Shayrah and the other girls really went out of their way to make sure we had a great time and that we could make up for my lack of slumber parties growing up. There were no pillow fights, we just thought we'd skip the pretense and have a big cuddle party in the bed instead. We got very drunk, stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, and had a hang-over breakfast at Cafe Brazil in the morning. All in all, I think it made up for the years of slumber parties I missed out on as a girl.
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Equality Texas bus to Austin to participate in LGBTQ Lobby Day. We were assigned to discuss house bill 1300, the Marriage Equality bill, from a youth perspective with six politicians. Surprisingly, only one of our visits was less than friendly. Most representatives and their staff were enthusiastic about our visits, especially the representative of our district, Rafael Anchia. As soon as we saw a rainbow flag in his office, we knew we were home. It was a tiring but extremely rewarding experience to look people in the eye and ask them to help our friends get married.
Tuesday, I got a new iPod Touch and was thus distracted for most of the day downloading apps and other fun toys. Yes, I prefer an iPod to an iPhone. Call me old fashioned, but I think the "smart" part of smart phones gets in the way of the actual phone. This way, I have a toy and a phone and I can keep them separated.
Zombies, Run! This thing is so cool. It's part audio adventure, part exercise trainer. It links up with your music and as you walk, job, run, whatever it feeds the story into your headphones inbetween music. Sometimes zombies chase you and you need to run away as quick as you can or risk being eaten. I have often said that I would only run if something was chasing me, now I have no excuse. I had a brisk walk and jog around my neighborhood for nearly 40 minutes and can't wait to start the next "mission" tomorrow.
Dogma Debate to discuss the recent clusterfuck of the Fallon Fox controversy. "Do trans women have an unfair advantage in athletics?" I was asked. And of course, my answer was, "Hell no." But no matter how many doctors testify about it and how many national and international sports organizations have trans positive policies, until we fight transphobia at its core, people will always see trans women as men. Thus, they will believe we have an unfair advantage against other women. The truth is, after hormones there's no difference between a trans woman's muscle and body composition and a cis woman's. If anything, we have a disadvantage because we have the same muscle trying to move around a heavier skeleton. That means we're slower, easier to hit, with slower reaction time. But whenever a trans woman does well in a sport, the assumption isn't that she trained hard, that she earned the recognition she deserves. No, instead it all goes right back to the magic dick theory. Penises are magical, apparently, and even getting yours removed somehow gives you super powers against people who never had one. It's ignorant and frustrating, but we have to keep fighting it until trans athletes are common place.
As for the rest of my break? Chris and I are chaperones for the Spring Break Lock-In this Saturday night into Sunday morning. If we manage to get any sleep, we might head over to the Fellowship of Freethought meeting to meet Seth from The Thinking Atheist. But we'll see how that goes. Enjoy the rest of your breaks, and the blog should be back at its regular schedule by next week.