2020: A Call for Trans Advocacy Over Allyship

We are at the end of another year and another decade. It’s that week leading up to the start of a new year. It’s that week when many take stock of what they’d planned to accomplish, what they actually accomplished, and what will roll over to the new list of plans likely to never be crossed off or the boxes ticked.

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The Rest of the Story…

Yesterday I attended my second Transgender Spectrum Conference in St. Louis. This year I also agreed to participate in two ways I had not the previous year.

I spent a chunk of the morning being interviewed by a volunteer interviewer for the Trans Spectrum Oral History Project for the Washington University archives. It was basically 45 minutes or so of narrative with a number of questions and conversation with the orator/interviewer. The subject was the story about my transition from female to male. It was a pretty laid-back exchange and the time passed quickly.

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Back at it…

I didn’t plan on taking a break from this blog, but it appears that I did. I’ve mostly been busy writing for my online magazine/blog Trans Speak.

Check it out if you have a moment. On that site I am featuring stories written by trans persons, for trans, about trans. There is more of a slant on human interest rather than a site filled entirely of news articles. I will continue to make personal blog posts on this page and will be back with more soon.

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Post-op Progress Proves Challenging

As with most surgical procedures, one must have follow-up visits or therapy to improve the healing and overall outcome. My vocal cord surgery was no different. I had made the decision to switch vocal therapists in the department and met with the new therapist. She explained her background as an opera singer and her plan to work with me to strengthen my voice, try to reduce the raspy sound that resulted from the surgery, and see if she couldn’t return some of my singing ability. She advised me that she could give no guarantees and that it would be a long process. She taught me the first series of exercises and sent me with instructions for alternating the process with some vocal rest to prevent a repeat of my first attempt at therapy exercises.

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