A Conflicted November 20th

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, something that has been necessary for 20 years now and, sadly, will probably be necessary for at least as many more.  If nothing else, this will be the first morning in quite a while that we can wake up to the knowledge that WordPress has finally decided to take ethics seriously and has shuttered a particular hatesite, the TERF (which is not a slur) counterpart to Stormfront.

For me – and around 50,000 people (and just a few others who watched on ABC) – today is also the anniversary of something else, something far happier than TDOR and even happier than the shuttering of a site frequented by those who cheer the events that TDOR remembers.

It is the anniversary of one evening in Houston, just across the 610 Loop from Astroworld:

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The fortieth anniversary to be precise.

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