"Kerplunk!" Good morning kids, the first Condo Sunday Edition of 2015 has hit your virtual front porch! Get a hot steamy cup o joe, curl up in those new Christmas "jammies" and lets get started.
Page 1.- The Week that Was - or Wasn't. The new year started on an incredibly sad and tragic note when the ongoing epidemic of transgender suicides hit home. This time, incredibly close to us in the Condo area. Unless you are living in a cave or in one of my Facebook groups where sharing stupid pictures of yourself is more important than commenting-you have heard of 17 year old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn's suicide on New Years Eve. Around here in Ohio, her memory is being honored with vigils. The first was held around here in Cincinnati, then Springfield and Dayton-both just up the road. Two points. The first was the number one news station in Cincy had a lengthy story on the vigil this morning with the proper pronouning AND (THANKS!) reported vigils are happening as far away as London, England! It makes a difference Paula and Vicki and all you trans girls across the pond.
And two: of course Leelah's bigoted parents are still reportedly calling her their son but as a transgender community we are gaining ally's and understanding again from people on the edge. The ones who didn't really know much. It's tough, a very positive happening from the worst of all circumstances-a young transgender woman offering herself up as a martyr.
Page 2.-Cha-Cha-Changes. The end of 2014 marked my third year on HRT-almost. I say almost because when I started my minimum dosage of HRT, when I wanted to step up my dosage (under medical care) I had to go through six months of bureaucratic B.S. with the Veterans Administration to claim my benefits as a transgender veteran. Somewhere along the line, I heard it takes around three years for the hormonal effects to really set in. I am a complete believer in the timeline now after November/December of last year, I believe it. All of the sudden, I went on some sort of fast forward mode mentally and physically.
Page 3.- The Back Page. Looking ahead, it seems the world as a whole and in my little universe can't move any faster than it has recently. I think! Personally, my hopes for growth in 2015 are overwhelmingly in the spiritual area. I hope what ever dreams you all have for the new year are achievable and come true. Look at it this way though, if you don't have dreams-that's the biggest tragedy of all. Thanks for visiting Cyrsti's Condo!! Luv ya all!