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.

When It Comes to Transphobia, Dee Snider Isn’t Gonna Take Criticism or Responsibility

My music of choice is heavy metal. I love it. I buy the music, the merch, and I go to shows. I support the art I love, and it brings me a lot of joy.The metal world is very dude-centric, specifically cisgender white dudes. More of these dudes than [...]

Nikki Haley: Cis Girls Would Rather Die Than Play Sports With Trans Kids

When it comes to running for president as a Republican, there is one big requirement: You have to be The Worst.Donald Trump has already established himself as such in a myriad of disgraceful, impeachable and disgusting ways. So for every Republican [...]

Target CEO: We Are Giving in to Extremists Because that Always Ends Well

Target is being, er… targeted by anti-LGBTQ+ extremists for daring to display Pride-themed merchandise in its stores. There are videos online of people throwing fits inside of Target stores over the rainbow-hued goods.In one video, a man [...]

School Officials Mistake Graduation Ceremony for Gender Reveal Party, Exclude Trans Student and Girl In Pants

It’s graduation time! Kids across the country will be donning caps and gowns and walking across stages to get their diplomas.It’s a weird ritual, really. From the shape of the hats on down. It can also be an extremely gendered ritual, [...]

LGBTQ+ Books Are Being Attacked, But Many Are Still Being Published. Here Are 15 New Queer Titles.

In an era when books by or about LGBTQ+ people are being taken off library shelves and banned in grade schools, there’s never been a more important time to support queer literature. Remember: Representation not only matters, it saves lives. [...]

Conservatives Apply Maximum Spin to Jordan Neely Killing by White Marine, Blame Him for His Own Murder Because… Pronouns? 

On May 1, Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old white man, put Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old Black man, in a chokehold on the subway in New York and killed him.Neely, who is reported to have been unhoused and apparently having a mental health crisis, was acting [...]

Florida Republicans Working Overtime to Make the State a Hellscape for Trans People

Things for trans and non-binary people in Florida, especially kids, are just getting worse and worse by the day.Republicans have a supermajority in Florida and the governorship. And they have been hella busy passing anti-trans bills that Gov. [...]

Hero Lawmakers Stand Up Against GOP Anti-Trans Obsession

A shout out and a “Hell yeah!” to Montana State Rep. Zooey Zephyr, Nebraska State Sen. Megan Hunt and Nebraska State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh who are standing up against anti-trans hate in their states.Since February, Sen. Cavanaugh has [...]

Fox News Fires Tucker Carlson As If Nothing Is Even Sacred Anymore

It’s almost 4 in the morning and I can’t sleep. A fun part of getting older. And so I’m up reading about white nationalist Tucker Carlson being fired from Fox News.It takes a lot to shock me. But Carlson’s firing is pretty [...]

Equality Florida: Get Out While You Still Can as State Gears Up for Hot Fascist Summer

Things are heating up in Florida, and I’m not just talking about the weather. The state is gearing up for one hell of a Hot Fascist Summer.On April 16, Florida’s Voice tweeted: “Survey: Majority of 'queer parents' consider leaving [...]

West Virginia Lawmakers Scramble to Protect Women From… 12-Year-Old Becky?

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Actually, that’s being optimistic as there have been more mass shootings than there have been days in 2023 so far.That’s a lot. And no other country — aside from countries at [...]

Right-Wing Uproar Over Drag Queens Inspires Nazi Idiot to Firebomb Church

They say you can tell a lot about a man by what motivates him to firebomb a building. And if the man says his motivation was a drag queen story hour, that tells you he’s a Nazi.Such is the case for Aimenn Penny, a 20-year-old Ohio man who [...]