Other Stories of Interests From BuzzFeed

Transgender People Are Paying The Price For The Media’s Willful Ignorance

For those who care about the way transgender people are covered in the media — to say nothing of transgender people themselves who bear the brunt of the blow — it has been a difficult few weeks. “A chill ran down my spine” is how Caleb Hannan, a Grantland contributor, describes the moment he realized that the subject of his story was a transwoman. In the article, Hannan doesn’t get a “chill” later when the woman, an inventor and entrepreneur, begs him not to out her, stating “you’re about to commit a hate crime.”

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April Ashley: The Vogue Model Who Became A Transgender Icon

Born in the 1935 slums of Liverpool, April Ashley was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery at a time when it was nearly unheard of. A secret that would eventually derail her modeling career amid public scandal.

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Colban Clark, a freshman at the American Academy of Art, shared a story from class on his Tumblr

Last Wednesday one of my teachers that knows I’m trans* was talking to me in front of the class and used the wrong pronouns. 5 mins later she came up to me, handing me a really nice brand new sketch book and simply said “Merry Christmas” and walked away. I took the sketchbook and said thanks and I opened it up to find a note saying “Sorry I called you a she.” Little things like this can just make my day.

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New Documentary Series Focuses On Transgender Individuals Serving In U.S. Military

“No one goes into the military imagining that they’re going to be be able to transition. Nevertheless, each one of those people makes a choice every single day to endure pain and suffering.”

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Some Thoughts About My Other Interests

 

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I have another post I’m working on but it isn’t ready yet and I’m awaiting permission to use some images, so I’m going to chatter a little bit.

I am looking to expand my horizons on a number of fronts because quite frankly I’ve gotten lazy. In the not too distant past I kept up with new books coming out, new music by indie artists, and what was going on in the contemporary art scene as well as the latest news in technology. I have sadly fallen out of the habit of doing so, letting so many of my interests grow stale. Well, enough of that. I have started to rekindle my old interests, making them my new interests. Being cooped up in the house more than I like really leaves me wanting some adult conversation and some stimulating topics to pursue. I suppose this is one of the reasons I’m a bit of a tech nerd, a computer gives me the ability to stave off brain death… which is what happens when your main human interaction is with people young enough to be your kids… because, well… they’re your kids. As much as I like working nights because it really makes going to work easier, it really puts a damper of socializing. Add to this my lack of interests in going to places like bars and clubs, it makes Kira one dull girl most evenings. 

So what’s a girl to do? A number of things actually. I’m putting together my own little TvGuide of programs I want to watch, both past and present. Thankfully I have an account with Netflix which makes things easier, I also have Hulu. I spoke before about the programs I currently like, Elementary, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards. I also enjoy some anime shows, cartoons, and a few (very few) reality shows, most notably American Pickers, so I have plenty of choices.

I also enjoy a good movie, regardless of genre. One thing is, I really don’t care for going to the theater too often, I would rather enjoy a good flick at home… after all, there are simply some things which make it easier. The cost, a pause button, cheaper popcorn, soda, and candy. I mean why should I pay more for a popcorn and medium soda than I did to see the movie in the first place? The last movie I saw on the big screen was Star Trek: Into Darkness.  On the other hand I have recently watched Oblivion, and Oz the Great and Powerful. In addition I have gone back to watch Hugo, Wreck It Ralph, and Rise of the Guardians.

Then there are books. At one point I was reading at least two books a week, and back in school there were times I was reading as much as a book a day. Even though I used reading as an escape growing up, I still think of it as an enjoyable pass time even when I’m not trying to get away from reality. Of all the things I lat slip over the past year and a half, this is the one which stung the most. I am now making a concerted effort to rekindle my reading habit. I am currently reading Ellen DeGeneres’s autobiography, “Seriously… I’m Kidding.” While I have never been a big fan, I wanted to read some autobiographies to get a better feel for writing my own and hers caught my eye. I’ve just started it, and it’s a bit cheesy at this point, I think it is going to be an interesting read. I am also going back an rereading Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series. It is an epic work of Fantasy and is destined to be a classic. Sadly Mr. Jordan died before he could finish his master work and the last two books were written by another author, still it well worth the time to read all fourteen novels.

So, there you go, a little insight into my offline life, at least the part which isn’t filled with being a parent and keeping house. At least it gives me a way to fill the time between when the dryer dings and the washer finishes…

Moving Forward

I am more than Transgender. I know, from reading this blog it might not seem that way, after all, it is the main topic I discuss. But as with any other person, I am not one dimensional. As it happened, dealing with finally being honest with myself after so many years left me unable to keep everything locked away in my thoughts, so I needed a relief valve, a place to put the endless cycle of thoughts, doubts, and fears so I could step away as much as possible and try and retain my sanity. Because of this, I was able to gain the attention of others here in cyberspace. Other bloggers, allies, the curious. My most read and commented on posts are those speaking to my personal experiences with becoming in reality the person I have always been in my thoughts and dreams. The lowest? The ones where I have tried to branch out and discuss other things which interest me, books, movies, music. My love of art and the creative process…

I think it understandable then I have striven to stay with the topics which seems of the greatest interest to those who read this blog. After all, no one wants to see goose eggs in the visitor and views columns. This leaves me in a bit of a spot because I have, on a number of occasions, decided not to write about something because I didn’t want to alienate anyone.  Maybe it’s silly, but everyone who reads this is important to me.

The thing is, this blog cannot remain just about being trans with a few poems thrown in here and there to break up the monotony. I am more than that and I want to share more of who I am, the whole of this person I am with others. As I mentioned in the beginning, I have a long time love affair with books, music, poetry, art, even computers… I also enjoy movies and television shows… I love history and learning things about the past… There is so much more of me than I have shared to this point and it is time I expanded outside this narrow place I have kept myself to this point.

It seems the thought of this has annoyed at least one person and for that I am sorry. I never expected everyone to share all of my interests, maybe not even more than one, here and there, but I hope some will be interested in some of the same things as I… maybe not, I guess I’ll find out. I hate the thought of loosing followers, readers, interested minds from all over the world who pass through this space from time to time… but I cannot please everyone all of the time and really, I shouldn’t have to.

So, as I move forward I will post about anything which catches my interest, some personal, some not, but things which I feel a desire to share with anyone who is interested. If this offends anyone, I apologize, but this is what is best for me and my growth as a person and I am not going to continue to sensor myself just to please someone else. I have done exactly that for far too long and it has been to my detriment.