Bil Browning

Thanksgiving open thread

Filed By Bil Browning | November 22, 2007 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: thanks, Thanksgiving, Turkey

Since Thanksgiving is historically the lowest day for both visitors and posts here on the Project, I thought I'd throw out an open thread for those who stop by. Every year for Thanksgiving, I do a list of things I'm thankful for. This year, I'd like to turn that tradition on it's head. I want to know what you are giving thanks for. Here, I'll get you started...

I'm thankful our new format as The Bilerico Project has been such a success. We've all worked really hard to bring it to life and it's exciting to see so many readers and contributors invested in the site.

Your turn. Play nice.

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | November 22, 2007 9:34 AM

Bil, as you can see I did that a little earlier this morning; I certainly share your thoughts about being thankful for the site's success. I am thankful for being a part of your great efforts. May they continue.

I am thankful for being a new part of the Bilerico family (which is just as dysfunctional and wonderful as my own). It has been amazing being part of the project and making new friends along the way.

I am also thankful for my partner (who doesn't mind me being chained to the computer and blogging all day) and son (who needs to study more and stop playing on the computer like his dad).

Now I'm off to a dinner with both sets of parents, which will require me to drink heavily.

At least on Bilerico I can ignore dumb comments. I don't have that luxury with my family.... :)

Happy Turkey Day!!

Janis Walters | November 22, 2007 10:20 AM

I am thankful for those who work diligently, usually behind the scenes, to strive for justice and equality for ALL Americans. Although setbacks and roadblocks are all to frequent, there are those faithful workers across the country struggling to overcome the prejudice and discrimination that are all too common in our country. I continue to hope and pray for the day when Equal Rights and Opportunities are for ALL Americans.

I have a lot to be thankful for and usually spend some time on Thanksgiving to pray and show my thanks to my God. I am very thankful there is a place like this where diversity in opinion is welcome. Too much of the dialogue in the community is censored because those who are in charge of a venue simply don’t want the very diversity they claim they want to see in mainstream society.

I am most thankful for these things; my friends, and they are true friends those people I can count on one hand who have been there for me when I needed them the most. I am always happy to repay the favor, as they have needed my assistance from time to time. They are good people and will when the need calls them tell me things that, maybe I don’t want to hear. I know it comes in the hand of kindness and friendship so I listen. They also know that when I have to say something they may not want to hear it too comes in the hand of kindness, this is but one aspect of unconditional love for those I call my friends.

For the last four years now I have had something extra to be thankful for. Four years ago yesterday I had that nasty little birth defect fixed in Thailand. That single event has brought much peace in my life plus a great deal of self-confidence. I feel like a real human being now and not some kind of freak of nature. I owe a lot to those who were there for support and helped in other ways during my transition.

Most of all I’m thankful for Melissa my girlfriend. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for having her in my life.

Happy thanksgiving everyone

Sue Robins

You can see what I'm thankful for on my own site. It's pretty pointless, though, so you'd be best served staying here.

I am thankful i was approved to post here. I didn't realize i had to wait but then again i am only a womyn with a Trans past.

It must have been you who approved me so i thank you for your diversity Bil.

On the 20th i was able to give recongnition to another wonderful man of color who is gay and laid his life down for a transgendered woman in Philadelphia Pa's gayborhood.

Alphy may you have that castle above and may all who say they seek diversity yet speak to those different know that there are wonderful true gay and diverse accepting spirits such as you.

May this world be one day guided by one who supports all, even those who hate us, so that we all may work together under one umbrella of truth. May that umbrella that encompasses us all help those who are divided to see the truth that



I did this exercise 8 times today in all my Thursday classes. now for my real list:

1. Boys!
2. My family
3. Being queer (however that happened)
4. Having a wonderful opportunity like this to live in the land of the frogs
5. Penis, both mine and others'
6. Having the ability and the means to express myself to anyone who wants to read what I have to say
7. Hairy boys
8. Having watched almost every episode of Seinfeld so I can quote them in casual conversation. ("Are you being ironic? I don't know anymore!" Haha, that was actually from the Simpsons. Does it add another layer of irony?)
9. Sex

I'm thankful that it's almost an election year and we can vote!!

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | November 22, 2007 4:12 PM

I am thankful for all my loved ones--past and present, human and furry animals--and this incredible blue green marble of a planet we share.

Today is a day of work for me.
There are so many TS people isolated from all family and friends on this day that they get very down.
Here in Australia, we don't "do" Thanksgiving.
What those like me do though is be the family that others don't have, by skype, or IM, or phone.

And I give thanks that by being TS, I've met some of the finest, most courageous people on the planet, and that I've been given a chance to help others just as I've been helped by them.

What I do is so little, yet it means so much to them. Being given a chance to make a difference, so that tomorrow I can wake up and say "I did good" when it costs me just a few minutes of time, that is priceless.

And for those alone today:
You are all invited to join the Radical Trannies
LIVE on the TransFM Internet Broadcasting Network

There's help out there, and we're all in this together. No-one has to be alone at this time.

I'm thankful for my family-- most especially my sister.

I'm thankful for my nephew who in the morning will be having his first child (it doesn't seem so long ago that I was there to watch the morning he was born).

I'm thankful for new discoveries (a book I've found and not been able to put down: Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman)

I'm thankful for anything or anyone that makes me laugh.

I'm thankful to get to study with the novelist Sena Jetter Naslund ( Ahab's WifeThe Four Spirits). I've learned a great deal (I hope) about my craft.

Oh yeah and boys, too.


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