Terrorist Attack, Mass Shooting, or Anti-Gay Hate Crime? How We Talk about Orlando Is Important

Was Orlando an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it an anti-gay hate crime? Since it can obviously be (and arguably is) both, let me rephrase the question slightly: Was Orlando primarily an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it primarily an anti-gay hate crime? I ask because I'm seeing an enormous amount of disagreement on this point, and that disagreement that matters, because it runs along ideological (and party) lines---and because it significantly affects our response to the tragedy.Florida … [Read more...]


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Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan: My Gay Cousin Has Been Sent to a Christian Home for Troubled Teens

I have a good friend who was sent to a Christian home for troubled teens in Florida in the late 1990s. The stories she tells me are horrifying. The children were forced to work in the fields all day every day in the summer, and for long hours during the school year as well. While the home was co-ed, the girls were responsible for preparing and cleaning up all of the meals, on a rotation linked to their dormitories. The home used the ACE program, a curriculum used by Christian private schools and … [Read more...]


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From Conservative Evangelical to Trans-Affirming

I don't remember the first time I heard the word "transgender." I do remember being taught that it was wrong, disordered, even perverted. I grew up in an evangelical home. I attended an evangelical megachurch and my family subscribed to quite a few evangelical magazines, including some that focused on politics and culture wars issues. I was homeschooled, which created a sort of bubble that filtered the information I had access to. When I attended a secular university this changed, and my views b … [Read more...]


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The Business of LGBT Rights

I recently came upon a Feministing article by Reina Gattuso. In her article, Gattuso critiques the capitalist exploitation of queer identities: Today in capitalism, I’m feeling meh about the commodification of queer identity. Most recent object of analysis: This Mic article about Levi’s 2016 Pride Line.The line, which does at least give a portion of profits to Harvey Milk Foundation, goes for queer dude denim looks and comes accessorized with colored bandanas a la queer and kink signaling sy … [Read more...]


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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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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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Why Breitbart’s Anti-Trans Top Twenty-Five Bathroom Predator Stories Are Bunk

The recent spate of laws barring trans bathroom access has hit home hard. I know the numbers, the percentages of trans people who attempt suicide or are harassed in the bathrooms, but I also have several trans and nonbinary friends I consider myself close to, and watching them walk through these past few months has been gut-wrenching. As the anti-trans panic has ratcheted up, I've become increasingly worried for my friends, and for other trans people like them. What few people seem to realize is … [Read more...]


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