Queer of Swords: The Gentrification of Poverty

It is now possible to earn very good money indeed in the tech sector whilst feeling good about living a lifestyle that really is just gentrified poverty – two missed pay checks from living in a car, a subjectively high wage that objectively isn’t enough to save for our own retirement, let alone put a child through school. As Pagans, we have a bit of a bad habit of identifying as poorer than we really are. We forget that we can actually make a difference. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Whereof One Cannot Speak — #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a statement of fact — it should be a mantra that we all recite, loudly and often, and mean it. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Blue Yule

For those of us without supportive family, the holiday season can be the coldest time of the year, when Christmas-as-stereotype most starkly contrasts with reality, reminding us just how Other we really are. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Cultural Inappropriation

Fighting cultural appropriation is a significant part of the struggle for civil rights in modern times. Nevertheless, all religions, including modern neopagan paths, are steeped in cultural appropriation. Clearly significant harm can be caused, but is it always wrong? Where are the boundaries? How can we strive to deal with this issue ethically? [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Not God but god?

Not an atheist, but don’t believe in the literal reality of God(s)? Sarah Thompson discusses her route from Christianity to Paganism via many years of hard atheism. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: The Black Heart of Indifference

Many murders of transgendered people go unreported. Still more go uninvestigated. Then there are the many, many cases where the would-be murderer was unsuccessful, with their victim, like me, surviving to live on with PTSD. This Samhain season, please join me in remembering our transgendered dead. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: True Names, True Identities

True Names have power. This is an idea that has been debated by philosophers for millennia, but what does this mean for the Internet age? What are the deeper consequences of the Facebook real names fight? [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: A Prayer for Compassion Toward Z Budapest

In light of Z Budapest’s recent outburst against the kink community in which she suggests the bombing of Pantheacon, Sarah Thompson calls for compassion rather than a new fight. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: The Beast Strikes Back – How to Be an Ally

Following from my previous column in which I somehow managed to come out to the entire world as asexual, here are six simple rules for anyone who wants to be a better ally to people like me. [Read more…]


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