Identity Denial

An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner (Huffington Post) Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’ (USA Today) Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King addresses race reports (CNN.com) For all that Maury Povich’s daytime talk show career may be defined by the phrases “You are the father” and “You’re not the father,” perhaps his most iconic video was of a white supremacist in North Dakota who came on his show. The DNA testing that usually results in yelling and ridiculous dances on Maury’s shows revealed that despite…

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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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