Transgender reenactor finds herself at Gettysburg
In a sea of 12,000 re-enactors, Barbara Ann Myers stood out.
Though she was pretending as much as the others dressed up to play a persona as a living historian or re-enactor during the third day of the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee’s re-enactment, Myers was no longer hiding.
Wearing drawers, a corset and camise layered under her hoop skirt, petticoat and dress, Myers peeked out from under a teal bonnet cap at the wares on tables inside sutlers’ tents.
She looked every bit a lady of the 1860s, shopping at the market.
But it was only two years ago that the 6-foot-2 Navy veteran from Tallahassee, Fla., came out as transgender, and began living her life full-time as a woman. The people she works with at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, where she’s worked for 22 years, are among those who have accepted her, she said.
She is still hoping to gain acceptance from other people, including some in the re-enacting community…
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