Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

◼︎LGBTQ+ RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

To Be Transgender is to Be Human

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Updated with a new Afterword. To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else — means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.- E. E. Cummings Actor Elliot Page did an interview last … Continue reading To Be Transgender is to Be Human

For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY I feel a need to go on record regarding the latest transgender/women's rights controversy that has broken out this month. Starting last summer I've found myself in the unexpected and unpleasant position as lone defender of trans women in debates on Facebook. The intensity of people's opposition to transgenderism has shocked and … Continue reading For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

Acts of Kindness & Love: An Olympic Story

◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL◼︎LGBT RIGHTS So much attention has been focused on Simone Biles in these Olympics — and hers is truly an inspiring story of courage, self-care, generosity and victory. She had the bravery to step back after years of preparation to acknowledge she was unable to safely perform. This was an act of … Continue reading Acts of Kindness & Love: An Olympic Story

Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY An Epilogue updating this post appears at the end. Back in college one of the organizations on campus was the Revolutionary Student Brigade (RSB), a short-lived youth group aligned the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Being a socialist and gay, I inquired about their position on gay rights. I can't recall … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY There are two aspects to the transgender debate that trouble me most. First is the all-too-frequent rejection of transgender people’s lives and experiences. Their very lives are discounted as unscientific and delusion. The counterpart in my world are those who insist I’m gay because I choose to be, like choosing tea instead … Continue reading The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?

◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Beaming smiles and effusive positivity. My guard went up immediately, sensing wolves in sheep's clothing. My instincts weren't far off. The 'I Resolve Movement' was called to my attention this past weekend. This "movement" purports to offer "reasonable, loving, and tolerant solutions" to transgender issues in the schools. It's a dubious description … Continue reading The ‘I Resolve Movement’: A Kinder, Gentler Oppression?