I’m finding that I have so much to talk about that if I waited until Sunday, my SBDR post would be humongous, so here’s some stuff to catch you up:
Yesterday afternoon, my family plus ElderSpawn’s best friend drove north to see KOOZA, one of the currently touring Cirque du Soleil shows. Â We’ve been going to Cirque du Soleil shows for years and this was Little Bit’s first. Â We had an awesome time, the show was fun, the humor was a bitÂ risquÃ©, but not too much for the kids (I think). Â Best act, by far, Wheels of Death.
As posted earlier this week, I’ve submitted a session abstract for BUTCH Voices Portland, for a session/discussion on Genderqueer. Â I’m excited to lead that discussion and really psyched about meeting other people who see themselves as genderqueer. Â There’s so much to learn about genders that don’t fall neatly into the either/or binary construct.
This week’s HNT celebrates the triumphant final game of my team’s spring soccer season. Â Though it was a hard-fought, evenly balanced game, my team topped the opposition to claim the league championship. Â As much as I love soccer, I also enjoy sleeping in on Saturdays.
Here are some cool things from the blogosphere, both of these are about parenting from a queer perspective:
Do You Want to Be Called He or She? by Shar Rednour on the Good Vibrations Magazine site
He said, â€œyour kids are so awesome. They made my friend feel great because they asked if Jillian wanted to be called he or she. Thatâ€™s cool. I never heard that before. Kids always ask are you a boy or a girl?â€
Moment of Realness, by Lesbian Dad
Except he isÂ himself, and for a flicker, I see this in his eyes, and I wonder perhaps whether when he was looking at my boy, he didnâ€™t see an object for derision, but maybe himself, a dozen or so years ago.
Lastly, a bit of not so fun reality.
I have a very good life, a lot of things go my way but occasionally I get stressed out about the future. Â My livelihood is currently tied to the budget of Washington State, so each time I read an article about budget shortfalls, I can feel it in the pit of my stomach. Â I’m good until next year, but by this time in 2011, I might be scrambling. Â Being a contractor is mostly pretty cool. Â We work hard, we get paid, we sometimes get to do cool shit. Â On the other hand, we’re not permanently employed, we don’t get FTE benefits. Â No sick leave or paid vacation days for us. Â This economy is a real buzz kill. Â I really hope it turns positive soon enough to make a difference, the kind of difference that doesn’t mean I need to start looking for a job that requires I drive out of town for. Â Not only do I love the freedom of being able to ride my bike to work, I value the time I get to spend with my family in the evening.
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