Award time

Thank you Janitor Queer for the nomination to the Very Inspirational Blog Award, what a way to start the new year! I’m truly honored that you enjoy my blog and I’m really happy about the opportunity to push a little extra for a few blogs that I enjoy.

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The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. Display the award on your post.
2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
3. State 7 random things about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
5. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
6. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.

So, let me tell you all a few things about myself that you might not know before.
I don’t really know when I got married, and neither does my wife. Back in 2005 the only option for gays in Sweden were to enter partnership, so we did and had a big party with family and friends, cake and dancing. 1 May 2009 the laws were changed and all people who had entered a partnership got the opportunity to transform it into a marriage. We applied for this in the beginning of May and it was said that the date on the application would be the new date of marriage. However, a couple of years later, we found out that our marriage is registered in June, probably the date the registrator handled our application. We celebrate our marriage on the day we entered partnership – if we manage to remember to celebrate it. So far we haven’t (we try to celebrate it every day instead).
I have a Master of Education in art and math, but I don’t work as a teacher anymore. For my examination I studied how young male directors portray young men in Swedish films. At the time I was tired of hearing all people going on about how shallow and limited girls were portrayed in media. No one ever talked about how boys were portrayed.
I’m a talker. Whenever I need to process anything, I talk it over and I generally don’t care if the other person (i.e. my wife) is listening. I know she get tired of me at times, but she knows she can go to sleep if I’m too boring.
I’m volunteering for Youth For Understanding, an exchange student program, both as a host family and as an area representative for students and their host families. It’s not the same organization I went with when I was an exchange student in Ireland, but it’s by far the best organization I’ve encountered. I also like their motto; not better, not worse – just different!
Every Christmas Day I light the candles on my grandparents old angels chime in honor of my grandfather who made it a tradition for the two of us to light it together every Christmas.
My mother forced me to wear a dress for my graduation instead of the trousers and top I’d picked out months before. I wore pants when I and my wife entered partnership instead. Ha!
I’ve been to New York once. I found the city very quiet, dark and everyone was really polite. We stayed a couple of blocks away from the flooded area on Manhattan when Sandy hit the town with full force. Luckily we had no idea how bad it was since we lost power quite early during the evening. I’d like to go there again when there’s no hurricane.

So, my nominees for the Very Inspirational Blog Award are:
A Boy and Her Dog. I always wait impatiently for new posts from this blogger. I love the honesty of the writing and reading the post “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide” was enough for me to decide to start my own blog here at WordPress.
I nominate The Minimalists for the spark they put in my life that changed everything from my wardrobe to how I see life. I highly recommend to read all the blogposts from the beginning. You can also pick what suits you from their archive!
2 Women to 2 Men is a blogger who has the privilege of being trans* AND partner to a trans* person which results in thought provoking posts.
Transgender and me is a mother to a transman which gives you another perspective of trans* issues. She’s a true ally to trans* people!
Laughing Kids Learn is a great resource for when you want to do something fun with kids. If you don’t have kids in or around your life you might find something fun to do for yourself instead.
Dinovember is also about sparking imagination in kids and adults. This is the official site, but on their Facebook page you can see what other families, teachers and librarians around the world are up to every November. I’m so doing this with my daughter when she’s old enough. Or maybe before that, I haven’t decided yet…
Last but not least I’m nominating Everyday trans for letting us join him in his life as a semi-stealth transman teacher on the Alaskan tundra. I can’t help but enjoy reading about his adventures, especially since he’s a teacher like me.

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