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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
10:38 pm
annual Top 10 Best and Worst
The Top 10 Best and Worst of 2008 (not in order):

WORST:

10. ruckus over my essay "Tarheels and Transfags" on Beyond Masculinity
9. Andrew and AJ leaving town without saying goodbye
8. Nobody I invited (except Devon) came to see me perform at UNC. Also, all of the general unprofessionalism surrounding the show itself.
7. Ordeal of miscommunications at the Weave with (at different times) Jaishree, Kerry, and worst of all, Aubrey. Also the list of miserable customers I deal with on a daily basis.
6. Problems with my hair
5. Jil disappearing, and not just once, but several times (and she is still MIA.) Her disappearance missed our shot at the JLPAF Grant. And really it's not just Jil, but there were a good handful of people this year who just didn't respond to emails or return phone calls.
4. Metro article about me. It was pretty badly written and not particularly accurate.
3. The Tiburon dying and getting vandalized while it was dead on the side of the road.
2. Vocal Recital (which actually happened immediately following the death of the Tiburon.)
1. Not taking any graduate courses, but still having pay large sums to TUI for most of the year

BEST:
10. Being in Out Magazine's April issue, TransNation article about me, Dioni's photostory about me and speaking to Wakefield HS GSA again
9. Philadelphia (hanging with Cooper Lee, Deese, Ethan, Juli, Andrew from Asheville, T, Jules, Michael, and Nathaniel,) New York (3 Minutes in Heaven, Pomo Freakshow, Good Asian Drivers, Life Cafe, and seeing Mom and Dad,) Chicago (the 'Against a Trans Narrative' preview showing and hanging out with Andrew and Dominic.)
8. 'Gender?' screening party and the large turnout
7. Bethany lending me the car (which I know I am still supposed to sell.) This has been a major butt-saver.
6. ASL class
5. 9th Street Dance
4. Self-injecting
3. Meeting Julie Loyd and Steph Taylor and soon after, creating the Trans Junk Project/Transitions the Musical. Lumping onto this Trans-Genre.net and recording the first song with Julie Loyd for the Trans-Genre cd.
2. Having AJ as a friend.
1. Femmethology

GOALS
-Weed out flakes, and not rely so much on them, because it's just disappointing.
-Read a lot more.
-Learn more ASL.
-Eat more fruit and veggies, and drink more water.
-budget.
-Sing more.
-Focus on dance, take as many classes as possible, get over fear of tights, and become a dancer.
-Come on now, get in a real production of a musical somewhere! Please!
-Complete 'Transitions.'
-Figure out something to do about my hair.

Top 10 Best and Worst 2000-2007Collapse )

Current Mood: hopeful

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Saturday, November 15th, 2008
1:41 pm
TransNation, Against a Trans Narrative, and Trans-Genre.net
Here's a lot of stuff that is related to me:

TransNation article about me!
http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/4230/175/

Against a Trans Narrative - I'm in this film, and am in the first few seconds of the trailer
against a trans narrative trailer



Trans-Genre.net Compilation CD: Trans-Fusions


Current Mood: famous

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
1:31 pm
Official 2009 Trans Junk Project Calendar
is here!

It's available for purchase at the Trans Junk Project Zazzle store.
Have you ordered yours yet? What are you waiting for?! It's almost 2009!
The calendar features:

Anderson Toone
Riley MacLeod
Cooper Lee Bombardier
Neeve Neevel
Dylan Scholinski
Joshua Bastian Cole (yours truly)
Adelaide Windsome
Zane Cimino (mini me)
Scott Turner Schofield
Calvin Anderson
Pomo Freakshow
Tona Brown




Current Mood: excited

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Friday, March 21st, 2008
11:37 am
I'm in Out Magazine!
Go get a copy!

this is a copy of T Cooper's bulletin:



What’s inside:

* T Cooper’s feature on Trans Fags * <--I'm in this article

* T Cooper interviews Katastrophe *

* Julia Serano interviews Candis Cayne *

* Out Editor Aaron Hicklin interviews Tilda Swinton *

* Photog Cass Bird’s Genderqueer fashion shoot *

* Josh Kilmer-Purcell on DICK *

* Mark Simpson on Why We’re All Posh & Becks *

* Dean Spade’s 5 Ways to be a Trans Ally *

* Top 10 Trans books of all Time *

* Looking back with Scott Turner Schofield, Buck Angel, Katz (Athens Boys Choir), Our Lady J & Cooper Lee Bombardier

* Lady Bunny’s middle school photo *


These are some other photos by photographer Ryan Pfluger that are not in the issue:




Current Mood: ecstatic

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Sunday, February 10th, 2008
12:39 pm
the Metro article
As some of you may have been witnessing on facebook, I'm concerned with the outcome of the Metro article in which I was interviewed. My facts are either jumbled or just plain incorrect, and I was frustrated by that. I contacted the journalist and the section editor, but haven't heard anything back. This is the article and it's officially published and released and people in the UK are picking it up in tube stations. So, here it is if you'd like to see it:

http://www.metro.co.uk/metrosexual/article.html?in_article_id=96121&in_page_id=8

Current Mood: annoyed

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Monday, January 28th, 2008
7:24 pm
Out Magazine and Beyond Masculinity
I never post here! So here are a few updates. A few weeks ago, I recorded my essay, Tarheels and Transfags, for Beyond Masculinity. This essay has been under construction since, like, last May. It finally reached its final edit and I recorded it, but didn't tell anyone. hehe. I guess I was going to just wait for it to be published to the site, but then I figured why not slap up a link on my livejournal to the MP3?
Beware, if you want to listen to it, it clocks 25 minutes. So make some tea and sit down in a cozy chair.
http://rapidshare.com/files/83009554/tarheelsandtransfags.mp3

Also, today was my photo shoot with Ryan Pfluger for Out Magazine. WOAH! :) It's supposed to be the April issue which would come out at the end of February because magazine timelines make sense like that. :)

I'm also being interviewed at the moment for London's Metro Magazine.

Cool.

Current Mood: famous

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
7:43 pm
the books of 2007
Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
Peter Pan in Scarlet
Ender's Game
Life of Pi
Lipshitz 6 or Two Angry Blondes
House of Leaves
Waterbabies
Magyk
The Fountain
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Dark is Rising
Stardust
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass
Interworld
Looking Glass Wars
Cymbeline
Foundling

Current Mood: productive

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
12:40 pm
annual Top 10 Best and Worst
The Top 10 Best and Worst of 2007 (not in order):
WORST:

10. Connor in April, Nyk, and pretty much Raleigh as a whole (not Laura B.though)
9. Jody and Steven flaking out
8. The failure of both NC movie release showings (thanks, though, to the 5 people who did care about it)
7. All the cool people quitting BR and it sucking - Jason sucking real bad for a while
6. The way the photostory came out
5. Car problems - This year it was mainly the windshield wipers, the spedometer, the headlights, and the giant crack in the windshield. Also getting rear-ended in June (although that was kinda good because I got insurance money.)
4. Collection agents - they are actually allowed to yell at you, you know.
3. Being ignored by the Great Big and the Cuntry Kings flaking.
2. ENDA
1. missing every trans event of this year

BEST:
10. Connor in January and February and A.J.
9. New York - T Cooper, Felicia Luna Lemus, Diana Cage, 'A Chorus Line,' and 'Cymbeline'
8. Chicago - Jules and Sam and the entire experience of filming 'Remember:Repair:Retell' (if I ranked this list, doing this film would be the number 1 best thing I did, and is up there with best things I've ever gotten to do.) Also, 'Wicked' and 'Harry Potter 3D IMAX,' and Feast of Fools.
7. Wakefield HS GSA
6. Getting into grad school
5. UNC Dermatology - Minocycline
4. Fish Oil, 5HTP, Sam-E, and St. Johns Wort (instead of last year's Wellbutrin, Lexapro, and Klonopin)
3. Coyote Grace, Athens Boys Choir, and meeting Katastrophe
2. Zappos.com
1. Weaver Street Market, Winning the Halloween contest and getting my new tattoo with the prize

Goals for 2008:
-Read a lot more
-Save money
-Write another play
-Write more
-Learn ASL
-Focus on voice and guitar lessons
-Get cast in plays and musicals, and films
-Work out more often, build muscle mass
-Drink even more water
-Eat more fruit and veggies
-Concentrate on grad school
-Be happy

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Current Mood: content

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Monday, September 17th, 2007
11:03 pm
cake, maple syrup, and coats!
Here's the cake Andrew's friend, Raya, made for me! It was crazy delicious. I had requested chocolate with cherries. I mentioned seeing 2 different cakes at Target. One was chocolate with chocolate frosting, cherries on top, and walnuts around the side. The other cake was a cookies and creme cake. Raya combined the two! It was the most delicious cake I've ever eaten. Hands down.


Me and my cake!




The cake after one day:


And today, I received some presents from TUI! How cute is this? A mini bottle of Vermont maple syrup. Adorable! Also a mug, a decal, and a postcard with some sculpture they have in front of the building.


So, it's actually been almost chilly here lately. Believe it or not, I wore a coat today and yesterday. I hope it lasts, but I know it won't.

I had my orientation at Weaver St. today. I think it's going to be a really good gig. Thanks A.J.!

Also, I have a new friend. His name is Steven. :)

Current Mood: optimistic

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Monday, September 10th, 2007
1:53 am
so this is my school
that I never have to attend in person



Current Mood: awake

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
3:21 pm
my letter to BR... didn't put too much thought into it. hope it's ok.
Hi David,
My name is Cole and I'm a BR sales support associate in Durham, North Carolina. I am also a female-to-male transsexual.
I was just curious about something that occurred to me as I was watching the dvds about the Fall line of shoes in my store's seasonal meeting. There's a discomfort I get when I watch those dvds in every meeting. They seem to me to be extremely gender polarized, almost to a point of ridiculous exaggeration. For example, the concept behind the designs for the fragrance packaging was squares for men and round things for women. I understand BR's aesthetic and general market, but I started to notice, also, that all of the posters have white models. There's exactly 1 model of color in the Fall product knowledge book. I found that very disconcerting, particularly after having wandered by a training class in the break room, where I overheard the emphasis on "You be You."
We all took an integrity training recently that had little blurbs smattered over it, like "a diverse workplace is top priority to me."
I was just curious as to why our workplace is intent on visible diversity, but not the marketing.

But back to the gender polarization. This is a giant concept that is really too large to talk about for just BR. BR isn't particularly known as a clothing haven for those of us whose bodies don't fit the clothes we prefer, like the way Gap and Old Navy happen to be. I am very thankful, as are many other FTMs, that Gap offers a Men's extra small, for example. It just seemed so odd to me, to watch an obviously atypically masculine (according to the culture BR is marketing to) person, stuffed into a blazer, talking about women's shoes and how they fit female feet. I understand most of the BR customers who buy women's shoes may have female feet. This is true. However, I started to get this feeling from listening to what is for males and what is for females, that if I had not been 7 years post-transition, BR might not like me wearing ties to work. If I didn't pass as male, would those things designed for males be acceptable for me to purchase, according to BR? Well according to BR as a workplace, yes. But BR as a consumer market, no.
I just thought maybe, since we're so intent on diversity training, maybe the information could be expressed in a less gender-specific manner.

I know that I'm just a cashier from some mid-level store in the middle of basically nowhere, but I just wanted to tell somebody how these dvds make me feel. I am not the only trans employee, and I am definitely not the only trans customer.


Thanks for your time,
~Bastian Cole

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Monday, September 3rd, 2007
10:57 pm
best buy ever!
I was in Food Lion and their $9.99 dvds were on sale for $4.99 with an MVP card. I re-bought Neverending Story (my other one has citizenship in ex-boyfriendland a.k.a. never-getting-back-your-stuff-land) and Rent, which remains THE best adaptation of a stage musical to film.
I noticed, though, that it takes place in the film in 1989, but one of the lyrics refers to Thelma and Louise which came out in 1991... there are probably more things like that, but I'm not really paying that much attention. That just popped out at me.

Also, Jake got outside and was m.i.a. for a few days, but he came back today! :D

Current Mood: happy

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
8:18 pm
stop squirming
guy squirms

Current Mood: amused

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
6:58 pm
not even close
what?

Current Mood: disappointed

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Sunday, August 19th, 2007
11:18 pm
I'm writing a letter to Banana Republic marketing
I'm sick of the polarity of the BR imagery and language. At every single store meeting, we have little dvds to watch about the new lines of shoes and crap, and it's all fun and exciting because I like fashion. But, I don't like how everything is either for men or women only. Seriously.
You should have seen the faces I made at the meeting that happened before the fragrance line came out. I mean, things about how certain scents are or are not feminine and the designs of the boxes and packaging were to appeal to males or females. Squares and round things. Really?
This time we had it again with 2 new fragrances and a whole new shoe line.

The dude on the dvd was obviously effeminate, and yet still sat there all stuffy in his BR blazer talking about how women's feet fit into women's shoes etc.

I understand we have a certain market, but I also know for a fact that many trans folks shop in BR. I mean, even in my own store, I see people all the time. I saw 2 transwomen I know in just the last week. And other transmen who like to have their names omitted from my blog also shop BR frequently. They're practically a BR catalogue.

In my first day of training, my lesbian manager made it clear that BR was a very tolerant place and that we as associates shouldn't make any kind of assumptions about the customers and what kind of clothes they want to buy and for whom. I hadn't even come out yet, but did immediately as I saw the space was trans friendly. HRC, as backwards as it sometimes is, voted Gap Inc. as a top company to work for as an LGBT person. I gotta say though, they're not really representing the T very much at all. Maybe Gap is with their men's XS sizes now (thank you Gap!,) but so far BR has yet to live up to tolerance of gender diversity.

Anybody with me on this?

Current Mood: determined

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11:01 pm
the dark is rising
"There's not really any before and after, is there?" he said. "Everything that matters is outside Time. And comes from there and can go there."

Mr. Beaumont turned to him in surprise. "You mean infinity, of course, my boy."

"Not altogether," said the Old One that was Will. "I mean the part of all of us, and of all the things we think and believe, that has nothing to do with yesterday or today or tomorrow because it belongs at a different kind of level. Yesterday is still there, on that level. Tomorrow is there too. You can visit either of them. And all Gods are there, and all the things they have ever stood for. And," he added sadly, "the opposite, too."

Current Mood: thoughtful

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Thursday, August 16th, 2007
9:13 pm
shelves!
Check out my stylish new shelves.

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Current Mood: accomplished

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4:11 pm
wow


Current Mood: amused

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
3:20 pm
Chicago, Harry Potter, Wicked, Feast of Fools, Beyond Masculinity and more!
Oy, there is so much that has been going on, and I just kept putting off updating blogs.

Well, Chicago was amazing. I actually really dig it as a city, too. And now I'm all confused about where to move, because it was so cool and I found out it is also surprisingly affordable. They also have a cool theatre district, and of course it is the home of the once Chicago Kings, who no longer exist as a troupe, but were great. Chicago also hosts a monthly trans party.



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Current Mood: accomplished

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Monday, July 30th, 2007
12:56 am
omg


Current Mood: amused

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