Monday, November 11, 2019

Frozen

No, not the movie but rather frozen sperm.

I came across this website and it brings up some interesting questions… would you freeze your sperm before transitioning?

I typed “transgender” into Yahoo search and the first website that came up was freezing our sperm, it is an idea that many of us choose but I see two problem areas. CryoChoice had this to say...
What can I do to preserve my fertility?
The best thing you can do to increase your ability for future reproduction is to preserve your sperm before you begin hormone replacement therapy. This will ensure the best possible samples and allow you to continue your hormone replacement therapy uninterrupted. If you are considering banking your sperm, discuss it with your doctor and decide which options are best for you.
My first thought was I am too old for this and many trans people who transition late in life probably feel that they don’t want any children at their age.

The second thought was children want to transition before Tanner Sage II sets in so they don’t have to worry about secondary male characteristics. I can’t see them delaying transition until their sperm develop and ending up with a deep voice and a beard.

So if you had a chance would you freeze your sperm?

Sunday, November 10, 2019

I Don’t Know What To Write Today

I don’t want to write about politics or about the violence against us… I’m just saturated with those topic so that doesn’t leave anything in the news to write about.

We have become numb to violence that we see everyday.

We have become numb to the anti-LGBTQ+ news coming out of Washington DC.

All we want is to live our lives.

Last year in Massachusetts Question 3 passed with 67% of the votes.

I go to a little deli in Truro where the guy who runs it greets me ever time I come in with small talk.

I go to a Stop & Shop in town and the clerk knows me and says hi to me when she sees me.

I went to a ACE Hardware in Eastham and went I walked trough the door a clerk that I never met before came up to me and said, “Can I help you ma’am?”

They are typical of people I met everyday, they are just ordinary people who just want live their lives and treat others like they want to be treated.

After over ten years from when I transitioned I can say that probably 99.999 of the people are like those people.
America’s Growing Support for Transgender Rights
Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
By Daniel Greenberg, Maxine Najle, PhD, Natalie Jackson, Ph.D., Oyindamola Bola, Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.
June 9, 2019

Increasing Support for Transgender Rights
More than six in ten (62%) Americans say they have become more supportive toward transgender rights compared to their views five years ago. By contrast, about one-quarter (25%) say their views are more opposed compared to five years ago.

About three-quarters (76%) of Democrats report they have become more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years, compared to 64% of independents and only 47% of Republicans. Notably, increased support crosses ideological divides within the parties. Conservative Republicans (40%) stand out as the only ideological group with less than half reporting increased support for transgender rights.

Though majorities of every age group report increased support for transgender rights over the last five years, young Americans ages 18 to 29 (68%) are more likely than seniors ages 65 and older (56%) to report this shift.

Notably, majorities of every major religious group report becoming more supportive of transgender rights over the last five years, including religiously unaffiliated Americans (69%), Catholics (68%), nonwhite Protestants (60%), and white mainline Protestants (57%). Even among white evangelical Protestants, slightly more than half (52%) report becoming more supportive of transgender rights over the last five years.
The news media focuses on the negative but there are a lot of good people out there and their numbers are growing. I have hope that they will see the hate coming out of Washington and they will say… Enough.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Saturday 9: Heart to Heart

Sam’s Saturday 9: Heart to Heart (1982)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

I am heading back home today from the cottage. I was up at my cottage with my brother and we are painting the bedrooms. Thursday night I took my brother out to dinner to thank him for helping me. Those who know me know that I'm a lobster lover and for dinner I had Lobster Fra  Diavolo, it was delicious!



Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) With whom did you most recently have a "heart-to-heart" talk?
My brother

2) When this song was on the charts, audiences were tuning in to a TV show called Hart to Hart. Are you familiar with it?
Oh yes, I used watch it all the time.

3) In the music video, Kenny Loggins plays an illustrator. It’s said that the hardest thing to draw is a straight line, because all the joints in your hand have to work together in sync. Can you draw a straight line, without the aid of a ruler or a straight edge?
I used to.

4) This video also prominently features teddy bears. A 2018 article in the NY Post estimates that 4 in 10 adults has a plush toy of his/her own. Are you one of the 40%?
I have a stuffed husky called Jonathan.

5) Kenny Loggins performed in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall. Do you have a favorite Aretha Franklin song?
Sorry, no.

6) Kenny cowrote this song with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers. You can also hear Michael on the background vocals. Do you have a favorite Doobie Brothers song?
How can you have “a” favorite Doobie Brothers song?
'Listen to the Music'
'China Grove'
'Black Water'
'Takin' It to the Streets'
'It Keeps You Runnin''

7) The third cowriter is David Foster. 1982 was a big year for Foster, since Chicago had a big hit with another of his compositions, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Do you have a favorite Chicago song?
Another group that you just can’t “a” favorite song.

8) In 1982, when this song was popular, Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide killed 7 people in Chicago. In response, tamper-proof packaging was introduced. What’s the last thing you opened that required you break a seal?
One of my meds.

9) Random question – You’re having a party. Which guest annoys you most: the one who arrives 20 minutes early, or the one who shows up 20 minutes late?
One who arrives 20 minutes early, I would probably be the one running late.

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