Coming OutDiscriminationFamily

Queer + Holidays: A Real-life Guide to Surviving

Every year, I watch as younger and younger kids come out to their families. Now kids are coming out in kindergarten. Our world is slowing changing for the better in that regard. When I was a child, no-one was coming out that I knew, and when I went to college …

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ActivismEducationRace

Constraints and Conversations

What does it mean to have an advantage? Let me tell you. What advantage allows is a lack of constraint. And because it is a lack, an absence, it is hard to imagine that others might be constrained in ways you are not. For example, when reading a friend’s piece …

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Comic/CartoonMedia Portrayals of LGBTStories

Web Comics with a Great Queer Cast, Questionable Content Edition

As promised, here is my next installment of web comics with a great queer cast, this time featuring the wonderful mix of characters on Questionable Content. The cast is a motley crew of queer, queerish, and other characters who show themselves to be surprising, nuanced people. One of the things …

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Comic/CartoonIntersectionalityMedia Portrayals of LGBT

Queers Represent! Web comics with a great queer cast

UPDATE: As my (newly) faithful readers have pointed out, Jamie’s first lady relationshipish thing was not with Erin but with Angel (maybe?) and then definitely with Thea. Thanks for setting me straight…err, right! Marginalized communities talk a lot about representation, why it matters, how it gets done when it gets …

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BisexualityEducationHomophobia

An Unfortunate Phrase

“I don’t agree with being gay but…” If you are queer in this world, or even if you’re straight, you’ve probably heard this unfortunate phrase, or some permutation of it. “I don’t agree with being gay but…” Usually by the time they get to the “but” part I’m so angry …

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BisexualityFeminismSexual Assault

Violation

When I first felt a compulsion to write a piece like this is difficult to pinpoint, but when it began to take shape was today, after I began reading Roxane Gay’s new collection of essays titled Bad Feminist. In short sentences, layered throughout her essays, she evokes her own experience …

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FeminismPseudopsychologySex & SexualityUncategorized

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

That’s what this study should have been titled; instead, the researchers decided to go with the equally inane question “Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?”, as the title. What a great question. We should definitely study why someone would prefer to be around a nice person as opposed to what, …

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DiscriminationLawPolitics / Activism

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with …

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