New Publication – The Death of Me

Today's post will be a bit of self-promotion, but for a good cause. I was a student in the Golden Crown Literary Society's first-ever Writing Academy class in 2014-15. I learned a tremendous amount in the program, and I know it made me a better writer. This year, the GCLS and Brisk Press asked past... Continue Reading →

Pride 2018

Two years ago today, a homophobe murdered 49 people and injured 53 others in Orlando. Today, I take this moment to remember those murdered and injured in the Pulse nightclub attack. I also reflect on the 32 killed in New Orleans at the Upstairs Lounge in 1973. Other deaths—like those of Harvey Milk, Brandon Teena,... Continue Reading →

Livin’ My Vida Loca

I work part-time at my local library, where I often feel like the odd woman out. I’m the youngest member of the staff, with the exception of a high school kid who shelves books a few days each week. While a couple of staffers are only five years old than I am, they’ve been in... Continue Reading →

Understanding, Listening, Hearing

My spouse and I put up a pride flag for the first time this year. I can’t speak to all of her reasons for doing so, but I know my own reasons are complex. Some are even contradictory. I mention this because we received some well-meaning advice to take the flag down for our safety.... Continue Reading →

I’m Not Wearing It for You

In the wake of this year’s Presidential election, a number of people have circulated a plan to wear safety pins on a jacket or shirt. The idea is to show that the wearer doesn’t support bigotry, racism, homophobia, misogyny, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant rhetoric, violence, or policies. It also announces a willingness to intervene if a... Continue Reading →

National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. Although my friends, family, and coworkers already know I’m a lesbian, I am posting this because too many of my LGBTQ siblings cannot. Too many LGBTQ young people will consider or attempt suicide because they are bullied at school or kicked out of their homes because of their orientations.... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Orlando

Family (n) - A group of people who are related to each other; a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation I have a lot of thoughts following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016, which took the lives of 49 people and left 53 wounded.... Continue Reading →

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