In my early twenties, I discovered Eastern philosophy. I read books about Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and I grew very attached to non-attachment. For a brief period, I spoke in universal “We” statements, as in, “Our fundamental problem is that we deny death.” Sometimes, I went by myself to Spirit Rock Meditation Center for daylong silent retreats for LGBT folks, after which I’d scan Craigslist Missed Connections to see if any girls thought I was cute.
I share this because, well, it’s funny to look back a decade and see my youthful seeking-self blundering onto this path. And also to recognize the three huge differences between my experience then and now: a teacher, a community, and a consistent practice. I found these by showing up at yoga classes.
After introducing you to yoga, or at least my understanding of it, in my last OP post, it is my hope that you’ll try to some classes. To this end, I thought I’d share five challenges I’ve encountered or heard about, as well as offer some ideas to overcome them.
This is to be celebrated to be sure. And you can pour through the fine print.
Go on celebrate. If you like sports you know good and damned well what the NCAA is. It’s pretty fracking big. AND AWESOME!
Only note is on hormones. They aren’t covering much on that. Trust me, in the future, like with the Olympics and the MMA, they will start requiring 2 years of HRT if transition occurred after puberty. As soon as a Women’s NCAA basketball team with a few trans girls wins a championship. I’m not hating, or anything, but the Olymp/MMA have much better guidelines and rules than the NCAA currently has, but hey, I’m not complaining, just fortune telling :)
Dear caring partners struggling with accepting your partners job,
Your concern, insecurity and confusion are understandable. We live in a society where sex work is misunderstood and relationships are defined by certain boundaries that don’t take what we do into account.
I can’t speak for…
Great article written by the amazing Mara Keisling with the National Center of Transgender Equality. Read this article, and then go to NCTE’s website to utilize all of their amazing resources.ryansallans)