I got a fresh haircut today, just in time for my first visit back to Chicago (tomorrow!) since I left in April. Also, I was called “he” at a haircut for the first time without needing to correct anyone or specifically tell someone that I prefer masculine pronouns. I’m still not quite sure what to make of it. Continue reading
EXPLORING TRANS — WEDNESDAY, MAY5, 2010, 7:55 PM
I presented my thesis today at a gathering that the Gender Studies program put on. In the short biography I wrote to precede my presentation, I specifically switched between “ze” and “they” as my pronouns. Everything in my bio was about gender, including the title of my thesis and that I founded the trans support group at my college. Nevertheless, the woman who planned the event still managed to introduce me using feminine pronouns, even as she read my bio. She was reading from the paper in front of her — a paper on which I was referred to with gender-neutral pronouns — and she still called me “she” and referred to my thesis as “her thesis.” Continue reading
Posted in Exploring Trans, Trans/Queer
Tagged college, distress, Exploring Trans, frustration, gender, gender-neutral pronouns, invisible, postaday2011, preferred pronouns, pronouns, thesis, trans, transgender
When I was in A.P. Biology, during my junior year in high school, we raised Monarch butterflies: we watched them grow from little dots on a leaf into beautiful butterflies. Actually watching them emerge from their chrysalises as fully formed butterflies was amazing. In some ways, I feel like Chicago has helped me with my own butterfly-like transformation. Continue reading
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Tagged change, Chicago, community, friends, gender, life, Minnesota, moving, name change, names, politics, preferred pronouns, trans, transformation, transgender, transition
As I think about the time I’ve spent involved with the Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP), the song “For Good” from Wicked comes to mind. Absolutely, the incredible people I’ve met through TJLP have truly impacted who I am and informed how I think. TJLP — as a community, as a law project, and simply as a space in which I’ve been has definitely allowed me to grow and learn and flourish.
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return Continue reading
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Tagged Chicago, community, friends, gender, gender self-determination, passion, preferred pronouns, prison abolition, TJLP, trans, transformation, transformative justice, transgender
Bailey’s from Southwest.
Chocolate pie for dessert.
Yay for my birthday! Continue reading
Posted in Rambles
Tagged apartment, Bailey's, birthday, Black Sheep Pizza, Calhoun, card games, Cosmos, Despicable Me, family, Five Crowns, flight, haiku, interview, Loring Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, names, parents, poetry, preferred pronouns, restaurants, tuna tartare, Uptown, Wizard