For the Children of the Latest Target Protestor

By now, you've probably seen this video of a mother of twelve walking through Target, Bible in hand, loudly condemning Target for its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.Here are some of the things the woman said as she walks through the store: “Mothers, get your children out of this store!”“Are you going to let the devil rape your children, America?”“Repent, wicked Target…the judgement of God is coming on this nation and Target!” According to a blogger who grew up with one of the i … [Read more...]


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How North Carolina’s HB2 Affects Parents

North Carolina's HB2 naturally falls heaviest on the transgender community. It also affects cisgender people who don't conform to specific gender norms about appearance, especially women with short hair (see, for instance, this article about a short haired woman who was yelled at in a public restroom because she was taken for a transgender woman). One thing I haven't seen much talked about, though, is HB2's affect on parents. And no, I'm not talking about parents who are transgender or gender … [Read more...]


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Oregon Refuge Children Hid the Guns before Running

Have a look at the beginning of this article, from last week: Last Friday, as soon as their mother climbed in the shower, five Sharp children bolted down the driveway of their Auburn, Kan., home.Before they left, according to testimony in a Wednesday hearing, they took the guns out of a cubbyhole in the house and stashed them at the end of the drive. Then they got a ride from a neighbor to the Shawnee County sheriff’s office in Topeka.And on Wednesday — three months after making head … [Read more...]


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We Can’t Afford to Let This Become the New Normal

After Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee this week, the New York Times ran a story on what Trump says a Trump presidency would look like. What struck me full in the face as I read it is that this---this treatment of bigotry and fascism as though it's just one more flavor of American politics---is now the new normal.On Inauguration Day, he would go to a “beautiful” gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up corporate exe … [Read more...]


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How Do I Explain Trump’s Rise to My Children?

This is the first election my daughter Sally has paid attention to, and she's horrified. Completely horrified. She has Hispanic friends at school, and while she may be too young to grasp all of the ideas in play, she's outraged by Trump's rhetoric and campaign promises on immigration primarily. She's terrified her friends will be deported, but mostly she's angry, and she laments the fact that she can't vote. For my part, I've lost track of how many times NPR has warned me to cover my child's … [Read more...]


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ID to Pee?

I'm starting to run into people who say that they support trans bathroom access, but that they are still behind the American Family Association's boycott of Target, because Target's policy does nothing to prevent a male predator from falsely claiming to be trans and entering the women's bathroom. This is maddening on a whole host of levels, but has become pervasive enough that I feel the need to address it.Let me start by asking this: How would we go about allowing trans people to use the res … [Read more...]


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You’ve Got to be Kidding Me, Cleveland Edition

On Monday, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay Tamir Rice's family $6 million. As you may remember, Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in the park, gunned down in 2014 by police less than two seconds after exiting their car. Tamir's death highlighted both structural racism---implicated in the officers' perception of the threat the child posed---and a lack of deescalation techniques---many criticized the officers for entering the situation and resorting to deadly viol … [Read more...]


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