The Internet Helped Me Come Out But Made Me Terrified of Lesbians

The Internet Helped Me Come Out But Made Me Terrified of Lesbians

It was 3 am on a Friday night my sophomore year of college. I was lying in bed next to one of my friends, she snuggled closer to me, the perpetual blanket thief, and I looked at her and realized consciously for the first time that these feelings I was having weren’t just friendship, that when I kissed her I wasn’t just joking around. As a strong, independent twenty-first woman who grew up in the q... »

No Place to Pee – Gender Neutral Bathrooms in UK Law

No Place to Pee – Gender Neutral Bathrooms in UK Law

So, did you know that in the UK, it’s actually – by law – very difficult for businesses to install unisex bathrooms? Up until last week, I certainly didn’t. As a non-binary person who doesn’t always pass as male or female, unisex bathrooms in public spaces are pretty high up on my list of Important Things. So, recently, I emailed one of my favourite local cafes to ask if they’d ever co... »

Like a Horse and Carriage

Like a Horse and Carriage

Last week, American Atheists’ Jamila Bey spoke at the yearly meeting of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee. To give you some idea of CPAC’s tenor, this year’s highlights include: Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty, said that “I believe Jesus came down from Heaven in flesh 2000 and 15-years ago. I believe he paid for all of my rotten sins, and I have a lot. But I’m not the onl... »

Quickies: Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico, Decriminalization of HIV, Grindr at CPAC

Quickies: Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico, Decriminalization of HIV, Grindr at CPAC

The Fight for Marriage Equality in Mexico – “Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.” Homeless LGBTQ Youth Turning to Survival Sex Work – “A detailed new study of lesbian, gay, bis... »

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

CN: TRANSPHOBIA, SEXISM, DEPRESSION, SELF-HARM I wasn’t always a feminist. Sure, I always believed in equal rights for people of all genders, but in my twenties I bought all the stereotypes about feminists: they hated men, they all wore Birkenstocks, they were all lesbians, they didn’t shave their armpits, and they all listened to Lilith Fair folk music. Now at nearly 32 years old, aft... »

One Weird Trick to Get Hired in Academia

One Weird Trick to Get Hired in Academia

“Be careful. American science is elitist.” A visiting scientist said to a group of graduate students and I at an informal lunch, “The only way I got the career I had was because I was lucky enough to have a post-doctoral position at Yale in a new field.” A while back, my graduate program hosted a visiting scientist who happened to be a titan in the field of HIV research. We got to have lunch with ... »

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