The new president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is from now on Dr. Anna Reid.
I enjoyed your piece on The Social Graces. You explained what you taught and why you taught it but you did not detail how you taught the Graces. The importance of the social graces is obvious, how one accomplishes it is not as obvious.
Is homophobia expressed by people who don't accept their homosexuality? It is an interesting question. We often jokes when we read homophobe remarks, we often say the person is gay but does not accept it.
A study gives answers concerning the origin of homophobia: parenting and sexual orientation.
Ben & Jerry's, a brand of ice cream from USA, openly supports equal rights and launched Apple-y Ever After to support gay marriage in UK.
The Baltimore County Council approved legislation which would extend existing anti-discrimination laws to cover both sexual orientation and gender identity. This victory is yet another in the state of Maryland for this week, which recently passed through legislature a marriage equality bill which the governor has already pledged to sign into law. Stories like these get me through the week.
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I haven’t talked about myself much lately in Exploring Gender. I have been focusing on a lot of news and information. It’s so important to be aware of what is going on around us: laws, news about discrimination, the good things. The best way to be able to fight for equality is to have the knowledge and awareness of what’s going on in the world, but also to search for the good things and celebrate them so we know the fight isn’t fruitless. But this series is supposed to be about exploring gender, which also means looking into the personal, how gender and transitioning affects my life so others can know they are not alone, and also gain advice on how to navigate information and resources.
How many times have you been in a situation where you would have liked to know how to pee standing up? We all have this question at least once in our lives, but women continue to grow up thinking that they cannot pee like men. This is wrong!
So over the holidays, I received a couple of new binders, so here is a review of how to bind and of the binders themselves. Whenever you approach something like binding, it is important to remember that it can be dangerous. You can damage your ribs or badly restrict your breathing. The most important thing is to listen to your body. Binding can hurt to an extent, but pain should never be to a level at which you must endure it. If your body is saying you have gone too far, always respond. Binding is a regular part of my life. It makes me more comfortable with myself and my image, but I have never pushed it to the point of hurting myself. I bind in a way which is comfortable and safe for me. It is important to be free of that restriction at some points in the day.