Another eventful couple of weeks have gone by. I went to a Stonewall Bar (the LGBTQ lawyers association) event two weeks ago. I had a good time and met some fun people, but I got the feeling that everyone there who didn’t already know me thought that I was a butch lesbian. That’s pretty frustrating, especially in that particular space. It’s not uncommon for even LGB people to do that though. I plan on emailing some of the executive members to ask that we start adding pronouns to name tags at events. I hope that will ameliorate the situation.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple UGA faculty and staff members at the event. I’m not sure why they were there, but it was nice to see them. I was really proud that one of them asked my friend who interns with me at Atlanta Legal Aid what her pronouns are. It really is that simple, folks. Maybe she would have asked anyway, but I’d like to think that my being a part of the UGA community had something to do with it.
I’ve had some issues with the last couple of shots. I’m not sure that I’ve been injecting deep enough into my muscle, so some of the T came out when I pulled out the needle. I don’t know if that has been affecting my changes or not. I think my voice drop has stalled out a bit. I should have a good drop sometime soon based on the timelines that other trans guys have been on. I’m hungry most of the time, but I’ve pretty much always been like that. Despite the fact that I’m currently fighting the urge to go to Sonic for a chocolate malt and some tater tots, I have been pretty good about nutrition lately. I’ve lost a little weight, which is good for my top surgery. The better shape I’m in, the better the result will be. I just ran across a picture that I took of the countdown that I have on my phone. It said seven months and 7 months and 11 days until the surgery. Now it’s at 5 months and 3 days. Time sure is flying.
As my sister Sarah said last week, it’s been a year since I came out to my family. Yesterday was one year since I made a public Facebook announcement. It certainly has been a year of mostly triumphs, and a few disasters to be honest. I’ve had many changes over the past year, from coming out to having people call me Harris to legally changing my name to starting testosterone. I have been overwhelmed with the amount of support from friends, family, and the UGA community. Overall it’s been a good year, and I’m excited to see what this next one holds.
All the best,
If you would like to help me finance my top surgery in December, please go to the website below. Top surgery is very expensive and not covered by my insurance. All donations are appreciated no matter the size!