Now that I'm a bit more settled into 2012, I'm getting my head around the year a little better. Despite my assurances to myself each year that I'll "take it easier next year", I've once again gone completely against that... and it's only January!
To give you an idea of my year, here's an image of my "in a year" calendar. The dates I already have plans (either definite or yet to confirm) are coloured with a green star:
Already, things are starting to fill up... and it's only going to get fuller! At least it keeps things interesting
So! As for things happening soon, in February I'll be attending the SFX Weekender in North Wales. This is by far the BEST convention I have ever been to, and I've only been once! With luck, this years event will match or outstrip 2011! All the accommodation passes have now sold out, but if you do want to check it out for a day, or stay in off-site accommodation, then here's the website: [link]
I. Am. Ridiculously. Excited.
I hope to have my new Star Wars costume ready in time for it, too ^_^
Metrocon plans are also going very well. We now have our flights organised, and so just need to work on our panel content, as well as decide on what costumes to bring. It's only January, and I'm already psyched for it! No clue on what theme parks we'll be toddling along to yet, but we'll probably spot a few of you Floridians in them, as we seem to every year!
SO MUCH TO DO.
-------Transwomen and the Girl Scouts of America-------
This video is just the opinion of one, bigoted girl... but I sadly don't doubt that there are many out there who share her views, or have been swayed by them.
An article about the Girl Scouts' policy on transgirls, and the story that spurred the video, can be read here: [link]
I can take a guess in saying that a VERY high majority of my watchers reading this will agree that Taylor and her video are quite a sick display of intolerance and bigotry that none of us would ever condone. Perhaps there are a few of you who thinks she is in the right, I don't know... but if there are, I urge you to broaden your mind on this subject. Imaging being a girl, but being stuck in a body that doesn't feel as if it belongs to you. You are too young to undergo surgery to have this fixed, but you still want to live in the way that feels most natural to you: as a girl.
Can you imagine the heartache and trauma you'd go through, when the biggest organisation for young girls there is, will not allow you into their ranks? Then imagine seeing Taylor's video, directed at people who feel the same way as you.
Needless to say, I'm very happy to not be in that situation. It'd be horrible to go through, and as an outsider looking in, my empathy is high.
It's never pleasant to be excluded from something you feel you should be included in. A few years back, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to come on a "girls night out", and I said yes, and that I'd bring Jenn. Long story short, it was made glaringly clear to me that Jenn was not welcome (and by 'glaringly clear', I mean I was told outright that she wasn't welcome). Apparently "girls" didn't extend to the girl who was in a relationship with their friend. I cut ties with that person completely, and only this year have started a VERY limited (about two sentences on Facebook) connection with her again. I *hate* leaving people out of things they should have every right to be part of, when it'd cause absolutely no harm to anyone. Perhaps that's why the video annoyed me so much. I don't know.
Either way, spread the word of this moron's stupidity, and continue supporting the Girl Scouts. Discuss the issue below, if you want. Taylor has blocked comments on her video, but if on her main page you go to FEED then COMMENTS, you can leave a comment on her main page. She likely won't bother reading it, so don't spend too much time doing so.
People seem to have really been enjoying the discussion topics! This is great, as I really enjoy putting them up, and love reading through peoples responses, often throwing in a message of my own here and there.
I was wondering if there were any topics you guys would like to see discussed? Preferably ones where you can't quite make up your mind on what to think (such as myself with Lee's adoption case). If any catch my eye, they might end up being my next featured discussion
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13th - 15th Apr = Kitacon, UK
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