Tuesday, 29th July 2014

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Latest news

The majority of my journal is locked. If I have you friended on LJ, log in to see my posts.

My transition diary is available here.

Tuesday, 30th October 2012

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Ugh.

LiveJournal is continuing in its quest to be Facebook and Tumblr simultaneously, thereby driving even more people away. I haven't seen any screenshots of this new 'release' (read: train wreck), but it sounds like they're going to make all friends pages uniform and remove a ton of customisability.

Unsurprisingly, people are not happy about this. As I write this there are 525 comments, about 14 hours after the notice was posted. The first comment links to this article, which states that LJ has almost completely eliminated any presence in the US and is pretty much entirely under Russian management now. That doesn't have to be a bad thing, and I find it hard to believe that the Russians are any happier about UI changes like these, but it feels like something that LJ users should know, especially English-speaking users. The article links to another couple of articles discussing the LJ diaspora and tracking LJ's decline.

I have no plans to leave LJ, but I'm pretty unimpressed. It makes me want to give up my paid account so I'm not funding their continual stupidity, but I do like the handful of perks that my paid membership gets me. I'm rather torn. I won't be leaving LJ though; I've been here for over 12 years and I have a whole lot of my life stored on their servers so I'll stay as long as I can.

But now it's time to save a fresh backup of my entire journal via http://ljbook.com/ , if I can get it to work ...

ETA: An update with more information has been posted over on lj_releases. It's worth a look.

Sunday, 16th September 2012

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L'Shanah Tova!

Reposted from last year.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. For those unfamiliar with it, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah .

From bearsir, reposted with permission.

a friend wrote to ask what an appropriate wish for Rosh Hashanah was, and whether it was the sort of holiday for which one might send a card. When I finished writing back I realized I'd produced three fairly decent compact paragraphs that others might also find useful, and so I am reprinting them here.

Yes, many Jews send Rosh Hashanah (usually pronounced RUSH-a-SHUN-a by North American Jews, in Israel pronounced ROSH ha-sha-NAH, with the O in ROSH like in the word 'go") cards, usually with fall motifs, images of apples and honey, or other seasonal pictures. Happy Rosh Hashanah is a perfectly appropriate greeting; it's also traditional to wish someone a sweet new year, and, if you're close with someone, you might give them a gift of fruits, candies, honey, jam, or any other sweet food to go with it. In Hebrew, you'd say to someone "L'shanah tova" (leh-shah-NAH toe-VAH) which means "have a good year".

Rosh Hashanah is sort of the companion holiday to Yom Kippur (YOM key-POUR, again the O in YOM is like the O in the word 'go'), which always occurs ten days later. Yom Kippur is a very serious holiday - the Day of Atonement, when Jews fast for 24 hours and repent before G-d for any transgressions of the previous year. One does not ever wish someone a Happy Yom Kippur; the appropriate thing to say is "have an easy fast." When Yom Kippur (which, like all Jewish holidays, goes from sundown to sundown) is over, people very often eat a big meal all together. After Yom Kippur is over, you may say "L'shana tova tikatevu" (leh-shah-NAH toe-VAH tick-ah-TEY-vu) which means, roughly, "may you be inscribed for a good year."

The ten days between the two are called the "days of awe." Our tradition is that on Rosh Hashanah the book of life is inscribed, and that on Yom Kippur it is sealed, with the fates and fortunes of all written inside. During the ten days of awe, it is incumbent upon all Jews to do whatever they can to right wrongs, apologize for misdeeds, and make amends wherever possible with people they've harmed either by action or inaction, omission or commission. On Yom Kippur, you cannot ask G-d's forgiveness for anything for which you have not attempted to ask forgiveness or make amends for among your fellow beings.

Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

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Custom Facebook timeline cover images!

My Facebook timeline has just been updated with a shiny new cover image and integrated profile pic. You should go and admire it. If you would like to also have a custom cover image without having to figure out how to do it yourself, you should contact the ever-talented ganimede, who is responsible for this impressive display.

See also his recent post about this very thing.

Sunday, 20th May 2012

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Good people of LJ!

The talented ganimede is considering offering to make custom cover images for people's Facebook timelines, and is trying to gauge interest. Please see his post for more information.

Saturday, 24th March 2012

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When Stuff Goes Sour: Social Networking and the End of the Universe

(I always liked coming up with titles for my papers in school.)

So I just had a conversation with ganimede. It went thusly:

Michael: What did you get up to today?
Nathaniel: stuff :P
Michael: Oh, that sounds terribly exciting :P
Nathaniel: It was thrilling
Nathaniel: just wait for the LJ post. "Today I did Stuff."
Nathaniel: Maybe I should make it a Facebook status. "Today I did Stuff. Like if you did Stuff too!!!"
Nathaniel: sorry forgot the obligatory LOL
Michael: *snrk*
Nathaniel: ten minutes later, 25 likes and 4 comments saying "omg i totally did stuff too lol"
Nathaniel: two comments that just say "lol"
Michael: By the next day, there will be dozens of comments that just say 'lol'
Nathaniel: and right at the bottom one that says "doing stuff suckz"
Michael: *was just thinking that*
Nathaniel: which then gets more likes than the original status
Michael: Exactly.
Nathaniel: at which point everyone over the age of 19 thinks "wtf? Facebook is rubbish" and goes to LJ to write a long rant about it.
Michael: And then you have succeeded in getting people to come back to LJ!
Nathaniel: and the LJ post gets 1 comment that says "I know."
Nathaniel: the other 95 readers of the post all nod sympathetically
Michael: Yus, and say not one word
Nathaniel: and look for the Like button
Michael: *snrk*
Nathaniel: it's funny cos it's true
Michael: It's v funny and v v true
Nathaniel: hey you could post it on LJ! how meta
Nathaniel: and then you could make a status on Facebook linking to your LJ post
Nathaniel: although, I think writing a post about Facebook and LJ, and the posting about them on LJ and Facebook is probably the way the world ends
Nathaniel: it's the social networking equivalent of dividing by zero *nods sagely*
...
Michael: 'Today, Nathaniel did Stuff. Then he told me about it and I giggled a lot cos he's a funny boy. Fin.'
Nathaniel: no! 'Today Nathaniel did Stuff. Then we discussed the wider implications of doing Stuff with regards to Social Networking and the End of the Universe. Fin.' :P

Thursday, 1st March 2012

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LiveJournal: Russia's unlikely internet giant

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17177053

LiveJournal: Russia's unlikely internet giant
By Robert Greenall BBC News

Anti-Putin banner in Moscow, 1 Feb 12

As Russia prepares to elect a new president this weekend, voters are more fired up than they have been for a decade. It's partly due to an internet revolution that has challenged the state's power to control public opinion - and to the blogging platform LiveJournal.

A month before the election, a liberal opposition group carried out a brazen stunt, hanging a massive anti-Putin banner across the river from the Kremlin. It showed the prime minister's face crossed out, and the words "Putin, leave".

The banner was hastily removed, but photos of the action reached millions of Russians via the blog of Ilya Yashin, the group's leader and one of a small army of opposition activists currently spreading their word through the Russian blogosphere.

Graphic showing accounts in use on LiveJournal

In a country with tightly controlled TV and few independent newspapers and radio stations, the internet is a vital space for alternative opinion. Almost all of it appears on the blogging platform LiveJournal, known in Russian as Zhivoy Zhurnal, or simply ZheZhe.

Set up by US developer Brad Fitzpatrick in 1998, as a way to communicate online with his friends, LiveJournal - complete with its mascot "Frank the goat" - may seem at first sight a strange medium for Russia's new-found political vibrancy.

But Russians have made LiveJournal their own, turning what is in the West a relatively obscure and nowadays rather dated platform into a huge, seething mass of political anger, colourful prose and clever repartee.

It all started by accident.

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Wednesday, 28th September 2011

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L'Shanah Tova!

Reposted from last year.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. For those unfamiliar with it, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah .

From bearsir, reposted with permission.

a friend wrote to ask what an appropriate wish for Rosh Hashanah was, and whether it was the sort of holiday for which one might send a card. When I finished writing back I realized I'd produced three fairly decent compact paragraphs that others might also find useful, and so I am reprinting them here.

Yes, many Jews send Rosh Hashanah (usually pronounced RUSH-a-SHUN-a by North American Jews, in Israel pronounced ROSH ha-sha-NAH, with the O in ROSH like in the word 'go") cards, usually with fall motifs, images of apples and honey, or other seasonal pictures. Happy Rosh Hashanah is a perfectly appropriate greeting; it's also traditional to wish someone a sweet new year, and, if you're close with someone, you might give them a gift of fruits, candies, honey, jam, or any other sweet food to go with it. In Hebrew, you'd say to someone "L'shanah tova" (leh-shah-NAH toe-VAH) which means "have a good year".

Rosh Hashanah is sort of the companion holiday to Yom Kippur (YOM key-POUR, again the O in YOM is like the O in the word 'go'), which always occurs ten days later. Yom Kippur is a very serious holiday - the Day of Atonement, when Jews fast for 24 hours and repent before G-d for any transgressions of the previous year. One does not ever wish someone a Happy Yom Kippur; the appropriate thing to say is "have an easy fast." When Yom Kippur (which, like all Jewish holidays, goes from sundown to sundown) is over, people very often eat a big meal all together. After Yom Kippur is over, you may say "L'shana tova tikatevu" (leh-shah-NAH toe-VAH tick-ah-TEY-vu) which means, roughly, "may you be inscribed for a good year."

The ten days between the two are called the "days of awe." Our tradition is that on Rosh Hashanah the book of life is inscribed, and that on Yom Kippur it is sealed, with the fates and fortunes of all written inside. During the ten days of awe, it is incumbent upon all Jews to do whatever they can to right wrongs, apologize for misdeeds, and make amends wherever possible with people they've harmed either by action or inaction, omission or commission. On Yom Kippur, you cannot ask G-d's forgiveness for anything for which you have not attempted to ask forgiveness or make amends for among your fellow beings.

Friday, 9th September 2011

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Vote in my poll!

Like a numpty I posted a poll over the Labour Day weekend so I'm wondering if a load of people missed it, because it hasn't had many responses at all. But everyone likes a ticky box so please go tell me what you call your evening meal!

Sunday, 4th September 2011

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Call me what you like, just don't call me late for ...

Nathaniel just posted asking what everyone calls their evening meal. I generally call it dinner, but when I commented, I realised that I don't really know what people in other parts of the US do, other than that people in the South seem to call it supper more often and people in the North seem to call it dinner more often. I was reminded of The Pop vs. Soda Page and when Nathaniel suggested I post a poll, I thought it was an excellent idea. So here it is!

I've divided the US into nine regions, the same way the US census does it, because that seemed like the easiest way to do it. I'd love people to comment with what state they're specifically in but I wasn't about to post a poll with 50 options! But I know things can vary quite a bit within a particular region, especially when you consider that Alaska and Hawai'i are grouped in with California, Oregon, and Washington but are very different places. I've also included a spot for folks outside the US and if that's you, I'd love for you to comment and let me know what country/area you're in.

I'm also aware that people often relocate and bring their language with them, so if you're not in a given area currently but you're from there and that's where you got the word you use, that's fine with me. Again, details in the form of comments are much appreciated! This is all very interesting to me.

I'd love to hear what time you eat your evening meal as well! This was going to turn into a very long and involved poll so I kept it to one question and I hope people will comment with all this extra information I'm tacking on. I'm curious in particular if there's a solid North/South divide with people in the South eating significantly later than people in the North, because it gets dark later down there.

The nine United States Census Divisions are:

* New England - CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
* Mid-Atlantic - NJ, NY, PA
* East North Central - IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
* West North Central - IA, KS, MO, MN, ND, NE, SD
* South Atlantic - DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV
* East South Central - AL, KY, MS, TN
* West South Central - AR, LA, OK, TX
* Mountain - AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY
* Pacific - AK, CA, HI, OR, WA

Click here if you need to consult a map to check which division you're in.


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Monday, 30th May 2011

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PSA: Testosterone enanthate shortage in the US

I was just at CVS to refill my T prescription and was told that testosterone enanthate is on backorder and won't be available until 19 July. This is enanthate specifically; cypionate is still available. The pharmacist told me that there's only one company in the US that makes enanthate and they're out of stock for some reason so there's a shortage. If you're on enanthate and you're going to need a refill before late July, I recommend trying to refill it ASAP if you can. Some pharmacies still have vials in stock but I have no idea how long they'll stay available. I had my prescription sent to a different CVS as my local one had already run out of enanthate. Hopefully I'll get it tomorrow as my current vial is nearly empty and tomorrow's shot day!

You can always get your doctor to prescribe you cypionate instead, but if you can get a refill on your current prescription, so much the better.

Tuesday, 5th April 2011

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Dreamwidth invite code up for grabs

Dreamwidth has given me a new invite code for someone to use to set up a new account. Anyone want it?

Wednesday, 6th January 2010

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US Job Site Bans Bias Over Gender Identity

http://nytimes.com/2010/01/06/us/06gender.html

US Job Site Bans Bias Over Gender Identity

By Brian Knowlton
Published: January 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has inserted language into the federal jobs Web site explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity.

The protection is expected to apply to the small Transgender population — people who identify their gender differently from the information on their birth certificates — and it merely formalises what had been increasingly unchallenged government practice over several years.

But civil liberties and gender rights groups welcomed it on Tuesday as the clearest statement yet by the Obama administration that such discrimination in the federal workplace would not be accepted.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Centre for Transgender Equality, said, “The largest employer in the country is doing what all the other large employers in the country are doing, so that’s really great news.”

But the new standard brought instant criticism from cultural conservatives.

“We at the Family Research Council oppose including gender identity as a category of protection,” said Peter S. Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies.

Mr Sprigg said his group believed that what it calls “gender identity disorder” should be “treated with therapy to help people be comfortable with their biological sex rather than affirming and celebrating and protecting those who want to deny their biological sex.”

When the administration foreshadowed the change back in June, it was thought the guidelines would be in an updated federal handbook for managers and supervisors. Their inclusion instead in the equal-employment opportunity notices on http://usajobs.gov/ , the federal jobs site, was viewed as even more significant.

“This is frankly a bigger deal,” said Christopher E. Anders, senior legislative counsel for the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2009

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Pics of Nathaniel's Boston trip!

I was too busy having fun with Nathaniel and I kept forgetting my camera, so I don't have a ton of pictures from this visit, sadly. On the plus side, Nathaniel never forgot his camera, so he has loads! Head on over to his journal to see. (His post has 99 pictures, I think, so beware if you have a slow connection!)

New England Trans Pride, 03 October:
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Walden Pond, 05 October:
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Burlington, VT, 25 October:
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Hallowe'en, 31 October:
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At the airport, 04 November:
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Friday, 18th December 2009

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13 Things You Should Keep in Your Car

Thanks to ganimede for this! This is definitely not men-only territory.

I have six out of the 13 listed items in my car. (For the curious: I counted the cell phone because I always keep mine in my pocket and I make an effort to have it well-charged before I go anywhere, although I currently don't have a car charger for it; on top of that, I have jumper cables, a flashlight/torch [I think], a warm blanket [plus my bright orange sleeping bag, both for warmth and attention-getting], two ice scrapers [one with attached snow brush], and two first aid kits [thanks ganimede for the new one!].) I had seven, but after several years without being needed, the gallon jugs of water I kept in the trunk/boot just evaporated from baking in a hot car over time. Plus obviously it's heavy, which affects gas mileage. Everything except the phone, one small flashlight/torch (I think), the smaller first aid kit, and the ice scrapers live in the trunk/boot. There should be a small flashlight/torch in the glove compartment, which is where the smaller first aid kit lives, and the ice scrapers live under the seats. My phone lives in my pocket, of course.

I also have two bungee cords, which weren't listed for some reason. The MREs are a great idea and easy enough to implement, so I'll have to get some of those! (I might get Power Bars or something rather than actual MREs, though.)

More suggestions are in the comments, of course, found at the end of the original post. One suggestion I found ridiculously helpful was a roll of duct tape, plus a copy of a book you love if you need to amuse yourself while waiting for help.


http://artofmanliness.com/2009/12/17/13-things-a-man-should-keep-in-his-car/



When I was growing up, I noticed that my dad kept the trunk of his car well-stocked with supplies. A lot of the equipment in his car was for his job busting poachers as a game warden, but most of the things he packed in his trunk were for emergency situations.

And there were plenty of times when my dad was able to put his trunk equipment to work.

For example, about 20 years ago my dad was driving home to Oklahoma from New Mexico in his old burgundy Caprice. Just outside of Groom, TX, near the famous leaning water tower along I-40, a hellacious snow storm hit. It was a complete white out, so my dad had to pull over until things settled down.

But things didn’t settle down until a day later.

My dad had to spend the night in his car in the middle of nowhere while a blizzard roared outside. But because he had the forethought to prepare for situations like this, he was able to keep warm with some blankets and avoid ravaging hunger with some MREs.

Many of you will be hitting the road this holiday season to visit family, so I consulted my dad, Tom McKay, and asked him what supplies he thinks every man should keep in his car. Here’s his suggested list.

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Happy Chanuka!

Tonight is the final night of Chanuka. All Jewish holidays begin and end at sundown, so tomorrow is the final day of Chanuka, and at sundown tomorrow the holiday will be over.

I only managed to get two boxes of candles this year, so only two menorahs are lit tonight, as opposed to all three like last year.

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Saturday, 12th December 2009

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Transition update!

Yesterday I changed my sex with Social Security! I changed my name with Social Security nearly ten years ago, and it's been nearly six years since I had top surgery, but I never bothered changing my sex with Social Security because the office was a schlep to get to, and it hadn't interfered with anything employment-wise; I wasn't bothered about being listed as female on work records, and as long as the work records match Social Security's info, you can get paid. Recently, though, I found out that there was another Social Security office very near my house, so I figured I might as well get this done. I dug out my surgeon's letter from Dr Brownstein - last used to get my passport a couple of years ago, and very nicely returned to me by the passport people - and went along to the office.

The office was nearly empty, as most people are at work in the middle of the day. I took a number and waited, and finally the only other person there finished his business and left. The nice lady called my number and I went up to the window and said I needed to change my sex on my records.

This poor nice lady did not know what to do with me. She looked completely weirded out from the moment I said what I needed right up until I left. She was, however, entirely professional in how she treated me, and I really have no complaints. When I told her what I needed, she looked at me for a minute and then asked, 'Did you have a sex-change operation?' I was proud of myself for not launching straight into Trans 101, which I nearly did just by reflex; I managed to catch myself and just told her yes. She responded, 'Oh! I didn't know if you meant we got it wrong.' Well, in a matter of speaking, they did, but I wasn't going to go there. Her head was seconds from exploding as it was.

I gave her my driver's license and my surgeon's letter, which she took a little time looking over, still looking completely weirded out. Something had clearly short-circuited in her brain, making it hard for her to read and process what is a pretty simple letter. She took so long with it that I piped up with 'My understanding is that the surgeon's letter is all that's required to change the records', to which she replied 'Oh yes ... I mean, I assume so, I just need to read it' or something to that effect. She did also say, 'It's a pretty unusual request!' and I smiled and agreed that it must be. Finally she worked out that Dr Brownstein was my surgeon, and that the name at the bottom was just the person who had notarised it.

She then asked me a bunch of questions to fill in the form on her computer screen - my Social Security number (of course), birth name, current name, parents' birth names, whether I'd been born in the US, race (complete with long shpiel about my not being obligated to disclose my race and why they ask - wouldn't it be nice if they did that for sex too?), and maybe another question or two that I can't remember now. Totally not a problem. She filled everything in, printed it out, and asked me to check that the information there was all correct, which it was. Then something else printed out, which she went to retrieve, and she said that apparently it had decided to send me a new Social Security card even though I'd said I didn't need one and she thought she'd told it not to send one. She said there were restrictions on how many you could get in a year and how many you could get in a lifetime, and I said I only had the one currently, so she said that was completely fine. She was still looking weirded out at this point, but she said I was all set, so I smiled and thanked her and left.

I think I gave her a great story to tell her family if she goes visiting for Christmas or anything. I wonder if she gossiped to anyone else who was back there as soon as I left. 'You will not believe the request I just got ...' I was highly amused by the whole thing.

It's a relief to have that done, even though it wasn't urgent or anything. Transition at this point, in terms of nuts and bolts, is really just about tying up loose ends. I still have a hysto on my to-do list, but that's more or less it for big stuff!

Friday, 11th December 2009

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Reason #2,387,462,378 why my boyfriend is amazing

Nathaniel and I had talked a considerable amount about what he was getting me for Chanuka, because it was a shirt and he wanted to be sure it was just what I wanted and that it would fit me, and because I hate surprises. I ordered a Chanuka present for him online a little while back, to try and make sure it would get there by today, and tried to decide whether I'd open his present as soon as it arrived or wait until the final night of Chanuka, as is customary when you receive only one gift from someone.

Today Nathaniel IM'd me to say good night, and asked if the package he'd sent had arrived yet. I said it hadn't, and he asked if I was sure, since it would be sitting on the front porch and wouldn't have come in through the mail slot. I had checked when the post arrived today and it wasn't there, but I went down to check again - and there it was! I swear he's psychic. It was quite a heavy box, which had me curious as I was only expecting a shirt. I brought it up and Nathaniel stayed online while I opened it.

This incredibly sweet, thoughtful, wonderful boy got me eight presents, one for each night, and didn't tell me. His logic was that he knows I hate surprises, so he just didn't tell me I was getting a surprise. Annoyingly, I found this hard to argue with.

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I really am the luckiest boy alive - not because I get stuff, but because I have this amazing thoughtful boyfriend who's always thinking of me and doing sweet things for me. I don't know what I did to deserve someone this wonderful, but it must have been something pretty epic.


... oh yeah, also, happy Chanuka to all those celebrating.

Tuesday, 1st December 2009

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Call for Submissions (FTMs)

Call for Submissions
LITTLE BOY LOST: True Adventures of Men without Boyhoods

Editor C. Michael Woodward is seeking submissions to Little Boy Lost (working title), an upcoming anthology by transsexual men on the longer-term psychosocial impact of transitioning from female to male.


A note from the Editor
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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
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About the Editor

C. Michael Woodward is a writer, musician, speaker, consultant, political advisor, peer counsellor, and social justice advocate — in no particular order. He led the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) for more than five years and worked in variety of roles at Wingspan, southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and Transgender community centre.

Woodward currently serves as Co-Chair of the City of Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues and Chair of The University of Arizona President's LGBTQ Advisory Council. He is a former Board member of Female to Male International (FTMI) and is profiled on Lynn Conway's Successful Transmen, a prestigious website recognising leaders in the international Transgender community. Michael was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Southern Comfort Conference.

Since 2003, Michael has presented training and information about LGBTQ and allied concerns to thousands of people across the country. In 2009, he formed lgbtQ&A Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, providing sexual orientation and gender identity cultural competency, best practices, and transition planning services to organisations and individuals nationwide. For booking information, contact michael@lgbtqa.com.

In addition to more than a dozen how-to books on computer software, Woodward has published magazine articles, blogs, op-eds, and other writings on a variety of non-fiction topics. His latest book, Little Boy Lost: True Adventures of Men without Boyhoods, is currently in progress.

Monday, 9th November 2009

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Nathaniel's latest visit!

It’s been a few days since Nathaniel left and I’m slowly adjusting to not having him here. He posted updates while he was here (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), but I had neither the time nor the inclination to do that! I prefer to just do a big info-dump at the end, but I’d have a much harder time remembering everything if he didn’t keep such good notes during the visit, so I’m grateful that he does that.

So! Our five-week visit, broken down for your convenience.

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Now we count down until May, when Nathaniel will hopefully be returning!

Wednesday, 28th October 2009

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US, MA: MTPC Praises Federal Hate Crimes Law Signing

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Praises Federal Hate Crimes Law Signing

For Immediate Release

Boston MA - The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the region's leading transgender advocacy organization, praises President Obama today for signing the FY2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which includes the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This historic legislation is the first major federal law to recognize the existence of, and provide civil rights protections for, transgender people. It provides for the tracking of hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability, providing assistance to local authorities and gathering information about these crimes.

"This is a great thing for our transgender community, and we're grateful to our elected representatives for their good work on this," said MTPC executive director Gunner Scott. "But it doesn't change the need for statewide legislation. We're still waiting for action on our civil rights from the state legislature." HB1728, "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes," has 105 co-sponsors, enough to guarantee passage in both the House and Senate, but it is still pending a report out from the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

"This comes at a time of special significance for the transgender community," said MTPC director Gunner Scott. "Each November 20th transgender community worldwide observes Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor transgender victims of hate motivated murder. To this day, transgender people suffer widespread discrimination, harassment and violence simply for being who they are. The passage of this federal level hate crimes law is the first step towards changing this shameful situation."

The week of Nov 15-20th, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been declared by MTPC as Transgender Awareness Week, a time for outreach and education about transgender issues. More information about events this week is available at http://www.masstpc.org.

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a moving and vital event for our community," says Nancy Nangeroni, ad hoc chair of Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance Organizing Committee. "Too many of our sisters and brothers are suffering because of the systemic marginalization of all gender non-conforming people, and this event draws our attention to the most heinous effects of what more and more people are recognizing as unjust oppression."


About MTPC
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. We envision a world where persons of all genders are treated with respect and fully participate in all areas of society, free from fear of prohibition, harassment or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression.

Monday, 26th October 2009

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US: Victory on Federal Hate Crimes Legislation!

Victory on Federal Hate Crimes Legislation!
23 October 2009

Dear friends,

It's incredible.

Yesterday, the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a major piece of national civil rights legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender Americans. The Act broadens the definition of federal hate crimes to include those motivated by a victim's gender identity or sexual orientation. It gives victims the same federal safeguards already afforded to people who are attacked because of their race, colour, religion or national origin.

Now that the bill has passed both the House and the Senate, it's on to President Obama for his signature. He has promised to sign the bill into law.
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Wednesday, 21st October 2009

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US, NY: Appellate Court Strikes Down 'Doctor’s Note' Requirement for Trans Name Changes

http://transgenderlegal.org/headline_show.php?id=181

Victory! Appellate Court Strikes Down “Doctor’s Note” Requirement for Transgender Name Changes

October 21, 2009 - A New York State appeals court today struck down a lower court’s requirement that transgender people seeking to change their names provide medical evidence of their need for the name change. The ruling was handed down in an appeal we filed on behalf of Olin Winn-Ritzenberg, a transgender man whose petition to change his name to Olin was denied by the lower court because he had failed to provide a letter from a doctor, therapist or social worker establishing his need to change his name.
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TransParentDay 2009

http://transparentday.org/

TransParentDay is a day to celebrate being a parent without concern of the stereotypes of gender. So whether you are MTF or FTM, this is a day for you, the parent, to be celebrated with your children.

TransParentDay is the first Sunday in November. In 2009, that is Sunday 01 November.
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31 October 2009: Same-Sex Hand-Holding Saturday

A Day In Hand: (Same-sex hand holding) Sshh! Saturday
Saturday 31st October 2009
(Hallowe'en)

A Day In Hand announces the second ever international same-sex hand holding (Sshh!) Saturday on October 31st 2009. On this day, same-sex couples and friends all over the world are encouraged to hold hands in public to support the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans (LGBT) people. This is a revolutionary way of encouraging and inspiring LGBT people to take responsibility for their equality and live their lives without fear or restraint. David Watkins, A Day In Founder was recently recognised by Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, as an award winning activist in his field, with the Sheila Mckechnie Foundation http://smk.org.uk/social-inclusion-2009/

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Monday, 12th October 2009

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65-question survey

Stolen from ganimede.


1. First thing you wash in the shower?
My chest.

2. What colour is your favourite hoodie?
I have two - navy and grey.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Certainly. He's cute.
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