1 Year of Blogging

Hey everyone!

Tomorrow is the official one year anniversary of my first blog. During this past year I’ve had thousands of visitors from nearly 20 countries on 6 continents visit this page. Thank y’all so much!

So this past week was a very good and busy week. On Tuesday I took a trip to Atlanta to hear Mara Keising from the National Center for Transgender Equality speak. She was absolutely amazing, and it was so good to be surrounded by trans people. I even got to meet Vandy Beth Glenn from the famous Glenn v. Brumby case. NTCE will be one of the places that I apply for a summer internship at so hopefully a little face time will help.

I had the best day that I’ve had in a long time yesterday. I went up to Young Harris and had lunch with a mentor of mine. He’s an attorney who, along with his attorney/ college president wife, really encouraged me to go to law school. I haven’t talked to him a whole lot since coming out, but he has been supportive since day one. It was really good to catch up with him.

After lunch, I went to the wedding of one of my college golf teammates. I was really nervous about being there. I hadn’t had much, if any, contact with them since coming out. They were absolutely great. Despite the occasional trip up/omission of pronouns, I couldn’t have asked for more. It was just like old times. I even had the pleasure of dancing with one of my teammates. That moment was the happiest that I’ve been in a long time. I felt so valid in my manhood. Maybe that’s not the right way to describe it, but there was just something about dancing with a beautiful girl that made me feel really good about being a man.

I hope to do better about keeping in contact with my YHC family, especially my golf teammates. They are some truly amazing people.

All the best,

Harris

 

Back to School

Hey everyone!

The first week of 2L year is over, and I’ll just say that it has been an adjustment period. It has been hard to figure out my preparation schedule for the two, one day a week classes I have. I definitely can’t wait as late as I did to read for those classes. I also need to get a game plan for my two paper classes. I haven’t been able to sleep that well this week. It’s been hard for me to fall asleep. I think I’ve been a little stressed about being back at school. I’m taking Election Law, Constitutional Law II, State and Local Government, Criminal Procedure I, and the Federalist Papers. I do like my classes, but I can tell that it’s going to be a really busy semester.

It was nice to see everyone at school. I received a positive response about my voice, and a lot of people seem to think that I look pretty different from back in May. I did wear my “Legalize trans” shirt to school on Friday. A few people told me that it’s a cool shirt, or they want to get one. I think that’s pretty cool.

All the best,

Harris

 

Week 20 on T

Hey everyone!

I’ve been enjoying a relaxing week here in Athens before school starts. I’ve worked out a couple times, cleaned my apartment, and even got to play a round of golf. I really enjoyed the round and didn’t do too badly for not playing since last October. My first class of the semester is election law on Tuesday. Given the current political climate, I’m pretty excited about the class. I am a little apprehensive about going back to school though. Meeting new people is stressful now because I’m still not always recognized as male. Even when I am, people tend to think I’m much younger than 24. I’m not looking forward to the misgendering that is bound to happen during the coming weeks. On the other hand, I am looking and sounding more male than I was in May. As much as I will appreciate any positive comments on that, it might be a little overwhelming. I am glad that I’ll be able to see all my friends again though.

I’m having lunch with my 1L (first year law student) mentee tomorrow. I had a 2L mentor last year who was really great, so I thought I’d be a mentor this year. We’ve emailed back and forth some, and she seems pretty nice. Based on what I know about her, I think she’s older than me. I think that’s a little funny. I don’t know how much help I’ll be for her classes since UGA has completely redone the 1L class schedule. I got lucky because my mentor had all the same teachers as I did so I could use all his outlines. Oh well, we shall make it through.

All the best,

Harris

 

Yesterday marked four months until my top surgery. I’m still trying to raise some money to offset the costs. I haven’t been doing the best job of advertising, but here we go. All donations, no matter the size, are greatly appreciated!

https://www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising/harris-top-surgery-fundraiser

 

 

 

Week 19 on T

Hey everyone!

Well last week I was a day late, and this week I’m two days late. I should get my act back together now that school is starting next week… maybe haha

Wow, last week was a jam-packed week. I spent 6 days in Washington D.C. with some friends (thanks Lito & J.S.!) for the Transgender Legal Institute and for the LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law conference. I learned so much about legal arguments being used to advance LGBTQ protections and other legal and legislative issues affecting the LGBTQ community. I also got to meet so many amazing leaders in the movement for trans equality. It really felt like meeting family for the first time. I was surrounded by so many trans men who extended their love, support, and legal expertise to me. One of my favorite moments of the week was having a drink with Kylar Broadus. He was the first trans person to testify in front of the Senate, where he spoke in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. His story is truly inspiring, and I am very lucky to know him.

On my last day in D.C. I got to do some sightseeing. I walked the National Mall and went to the Lincoln Memorial, went past the WWII Memorial, went to the Smithsonian American History Museum, went to the Holocaust Museum, went to the Capitol, went to the SCOTUS building, and went to the National Archives. Needless to say, my feet hurt like hell after all that walking! I was disappointed that the transgender flag wasn’t on display at the American History Museum and the African American Museum wasn’t open yet. I was looking forward to both. I guess that just means that I’ll need to go back at some point.

Today, I spent the day shadowing an attorney friend who is an assistant general counsel for a healthcare company. I enjoyed spending the day learning more about what he does on a daily basis. Plus, it’s always fun to hang out with another trans guy. I’m going to miss all my trans friends that I made/got to hang out with this summer. I hope that I’ll have some time to develop and continue those relationships. 2L year starts next week, so I’ll just have to see.

All the best,

Harris

Week 18 on T

Hey everyone!

Well at least I’m only a day late and not a week late on this post… I forgot what day it was yesterday so I didn’t do my normal Sunday post.

Anyway, this past week certainly has been an eventful one. I had my last week of my internship at Atlanta Legal Aid Society. It was some of the most stressful, challenging, fun, and rewarding work I’ve ever done. I’m really proud to say that I was able to start a project where my unit at ALAS will meet with an HIV/AIDS clinic’s transgender patients once a month to give free legal help. I worked on this project all summer, in addition to “regular” legal intern work, so I’m really glad that I was able to complete the groundwork for a successful project. I’m grateful for the fellowships that financially allowed me to do this work over the summer and the people of my unit that always brought a smile to my face.

Yesterday I moved my stuff back to Athens for the fall. I didn’t do a whole lot of unpacking though. I’m already back in Atlanta because I’m flying to D.C. tomorrow for the national LGBT Bar Association’s annual conference thanks to the generosity of UGA Law. I’m actually going to two separate transgender legal conferences. One is part of the Bar Association’s conference, and the other is one that a trans lawyer friend told me about. Needless to say, I’m really excited about my first trip to D.C.

This past week we also gained our first woman to be nominated for president of a major political party. I know that as a trans man, I have a lot to be proud of when I think about the last two Democratic nominees for president. Barack Obama taught me that you don’t have to be a certain kind of man to be the President, and Hillary Clinton’s nomination means that you don’t have to be a certain gender to have a chance at the presidency. In her acceptance speech, Hillary said, “When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.” Whether or not you plan on voting for her (I hope you do), you should be able to appreciate the value of Hillary’s crack in the glass ceiling, a crack that’s not just for her or for the women who are bound to follow in her footsteps but for us all.

All the best,

Harris