Hey there readers, I apologize for taking so long to update again, my week got very exciting with Obama winning the election, then I got sick, had exams, you know, a regular day at the office for a college student.
Speaking of Obama winning, just thought I’d mention what a great day for equality it was! We reelected an Ally to the presidency, elected the first openly gay senator Tammy Baldwin, Minnesota voted against a ban on same-sex marriage and marriage equality passed in Main, Maryland and Washington!
I worked on the campaign in Wisconsin and I can say that as stressful as it was, when the announcement was made that all our hard work had paid off, it was so worth it. My voice was cracking all day on Wednesday for how much I had been cheering.
I also got a call tonight from the Human Rights Campaign. They were talking about how we need to keep pushing ahead now that we know America is beginning to be ready for LGBT equality. They were asking for donations and for people to join their membership. I don’t have a lot of money as a college student, but I have decided to personally run a fundraiser to help HRC out.
In other exciting news, I took my 8th shot on Sunday and thought I’d give an update as to how things are going.
Some of my shoes don’t fit anymore, which is interesting, and my brace for my hand is way too tight now, so I had to make a new one. I didn’t know my hands and feet would get bigger, but that will make shopping for shoes in the men’s section a lot easier!
My facial hair is really starting to come in under my chin and a little on my upper lip. The hair is thick everywhere already, but a lot of it is still very light and can’t really be seen, but I can shave every two or three days now which is really exciting!
The hair on my head is thinning a little, which I’ve heard is really common. I find a lot of hair on my pillow in the morning and I’ve noticed that it’s taking longer to grow back from the last time I had a hair cut. Also, at the front it is looking thinner. Apparently it stops doing that after a while, but I’ll keep you updated.
My voice cracks every day now. It’s amusing. Most of my friends tell me that my voice is dropping every day they see me, and those who don’t see me as often have a tendency to freak out every time I talk to them.
I’m also noticing that my muscles are slowing starting to gain some definition.
Also, I have been properly gendered by a handful of guys lately! Feels so incredible to be called “dude” or “man” or “him” or any type of male something from a total stranger! Although I’m not really sure how I feel about the “sir…ma’am.. sir?” thing yet.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention!
I met the First Lady.
She hugged me.
It was AWESOME!
Some of the volunteers from Organizing for America were invited to meet Michelle Obama when she was in Appleton in October. My field organizer called me saying I was going to see someone and she needed my social security number, but I couldn’t ask who I was going to see. When she finally told me I would be meeting the First Lady, I freaked out!
I don’t really remember what I said to her, I was kind of awestruck, but I told her that I was fighting for her and her husband in Wisconsin and that I had written him a letter telling him how much I appreciate what he has done for the LGBT community and she thanked me so much for my hard work and words of encouragement and before she left the room, she put her hand on my shoulder and said “Hang in there sweetie”.
My face hurt so much the next day because I could not stop smiling.
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