Every year I make special note of significant milestone dates as they come and go. One of the most significant is today - July 22. That's the date, 15 years ago, the I had my FFS with Dr. O.
Every year around this time I call Dr. O's office to catch up with them and see how everything is going. This year I called and spoke with Dr. O himself. He said that his last surgery is scheduled for Aug. 15. He stressed that he is training a protege (thank God!) and expects to be active in both the operating room and the community for several more years to come - he's not going to disappear. But he is retiring from private practice in less than a month.
He said he'd be at Southern Comfort this year. To be honest - I wasn't planning to attend. But now, I expect that I'll probably be there. My friends Mel and a certain someone will most likely make trek to Atlanta in early September to see him.
The big news in the LGBT world is that the president has signed an Executive Order protecting federal LGBT employees and contractors from workplace discrimination (story here). This is a significant move for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that the federal government is the largest single employer in the country.
His Order does two things. First, it adds gender identity to the list of protected classes for federal employees and contractors. Second, it prohibits discrimination in companies with whom the Federal Government does business. And perhaps just as importantly - it isn't adding any new religious exemptions. Needless to say, this is a big deal.
I watched the webcast of the event. It was nice to see people I've known and worked with there to celebrate this occasion. I found his comments to be spot on (see text here).
As you'd expect, Fox News isn't happy about this (story here). I find that, most times, things that Fox News isn't happy about are things that make me happy.
I got a phone call yesterday from Chloe Prince. She's on a cross-country road trip in a big RV with a production crew as part of a Reality Series that she's doing. They were in Rochester, NY (my old home town) last week. Today they'll be in Charlotte, tomorrow in Charleston, and so on.
I'd love to see Chloe - she's a good friend. But I really have no interest in being part of a reality TV show. I'm the first to vent that Reality TV is anything but Reality and I'm proud to say that I don't watch anything of that ilk (I don't classify Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in that category). I've had more than my fair share of media opportunities so I'm happy to relinquish that platform to others. Anyway - we'll see if we can arrange a time to meet up during her short visit here.