This is Why Mississippi is the Worst State for LGBT+ Rights

Being from Texas, I feel for others who are in states or regions constantly being used to score cheap laughs in the media. However, when it comes to being behind the times, Mississippi is further back than... Well, everyone else. And the state is probably going to have be dragged kicking and screaming towards the rest… » 5/22/14 6:09pm 5/22/14 6:09pm

Your Childhood Pal, Anne of Green Gables, Was Probably Queer

Anne of Green Gables may not be the the first work on your list of "classic queer literature," but maybe it should be. There's something about Anne Shirley which seems, at least to me, undeniably queer. It's little wonder that I have always identified heavily with Anne and the novel remains my favorite novel of all… » 5/15/14 11:08pm 5/15/14 11:08pm

Intersex: What is It, and What It Means for Sexuality

If some people are born neither male nor female, what does that say about our traditional views of sex and gender, and as these individuals will grow up to have sexual orientations, how can those orientations be defined? These are the questions asked by Michael Passaro in an essay which explores the possibility for a… » 5/06/14 11:04pm 5/06/14 11:04pm

If There's a Transgender Culture, I'm Not Part of It

Recently the term "transgender culture" has became more and more common a term in discourse about LGBT topics. Perhaps alongside "gay culture" or "queer culture," this new term is seen as recognising the unique lived experiences of transgender individuals. Yet, is this a term with actual substance? » 4/28/14 9:06pm 4/28/14 9:06pm

Will The Anglican Communion Tear Itself Apart Over LGBT Issues?

I grew up Roman Catholic. Yet, two years ago, I left communion with Rome after Pope Benedict XVI called same-sex marriage the most significant threat to Western civilisation in the world today. I turned to the Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion, as my new spiritual home. But I fear that home will fall,… » 4/15/14 9:55pm 4/15/14 9:55pm

LGBT Day of Silence Isn't About Us, It's About You

Today is the LGBT Day of Silence in the United States and many other parts of the world. It's supposed to be symbolic of the silence in which LGBT youth suffer their hidden sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Specifically it is supposed to draw attention to bullying's ability to silence self expression. In some… » 4/11/14 10:04am 4/11/14 10:04am

UNC Athlete Earned an A- for This Pitiful 148-Word Essay on Rosa Parks

UNC has recently been exposed for its phony independent studies classes, a scam that was cooked up by the university for athletes to earn easy A's. Here is an example of a football player's ridiculous, one-paragraph final paper that got an A-, securing his position on his team. » 3/27/14 11:00am 3/27/14 11:00am

My Safety As A Trans Person Requires Individual Unisex Bathrooms

Let's talk about bathrooms. Let's talk about the transgender experience with bathrooms. Let's talk about my experiences with bathrooms. Let's talk about how what I need, and what I feel other trans people need, is often actually ignored in the sensational debate over all-gender bathrooms/mixed gender bathrooms, or… » 3/17/14 10:58pm 3/17/14 10:58pm

Sorry, Straight Gals, I'll Kiss You But I Won't Date or Sleep With You

Women who identify as straight and who kiss other women for attention, a thrill, or "an experience." Sigh. I used to find them profoundly annoying. Maybe not so much anymore. Yet while I have nothing against a good make out session with Ms. Straighty McStraightyPants, I'm also not really interested in dating her. Or… » 3/13/14 11:28am 3/13/14 11:28am

Positivity is Bullshit When You Have Cancer

My eyelashes are mascara-less stumps and I’ve been commando in the same stained, hot pink sweats for 36 hours, but I don’t care. It’s 2011, and my mom and I are at my grandmother’s house in Michigan hoping for some rest after a hellish year spent cycling through chemo, radiation, and surgeries. » 11/23/13 3:14pm 11/23/13 3:14pm

Lena Dunham's Ode to Takeout Is Surprisingly Tender

Lena Dunham's essay "Deliverance" appears in the November issue of The New Yorker and it's a surprisingly delicate and sensitive piece on what it's like to get raised on takeout food as opposed to home cooked meals. (Disclaimer: If you like Lena Dunham then you will probably like this essay; if you don't like Lena… » 10/29/13 12:40pm 10/29/13 12:40pm

Confessions of a Recovering Black Debutante

I'm a recovering debutante. I wouldn't go as far as saying a belle because I ain't with that frilly froo froo. Or girdles. I have a brain and I use it. I don’t own too many slips, or dresses, or wear much white. I don’t own a lacy parasol except for that one time where I had to accessorize with my lace ribbons for my… » 9/14/13 1:00pm 9/14/13 1:00pm

Albany Teacher Who Assigned Awful Nazi Writing Assignment Put on Leave

A teacher at Albany High School has been put on leave after igniting a brushfire of outrage in upstate New York with quite possibly the worst persuasive writing assignment ever: she asked students to put themselves into a pair of black leather stormtrooper boots and argue why the Jews are evil as if they were trying… » 4/14/13 2:30pm 4/14/13 2:30pm