Wrong in All the Right Ways

By | 2018-05-09T12:44:24+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

In March, Rachael and I took her 9-year-old daughter Sophie to see Pink perform in her Beautiful Trauma world tour in Grand Rapids. We bought the tickets way back before Christmas and had been counting [...]

Transmissions: Secrets and Truths

By | 2018-05-09T12:41:48+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Trans people - and I am using the term in its broadest sense, inclusive of gender fluidity and nonbinary identities - tend to have a pretty short list of wants. Really, I can boil it down to one simple statement: we just want to live our lives.

This Is What’s Wrong: NASSAR and MSU Are Not Alone

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:34+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

I am a Michigan State University alum. Currently, I am a faculty member at Central Michigan University, where I and my colleagues are entrusted with thousands of young adults beginning to negotiate the world on their own. I am a former female college athlete, I am a social worker whose clients who include young victims of sexual abuse and women who have experienced violence at the hands of men, I am personally connected to many young adults who have experienced sexual assault and, finally, I am the adoptive mom to four kids — including a daughter — who all went to college. From these many perspectives, I keep trying to untangle the MSU/Nassar scandal.

Creep of the Week: Donald Trump

By | 2018-04-25T15:24:36+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

If we have to wait until every American gets to know a trans person before full equality is achieved we are never going to get there. Which is why cisgender people need to advocate for trans folks. As anyone who isn’t a cisgender heterosexual white male knows, having to fight for your most basic rights and constantly advocate for your own humanity is exhausting.

Creep of the Week: MassResistance

By | 2018-04-11T13:42:51+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

As I write this it is April 9, 2018, my birthday. It’s also the day John Bolton starts as Trump’s National Security Advisor. Bolton, who was ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, really wants to go to war with North Korea and Iran. Like, bad. And now we’ve got him whispering into the ear of the dangerously impulsive and ignorant man we have as a leader. Which should make all of us fear that we won’t make it to our next birthdays.

Step Therapy: A Problem for All Patient Communities

By | 2018-04-11T16:24:19+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Guides, Health & Wellness, Opinions, Viewpoints|

Members of the LGBTQ community face many unique health care challenges. They suffer from higher rates of smoking, depression, anxiety, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Compounding these challenges is the fact that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than others to experience difficulty accessing health care, due to a long history of anti-LGBTQ bias.

Creep of the Week: Laura Ingraham

By | 2018-04-04T13:55:01+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions, Uncategorized|

That’s something she has a knack for, apparently. Doing or saying totally reprehensible things that no decent human would do and then offering a weak apology. Case in point her recent Twitter tantrum in which she made fun of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg because he didn’t get accepted by colleges he applied to.

Striking gold

By | 2018-04-04T13:55:05+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

To be transgender in 2018 is to deal with challenging, difficult times. We face attacks from all sides, and the specter of death itself lays heavy upon our community. As a result, I find I often have to spend a lot of time ringing the alarm bells, and warning of dire times.

Rollback

By | 2018-03-28T12:57:28+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The Trump Administration has once again attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. This time out, the ban was secretly drafted by Vice President Mike Pence, with assistance from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) and Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation.

Parting Glances: Keys! Wallet! iPhone! (Amen.)

By | 2018-03-14T13:52:21+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

After five years of faithful, heavy-duty service the battery in my expensive gift Shinola wrist watch expired. I should have known it was going to happen, because, for the past several weeks, its second hand hesitated, stopping completely for milli-seconds, before lunging forward by five-minute notches at a time. In spite of this, its time was impeccably accurate, so I ignored the warning signal.

Unanimous Vote in Favor of Michigan Transgender Woman is Groundbreaking

By | 2018-03-14T13:51:05+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

A landmark legal decision for transgender rights was issued last week. A unanimous three-judge panel of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — covering Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee — ruled that Michigan RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes violated federal civil rights laws when they fired Aimee Stephens for a being a transgender woman.

Creep of the Week: Betsy DeVos

By | 2018-03-14T13:49:36+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

On Twitter the thing I probably write most often is “Betsy DeVos is a monster” in reply to stories about her. Now, if you don’t know much about DeVos you might be thinking, “Okay, I get that you don’t agree with her policies, but she’s not an actual monster.”