Time for transition

Folks,
The great and powerful Oz, who has been working behind the scenes to get the new domain set up, has informed me that the transition is ready to begin. This will involve a migration of material from here to there and as a result, the blog will be down for the evening. Once everything is up and running over there, I’ll let everyone know where “there” is. We can have a party and get drunk and have pillow fights and stuff!
Thank you all so much for being friends and readers.

Time for transition
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Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced

For those people out there who have never read it.

Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced

I could use some help

UPDATE BELOW:

I’m in quite a bind.

Over the last few years, I’ve been terminated twice and had greater difficulty each time finding a new job. I recently chose to quit my job because my hours were being cut back due to vague “customer complaints”. I took a new job relatively soon after that, but discovered that they don’t pay well at all. The bartenders make very little money ($30 a shift is not enough to live on), so instead of wasting my time and the restaurants time training, I chose to quit. I thought all my bills were taken care of, but it turns out that my rent is not. My roommate is apparently struggling with his two jobs and has been unable to pay his portion of the rent. I really would prefer not to post this on my blog, but the situation is dire. I really don’t want to be evicted. If any of my readers has any money to spare, I’d be eternally grateful.  I have a PayPal account setup for anyone who can contribute. Leave a message in the comments if you can help and I will forward my email account.  Thanks folks.

UPDATE:

The crisis has been averted for now. Several people graciously donated money and that kept us from being evicted. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to assist!

I could use some help

I hope Aydian Dowling wins the 'Ultimate Guy' contest

Fitness magazine Men’s Health recently began this year’s ‘Ultimate Guy contest. They’re looking for an active, well-rounded, health-conscious, and thoughtful man to appear on the cover of their November 2015 issue. Aydian Dowling (the sexy guy pictured above) is currently in the lead with slightly more than 20,000 votes, which is more than two and half times the number of votes for the guy in second place. Dowling stands out from his competitors though. He is an out and proud trans man:

Dowling has skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard with the help of the trans community and allies turning to social media to bring awareness to Dowling’s efforts. A Tumblr post calling for votes has racked up over 100,000 notes, and tweets supporting Dowling keep pouring in.

“It’s been crazy and amazing. I definitely was not expecting all the support, but I’m so happy and proud of the community for using its loud voice and realizing that we really could do it,” Dowling toldThe Daily Beast. “We’re banding together and this is us. We exist and we should be represented in some way in mainstream.”

The magazine’s “Ultimate Guy Search” is looking for the guy who best fits the ideals of Men’s Health: being physically fit, living a healthy lifestyle, giving back, and professional success.

Guys hoping to be the face of the magazine for a month answer four questions pertaining to the Men’s Health mantra and upload a couple of pics. There are judges, but there’s also a “reader’s choice” component to the competition.

Last year the Men’s Health crowned Noah Galloway, a soldier who lost his left arm and leg after an IED went off. This year, Dowling may be the first trans man on the cover of Men’s Health (or a mainstream magazine in general), redefining and expanding what it means to be a man.

“It would be so affirming to just know that the man that I set out to be is somebody that people think is a good man,” Dowling says about possibly being on the cover of Men’s Health. “To break those stereotypes, but still be a man. Feel pride in masculinity, but not putting down femininity. That would be so important to me.”

As you can see from that Tumblr page, many people are rooting for Dowling to win (the post has more than 149K notes). I’m one of those people (just voted in fact). Why? For one thing, I think he deserves it. Just as important though, such a win can help chip away at the stereotypes and myths about trans people held by far too many folks. So if you support transgender equality-and you damn well should-head on over to Men’s Health and vote for Aydian Dowling.

I hope Aydian Dowling wins the 'Ultimate Guy' contest

I hope Aydian Dowling wins the ‘Ultimate Guy’ contest

Fitness magazine Men’s Health recently began this year’s ‘Ultimate Guy contest. They’re looking for an active, well-rounded, health-conscious, and thoughtful man to appear on the cover of their November 2015 issue. Aydian Dowling (the sexy guy pictured above) is currently in the lead with slightly more than 20,000 votes, which is more than two and half times the number of votes for the guy in second place. Dowling stands out from his competitors though. He is an out and proud trans man:

Dowling has skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard with the help of the trans community and allies turning to social media to bring awareness to Dowling’s efforts. A Tumblr post calling for votes has racked up over 100,000 notes, and tweets supporting Dowling keep pouring in.

“It’s been crazy and amazing. I definitely was not expecting all the support, but I’m so happy and proud of the community for using its loud voice and realizing that we really could do it,” Dowling toldThe Daily Beast. “We’re banding together and this is us. We exist and we should be represented in some way in mainstream.”

The magazine’s “Ultimate Guy Search” is looking for the guy who best fits the ideals of Men’s Health: being physically fit, living a healthy lifestyle, giving back, and professional success.

Guys hoping to be the face of the magazine for a month answer four questions pertaining to the Men’s Health mantra and upload a couple of pics. There are judges, but there’s also a “reader’s choice” component to the competition.

Last year the Men’s Health crowned Noah Galloway, a soldier who lost his left arm and leg after an IED went off. This year, Dowling may be the first trans man on the cover of Men’s Health (or a mainstream magazine in general), redefining and expanding what it means to be a man.

“It would be so affirming to just know that the man that I set out to be is somebody that people think is a good man,” Dowling says about possibly being on the cover of Men’s Health. “To break those stereotypes, but still be a man. Feel pride in masculinity, but not putting down femininity. That would be so important to me.”

As you can see from that Tumblr page, many people are rooting for Dowling to win (the post has more than 149K notes). I’m one of those people (just voted in fact). Why? For one thing, I think he deserves it. Just as important though, such a win can help chip away at the stereotypes and myths about trans people held by far too many folks. So if you support transgender equality-and you damn well should-head on over to Men’s Health and vote for Aydian Dowling.

I hope Aydian Dowling wins the ‘Ultimate Guy’ contest