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Thursday, December 10th, 2009
9:10 pm
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
8:35 pm
A friend just died today.

The details are private, so I can only say here that I wish I could have met her in the real world for some coffee at least.

I am better for having known you even as little as I did.

Farewell hon.

~Thalia~

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
8:46 pm
Monday, September 14th, 2009
3:45 pm

is at the library because 50+ dollars a month for data only is rediculous. Looks like updates are from the library only from now on!
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
12:25 am
Here's an idea...
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=15098903&ch=4226713&src=news

It is time for transfolk and gays to adopt open carry at protests and parades.

And btw, medicare is bankrupt. If the gov can't reform and refinance it, why the hell give them another program to foul up?

I'm not of the opinion that we'd get (gender) transition assistance out of it anyway. We'd just get taxed more and have less money to pay for transition costs.
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
12:54 pm
Rhino Bucket
Wow! From TNUK digest- the music is definitely relevant, but see the bottom paragraph for how it relates to us:

Member of Rhino Bucket goes through MTF transitionCollapse )
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
10:40 pm
Mustache area- thermolysis


Phew! First *real* jump into it yesterday (Tuesday). 
Was I scared during and am I scared now after it? Yes...
A dot of blood here and there...
I was told that the multiple short tugs on some hairs were the forceps coming off of a hair that wasn't fully treated yet (and so had to be re-zapped). That in addition to the length of exposure on a handful of the hairs is what made me the most nervous.
Also a bit wigged out over the hairs that she did leave too. Could this be due to concerns over the effect of so much treatment on the skin?

And yes, I should've done a patch test first.

The lady I went to though (A&A Electrolysis- the street sign says "About Face Electrolysis) has been in practice for 35 years and is listed on hairfacts.com...
58 dollars an hour- cost 78 dollars to do my mustache area today (I have enough in the bank to cover at least *that* part of my face for the 15 or so treatments that some say is needed.

And yes, per the title of this entry it was thermolysis. Yeah, I've seen Susan Laird's horror stories ( hairzapper.com) and Andrea James and others counterclaims on the hairtell.com forums.

Strange that I didn't find her exact model of Fischer branded machine on hairfacts (the closest listed was R.A. Fischer's SE-4 blend model- I could just about swear her's was a Fischer EZ-4. I definitely should have written it down.

I'm looking at my still somewhat puffy mostly clear mustache area in the mirror...grumbling over not getting to go anywhere during daylight hours too...

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
11:28 pm


Fucking lame! Some stupid rapped-over version of Headhunter was played this last Sat Night (Sleep When You're Dead event). But at least And One's "Military Fashion Show" was played? Now if only the dj would've left the damn sound effects buttons alone...

The follow-up on the TX job- will have to call Mon morning- the dept. mgr listed herself as out 'til then!

 

Monday, February 16th, 2009
1:37 am
Sunday, February 8th, 2009
5:04 am
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
11:22 am
I *finally* have the dsl working! That's all.
Sunday, December 21st, 2008
2:34 pm
From TNUK Digest
Southern Voice - Atlanta,GA,USA


Gays and guns

Atlanta's Pink Pistols aim for acceptance in a community often opposed
to firearms

By DYANA BAGBY

Dec. 19, 2008


Mark Nichols distinctly remembers being in his gym's empty parking lot
at night when a man who had followed him out after his workout started
shouting anti-gay epithets at him.

"He told me he was sick of faggots being in the gym," said Nichols,
48, of Atlanta.

What kept Nichols calm was the handgun he kept in his gym bag that he
was legally entitled to carry with a permit.

"The guy wanted to beat me up. I told him he was making a mistake. I
just told him that. I had no concern I was going to get hurt. And the
guy left me alone," he said.

Nichols never pulled out his gun, but apparently the would-be gay
basher picked up a vibe. And that's all Nichols wanted to do, he said
— to let the angry man who had just called him a "faggot" know he
wasn't going to back down and that he was ready to defend himself.

"I never pulled my gun, but having it made a difference," he said.
"Gay people are seen as easy marks. Samuel Colt makes us equal."

Nichols, a computer specialist in Chamblee, is a member of Atlanta's
chapter of the Pink Pistols, a national organization founded in 2000
that cites approximately 59 chapters in 33 states and three countries.
While created for gay gun enthusiasts, the organization does not
require members to be gay.

Kurt Martin, 40, a heterosexual attorney living in metro Atlanta, said
he joined the Pink Pistols to seek their help in fighting gun control
legislation in Georgia.

"[W]hile the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community faces
extra risks in the form of hate crimes based on sexual orientation, my
main interest is looking out for the rights of the smallest minority —
the individual citizen. A minority of one," he said.

The Atlanta chapter of the Pink Pistols originally formed in 2005 but
survived only one organized meeting. The current incarnation of the
local chapter began several months ago; it has five to ten members who
correspond via the internet and meet up regularly at a firing range in
Norcross to target shoot.

The Pink Pistols' slogans are "Armed gays don't get bashed" and "Pick
on someone your own caliber," but local members stress they focus on
teaching proper shooting skills and safety above everything else.
Plus, they do fight and lobby to remove what they consider strict gun
laws from the books.

Georgia's General Assembly passed a law allowing people to carry
concealed weapons into restaurants, in state parks, and on public
transportation that went into effect July 1, 2008. Atlanta's Pink
Pistols members strongly favored the bill, which they say sometimes
put them at odds with a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
community that tends to favor gun control.

"That's a quandary we find ourselves in," said Sean Anderson, 24, the
event coordinator of the Atlanta Pink Pistols who got the most recent
reincarnation the local chapter started back up over the summer. "If
we speak out on gun ownership, that doesn't mean we are endorsing the
Republican Party. We want to show another side to the stereotypical
gun owner."

GAYS AGAINST FIREARMS

Anderson, who lives in the suburbs and works in IT, described himself
as "not a traditional gay person." He has a girlfriend but sometimes
presents himself in his female persona, Anna, in public, because, he
said, he doesn't believe in the gender binary. And packing — or
carrying a concealed weapon — both as Anna and Sean makes him feel
safe.

While the Pink Pistols strongly support repealing gun control laws,
the organization is non-partisan. The group does seek to support
local, state and federal lawmakers who support gun rights but who also
support the right for same-sex relationships.

"We want to be able to endorse candidates that will support the Second
Amendment as well as the rights of consenting adults to love each
other however they wish," states the Atlanta's Pink Pistols website.

"Gun control laws only affect law abiding citizens," Anderson said.
"The gun control laws we see disarm people who are respectful of the
law. I realized there was danger in suburban Atlanta as well and if I
was made in my female form, as Anna, I could be in trouble. That's why
I bought a Smith & Wesson lightweight revolver that I can carry, even
in my male form."

There have been several headline-grabbing anti-gay hate crimes this
year in the U.S., most recently the baseball bat beating of Ecuadoran
immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay in New York. The attack by a group of thugs
who shouted anti-gay and anti-Latino epithets was the latest in a
number of reported assaults, according to the New York Anti-Violence
Project, which coordinates organizations that document violence
against gay and HIV-positive people. Sucuzhanay, 31, was left brain
dead and died Dec. 12. He was not gay but was seen walking arm-in-arm
with his brother after leaving a church party.

Kim Fountain, the deputy director of AVP, is familiar with the Pink
Pistols and the group's mission, but believes violence cannot be
answered with more violence.

"We oppose the death penalty, we say no to the use of weapons — we are
anti-violence," she said. "If someone from the Pink Pistols feels
they have to arm themselves to be safe … we can't agree. Most often,
we find, their weapons are used against them."

AVP instead advocates safety measures such as pairing up when walking
in unfamiliar areas and being informed of a person's whereabouts,
Fountain explained.

"But at the end of the day, a person will do what makes them feel
safe," she said. "What it comes down to is how one understands the
issue of violence."

GUN ONLY 'A TOOL'

Braxton Bragg, 22, of Marietta, works at a data center and carries his
H&K USP Compact .40 caliber handgun on the job. He found out about
the Pink Pistols while listening to Sirius OutQ Radio and did a Google
search to find out if Atlanta had a chapter.

"In the gay community as a whole, I've seen a fear of guns, the
attitude, 'I don't want to touch it,'" he said.

With the Pink Pistols, he's found other gay people who share his love
for guns and target shooting.

Anderson said he understands there will always be those who object to
people carrying a concealed weapon when they eat at Applebee's, for
example.

"We want to demystify it and take out the Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
aspect and make it clear guns are not toys, these are grown-up tools,"
he said.

For Justin Wong, 26, an openly gay police officer in metro Atlanta,
the stigma attached to guns and gun owners needs to be erased.

"A gun is only a tool," he said. "Firearm education is important.
People who are law-abiding carriers are very respectful to law
enforcement and responsible in their community. The media tends to
portray people with guns as bad guys or good guys, like super heroes.
But not the regular person."

And do the members of the Pink Pistols wish victims of anti-gay hate
crimes, such as the man in New York, were carrying a firearm at the
time?

"A gun has only so much ammunition," Wong stressed. "It's hard to
judge a situation and this is oversimplifying the issue. If someone
had a gun and was trained, a crime may be averted. But you can do
everything right and a gun is still not always a failsafe option.

"It's important to be acutely aware a gun can be a great benefit, but
also a great liability," Wong added.

Anderson agreed that owning and carrying a gun is not a "license to
seek danger, to kill" and is always only to be used as the final
option.

But he has two thoughts when he hears about a gay bashing.

"One, I wish the world was a more tolerant place. Two, I realize it's
not," he said.

While gun ownership and laws will likely continue to be a hot topic in
the political arena, even in the gay community, Wong said the two can
come together.

"You don't have to be that extreme right-wing stereotype to have a
gun," he said. "You can be both a gun owner and gay."


--
MORE INFO:

Atlanta Pink Pistols

www.pinkpistols.org
atlanta@...
--


(c) 2008 The Southern Voice

http://www.sovo.com/2008/12-19/news/localnews/9577.cfm
2:12 pm
Happy belated birthday Kat!
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
9:02 pm
Obama and the coal industry...
Yeah, like I'm gonna have more money to transition on under Obama.

My apologies for not having more in-depth examples of reasons to point to, and I know it's liable to cost me friends for voting for him, but I have to hold my nose and vote for McCain.
For any passerby through this lj or any other place who happens to be focusing on nothing more than race and wishes to accuse me of racism for not voting for him, dig this. Obama is no centrist like William Raspberry. He's definitely no fiscal conservative like Thomas Sowell.

Here's more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V22BN4-845A

And read the transcript to the side of the vid if you miss it.

And yes, I find Hannity and the other pundits annoying, but I also look past their egos and stupid pro-wrestler-fan-cuddling intro/outro flashes on their shows to pay attention to the substance of the issues they comment on.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
11:56 pm

Happy birthday joeker !
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
9:46 am
Blah! Must finish updating resume! A recruiting company rep is chomping at the bit- even if this means my moving to fill a position, I need it and besides that being a military brat I'm very adaptable- just will opt for a civilian-carry-legal state if one's available (and from the states mentioned by her, there's more than a few available!
Monday, October 6th, 2008
10:09 pm
Friday, September 26th, 2008
7:43 pm
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
9:34 am
Big show tonight!

http://theedgefest2008.com/

Though it's 40 bux at the door. Gonna be there at 5 if it ain't sold out!
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
8:12 pm
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