Five things to report. If any interest you, feel free to comment.
1. Chaz Bono, Cher's son who was born female (Chastity), was just announced as a contestant on the new season of "Dancing With The Stars." Hateful remarks were immediately made by traditional "family" organizations and assorted intolerant individuals. Chaz refuses to be intimidated by the comments and Cher herself tweeted several messages in support of her son. Chaz will be the show's first transgender contestant.
One fact that isn't widely known outside the TG community is the horrible rate of suicide among people like me -- it is 50%. That may surprise you but it doesn't surprise me. When you are so different that everything in society aligns against you, telling you you're an unacceptable freak, life can be unbearable. Suicide is often considered by us as an alternative to living in pain.
3. I visited my friend Larry tonight. He's in a rehab facility. Larry is the 45 year old printer who suffered a heart attack and stroke last month. He's doing better. His physical ability is improving; he can't walk yet but can get around holding two canes. His speech is still a little slurred, but his mental ability is near-normal. Most important, the depression he was in is lifting. He isn't happy, but he isn't as despondent as he was initially. I gave him a baseball I bought at my recent ballgame and tried to pep him up.
4. In March, I told you about my friend Geoff who had just been diagnosed with a brain-tumor. Geoff underwent radiation treatment and is doing fairly well. He's coming to visit in two weeks, during which we'll talk more deeply about his situation. One of you (Wendy) has asked me a few times about Geoff's progress so I'll keep you posted. I'm really touched that Wendy cares.
5. I heard that polka-dot dresses are going to be fashionable this Fall, so I went looking for one. I luckily found a beautiful one in green tonight, made by Calvin Klein. Fortunately for me, this expensive dress was marked down to only $10 because the back-zipper is broken. I can deal with that. I plan to try on the dress tomorrow night after work and will post pictures soon.
Have a happy holiday weekend!