installing and maintaining small business networks, writing software, and recovering deleted data (*yawn*). On occasion, it gets really exciting. Why just the other day we found a dried up old dead frog inside a computer.
I want to make the world I live in a better place for everyone (everyone that cares for their fellow human in a kind and altruistic manner). To that end, I try to stay involved in politics enough to encourage change. I’m the current secretary for East Tennessee Equality Council and a former secretary of Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.