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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.

Senator Mike Lee Is Coming for Your Porn (See What We Did There?)

If you were hoping your 2023 was going to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, and filthy, you’re going to be disappointed if Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) gets his way.On Dec. 16, Lee introduced the Interstate Obscenity Definition Act (IODA), which [...]

GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler: I Don’t Always Cry at Weddings. Just Gay Ones.

258-169. That’s the final vote tally in the House of Representatives for the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA), which repeals the odious anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996.DOMA legally defined marriage as between “a [...]

Proud Boys Misunderstand What 'Slay, Queen' Means, Bring Guns to Drag Event

You know what the scariest thing about drag queen story hour is? The part where hooded men wearing body armor show up with assault rifles.That’s what happened at a holiday themed storytelling event featuring drag queens on Dec. 3 when the Proud [...]

Club Q Shooter’s Dad: My Child Might Be a Murderer, But at Least They’re Not Gay

Note: The Club Q shooting suspect identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. However, their father uses “he/him” pronouns when referring to his child and that is reflected in the quotes. There are a lot of bad parents out there. But I [...]

A Man Walks Into a Bar — Another Horrific Day in the United Guns of America

We’ve all been to a place like Club Q. An unassuming place tucked into a strip mall that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but offers a safe-haven for LGBTQ+ people and allies inside. A place where people can be themselves, hang [...]

Men Are From Mars, Women Need a Penis: Life on Planet Shapiro

Let’s take a trip in the way-back machine to “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1970s. Specifically to the recurring skit featuring The Coneheads, a family of aliens with giant bald heads shaped like, you guessed it, cones. Dan [...]

If You Chose Not to Vote, You Made a Bad Choice and Will Be Punished

If you’re reading this it means you survived election day. Congratulations.At the time of this writing it is Election Eve. Not to be confused with Christmas Eve, though it would be pretty cool if Santa showed up tomorrow.There is so much at [...]

Conservatives Are Lying About Transgender People and Think You’re Dumb

Look, the Republican Party has no ideas. Republican candidates can’t campaign on the issues that matter to people because their positions are wildly unpopular: banning abortion, banning contraception, banning fertility treatments, giving the [...]

Hate Democracy and Yourself? Vote Republican.

If you’ve been driving around Michigan lately you might have seen some crazy billboards and signs claiming that kids are going to get gender reassignment surgery without parental consent if Proposal 3 passes. It’s a lie, but it’s [...]

My Teachers Tried to Make Me Straight. It Didn't Work.

Hello to everyone except for Florida, a state that never tires of finding new ways to ostracize LGBTQ+ students, teachers, and other Floridians.October is National LGBTQ+ History Month. Except in Miami-Dade County schools where the school board voted [...]

Don’t Mess With Texas Because Texas Is Busy Messing With You

In the United States, everybody knows that you don’t mess with Texas. That’s because you don’t have to. Texas will undoubtedly mess with you.Honestly, you could just be someone who needs, say, electricity on a regular and reliable [...]

Mean Girl Tudor Dixon Campaigns on the Backs of Trans Kids

Midterm elections are upon us, my friends. People in Michigan already have ballots in hand. In fact, mine just came today. I can’t wait to vote for competent leaders who’ve been doing a damn good job running this state and deserve to be [...]