Another busy week has come and gone. I lost some hair last night trying to pull the Dawgs through, through the television. Whew! I can’t take too many more nail biters like that.
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking with an attorney at Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) about making their name change services more known to the transgender population at UGA. They are going to send me some information to give to our LGBT Resource Center so that students will have easy access to legal help for a name change. Also, GLSP has agreed to let members of OUTlaw (who have paid their $10 dues *hint, hint) volunteer to draw up the paperwork and assist with the process. Needless to say, I’m really happy and proud to start this partnership between OUTlaw and GLSP to serve our trans community.
As much as I would like to be back in Atlanta next summer, it would be nice to intern in the GLSP Athens office so I could save some money on rent. I think I’ll probably apply there. Maybe I can get a weekend job too. This law school stuff is not for the lower and middle class!
On Friday, I was on a state call with the other law school LGBT student association presidents and the Stonewall Bar Association to talk about events that they are doing and how Stonewall really wants to support our law school LGBT organizations. It was cool to talk to everyone. I think that it will be good to have to opportunity to connect with other LGBT attorneys across the state.
I went to a get-together for Graduate Pride yesterday. It was fun to hang out with my people. We watched the football game, ate junk food, played Game of Nasty Things, and drank alcohol. I would say a good time was had by all. They’ve planned another outing next weekend, so I’m going to have to work hard this week to get all my stuff done to make time to go to the lake with everyone. Fingers crossed.
Last night at the party someone asked me if I was nervous about top surgery. I thought about it, and I’m just like no, not really. I mean, I’m nervous about the fact that I’m paying about $9000 for a chest surgery that I’m going to have to look at for the rest of my life. I hope that I’m not disappointed with the result, but I’m really excited about having a flat chest. I’m already planning a beach trip next summer with my friends in my head. haha
All the best,
Well the dawgs have some work to do this week before we face Mizzou. I went to the game with some friends and left before the half because it was so hot. Our next home game is in October against Tennessee. I hope it’s cooler by then. I bought a student ticket package just to see us beat Tennessee at home, so we better have our act together by then! Haha
Justice Clarence Thomas was at the law school this week teaching a class. I didn’t get to meet him, but I did get to see him in passing. I would have loved to shake his hand and tell him that I’m trans. It probably wouldn’t have mattered, but who knows. A secret service member did tell me “hey man” as I passed him in the stairwell. I guess I’ll consider that a win.
A friend of mine works for a Methodist church and reached out to me this past week because they potentially had a genderqueer person attend a service. The church staff wanted some guidance on being more LGBTQ, particularly T and Q, inclusive. I think that’s pretty cool. I wish more churches would do that. I grew up in a Methodist church but haven’t been to one in close to two years now. I don’t know that I’ll ever go back. I don’t want to spend time in a place that doesn’t affirm who I am. I do miss the hymns from time to time.
All the best,
I’ve had a long, lazy weekend. I was really glad to see my dawgs get a win. I can’t wait to see Coach Smart and the dawgs in action next weekend between the hedges! I’m really excited to have a full student home game package. I didn’t get tickets last year, which was definitely a mistake. Maybe I’ll actually make it out to a SBA tailgate this season…
I went to the doctor last week to do a routine blood draw to make sure that my testosterone level stays within normal levels. According to the doctor, my level (just over 1000 for total testosterone) is a little high and is starting to mess with some other things. He wants me to lower my dose a touch. To be frank, I don’t want to and am going to see if I can keep the same dose. I’d be willing to get checked more often, but I’m just now getting to where I’m not being “ma’amed” on the phone all the time. I don’t want to think about lowering the dose until my voice lowers a bit more. Plus, after a short Google search (hush, I know haha) I found out that my T level is within a teenagers normal levels which probably is more accurate to where I’m at right now. Anyway, I’m going to talk to him and see if he’ll let me stay on the same dose for a bit. I haven’t grown any taller since starting on T, but on the bright side, I’ve lost 12 pounds since my last weigh-in back in March.
Sadly, I cannot deny that my hairline is in fact widening. It’s not receding, but definitely widening. Based on the men in my family, I should be good to keep it, but it’s kinda freaking me out. Other changes include a steady increase in body hair and acne. If the acne doesn’t clear up by spring, I’ll probably get some medicine to help with it.
99 days until top surgery! Needless to say, I’m super excited.
All the best,
If you can donate to my top surgery fund, I would really appreciate it. Anything helps! Here’s a link: https://www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising/harris-top-surgery-fundraiser