Midweek Outing Mk 2

Hi Everyone

After the success of our last crossdresser/transgender person outing we have decided to have a second midweek outing.
We have again gone for Amuse Cafe (34 5th Street, Linden, Johannesburg) as it is a very good, accepting and tolerant venue; it is close to our dressing venue; it is cosmopolitan and relatively central for most people.

The date chosen is Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7 pm. I am not sure what Amuse has planned at this time but the company will be good, the drinks plentiful and a fun night out is assured.

As noted above we can book the dressing facility for you at a very competitive rate and we will be on hand to help make you look fabulous. Having said that, Amuse is a very cool venue and your ability to pass (or otherwise) is irrelevant to us, the staff and the other patrons. What matters is that you be your authentic self. Feel at ease and are able to express yourself freely. We at Priscilla’s, in conjunction with Amuse will make that happen!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Please contact us asap so we can secure your booking. Also please feel free to contact us should you want any more information.

 

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Population Statistics

According to this Guardian article about one percent of the population is gender non-conforming. That means there are more than 120 000 transgender people, crossdressers and gender binary people in Gauteng alone.

Put another way, there are more transgender people in Gauteng than can fit in Soccer City. That is huge!

You all know where to come if you need us! 

5 July: Our first outing

On Tuesday 5 July we had our first outing. We had had some people asking us if we did midweek evening outings as that was the only time they could get out and we were keen to try the concept. So we went ahead and made some plans.

It seemed that Tuesday was the most convenient day for all concerned and we selected Amuse Cafe in Linden as we wanted a safe and accepting venue where we could have a group of people that could be easily accommodated.  Dirck was very welcoming and his arrangements were perfect and spot-on.

Sadly one of our attendees had a bad motorcycle accent one week before the event and so she could not come. A number of other people canceled (which is to be expected) and the very cold weather certainly did not do us any favours. But despite all of this we still had a total attendance of eight people which we were very happy with.

Once again a big THANK YOU to all of you who braved the cold and came. Speaking for ourselves we had a lot of fun and it seems most of our guests did as well.

We were pleased to offer some of our guests the use of our ‘temporary dressing facility’. Whilst we are waiting for our permanent and dedicated venue to become available we have managed to find a local guest house to assist. The staff are accepting and professional as far as having a bunch of crossdressers/transgender people clicking through their guest house and we are confident you will feel safe and respected there until such time as our venue is up and running. The rooms are small, but adequate and above all clean. In fact the guest house is very new and thus everything feels very clean. The finishing is a bit rough and ready and it is not the most luxurious but it is adequate. The rates are also very competitive and we are sure you will all appreciate that.

After dressing we made our way to Amuse and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. It was G’s first time out dressed and she did brilliantly. She looked fabulous and I was very impressed with her overall presentation. She looked like she had been going out and about for years.

At Amuse, I had a lively, impassioned and interesting discussion with Mike who is helping us with our web page (no, not this one, the new and improved version launching soon). Sadly he and his wife had to leave but we were soon joined by some others.

We had a lovely meal, the conversation flowed and I think we all learned something about each other and hopefully everyone felt welcomed and safe. I know I enjoyed myself immensely, especially meeting a few new people and getting some more insights.

Sadly the evening was over all too soon and we braved the cold as we left for home. We have discussed the evening and we are eager to do more such events. We would love to hear from you all with suggestions and thoughts so that we can better meet your needs and hopefully see a few more of you out there.

Sadly we forgot our camera at home (rookie error, I know) so we did not get any photographs… Next time. I promise!

July 2016 Newsletter

Hi Everyone
I hope you are all well and those of you in Gauteng are keeping nice and warm. Flip it is getting chilly.

A big welcome to our new clients. I trust that you are all satisfied with the service that you have received. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve or make things better for you.

Some good news is that Priscilla’s is growing up. We now have our own domain name and will be upgrading our website soon. Thanks to Mike for his very kind assistance in this regard. Also, his enthusiasm for all things digital is amazing (and catching) and is matched only by his knowledge of all things digital. If anybody needs any digital work done, please contact me so I can refer you to him. Please look out for the new site and let us know what you think (once it goes live).

We held our first ever midweek outing on 5 July. We had 8 people attend which is small but given that it was our first event, the cold and the fact that it is a school night, we were happy with the attendance. I think everyone had  a good time. Irene and  I certainly enjoyed the company. I hope that at our next event more of you will be able to attend (and that the weather is warmer). We will write a full review on the website, in a few days time so please keep an eye out for that. I thought though that I would share this with you all right away… One of our guests, E, had this to say to me today:
‘I felt really comfortable with you all. And I told B this morning how important it is for us all to have safe space to move in.
Last night made a difference for me.’
This really warms my heart and makes me feel very special. If we can make a difference to people in even a small way I am happy!

I would also like to take this opportunity to share some information with you:
As I think you all know we are working hard on getting a permanent, private venue for you all. It looks like we will have access to a venue from December 2016. We will need to do some renovations (we have had someone come and look at our plans and he is confident he can do what needs to be done), so we are hoping to have it up and running by early 2017 depending on when the builder can start work. December is a bad month for this.
In the meantime we are using our property for storage. This is fast running out so I recommend that if you are considering getting some storage (before December 2016) that you get in early to avoid disappointment.
We have secured access to an accommodating and friendly guest house nearby with very reasonable rates. We are happy to book this for you and assist you with all your dealings with them, to ensure your identity remains private if that is important to you. Rooms are small but mostly adequate and they are very flexible regarding check in times etc. They also offer a five hour rate which could work for some of you. Please be in touch for details.

Once again, thank you to all of you for your ongoing support. Please contact us should you need anything, we are happy to help wherever we can. We are happy to meet over a coffee anytime that suits you to find out what you may need.