Proud. Being more Bull Dog.

28056282_10156045084842557_5152656214536674961_n.jpgNot many would know that I felt shame when I first came out as Transgender.

I lost nearly everything and the unconditional love from my daughters and a few close friends kept me going.
I’m standing over a word in this photo that means so much theses days to me.

PROUD
As part of Bulldog Pride I helped a bit with some of the details for the Pride Game with things like suggesting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison Officers (GLLOs)

Standing there tonight looking at it meant so much.
#Shame is a painful emotion responding to a sense of failure to attain some ideal state and it encompasses you entirely. The thought process that I wanted to hide, to disappear or even to die.
For years, I tried to love myself. The more I tried, the harder it became. Why is allowing ourselves to do that so hard?
I was so afraid to go to #football games as a spectator. I just felt I was asking for trouble. I remember being outed on a train ride home while I stood with my daughters trying to distract them from being affected.
But now as I stood there tonight staring at a banner. Many of you see crepe paper and plastic but I see so much more and am filled with pride and honour as I helped a club create something a group for people to feel included and safe that means so much to so many for generations to come.

So I am proud of myself. I am proud for the work that I put in to change from a damaged person into the strong woman I am today.

Proud Mama Mish tonight 💋❤️

Published by mishsheppard

Michelle's powerful combination of self and community shines through the platform of radio which has helped raised the public profile and national dialogue of transgender, gender diverse and intersex issues on a national scale. Surprisingly nothing is off limits with Michelle who connects with her audience brilliantly; obviously through her humor and unapologetic blunt honesty. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike and hers is a powerful story to tell. We know that when a woman has the support of her community, especially her sisters, she is unstoppable. Michelle’s wider support from the women around her, LGBTI+ or ally alike, has helped develop her own unstoppable resilience and body positive confidence that she inspires others with. Now a sought-after public speaker Michelle is admired for her bold public representation of the Transgender community as works to break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for all Australian work spaces. Winner of the ANZ Excellence in Business Award, ‘LGBTI Jobs’ a relatively new project, they pair LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. “We’ve started a business that helps anybody who’s in the LGBTI Community. We go to companies and see what they are you doing. This isn’t just for me, this is for the entire community and we are going to make a massive change.” Michelle was recently celebrated alongside some truly amazing individuals from our community as part of the ‘The LOTL Power List 2016’ as someone who does everything in their power to make life that little bit better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities: sometimes with blood, sweat and tears; and sometimes just by being themselves. Michelle is also a finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. Awards Globe Awards 2016 - ANZ Excellence in Business Award The LOTL Power List 2016 (28/40) Finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017

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