Category Archives: BLGTQ

Queer, bi, lesbian, trans, & gay anything & everything

Dear young(er) trans people

As someone who grew into adulthood watching the public doors of sexual and gender identity, fluidity, and play stretch from Elton John and David Bowie to Boy George, Annie Lennox, and a host of British synthesizer band members wearing eye makeup – and then slam shut abruptly with the rise of the right-wing Republicans in England and the U.S. – I see hope in you and an entire younger generation that supports you. Continue reading

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Just live, live, live

One of the conversation snippets I remember best from my graduate creative writing program days came from a classmate I didn’t know well and with whom I didn’t have much in common. It’s stayed in my head all these years … Continue reading

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Manning up: Some suggestions from a genderqueer person to my leftist friends after Chelsea Manning’s coming out

As a white, leftist genderqueer, I’ve found that the response from some of my non-transgender pals to Chelsea Manning’s coming out has been painful.  Some of the very people I expected to be supportive of Manning lack a basic education … Continue reading

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Transgender: How to be an ally instead of an asshat

As the former partner of a genderqueer person, an acquaintance and ally of a number of transgender people, an out feminist queer, and a “bisexual” who’s attracted to people of various genders, I’ve done a lot of reading and learning … Continue reading

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Alison Bechdel’s first graphic memoir: Are you my (perverted) father?

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about critical thinking skills and dealing with gray areas in life.  My last mental workout in this arena came up, unsurprisingly, in the context of my book group.  For the last four years … Continue reading

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Threadbear: remembering Martin Kazu Hiraga

When a friend called in October to tell me that Martin Hiraga had died, I wasn’t as upset as I’d always thought I would be, and I couldn’t figure out why.  After reading the three obituary pieces I found online, … Continue reading

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Bullying and teen suicide: Sometimes it gets better

I, like any feeling human being, have been extremely disturbed by the recent rash of U.S. teenage suicides caused by bullying, and by homophobic responses to those suicides.  The media have reported four suicides in September alone; all of these … Continue reading

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“Tinderbox Lawn” review published

The website Lambda Literary, “the leader in LGBT book reviews, author interviews, opinion and news since 1989,” has published my review of Carol Guess’ Tinderbox Lawn: This is one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written.  Brevity is the … Continue reading

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“News of the Weird”: Stop picking on intersex people

Chuck Shepard writes the syndicated newspaper feature “News of the Weird,” which is published by at least 250 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Dear Chuck Shepard, You know what’s really weird, Chuck?  The term “hermaphrodite” hasn’t been used by … Continue reading

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One more comment on “fiddling while Rome burns”

Although I find annoying Daily Hampshire Gazette letter-writer Stephen Hartwell’s characterization of lesbian motherhood as a “lifestyle,” I do agree with him that Rome is burning and those of us in the U.S. are fiddling.  I agree that the federal … Continue reading

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