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.

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 [...]

U.S. Radical Right Totally Jelly Of Iran’s Morality Police

In Iran, Islamic religious police detained Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, for wearing her hijab too loosely. Reports say that some of her hair was visible. That is forbidden.Amini died while in custody. Her family says she was beaten. The [...]

A Baby: Gift from God or Punishment From Hell? That Depends on You, Slut. 

In the assault on reproductive freedom in the United States, there’s one thing I can’t really wrap my brain around. According to the people who claim to be “pro-life,” being a mother is a gift from God; the most esteemed role [...]

Double, Double Toil And Trouble: Radical Right Claims Words Are Black Magic Mind Control

Words. What are they? Are they simply a collection of letters arranged in a particular way to symbolize places, things, ideas, feelings, people and the like so that people can communicate with one another?Or are they DARK MAGIC overtaking our minds [...]

Right-Wing Extremists: Sound the Alarms! Teachers Indoctrinating Kids with 'Kindness'

Right-wing radicals love to rail against “identity politics” while at the same time asserting that the United States is a white, Christian nation. As if being white or Christian or a white Christian is not an identity. To them, identity [...]

The Latest Fad In Radical Right Harassment Campaigns? Children’s Hospitals, Of Course. 

I don’t know about you, but when I want to blow off some steam and air some grievances, there’s just no more perfect target than a children’s hospital. Whether it's the staff, the administration, the families, or even the children [...]

Ain’t No Party Like a Republican Party, Because a Republican Party Is Awful

I feel like I’m trapped in a decades long episode of "The Twilight Zone" where I am the only one who can see the monster on the wing of the airplane, and that monster is the Republican Party.It’s hard to overstate how extreme Republicans [...]

Trump Happy To Let Supporters Die Defending His Right To Do Crimes

I woke up this morning thinking about disgraced former president Donald Trump and how relieved I was that he wasn’t on Twitter any more so that I was not constantly bombarded by what is surely him at his most unhinged. As he’s been having [...]

Forget Dog Whistles, Republicans Communicate Their Hate Using Bullhorns and Air Raid Sirens

Are you tired of being told how bad things are? Are you sick of being bombarded with terrible news all of the time? Do you wish that you could read about something positive for a change?Then you might want to skip this column. Just saying.Man, where [...]

Michigan Voters To Choose Between Democrats, Radically Unhinged Transphobes In November

I am writing this on Primary Election Eve. By the time you’re reading this, races across the country will be decided, for better or worse.In Michigan, we have a clown car of right-wing Republican candidates for governor. And this is AFTER half [...]