A Transgender Woman’s Take on Aimee Stephens’ Supreme Court Case

By | 2019-10-16T16:20:28-04:00 October 16th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases that will determine if people can discriminate against LGBTQ people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The future of our community's rights is at stake here in the U.S. The three cases that are before the Supreme court are Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, Altitude Express v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home v. EEOC. The first two cases involve plaintiffs who were fired for being gay. The Harris Funeral Home case involves plaintiff Aimee Stephens, who was fired for being transgender.

The Time for Trans Pitches is Now

By | 2019-10-02T15:13:35-04:00 October 2nd, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Every week, in my email, I receive dozens of story pitches. Some are quite good, connecting me with engaging people and interesting stories that I might otherwise have missed. Most, however, are pretty useless to me in the overall scheme of things. A lot only tangentially veer into any topic I write about, or are blatant product pitches or just an overall bad fit.

Rapid Onset

By | 2019-09-18T15:03:54-04:00 September 18th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

I have always been intrigued by history. I love to look at how things came together over time, and how advances in knowledge, technology and society — for both good and ill — helped to [...]

Positive Thoughts: Three Cheers of Victory for Ol’ U=U!

By | 2019-09-11T14:34:19-04:00 September 11th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

For about the past decade, activists and advocates have been working hard to educate the world on a very important scientific fact about living with HIV: that undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U). U=U is a now globally accepted scientific consensus that simply means when a person living with HIV reaches an undetectable viral load (also sometimes called virally suppressed) for six months or longer, they are virtually unable to transmit the virus to a sexual partner — even without the use of condoms.

Artist’s Statement

By | 2019-09-11T14:33:20-04:00 September 11th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

There is little conscious planning as I create my art. I work intuitively and rather quickly. I start with a geometric shape, a humorous or serious doodle, a fluid symbol fished from my subconscious, a newly minted hieroglyph or alphabet, sometimes a line expressive of energy and movement, and I proceed from there.

Creep of the Week: Super Happy Fun America

By | 2019-09-04T15:43:54-04:00 September 4th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

If you said the words “Super Happy Fun America” to me and then asked me what that was, I would have guessed it was the name of a low-budget, USA-themed amusement park with lots of red, white and blue cowboy hats, Big Macs at every concession stand and a requirement that everyone in attendance carry a gun. That, it turns out, is incorrect. "Super Happy Fun America" is actually more awful than that.

A Battle Won, but the War Rages On

By | 2019-08-21T13:23:58-04:00 August 21st, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Gavin Grimm, at long last, has won his case. When Grimm was a sophomore at Gloucester County High School in Virginia, he came out as a transgender boy. As soon as he opted to use the boys' restroom, the Gloucester County School Board decided to require that all changing rooms and bathrooms, "shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative appropriate private facility."

Transmissions: Emerging victorious

By | 2019-08-07T15:35:16-04:00 August 7th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

At long last, North Carolina's House Bill 2 is dead. For those few who are reading who may not know the significance, I'll explain: The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, otherwise known as HB2, was a bill passed in North Carolina in 2016.

Creep of the Week: Candice Keller

By | 2019-08-07T15:34:05-04:00 August 7th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Back to back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. And by the time you read this, that list will probably have to be updated. Because mass shootings are basically an everyday occurrence in the United States. And we’re becoming dangerously numb to it all.

Creep of the Week: Ryan Fournier

By | 2019-07-24T14:06:25-04:00 July 24th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

As if I needed another reason to love Elizabeth Warren, she's gone and done something yet again that has upset right-wing Republicans. Granted, she pretty much does this every day by advocating for things Republicans hate like access to health care for everybody and a living minimum wage.

Creep of the Week: Donald Trump

By | 2019-07-12T02:15:23-04:00 July 12th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

“I’m not going to the fucking White House.” Have more beautiful words ever been spoken by a world champion before? Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team said those words before her team won the World Cup. And now that they’ve won, she’s not backing down.

Which Stonewall? Whose Stonewall?

By | 2019-06-26T15:46:10-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

“Ho Ho! Hey Hey! We won’t pay to be gay!” The chant, led by Vivian Thompson on a bullhorn and in unison with a couple dozen or so other protesters, announced the stance of Lansing People’s Pride as they marched on June 17th through Old Town, home to this year’s Michigan Pride celebration.

Creep of the Week: Kevin Swanson

By | 2019-06-26T15:42:40-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

I just finished watching the music video for Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down.” It’s cute. It’s catchy. And all of Big Gay is in it. That it ends with a call to sign a Change.org petition in favor of the Equality Act is nice, though it would be more useful to direct people how to register to vote because the Equality Act is never going to pass with Republicans in charge.

Parting Glances: Looking Bassakwards

By | 2019-06-19T14:59:37-04:00 June 19th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As a teenager I learned the lay of the land from word-of-mouth sharing from those who had navigated Detroit's watering holes years before me. I did however once venture - daringly - on my own into the Greyhound Bus Depot to check out noonday comings and goings. I was cautious. I had been forewarned.