(Inter)National Coming Out DayLondon Study London , Fall 2010
That's right ladies and gentlemen and everyone else: it's Coming Out Day, a day which is celebrated all over the world. In the US, it's 11 October, but in the UK it's 12 October. I love everyone unless they hate me, so in the spirit of Coming Out Day, I just want to let everyone know that I'm transsexual (female to male) and pretty darn gay. Ninety percent, about. (For details, ask in the comments.) I love my life, and I love being out, and you should come out too, as whatever you are, even if you're just the Ally in GLBTQQAAIPetc. From a more serious perspective, I have to say I've had no problems from anyone at IES. I know there are one or two students who aren't queer friendly, but they're not overtly hostile and therefore easy to ignore. The staff are supportive, and the UK is a safe and welcoming place. They have all the legislation passed that the US government cannot pass because if they do, we'll all die and become communists in hell. Gosh, I'm bitter. On another bitter note, the internet in the residence hall is crap. I attach a document that's 600KB, and I'm waiting two minutes. If it's 13MB, two hours later nothing has happened. Every time I upload my photos for this blog, it takes fifteen to thirty minutes. There's no wireless in the building, so I can't work in the kitchen at all, or the common room if the one port is in use. This is a ten-storey building full of students: you need better internet access. The situation is much better at the Centre. On to happier topics. Friday was the trip to Oxford, which was informative and scenic. Most of the people who went were Harry Potter fans who wanted to see everywhere the film was shot, but it was fresher's week, so we couldn't go anywhere… I saw a lot of work by the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and, despite not taking the class this trip was for, I really enjoyed myself. Side note: some field trips are mandatory for a class and paid for by IES if you're enrolled. If you're not in the class, it's optional and you have to pay. Big trips (like Dublin) might be recommended for a class but not required because they're considerably more expensive. I also made it to the Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Battle Abbey this weekend. It was brilliant. It was like a miniature Renaissance Faire except 500 years earlier… There were cavalry manoeuvres, swordfighting demonstrations, and a falconry exhibit. I'm still wading through 400 photos, of which only twenty are any good. Next week! Feel free to ask me any questions on any subject—study abroad-related or otherwise. I will answer everything to the best of my ability. And come out in the comments! It's a party! Tune in next week for these exciting adventures: Trench Foot and Other Afflictions, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Medieval Photography, and much, much more!
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