Bil Browning

31 Days: In & Out with Jill Weiss

Filed By Bil Browning | August 25, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: In & Out, Jillian T. Weiss, Las Vegas, superfriend

The backstory behind this photo is after the break.


I'm doing a series of posts for 31 days that will feature a photo from my personal collections and the backstory behind the picture. I'm trying to stick with shots that have not appeared on the site before. I'm using the stories as a writing exercise to help me prepare for writing a book. You can find the rest of the series posts here:

Dr. Jillian Weiss isn't just the serious lawyer you've grown to respect for insightful political and movement-related commentary. She has a wild streak that you'd never imagine.

Jill is one of those ravishing women who's had male and female lovers, but I doubt you'll ever find anyone who loves her as much as I do. She's become a close friend and confidante over the years.

Alex discovered Jill and her blog, Transgender Workplace Diversity. He quickly decided she should blog at Bilerico Project and sent her an invitation to become a contributor. Jill, in her coy way, played hard to get and only agreed to join us after many gifts - including a Gucci handbag, a handful of diamonds, and three trips to Monaco. (She really likes to gamble.)

Jerame and I met Jill when we went to New York City for the NYC Anti-Violence Project's Courage Award ceremony. She offered to show us the sights and soon we were riding a ferry a short distance from the Statue of Liberty as a cold wind blew us together. While we stood shoulder to shoulder against the freezing November gales, I had no idea we'd stand in formation multiple times as we defended each other during life's rough patches. You might not realize it from her quiet demeanor, but Jill's a brawler.

Whether it was driving through a blizzard to New Jersey to pick up Phil Reese and me and drive us back into the city or wandering the streets of Vegas in the wee hours of the morning with a group of drunken gay men, there's little the unflappable woman hasn't done. Practically imperturbable, she relaxes by singing and playing the piano; skills, I have no doubt, she learned while growing up in a house of ill repute or St. Jude's School for Jewish Naughty Girls or something.

An adventurous sort, she taunts Mother Nature with her outdoor escapades; she kayaks, she hikes, and she turns heads wherever she goes. In this photo, the master seductress has started to hypnotize the audience of aforementioned drunken gay men by quickly adopting the local customs and donning native attire during her first visit to an In & Out burger joint.

No one in the history of mankind had ever looked good wearing a fast food bonnet, but, for one shining moment, our very own supposedly staid-and-respectable doctor shoved the paper helmet on her golden locks and looked up like Venus arising out of the sea and -damn- she looked good.

This photo was taken a second or two before that moment of perfection, however, so you'll just have to imagine it. She just looks silly here and not highbrow at all. But when our late night munchie fit was over, all of us had fallen in love with her.

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The problem is twofold, Bil: first, all the good men are married, or gay, or both. Second, gay men aren't really interested in women (in case you hadn't noticed), and for that matter, women tend to prefer guys who are at least Bi.

What a lovely article. :) Dr. Weiss sounds like a fascinating person. Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

Jillian is indeed a fantastic person. She has given me grief and chastised me when I screwed up, and has praised and supported me when I do good. I have also done the same for her. I think that's a sign of a good friend, and I indeed consider her a good friend. I always hope for the best for her.

Oh my lordy, Bil, now you've gone and given away all my secrets. :)

I LOVE this picture.

Yes indeed, a great shot!

Dr. Jillian, I hope you and I get a chance to meet someday. You're really cool.

Well, no ... Dr. Jillian, you're hot! ... I mean, you're cool and you're hot! ... You're a miracle, keep defying the laws of physics!