Appropriating Black Rage: Engaging in Productive Conversations About Race as a White Person

Our country has erupted into a Civil Rights Movement that has changed the national conversation. Rather, the conversation has changed for white people. For people of color, this anger is not new. So many white people, especially the young and queer, are finally engaging in the conversations that BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color)Continue reading “Appropriating Black Rage: Engaging in Productive Conversations About Race as a White Person”

Burlesque On Demand: Drag Culture and Sex Work During Quarantine

VH1 must be thrilled that the first episode of the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired right before the pandemic started. As a trans, queer, polyamorous person, I make sure that the media I consume is as LGBTQ friendly as possible.  The events I attend are almost exclusively queer events. No offense to theContinue reading “Burlesque On Demand: Drag Culture and Sex Work During Quarantine”

Queer Commentary: How to Discuss LGBTQ+ Issues

Once you get me started talking about a topic, I can’t seem to figure out how to stop. I lived in a small town with more cows than mailboxes, at a crossroads between Suburbia and Farmville.  Growing up neurodivergent, queer, trans, and liberal in a conservative town meant that I often ran into resistance forContinue reading “Queer Commentary: How to Discuss LGBTQ+ Issues”

Drag Perversion: Revamping the ‘Queer’ Community for the New Age of Drag

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ wants to be the ‘American Idol’ of the LGBTQ community, but it feels more ‘Real Housewives’ than ‘Queer Eye.’ To be fair, Drag Race has always been reality TV. People come for the petty in-fighting, and stay for the “sashay away.” Nobody watches Say Yes to the Dress to celebrate engagements ofContinue reading “Drag Perversion: Revamping the ‘Queer’ Community for the New Age of Drag”

Your TV, or Mine?: Video Games, Polyamory, and Quarantine

My online communities are getting me through this quarantine. I’m a part of tons of online message boards and groups. As someone who spent most of their time alone and indoors before the pandemic, I have unconventional ways of finding social interaction. Scrolling through my phone, I notice different parts of the Internet reacting toContinue reading “Your TV, or Mine?: Video Games, Polyamory, and Quarantine”

I’m OK, Thanks: The frustrations of food aversions as an Autistic adult

As I am writing this, I’m eating pretzels. I‘m really hungry, and I don’t really want pretzels.  But my mind is allowing me to eat them right now, so I’m eating them. Being autistic means I do things only when I’m “allowed” to do them. Nobody is giving me these limitations; they are internal. IContinue reading “I’m OK, Thanks: The frustrations of food aversions as an Autistic adult”

Over-Diagnosed: How numerous diagnoses prevented me from a single treatment plan

My happy place as a child was the nurses’ office.  Something about that clean, plastic-covered, piece of foam on a metal cot just called to me: “nap time.” School was an overwhelming place. I had a little trouble making friends. These are all normal feelings for an autistic child, but nobody in my family consideredContinue reading “Over-Diagnosed: How numerous diagnoses prevented me from a single treatment plan”

Is “Auti-Gender” a Thing?

The intersection of the autistic and transgender communities And as an autistic and trans non-binary person, I generally find myself at a pretty liberal cross section of online discourse. I have very strongly held beliefs, but I enjoy finding out reasons why people believe what they believe. Food for thought becomes a thought experiment whichContinue reading “Is “Auti-Gender” a Thing?”

Can Trans Guys Wear Makeup?

Gender Expression for Dummies So, you wanna be a man, huh? Time to throw away the hundreds of dollars of makeup that you have been forced to buy your whole life.  You won’t need them anymore! My experience wasn’t so clear. When I started to transition, throwing away my makeup was not an issue forContinue reading “Can Trans Guys Wear Makeup?”

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