On Saturday, I attended my third Boston Pride. The weather was awful – cold, windy at times with intermittent downpours.
But the bad weather didn’t seem to dampen people’s spirits. This was only my third Boston Pride and only the fourth Pride I have ever attended, all of them being in the past three years. Each time that I have participated, I have been moved by the pure, unabashed joy that people display. If only straight/non-trans/non-queer/non-allied people would attend Pride celebrations and experience that joy and see it firsthand, I think some (many?) of them would have a different (and more positive) view of GLBT people.
Similar to my previous two experiences with Boston Pride, the last one of which I wrote about in this blog, I began the day at the Old South Church for the 34th Annual Pride Interfaith Service. It was great to see Ken and Marcia Garber receive the 2011 Pride Interfaith Award for their activism on behalf of the transgender community. I have seen them repeatedly at trans events in the Boston area and they are quite generous with their time and efforts in support of trans people.
This well-deserved award decision was announced on the Pride Interfaith web site:
The Pride Interfaith Coalition also honored to announce the recipients of the 2011 Pride Interfaith Award will be Ken and Marcia Garber. As parents of a transgender son named CJ, Ken and Marcia became involved in the trans community for support and help when CJ began his gender affirmation process. After years of student bullying in school, struggling to find a job and feeling like an outsider, CJ died of a drug overdose at the age of 20. At a State House rally in support of gender identity protection legislation Ken stated, “we as parents can love and support our children, but when they leave the house, we cannot look out for them…there have to be laws in place to make sure they are allowed every one of the rights that we are entitled to.” Marcia and Ken are also involved with PFLAG, Massachusetts Commission for GLBTQ Youth, Camp Aranutiq for trans youth, BAGLY, Dignity/Boston and the Transgender Committee of Dignity USA.
I also had the opportunity to participate in the parade this year by riding in the GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) Duck Boat. It was an awesome experience and it was great to see the number of people who knew about GLAD and showed their support.
Blog Summer Vacation
You may have noticed that my posts have been few and far-between for the past month or so. There’s a reason for that — it’s time for a blog summer vacation!
Yes, after more than a year of making (more-or-less) regular posts, I have come to the realization that I need a break. There are some other things that I have been neglecting, such as my house, my yard, and most importantly, my health. I need some exercise, especially to counter the osteopenia that I mentioned in a previous post.
Also, I would like to simplify my life a little bit by reducing the clutter around the house and the garage, and I would like to finally do some things that have been sitting too low on the list of priorities for too long. The two biggest things on my list (literally) are now:
(No, they’re not the same car.)
(Yes, I like fast, red cars from the 1960s.)
What this means is that my posts this summer will be infrequent or maybe even non-existent while I shift my attention from the blog to other parts of my life.
That doesn’t mean I won’t be thinking about the blog, though. I’m already making a mental note of the science topics I would like to cover when I get back to writing in the fall.
Here’s a list of some of the topics I’ve been thinking about:
- The normal functioning of human ovaries.
- The abnormal functioning of human ovaries: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in trans men.
- The different types of testosterone and their pharmacokinetics.
- The current state of research in tissue remodeling – considering the neo-phallus.
- Preserving the fertility of trans children who go on hormone blockers before puberty.
So that’s it for now. Check in once in a while and see if I’ve made a post about something that was on my mind. Otherwise, have a great summer!!! See you in the fall.
PS — Keep an eye out as well for new posts on ATM’s little brother, TransMasculineInk.com