9 Weeks on T

Hey everyone!

I’m a day late, but oh well. This past week was my first week at Atlanta Legal Aid Society. I’ve had a really good experience so far. My unit, the Health Law Unit, has been really affirming and are eager to learn more about trans issues. I’ve already had some client contact, and I’m looking forward to going to Magistrate Court on Thursday. I’m also getting to work on outreach to the trans community. We’re currently doing a transgender needs assessment so I’ll be reaching out to various trans leaders and organizations within the Atlanta metro.

My voice is still dropping. I’m going to try and get together a video of my voice changes. I’ve been doing about 10-15 second voice videos every Friday. If I can figure out how to put them together into one video, I’ll post it here. I’ve also noticed more body and facial hair. Someone asked me if I’ve gotten any taller. I’m not exactly sure, but I have noticed that I could probably scoot the driver’s seat back in my car. I’m going to the doctor to get some routine blood work done this Friday so I guess I’ll get to see then if I’ve grown any. It’s pretty unlikely since I’m past the puberty age, but it could still happen. I weighed myself for the first time in a while, and I was down about 7 lbs., but then I ate like a pig this past weekend while I was home visiting my mom and sister. Whoops…

All the best,

Harris

2 Months on T

Hey everyone!

This Friday was my two months on testosterone. Time sure does fly. My voice is continuing to get deeper, and I noticed a couple of days ago that I’m getting some mustache hair. I’m going to be passing up “Law Dad” in the facial hair department before too long! Now that I’m in Atlanta I’ve been jogging/walking around the block a little bit. Even though I have asthma and am woefully out of shape, I’ve found that I’m breathing easier than I remember being able to. But, I’m getting horrible shin splints. I’ve never gotten them this bad before so I’m thinking that it’s T-related…maybe because it is much easier for me to put on muscle. I just walked the block today, and my legs didn’t hurt as bad. I guess I’ll just stick to walking for a while.

I kind of wish that I could get a summer gym membership to take advantage of my new muscle-adding ability. I probably won’t because I don’t want to deal with the restroom situation. I don’t have any problems using the men’s room now, but I wouldn’t be wearing my chest binder at the gym. I don’t think I’d feel safe in the men’s room without it. I don’t wear a chest binder when working out because not only is it really uncomfortable to work out in, it’s also probably not that safe. So unless the gym has a unisex bathroom for me to use on occasion, I’m not going to work out there. The six months until my top surgery can’t come fast enough.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some body weight exercises. Push-ups are harder than they look, especially when you have zero upper body strength like I do. I do 3 sets of 5 right now. I’m just going to keep building up. I’ve just got to be able to do more push-ups than one of my trans guy friends here in Atlanta. Haha

I start work tomorrow, so that should be interesting. I’m excited and a little nervous. I don’t have to wear a suit everyday so that’s good. I was told that khakis and a button down would be fine to wear everyday so I’m all good with that. I think I’m going to leave for work an hour before I need to be there. I don’t want to mess around with the traffic here. I did just happen to meet my work supervisor this past Thursday. We were both at a Stonewall Bar event. He seems pretty nice. One of my “law heroes” was a panelist at the event so it was awesome to get to talk to her for a few minutes that night too.

All the best,

Harris

Dear UGA Law

Dear UGA Law,

Now that the semester is over and a whole year has gone by, I just wanted to let y’all know how much I’ve appreciated being a small part of this wonderful community.  I’ve been pushed further than I ever thought I could be academically.  I’ve felt the love and support of the (Excellent!) faculty and staff. I don’t think I would have made it through had I gone somewhere else because law school is unbelievably hard. The faculty has not only supported me as a student but also as a trans man, for which I am immensely grateful. From the feared and revered contracts professor to the scary dragon lady of orientation that turned out to be an absolutely amazing constitutional law professor to the “sadist” of contracts whom I adore, all of my 1L professors will have a special place in my heart.

I’ve made friends that I know will last a lifetime. I am so very thankful to have been a part of the best 1L section at the law school, Section Z. Your kindness and generosity are unparalleled. Y’all are awesome, and I’m lucky to have had your friendship and support over this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you. You pushed me to bear down with laser-like focus in contracts, to script out unnecessary work in criminal law, to strive for that “amen brother” in torts, and to not feel bad, at all, when I needed that question to be repeated just one more time in civil procedure. Thanks Z!

Over the past year I’ve shed more tears than I can count. I’ve laughed unbelievably hard. I’ve spent more time in the library than I have anywhere else. I’ve eaten pizza for lunch day after day, because hey, it’s free. And now that it’s over, I can’t help but find myself missing it already. This past year has been the hardest of my life, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I could bark before I could talk, and it truly has been a dream come true thanks to the damn good dawgs of UGA law. I can’t wait to come back home in August.

Go Dawgs!

Harris

Week 6 on T

Hey everyone!

Another week has gone by in Athens. I’ve taken my torts and constitutional law finals so I have contracts and civil procedure left. I’ll just say that I wish I could type faster and leave it at that. This is going to be a short post since I need to get back to studying.

More of my classmates have noticed my voice changes. I even ran into a friend of mine on Monday who’s a trans guy, and he mentioned it. I guess the biggest changes I’ve noticed over the past week would be more acne and hair. The peach fuzz is officially coming in! Haha

I really feel good about all of the changes that have happened so far…minus the acne. I’m excited to see how everything progresses in the coming months. It will definitely be interesting to come back to Athens in the fall looking pretty different. I was just taking a study break to walk around Herty Field. I almost got hit by a frisbee thrown by a little kid. The father came over, and I handed it to him. He said, “thank you sir.” I just smiled.

All the best,

Harris

Week 5 on T

Hey everyone!

This week I finished my last classes of 1L year… It feels pretty good! I’ve been studying and outlining this past week to get ready for my first finals next week, torts and constitutional law. I definitely feel better about finals this time around. There’s less fear of the unknown. I’ll be glad to get them over with though. I’m ready and excited to get back to Atlanta for the summer. I can’t wait to see all of my friends there.

I’ve noticed a few T-related changes during this past week. I’ve got a little bit more blonde hair on my face. I mean yeah I’ve got to get close to the mirror, but it’s there. Don’t laugh! My face actually does feel a little weird though. I’ve also noticed that I’ve got some more darker leg hair and a little bit of darker hair on my stomach. I’ve got some acne but nothing too terrible. I am also happy to note that despite my bad nutrition and sedentary way of life as of late, I still have a decent amount of muscle. My voice is also deeper. I called a good friend of mine who I hadn’t talked to in a good while, and I think I startled her. Haha

As much as I don’t like the idea of doing a shot every week, I’m thinking about asking my doctor about going to a once a week shot. I think that will balance out the up and downs of various things. I can tell when my T is high or low based on how much I’m sleeping or how low my voice gets during the two weeks in between shots. It would be nice to have a little less of that even if it means that I have to do more shots.

I have some pretty big news to share, like YUGE news! On Tuesday I scheduled and put down a deposit for a top surgery. December 13th is the big day. I’m really excited. It’s nice to know that this will be the last sweaty binder summer that I have to deal with.

All the best,

Harris