I remained more invisible than I realized under a giant queer umbrella that I thought conveyed my truth, not realizing the extent to which no one could see it.
This article was originally published on Woke and republished here with the author’s permission. What’s the bottom line? For trans characters in film and TV, roles seem to follow these same boring formulas: Their storylines are either entirely about being trans or are transition-focused. They are usually played by cis people, conveniently making it so […]
Gender identity is a deeply personal issue that many people still have trouble understanding and respecting. Unlearning restrictive binary genders is a process, but one that is well worth the effort. This comic highlights the importance of looking past restrictive ideas of gender and embracing the idea that every identity is ‘real’ and deserves to […]
This article was originally published on In These Times. It has been lightly edited and republished here with the author’s permission. Ever since the earth-shaking election of Donald Trump, there have been innumerable articles arguing that Democrats brought this upon themselves by losing white, working-class voters in the Midwest. These articles have been met with […]
This article was originally published on The Establishment and republished here with the author’s permission. I came out as fat to myself about five years ago. I also came out as bisexual to myself around the same time. Both were gradual and mutual processes. “I think that there is a coming out process around being fat that […]
Call outs can be too punishing in nature, creating an oppressive culture marred by a fear of making missteps. According to many critics, modern activism is increasingly becoming a space devoid of vigorous discussion or differences of opinion. They have a point. Oftentimes, those characterizing call out culture as silencing and toxic just don’t want […]
The ideas around social capital and popularity often run alongside privilege and desirability politics. Previously, I wasn’t aware of these terms. But after a few, let’s say, “discussions” with other organizers, I’m was made aware of the ways social capital can create hierarchies in organizing spaces. These conversations led to a few things: Some folks […]
For bisexual people, representations of our identity in the pop culture world seem to fall into one of two categories. The first is absolute erasure: We encounter TV shows, movies, news reports, songs, trends, books, and essays that refuse to acknowledge the existence or validity of bisexuality in any way. On the other hand, the recent […]