So I’m a little late on the uptake for this one. I tried my damnedest to find some way to watch it on the TGDoR, but nothing really wanted to work out for me on that day, period, and I wound up stranded at my trans-non-sympathetic friend’s house. He accepts me well enough, but he doesn’t really see that there’s a tragedy going on with these people, thinks the surgery is “cosmetic” and didn’t do more than shrug when I told him what day it was, or the Statistics. I started thinking, sometimes the ones that don’t care are worse than the ones who damn us.
But then I watched Boys Don’t Cry.
Don’t get me wrong, I know the story front to back, watched the documentary on Youtube, read the blogs and news journals, but they don’t take you into the experience of the story like the movie does. And I tend to relate very heavily to a given character when I watch a movie, whether I’ve got much in common with him or not. Brandon was Me in too many ways for me to even feel comfortable with, before we even got to the bad part of the movie. (Well, except in the juvenile delinquent sort of way.)
Anyway, I got to sit down properly with my boyfriend last night and watch it (until his mom got home, at which point I got to sit down awkwardly and stiffly and watch it. I don’t think she likes me and she’d like me even less if she knew I was a guy.) But as awful as it was, it was worth watching. He gripped my hand tight through the worst of it. The rape scene WAS the hardest part to watch, but I think most of the horror of it all washed over my head until the end of the movie. I think I sat there staring blankly at the screen for about five minutes. And then his mom told us dinner was on the stove and she left the room, and then I got my plate and sat with it and I couldn’t eat, and then I noticed there were tears dripping onto my plate, and I just sat there like a statue until reality snapped back and I had to go to the bathroom to blow my nose.
I’m trying to think of the only other movie that made me cry. I can’t remember.
(Might have been Wrath of Khan.)
So on one hand it kinda left me feeling scarred for life, and on the other hand it brought home how dangerous it is out there, really sort of made the danger and hurt mine to own and internalize, really sparked a spirit to do something about this in me. I’m not sure what yet, but it’s brewing. After all, I’m only 20.
And that brings home another point. Last night I stared at my boyfriend’s calendar and started shaking when I realized I have no more than three weeks to come out to my dad if I want him to know about this before my 21st birthday.
I don’t know how to cope.
I’m just scared of how things are going to change around here when he knows. We’re really tight these days; he’s slowly been turning me into a Trekkie by ordering the first season of Star Trek through Netflix. Whenever we go out to do yardwork or something together, I call him Captain and he calls me Mr. Spock. It’s really dorky but it’s something we share, and I think he’s somehow slowly coming to understand me by it. I don’t want it to end, but in that same way, I don’t want our relationship, as good as it is, to be fake in any way. I don’t want to be whatever he wants me to be just to preserve our friendship. I have more respect for him than that.
On a happier note, I came up with a name for my… upper region that’s better than “tumors” or even “moobs”. They are my chestnuts.