D'Anne Witkowski

D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

Ariana Grande’s Pagan Vagina Is After Your Children

The Michigan Republican Party recently held its endorsement convention in Grand Rapids, a process that many observers are calling a free and fair election that was totally well organized and showed Republican unity shit show.They tapped Trump-backed [...]

Alabama Takes The Lead in the National Race to the Depths of Anti-LGBTQ+ Depravity 

In the race to be the most anti-LGBTQ+ state in the union, Alabama is pulling ahead.Gov. Kay Ivey (who, get this, is a Republican!) signed a law making the provision of gender-affirming care to anyone under age 19 a felony. Once the law goes into [...]

Republicans Love Putin, Hate Gays. Rinse and Repeat.

I have tinnitus, which, according to the technician who did my hearing test, is pronounced TIN-uh-TIS rather than the more commonly heard ti-NI-tis. But no matter how you pronounce it I can assure you: it sucks.It occurs to me that this high-pitched, [...]

Florida Republicans Threaten to Take Mickey Mouse Out for Not Hating Gays Enough

I get a lot of texts from Donald Trump these days. OK, not from him, but from his campaign. I got one today that asked me to take a survey. Sure! I love surveys.The first question was about Disney and whether or not they were too “woke” [...]

Florida Gov. Signs Law Targeting LGBTQ+ People in Effort to Make State Unhappiest Place On Earth

Well, he signed it. Just like everyone expected. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. And not only did he sign it, but he signed it at Classical Preparatory School, a charter school in Florida, surrounded by [...]

Republicans Use Judge Jackson Hearing to Put Their Racism, Transphobia on Display

I’m writing this on the first day of the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nomination for the Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court [...]

Hate Gays? Hate Abortions? Hate Women? You Might Be a Republican

A lot of really terrible shit in the news these days, so how about I start with a joke?A guy walks into a bar, the bartender says, “What can I get ya?” Guy says, “The 1965 Supreme court case Griswold v. Connecticut was wrongly [...]

Apparently LGBTQ+ People Leave God and Putin No Choice But to Invade Ukraine

It was only a matter of time before LGBTQ+ people were blamed for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There really and truly isn’t anything terrible that the anti-LGBTQ+ Christian right won’t pin on us pesky sexual deviants: 9-11, [...]

Texas Gov. High Off His Own Supply of ‘Politically Motivated Misinformation’

Texas and Florida continue competing in their race to be named The Worst State in the U.S. It’s an absolutely exhausting display of anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry, especially exhausting for LGBTQ+ people and their families. People are under enough stress, [...]

Florida Rep Wants to 'Protect' LGBTQ+ Kids by Outing Them to Parents, Family

As I write this, my 12-year-old son is in Florida spending time with his grandparents over a school break. It’s good for him to see his grandparents and soak up a little warmth and sun, which is in short supply in Michigan in February. Is it [...]

LGBTQ+ Content Bans Offer Shelter for Fragile Conservatives

Remember when Donald Trump won the 2016 election and his supporters called Hillary Clinton voters sore losers for their outrage and disgust? And then, when Trump lost the 2020 election his supporters threw a deadly temper tantrum, storming the U.S. [...]

Florida Governor as U.S. Nears One Million Covid Deaths: They/Them Pronouns Are the Real Killer

As I write this, COVID-19 has killed over 900,000 people in the United States.It’s a hell of a number. 900,000 deaths in just a couple of years, and that’s likely an undercount. The COVID-19 pandemic is the deadliest mass casualty event [...]