Dull to Myself

Part of why I haven’t blogged so much this calendar year has been that I’ve been busy with other things, namely other writing projects. That’s especially been the case this summer, since I didn’t wind up with a class to teach; between the start of May and the end of June my fiction-writing total alone reached over 250,000 words.  I haven’t been quite so productive this month, in part because I’ve needed to shift my focus back to editing what I’ve already written (you just…

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Being Public Enemy Number One

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Transgender Rights (HBO) (youtube.,com) What’s next for gay Americans after same-sex marriage ruling? (cbsnews.com) Mike Huckabee: I wish I pretended to be transgender to shower with girls (politico.com) Last year I had to stop shopping at Kroger. At the store that I usually went to there was an employee who ran the self-checkouts (which I always use whenever possible so I don’t have to endure awkward small talk with cashiers) who apparently decided that she just didn’t like me and…

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‘Hillary Unity’ My P****

Bernie Sanders Is Already Making It More Likely Republicans Win The White House In 2016 (forwardprogressives.org) I’ve never had a harder time dealing with the run-up to a presidential election than in 2004. Not only was I completely disgusted with how the Bush Administration had lied the country into war, to say nothing about the PATRIOT Act and socially conservative legislation that made my skin crawl, but I was also having a hard time dealing with my Democratic friends who constantly exerted pressure on me…

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Is ‘Whatever’ Enough?

Gay Marriage Arguments Divide Supreme Court Justices (New York Times) 9 questions about gender identity and being transgender you were too embarrassed to ask (vox.com) ‘We just need to pee’ transgender protest (bbc.com) ‘Killed myself. Sorry.': Transgender game developer jumps off bridge after online abuse (Washington Post) Part of the problem of being such a loner is that I haven’t had much of a social support network when I’ve come to huge realizations about myself, including my sexual orientation and gender identity. Even when I’ve been around…

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Legalizing Discrimination

Backlash builds over Indiana’s religious freedom law (cbsnews.com) Religious Freedom Firestorm: Arkansas House Approves Bill Similar to Indiana’s (nbcnews.com) Ever since the first major fight over a “religious liberty” bill in Arizona just over a year ago, I’ve been keeping a very close eye on this topic. (Ohio was considering a similar measure to Arizona’s at around the same time, but pulled it when Arizona’s bill triggered a national firestorm.) I had hoped that last year’s controversy would stop all similar ideas dead in their tracks,…

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