Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hope

It seems strange to think of a radical surgical change to a perfectly healthy body with hope. Yet that is my current attitude.

SRS, or GCS, as it is sometimes called, costs between $15,000 and $20,000 – and usually, it isn't covered by health insurance. It's not covered in my plan. And that doesn't count travel and other costs involved.

I have nothing saved – not a cent. It doesn't matter. Hope rises so optimistically in my heart that I am seeking out surgeons and the letters that they require prior to sharpening their scalpels and inverting those "willies," as my friend Devin puts it. That's because I have so many friends and supporters, and I also have resources that I believe will come into play.

Besides, when you commit completely to a course of action, the universe steps in to help. Just look at what happened when Julius Caesar landed on Britain and then burned all his boats.

Lemme see … where're those matches?

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
~Hafiz