Me and the Maui Wowie

My first introduction to marijuana came when I was a tender and precocious 8-year-old. No, dear readers, I wasn’t going around puffing on fatties in my [...]

Why We Must Defend LGBTQ+ Rights as We Decriminalize Cannabis

Courtesy of the National LGBT Media AssociationOn March 31, Kentucky became the 38th state to legalize medical cannabis. The same week, the state’s [...]

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 [...]

As Motor City Pride Turns 20, Remembering Pride Fest

OK, so the title is slightly misleading. Pride in Metro Detroit goes back farther than 20 years. It’s more like 34. But, if you’ll kindly continue [...]

Letter from the Editor: Pride Marches On

As LGBTQ+ people across Michigan continue to celebrate our community out on the streets of big cities and small towns alike, another trans woman has been killed [...]

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 [...]

I Am Considering a Move to Michigan Because Being a Trans Person in Ohio Is Scary

Transphobia in the United States is on the rise, both among the populace and policymakers. You can’t browse the news without stumbling into debates over [...]

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 [...]

I Wasn't Out During My First Prom, But Affirmations Prom ReDeux Is a Chance to Reimagine That Special Night

His name was Mike. We grew up down the street from one another. Of course, where I grew up, surrounded by corn fields and soy beans, “down the [...]

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, [...]

Coming Out as Mentally Ill

I was 17 in 1989 when I came out to my mother, or rather when she found my collection of Playgirl and Blue Boy magazines. I moved out of my parents' house, got [...]

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 [...]