A Busy Week!

It’s been far too long since I made a post, and while this week is going to be crazy busy, I wanted to at least touch base here and make sure noone thought the site was dead. All I can say is tax season is a headache and I am so glad tax day is nearly done and over with.

As I mentioned, this week is gonna be a very busy one! I’d like to quickly highlight whats going on this week. I believe these events are all open to the public, so please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

  • Monday – I performed in Millersville University’s showing of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” as Beth Loffreda, a college professor advocating for LGBT rights on her campus in Wyoming http://www.facebook.com/events/392774410741146/
  • Wednesday – I will be leading a discussion on Cedar Crest College’s campus on Transgender Issues, Queer Feminism, and how LGBT issues relate to other human rights issues.
  • Thursday – I’ve been asked to speak as part of Cedar Crest College’s “Taking Back the Night” event. This is the first event I am doing to specifically advocate for victim’s rights, and I am really looking forward to it. Violence, especially sexual violence, is shockingly common in the transgender community. I’ll be speaking about my experience with this sort of violence, which will be difficult, but worthwhile in the end.

While I’m not sure if I’ll have time to write again before the end of the week, I wanted to give a preview of some of the posts I’ve been working on or planning out. If there is a lot of interest in any topic, I’ll make sure to do that post first, so be sure to leave a comment!

  • Period – Before I transitioned, women’s periods were simply not discussed. Women didn’t talk about it and men cringed and ran from the room when it was brought up. But as a woman, this is a conversation I have frequently with many women with no sense of apprehension or fear. This post will investigate the reasons why and the greater implications of the observation.
  •  2012 Elections From a Trans Point of View –  The republican primary is finally over! We’ve seen a couple of womanizers, liars, attacks on health care, and panels of men dictating contraception to women. One thing that actually united all of the candidates was their sheer intolerance of LGBT people and refusal to acknowledge their needs. Now that its going to be Obama VS Romney, we will truly see the battle of acceptance against intolerance in the public sphere
  •  Visibility of Trans Issues – 10 years ago, the word transgender was simply not heard in the public sphere. There may have been some episodes of Jerry Springer talking about transvestites, or maybe a rare film about a transgender character, like Boys Dont Cry. But things have changed. The media is finally acknowledging the existance of trans people by covering relevant stories. Politicians are also acknowledging us, though sometimes as opponents rather than people. Even pop culture has references to trans people, such as Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” which explictly talks about being transgender. This post will examine how visible transgender issues have become in our culture.

If you have an idea for a post, or a question you would like answered, please feel free to email me at AHope4More@gmail.com

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