I don't think anyone will hold it against you that you are a man. . . .
Welcome and I know you will enjoy your new craft. Ask a lot of questions here in the Forum, read the Blogs, and enjoy trying new things. Newbies (our lovingly given name for you) get excited about free standing lace, so I recommend that you check out my blog on ribbons.
We look forward to seeing some of your projects here on the Forum or at the Galleries.
Pat, The Avid Embroiderer
If you are interested in selling your projects, you can determine your costs and profits quickly with my Spreadsheet.