October 16, 2018

A few months ago Tonic published an article. Researchers asked cis people if they would date trans people. The summary is unfortunate. Most wouldn’t. But they fantasize about having sex with transgender and genderqueer people. This love denied with a dash of privileged objectification is myopic, dangerous, and sad. Sad for the cisgender people who have no idea what they are missing. In one of my TransParenting 101 Lessons (Lesson Xxx) I told a story: One day my son and… Read more

October 1, 2018

The world has watched and reacted to Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.  Those who shame victims question why they, and Christine Ford, do not come out sooner. I’m offering three stories from my Christian days that  may help others understand. The church and society have failed victims and continue to do so. One story took place in the 80’s, the same decade as Ford’s incident. The second was in the early 90’s. Finally, the third story is in this decade. I hope you… Read more

September 7, 2018

On January 15 of 2018, Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a hotel room. When it first happened there was a lot of gossip and speculation about the cause of death. On September 6th, BBC News reported the coroner ruled it an alcohol related accidental drowning. This story has been important to me, as has been her inspiration. Due to not only my appreciation of Dolores O’Riordan and her art (I’m a fan), but the parallels of being victims of abuse,… Read more

September 4, 2018

  On Friday, August 31st, 2018, many in attendance at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan may have witnessed sexual assault by Bishop Charles Ellis III. This potential sexual assault occurred during Aretha Franklin’s funeral that he officiated. The possible victim is entertainer Ariana Grande who performed a song honoring the deceased. This event was live streamed. Photos and videos of Bishop Ellis’ hand and fingers making contact with Ariana Grande’s breast have gone viral. She appears to try to… Read more

August 27, 2018

In the wake of being featured in a podcast last month, I found myself being contacted by The Clergy Project for the third time over the same thing. Criticizing it. This group dedicated to helping ministers and ex ministers who have lost their faith does good work. Like any group it is not for everyone. It is also not perfect. There is nothing wrong with that. But it is a little creepy that three times I have said something negative… Read more

August 22, 2018

In 2014 I took my son to his first Otakon. He was meeting some friends he had only known on the internet. For the first time ever he wore a name badge with his name on it. Dave. He was fully identifying as male with no shadows or hiding. He was completely himself while surrounded by cosplayers who did not care, and yet, they celebrated everything and everyone. The main entrance hall was full of cosplayers and people wearing t-shirts… Read more

August 16, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Me (Pat Green) Washington D.C. was the center of the world’s attention in the news last weekend. The second Unite the White Right was held at our nation’s capitol. It was feared that racists from all over the country would come in throngs with their message of hate and exclusion. What did not make the front page happened a scant mile away. Almost 30,000 inclusive and diverse people from all over the world came to Washington to… Read more

July 27, 2018

I’ve been speaking with parents. Parents of children with disabilities, black parents, latino parents, and parents of LGBTQIA+ children. It turns out we have a common frustration. When we post a news story about inequality or speak about something that affects us, white liberal/progressive friends say how mad they are. Then comes the question. They ask us what they can do. We tell them. They suddenly turn into cynical experts who know what will and will not work. If the answers… Read more

July 25, 2018

I used to speak evangelical and could explain what they say and believe. There was a logic to their mindset that, regardless of agreeing or disagreeing with, could be understood and explained. In their current incarnation, there has been such a rapid shift since Trump’s candidacy that I can’t understand, let alone interpret anymore. Last week I was interviewed by Cass Midgley for an upcoming episode of the “Everyone’s Agnostic” podcast. I do not know what will make the final… Read more

July 23, 2018

  Many evangelical Christians are having a collective freak out session over Ariana Grande’s new song, “God is a Woman.” In it she makes the claim that her lover will believe god is a woman after she is through with him. Christians, as usual, took pop culture too seriously and made half my case in their over reaction. God is gender fluid. God Is A Woman Reactions Christian fans have have pushed back on Ariana. Evangelical commentators have had their… Read more

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