Year in Review

Hey everyone!

Well another year is just about over so I thought that I’d give a few thoughts on 2015. This has been quite a year. I received notice of my acceptance to the University of Georgia School of Law in March which has been my most treasured achievement. I left my job at Russell & Herrera to move to Athens. My job was okay, but I really enjoyed working with the people there. They were very supportive when I switched my name and pronouns. One of my bosses even helped me pick out a sport coat for school. I really loved living in Atlanta, and I hope to move back permanently after law school. I met a lot of great people and am thankful for my time there.

I came out as transgender to my best friend for the first time at the end of June and at the beginning of July made a public Facebook announcement. It’s been quite the ride. My sister has been 100% supportive since day one, and my mom is working on it.  I get frustrated with her and she gets frustrated with me, but she keeps trying so I guess I can’t really ask for more. Many trans people lose family during their coming out so I’m lucky in that respect.

Overall I’ve been a lot more happy since coming out. There have been plenty of tough times, but living authentically has far outweighed the bad. It has been really great to be able to be Harris at law school. I’m not known as anyone other than Harris there thanks to the professors and administration, and for that I am grateful. I am also thankful for the wonderful friends that I’ve made at school. I’d also like to thank my friends from home who have given me support in person or through Facebook. I’ve been pleasantly surprised about the level of support that I’ve received. I still can’t help but be afraid anytime I come out to someone new. I still have loved ones that I haven’t had the chance to tell. I haven’t really been home, and somehow I don’t think that this conversation is one for over the phone (lol). I’ll get there, and if I lose people along the way I guess they weren’t meant to be part of my life in the first place…it still stings though.

This first semester of law school has been difficult for a lot of reasons. I’ve had to make quite the adjustment on many different levels. I don’t get my grades back for another couple of weeks, but I don’t have a good feeling about them. I plan to cut myself some slack if the grades aren’t as good as I’d hoped. I’ve been dealing with a lot this past semester. I hope to get better about reaching out for support when I’m feeling down. I have to see a therapist soon to get a letter of approval for testosterone, so I guess that will be good for multiple reasons. I have actually enjoyed much of the academic aspect of my first semester. I’ve found the material interesting and certainly challenging. I’ll be excited to get back to Athens to see my friends and get back to work in a couple weeks.

Well here’s to the best year yet, and I’ll talk to y’all next year!

All the best,

Harris

Big Things Going On

Hey everyone!

Sorry I missed y’all last week. I was in Atlanta and got busy. Anyway, I have so many things to share in this post! First, I finally got the court order so I am legally Harris Mason now. The court mailed me a copy of the order and addressed it to Mr. Mason which was really thoughtful. I also finished my first semester of law school! I won’t get my grades back until January, but I’m kind of okay with that. It has been quite a semester. I worked hard, and made some really amazing friends. There’s some things that I will probably do a little differently next semester, but I know that no matter how my grades come out I gave it my all.

Shortly after my last final I headed to Atlanta for some fun. It was really good to catch up with many of my friends in Atlanta! I had lunch with a friend at Radial in Decatur. I had never been there before, but the food was delicious. My friend also happens to be trans, and it was so nice to talk to them and be able to share with each other. We really have a lot in common, and I look forward to strengthening our friendship as we continue our journeys.

I also got to go to a Georgia Democratic Party holiday party. We raised a lot of money and had a good time. I suggested that we get name tags with pronouns for future events, and I think that we will. It was certainly frustrating to be misgendered at a DPG event. I hope that our party can continue to learn and advocate for the transgender community.

I got to buy my first suit in Marietta thanks to the help of one of my good friends. It’s dark gray, and was an absolute great buy! Of course I’ll have to have some tailoring done, but I’m glad to finally have one. Once I get it back from the tailor, I might post some pictures.

Yesterday my mom and I went to a holiday party hosted by PFLAG and the Nooga Diversity center. Both groups are doing some really great things, and I am glad that there is a support system in greater Chattanooga for LGBTQ individuals. We met some really nice people and had a great time. Some of the women there invited mom to their LGBT moms group, so I’m really happy about that. She seemed to be excited about it.

So I hope everyone has a great week. Please have those LGBTQ people who aren’t accepted by their families in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season. Happy holidays to those who celebrate and happy Festivus for the rest of us!

All the best,

Harris

Finals

Hey everyone!

Here’s another short post because I’m pretty busy studying. This past week I had my first two law school finals, contracts then civil procedure. I feel okay about contracts and not so good about civ pro. I think that most people felt the opposite about them. I wasn’t feeling so great the day before my civ pro final so I didn’t get a lot of day-before studying done. I can’t do anything about it now, so I’m just trying to focus on my next two finals, criminal law and torts.

I’m going to be in Atlanta end of this coming weekend into early next week so I hope that I will be able to see all my friends. I’m really looking forward to that.

Hope everyone has a good week!

All the best,

Harris