Bil Browning

Holiday Open Thread: End of Summer

Filed By Bil Browning | September 06, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: end of summer, Labor Day, open thread

It's Labor Day and the Bilerico team is taking the day off to enjoy the official end of summer. The floor is yours - feel free to blogwhore your own posts, link us to anything you've found interesting lately, or tell us your plans for the holiday.

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(A big tip of the ole TBP hat to contributor Sean Martin for the special holiday graphic.)


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This morning's cold here, about 40 degrees, though it should go up to 70 soon. A few days ago the nights were sweltering. My older sister is staying over my house for a while as she looks for new digs. She says I haven't changed much from when I was young. Sometimes she gets my name wrong. *sigh* But she's fambly and it's a comfort to have it. I'm busy looking for new digs myself. Looking forward to a quiet fall and winter.

Heh heh... my family said "fambly", too.

I was going to complain about it being cold here until I saw that it was 40 degrees where you are; presumably NJ. It's 55 degrees here. The difference is that it's 3:30 in the afternoon. Not too much hope for 70 degrees today.

Andrew Belonsky Andrew Belonsky | September 6, 2010 11:32 AM

Yes, quiet fall and winter will be lovely. As for me: I'm actually laboring this labor day, not that I mind: better busy than bored! Of course, will take some time to read "Lady Chatterley's Lover." Those of you who are keeping track of my Willa Cather obsession: I began "Death Comes for the Archibishop," but couldn't get into it. Finished "My Antonia" last week. Didn't want it to end. If you haven't read any Cather, I suggest you do. Oh, I also read "The Unvanquished" by Faulkner recently. Wasn't a fan. Am I missing something?

Dan Patterson | September 6, 2010 9:48 PM

Congratulations on discovering Cather. Her novels are wonderful. Do give "Death Comes for the Archbishop" another chance, however. I think it's her greatest. Try the chapter, "December Night," which can stand alone apart from the novel. I can never read it without weeping.

A rather striking TV ad for AIDS that would never, ever, ever appear in the States.

http://gayarmenia.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-french-anti-aids-campaign-ad.html

A bit over-the-top in the artiness ategory, but pretty effective messaging.

Powerful. You're right: not in the USA.

EOS? ... Yeah, I know that Labor Day Weekend is the cultural end of summer, but my farmer's almanac says the autumnal equinox, the exact astronomical moment that the sun crosses the celestial equator and enters into the celestial Southern Hemisphere, will take place this year at 3:09 AM Coordinated Universal Time on September 23 ... But if you aren't quite as anal retentive as a German astronomer tuning an atomic clock, generally it occurs in the evening of September 22 for the United States ...

... in any event, don't rip me off for 16 days of summer, summer is short enough as it is!

Bil, thanks for the invitation to "blogwhore".

I'll take advantage of that to share a positive trans health care story. I thought it would be nice to hear for a change. This e-mail was sent to the Washington Gender Alliance (www.WashingtonGenderAlliance.com) e-mail list:


Hi Everett-area (WA.) gender variant folks and allies.

It seems like I'm always hearing stories about trans people getting mistreated by hospitals and other medical facilities. Because of what I had heard from around the country, as a transgender person, I was expecting to be treated as a second-class (or worse) patient when I was admitted to Providence Hospital (Colby Campus) three weeks ago. I was very surprised when this isn't what happened. I've asked the Washington Gender Alliance to pass along my story to you because I thought it might be refreshing and even personally relevant for other trans folks to hear about the care the hospital provided.

I was in the hospital for 14 days total, 5 in Critical Care. My stay involved some pretty intimate procedures, including a pelvic area ultrasound and catheterization. But never once was I called by the wrong pronoun. Anyone - from the nursing staff to radiology technicians to the team of doctors that worked with me - who had a question that related to my transition in some way asked me their questions very respectfully, always letting me know that they understood if I didn't want to answer if it made me uncomfortable to discuss it.

Not only was I treated respectfully, but in many situations, I actually felt encouraged and supported as a transgender person. One RN told me about one of her FTM family members and how proud she is of him for completing his legal transition. Another, who had never worked with a transgender patient before, politely asked if I would mind helping her learn more about how medical transition worked so that she would be more knowledgeable when working with trans patients in the future (I was happy to oblige.) A transport aide told me about his hope to one day quit his job at the hospital to become a full-time LGBT equal rights activist. One of the surgeons on my team even spoke with me about my plans for future medical transition and offered to pair a transition-related surgery with an emergency life-saving surgery I may have needed during my stay.

In all, the treatment I got there was above and beyond what I could have hoped for. I had originally gone into the Emergency Room expecting to be made to feel self-conscious and that my trans status would be treated as a roadblock. Instead, I wound up extremely impressed. Hopefully, this level of care will continue at the Colby Campus of Providence Hospital, so that fears of discrimination will not need to play a part for any of us when disaster strikes.

Hoping this finds you all in good health,
AER

Just workin' on the Tea-Bagger Christianists- it's turning into a full-time job out here....

Just workin' on the Tea-Bagger Christianists- it's turning into a full-time job out here....

Sigh. Sadness!

My holiday was in DC, and now I'm home. Sad.