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Quickies: Interview with Cece McDonald, Loss of Net Neutrality, and Sexism and Homophobia in Atheism

Quickies: Interview with Cece McDonald, Loss of Net Neutrality, and Sexism and Homophobia in Atheism

The Socialist Worker did a good in-depth interview with Cece McDonald. According to The Humanist, the loss of net neutrality is something for minorities (including queer folks) to worry about even more than we may have thought. Recent changes threaten minority speech. Yep, atheism doesn’t preclude being homophobic and sexist! »

Quickies: Non-binary Gender Terminology, Economics of Marriage Equality, and Violence Against a Trans Teen

Quickies: Non-binary Gender Terminology, Economics of Marriage Equality, and Violence Against a Trans Teen

Looking for a lot of great terms for various non-binary gender identities? Try this A to Z list will help! Milwaukee Magazine looks at the economic impact of marriage equality in Wisconsin. Not that Wisconsin’s state government makes effective economic decisions though. Despite bigots fears that trans* teens in bathrooms will assault their classmates, instead trans kids end up being the vict... »

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

I am an Environmental Science major working on my BS. In one of my classes we were asked to write and essay on the reasons why people who want to understand human impacts on the environment should study human evolution. In preparation, we read Masters of the Planet by Ian Tattersall, which I highly recommend. Here is my essay. It was sort of done in a rush and I was constrained to some limits beca... »

Some of Us ARE Joiners

Some of Us ARE Joiners

Every time someone starts talking about creating or attending an organized congregation for non-believers, like Sunday Assembly, I hear the objection “Atheists are non-joiners, so it won’t work.” When I attended Sunday Assembly in Chicago for the first time this past weekend I wondered if there would really be anyone there. Was it true that this feeling of wanting to belong to a ... »

A Different Perspective on GRS

A Different Perspective on GRS

Today Brynn Tannehill on Huffington Post published an article titled Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery. While I agree with much of what was in her post, I want to respond to some of it from a different perspective. I want to start with saying that I ultimately agree with Tannehill about the need for insurance companies and other health care payers to cover medical care for transgender patien... »

Why I Am Not a Male Sexual Assault Survivor

Why I Am Not a Male Sexual Assault Survivor

Content note: Contains discussion of sexual assault and long-term impacts of sexual assault. Also contains gender identity related content. I identify as a transman. I have clearly identified my gender as male for about 13 years now, and I have lived exclusively as man for more than a decade. I am also a sexual assault survivor. However, I do not think of myself as, nor call myself, a male sexual ... »

Queereka Podcast Episode 5

Queereka Podcast Episode 5

The fifth episode is up! You can listen to the episode here. You can also find us on iTunes or use the RSS feed here: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/podcast-rss.php?id=1127 In this episode you will hear me discuss gratitude and Thanksgiving from the perspective of a skeptic and atheist, as well as things I am grateful for in the queer rights world and my own life. Music for Queereka Podcast ... »

Queereka Podcast Episode 4

Queereka Podcast Episode 4

The fourth episode is up! You can listen to the episode here. You can also find us on iTunes or use the RSS feed here: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/podcast-rss.php?id=1127 In this episode you will hear me interview Michael O’Brian, who’s blog can be found here, and Olivia from Skepchick who has another blog here. I discussed the adult fandom of My Little Pony: Frendship is Magi... »

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