Our free water idea convinced a lot of people to come up to us. I really appreciate that everyone who came up to our booth was supportive of transgenders. We got lots of compliments on our shirts, which I was so happy about because took the lead to make the design and print them. I even wore it out later that day to hobby lobby where a girl my age reluctantly came up to me with a big smile on her face and said she really loved my shirt. I said, “Thanks! I made it myself!” But before I could make more conversation, she ran away. Literally, RAN. It made me happy that someone knew what the design meant and had enough courage to commend me on it. We need more people in the world like her.
I finished Becoming Nicole this week too. The last piece of evidence that caught my attention was “Researchers have found, … that a son born to a woman who undergoes stress early in her pregnancy is more likely to grow up being gay than a son born to a non-stressed mother. The reason: Stressed pregnant mothers release a hormone called androstenedione which mimics testosterone, but is, in fact, much weaker. This stress hormone disrupts the timing and amount of the release of testosterone into the fetal brain, which in turn, interferes with the development of the part of the brain linked to sexual orientation.” (-Page 159) I was shocked how over time, sexual orientation was connected to stressed pregnant mothers. Even though this fact is based on sexuality, it made me wonder how genderfluid persons come about, when they are born intersex, male or female.