I can't believe that the 25th reunion was 10 years ago already. I remember going - Dr. Christine McGinn was my "date". Well, it wasn't a date date - she was there for moral support. Anyway, the reunion is one weekend and then my oldest niece gets married the next weekend. It's the first wedding in the family since....well....since my brother. The previous one to that was my own.
Today's photo is from my weekly walk on the beach. I go there for a number of reasons. One is that it's simply beautiful Another is the vastness of the ocean helps to put things into perspective. And still another is the need to connect to my spiritual self and that seems to happen best either on mountains or near oceans.
I try to go on Sundays but they're calling for rain tomorrow. Today was a cloudy, but very pleasant day, but clouds just give the photos more personality.
I had a busy day - some cleaning and errands, a trip to Costco, a visit to the gym, a wine tasting event downtown. Now it's almost time for bed. My days of getting ready and going out at 11 on a Friday evening are long gone.
A news story in Canada is that the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal agreed with an earlier recommendation by the Ontario Human Right Commission saying gender markers should be changed without surgery (story here). My response - of course! Sheesh. It's happening every day on things like passports, driver's licenses, and other legal documents.
“This decision is a welcome step forward in recognizing and promoting the dignity and equality of trans people,” Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall in a statement.
Many in the transgendered community may not be able to have surgery for physiological reasons, or they may not want it because, for example, they may want to have children.
Ursel said the transgendered face “significant” discrimination when it comes to jobs and housing, and are frequently victims of violence.
The recent headline-making case of beauty queen Jenna Talackova, who was booted from the Miss Universe pageant because she was born male, was a high-profile example of such discrimination, the lawyer said.