Creep of the Week: Trump Administration

By | 2019-06-12T15:32:21-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

June is Pride Month, which means anti-LGBTQ folks are losing their goddamn minds. I attended Motor City Pride in Detroit with my wife, our son and my wife’s 69-year-old aunt. It was a family affair. There were rainbows galore, men holding hands with men, women holding hands with women, transgender and genderqueer people holding hands with men or women or with whomever they wanted because it’s pride and love is love, damn it.

Fighting for Our Rights 50 Years Post Stonewall

By | 2019-06-12T15:31:42-04:00 June 12th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

June 28, 1969. With no civil rights protections available for LGBTQ people and rampant harassment and brutality by law enforcement against our community and LGBTQ establishments, a group of brave men and women — including two transgender women of color, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson — stood up to the New City Police Department and determined that they were not going to take it anymore.

A Slogan Come True Big Time!

By | 2019-06-05T15:12:24-04:00 June 5th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.

Mombian: Transgender and Gender Creative Children Star in New Picture Books

By | 2019-05-29T15:45:32-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

"When Aiden Became a Brother," written by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita (Lee & Low), is a sweet and joyous tale about a biracial (black and South Asian) transgender boy awaiting the birth of his new sibling. The book starts by explaining that everyone thought Aiden was a girl when he was born, but he later realized he was a boy.

Creep of the Week: Trump Administration

By | 2019-05-29T15:43:50-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

The Trump Administration has declared war on transgender people. This isn’t a new revelation, but they have succeeded in dismantling every protection the Obama Administration had put in place for transgender people. You might not have even noticed the most recent rollback unless you follow this subject closely. After all, these past two years it has been all anti-trans all the time. Not to mention the daily barrage of news about Trump and the no good, horrible, very bad people he has working for him throwing norms in the trash and pissing on the rule of law. It’s dizzying.

Resisting the Dangers of Michigan’s Abortion Ban

By | 2019-05-22T16:16:26-04:00 May 22nd, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

For the past week, I haven’t been able to log on to social media without seeing controversy about the abortion bans that are sweeping the country. Even the most politically apathetic people are weighing in on it.I grew up in a cultishly tight Evangelical Christian community. I went to private Christian schools. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I was raised to be pro-life.

Creep of the Week: Rep. John Becker

By | 2019-05-15T17:04:22-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Hopefully by the time you read this the United States isn’t routinely opening up criminal investigations into women who have miscarriages. And I say routinely because there are already cases where women have ended up in prison after their miscarriages were called baby murders.

HHS Rule Allows Religious Discrimination in Health Care

By | 2019-05-08T14:23:12-04:00 May 8th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a new rule that will allow health care workers to refuse to provide or assist in providing medical services if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs. In other words, it will allow them to discriminate widely and putting LGBTQ people and our families, among others, at risk.

As in a Mirror

By | 2019-05-01T14:08:21-04:00 May 1st, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

So often when people who are not transgender speak of transgender people, there is one important thing that is gotten terribly wrong, and I think it's a core part of understanding exactly what it is to be transgender.

Parting Glances: May Babies May Be Gay Babies!

By | 2019-04-24T14:21:05-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

The “Coffee Table Book of Astrology” tattles that “taurus is the astrological sign of sexual deviancy.”Or, as a friend of mine used to tell me year after year of our 40-year friendship, “Brandy” — his nickname for me, as in the alcoholic beverage, brandy Alexander — "May babies are gay babies.” There may be some truth to this observation.

Creep of the Week: Franklin Graham

By | 2019-04-24T14:18:13-04:00 April 24th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Hello and welcome to a world where a gay man with the word “butt” in his last name is running for president and it is not a joke. Pete Buttigieg, who has been Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012, is an absolute contender in a crowded Democratic field. He made headlines when he kissed his husband Chasten Buttigieg IN PUBLIC.

Parting Glances: A Hug in Time

By | 2019-04-10T16:05:35-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

An open house I attended a blossoming spring or two ago was winding down at the home of BTL co-publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz. Two boys of some of the invited party guests were fussing over who’d get to release balloons at the festive closing of the couple's full bloom garden showcase.

Creep of the Week: Bryan Fischer

By | 2019-04-10T16:04:57-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

While scrolling through my Twitter feed I stumbled upon a photo of Jonathan Van Ness walking hand in hand through Capitol Hill with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Van Ness, one of the stars of "Queer Eye," was wearing a pink sweater and skirt, Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing New York, was wearing a magenta pantsuit. Someone had Tweeted, “THIS is the future Democrats want.” My first thought: Oh, hell yes. That future cannot come soon enough.

Being Seen

By | 2019-04-10T16:58:53-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

I grew up in a Southern California suburb in the 1970s, a short distance from the smog-filled skies of Los Angeles. Right around the time of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album, mood rings and bell bottoms, there was a veneer of patriotism brought forth thanks to the bicentennial.

Let’s Talk About Drinking and Health

By | 2019-04-10T16:02:47-04:00 April 10th, 2019|Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

I am often asked from clients and friends if I believe there is a healthy amount of alcohol that may be consumed on a regular basis. Of course, no one likes my response: actually no, there is not. However, I also like to reframe the question: How do you define healthy? More specifically, is there a use for alcohol?

Adoption Case Settlement Win for LGBTQ Michiganders

By | 2019-03-28T02:17:05-04:00 March 28th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

This past Friday came the announcement that the ACLU of Michigan and the state of Michigan settled a lawsuit that we, the ACLU, had filed — challenging the state’s practice of allowing state-contracted, taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies to use religious criteria to exclude same-sex couples.