The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Hey everyone!

I am super busy studying for finals right now so this is going to be super short. I have my first two finals this week–contracts on Wednesday and civil procedure on Friday. I feel okay about civ pro, but contracts will be a beast. Needless to say a well deserved drink or six will be had Friday afternoon!

I just wanted to have a little post about how this past Thanksgiving week was. My mom, sister, and two dogs came to visit me. It was a good couple of days. We did a little shopping, and I got some work-type clothes. I gave Mom her birthday present, a Georgia Law Mom shirt. She really liked it. Having a home cooked meal was good and having all the leftovers at my apartment is even better.

I’m glad we beat the nerds from the North Avenue Trade School, but I hate that we fired Mark Richt. He deserved one more year. I hope he stays at UGA in some capacity. Anyway…

Hope everyone has a good week, and wish me good luck for finals!

All the best,

Harris

A Good Time Was Had by All

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick post about the week. I had a really great weekend hanging out with my sister. She came and visited for the weekend. On Friday she came and sat in on my contracts class. I don’t think that she was persuaded to come to law school, but I think she enjoyed it nonetheless. I gave her birthday present to her, a tshirt from Point 5cc clothing, and she really liked it. FYI-Everyone should check them out! Anyway, we had supper at Amici Cafe with one of my friends.

On Saturday we did a little bit of running around, some homework, and then went to the game. It was a lot of fun. We met up with some of my friends and ended up leaving early and watching the rest of the game downtown. A good time was had by all!

Hope everyone has a good week!

All the best,

Harris

Happy Trans Awareness Week

Hey everyone,

I know I usually post on Sundays, but I was tied up working on my open memo for my legal reasoning and writing class.

I’m a little down today. Maybe some of it is from sleeping about two hours last night, but I think it’s more about some interactions with some people that need to reevaluate some things. One of my best friends in undergrad posted something very transphobic and then proceeded to act like her post was justified because she doesn’t like the particular trans person mentioned in the post.

This evening I was talking to my mom, and she mentioned that she told one of her coworkers about me. On one hand, she has no right to out me without talking to me first about it, but on the other I was happy that she’s able to share and be proud of me for a few moments. The problem is she didn’t tell her coworker that I was trans…she told him I came out as gay. Needless to say I’m pretty hurt and angry about this. She acts like she’s “getting there,” but that doesn’t cut it. If you aren’t actively supporting the trans community then you’re contributing to the oppression of a group that deals with an extremely high rate of depression and suicide. But let’s just be dismissive about it, because you’re “getting there” (sarcasm).

It’s trans awareness week, and I of all people feel very aware. I’m constantly aware of my “otherness.” This morning, I’m aware of the guy who overheard one of my friends refer to me as sir and looked at me like I was some sort of freak. This afternoon, I’m aware of my friend who I thought cared about me but said hurtful things about the group that I’m part of. This evening, I’m aware of loved ones who don’t fully accept me, much less respect me.

Happy Trans Awareness Week

Harris

 

 

 

 

So Much to do in my New Blue Jeans


Hey everyone!

Well another week has gone by in Athens. I’m glad to see that our football team can make it into the end zone again. I was getting a little worried.

This week has been an interesting one. I picked up my first two pairs of men’s blue jeans from the cleaners this week (of course I had to have them hemmed lol). I feel a lot more comfortable in them, which is nice. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting testosterone. I was going to wait until the summer to start, but I might start a little sooner. Of course I found an informed consent doctor near me. Theoretically I should get a therapist’s approval before I start, but I don’t want to start any later than May. I think that most people see a therapist 3-4 months before getting approved. Ugh… I’m just going to try and not think about it (a whole lot) until finals are over.

The dean of the law school hosted a meeting on diversity on Friday. Apparently there have been quite a few instances of racism in the law school. I’m glad that people were able to share their stories in that space. It was pretty eye opening for me. I assumed that there were  instances of racism in the undergrad school and in the community, but I was surprised and saddened at the level of racism in the law school. I hope that we can have more opportunities to talk about the issues that students are facing, and more importantly come together and show people how to be an ally to minority communities. I plan to go to different law association meetings to show my support and hope that others do the same.

I consider myself lucky to not have had any problems so far, but I find it especially important for lawyers to be allies to the trans community. As evidenced by the failure of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, I just don’t think that a popular vote will give me full equal protection under the law. I suspect that we will get equal protection through the courts, making legal allies ever so important. I hope that we as a law school can come together and be a leader in intersectionality and allyship so that the future legal community is stronger in fighting oppression, no matter what form it comes in.

I hope that everyone has a great week!

All the best,

Harris

I live in the library

Hello everyone,

I’m writing this post from the library. I’ve been here for close to 8 hours. Needless to say I’m pretty tired of studying at this point. I didn’t write last week, because I was too busy. So, I wanted to make sure that I put down something for this week. Well three weeks have gone by since I filed for my name change so just one more week plus a few days for the publisher’s affidavit to get to me are left to wait. Halloween was yesterday, but I didn’t do anything. I spent the first half of the day in the library and the second running errands and watching the game (don’t get me started). My section did dress up for contracts class on Friday. I was Charles Napoleon from the Dougherty v. Salt case. Our professor seemed to enjoy it very much.

I’m certainly feeling the crunch of approaching finals. Whether it’s warranted or not, I feel that I have an added hurdle to jump because of my being trans. It’s hard enough for any law student to get a job. I’m just trying to not think about it too much and just focus on what I can control. Regardless, the worries still seem to hang around. On the other hand, if the employers are anything like my classmates, then I have nothing to worry about. My section of classmates have been really great, and I’m very thankful.

Hope everyone has a good week, and feel free to come visit. You’ll know where to find me!

All the best,

Harris