I was thinking tonight that my life has been pretty interesting in recent years. Lord knows I never planned it like this. All I ever wanted was just to be me and to be left alone. It's amazing what a pesky little social consciousness can do. Anyway, I probably have enough interesting experiences and knowledge to write another book. I suppose the only thing missing is time.
CNN did a segment on Joy Behar tonight titled "Transgender in America". Personally I'm not a Joy Behar fan but that's just me. It felt a little like a Trans 101 thing but whatever - this is what came out.
The first thing that stands out for me is the obvious diversity of the group of people talking. I recently did a panel and everyone on the panel was white FTM. The mix of perspectives here is nice to see.
There was an incident in Houston last week that didn't get much visibility but that has me very cranky. A trans-woman was arrested for using the women's bathroom in the Houston Library.
The fool who says that as long as this woman has a "male organ" she should use the male bathroom needs a serious lesson in safety, dignity, and law. If something like this happens anywhere around Harrisburg I'll be all over it like you wouldn't believe - it's just not right. According to the report the case may move to higher courts as well it should. As I say - it's just not right.
My days these days flow. That is, they're one thing after another after another. I had an evening discussion to do at a local university last night but made sure to take an hour of "me" time. Where did I spend it? On a treadmill. And it was wonderful. It's constantly amazing to me how my psyche and my physical self are connected. Anyway, the opportunity to run for an hour, do some sit-ups, and work these legs did me a world of good.
The article I mentioned that would be coming out in the local paper was on the front page yesterday (read it here). I'll admit that I didn't read the entire thing but what I did read was well done. Thanks so much to the reporter and the editors. The thing I'm happiest about is the needed visibility it provides for the Center.
I got a bunch of email from it, as you might imagine, and it was overwhelmingly supportive. I don't read the comments on things like this because it can make you crazy and from what I've heard there have been some doozies which is certainly fine. If someone wants to come and say that kind of ignorant crap to my face they know where I work. Come on down. It may surprise people that based on current counts the number of comments on the story is more than any other story in the last two days - twice as much as on a story on PA Legislators getting a pay raise.
I spoke on a panel at a local University last night. It was fun. Thanks to everyone who arranged it and attended. These kinds of things make for long days but that's not a complaint. I'm pacing myself so all is well.
As for Thanksgiving, I'm traveling. I've got 600+ miles to drive in hopes of getting from here to there by mid-day tomorrow. If I leave at 4am perhaps I can make some headway before too many people get on the road. As I say - I'm pacing myself. It's the only way I know how to do it all....
BTW - I realize that the Holiday Season is here and that times are tight for many but we'll be doing a phone-a-thon to raise year end funds here at the Center. If you can spare a hundred bucks send me an email and I'll give you a call to get your information. Know that it's going to a wonderful cause and I will be much appreciative. :)