2018 Publication Round Up

I wrote a lot in 2018!

How to Brew Tea for a Funeral

Disability, Intersex Identity, and Transgender Identity in The Orville’s About a Girl, The Geeky Gimp

On the Body: What Transgender History Can Teach Us About Censorship, American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Blog

4 Activists who make me Proud to be Disabled and Transgender, Rooted in Rights

Neville Longbottom and Anti-Racist Disabled Solidarity, The Geeky Gimp

Tomatoes, Heritage or Hate, Ruminate

“Bad Penny: Trauma, War, and Trans Identity,” Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Illness

 

Columbus Alive:

Incarceration is an LGBT Issue and Now is the Time to Act

Families, all families, Belong Free

Stop Lecturing Millennials and Start Supporting our Movements

Trick or treat your way through Queer and Trans history

Transgender liberation requires audacious dreams

Bohemian Rhapsody’ proves nothing can ruin Queen

#MeToo: Why I’m still fighting losing battles

Can the queer and transgender community reconcile?

New Year’s resolution reading recommendations

 

If We Knew Trans History:

White Queer People Yelling at Trans Women of Color during Pride Celebrations: An Incomplete History

Trans Love, part one: Sylvia Rivera and Julia Murray

Homoplace: Livable Worlds in The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

Book Review: Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton

Even without ScarJo, I am skipping Rub and Tug. Instead, I want to see Dominique Jackson play Lucy Hicks Anderson

Music by Trans Artists to Get Us Through These Tough Times

Trans Boys and Girls: Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon in the Context of Minneapolis Transgender History

Ru, Please! Trans women have been a part of drag for DECADES

 

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Rainbow Rant: Stop lecturing millennials and start supporting our movements

“Millennials don’t need a guilt-trip. We are already politically active, and we’re acting out of an understanding that older people should heed: It takes more than voting to change an oppressive system.

Queer and trans people know this truth deeply. At times when neither party fought for our interests, queer and trans people created new ways to effect change. We “zapped” politicians, held die-ins, built underground networks and took care of each other. These tactics are just as important today as they have been in the past.”

Read the whole thing here!

Rainbow Rant: Incarceration is an LGBT issue and now is the time to act

Big announcement!  I am writing an opinion column for Columbus Alive newspaper.  I’ll be writing about LGBT topics twice a month.  My first column is about the National Prison Strike.

Striking prisoners are demanding an end to prison slavery, which is legal under the 13th amendment; increased access to rehabilitation services; the reinstatement of Pell grants; an end to racial disparities in sentencing; the reinstatement of voting rights for former prisoners with felony convictions; the redress of grievances local to individual institutions, and more. These demands are not only reasonable; they address some of the most pressing forms of racism in our country.

Read the rest here.

New article: Neville Longbottom and Anti-Racist Disabled Solidarity

As a disabled person who can “succeed” in an ableist world, I am offered a similar bargain.  Ableist ideologies and power structures now hail me as “valuable,” and encourage me to separate myself from other disabled people.   As I have learned to navigate my own disability, I sometimes “pass” as able-minded and able-bodied.  When I do, I find similar acceptance.  I’m able to access this privilege in part because my disabilities are invisible, but a wide variety of disabled people are offered the opportunity to be gatekeepers for other disabled people whose disabilities are perceived as “more severe” than our own.

In non-profit organizations and schools, disabled people with education and other privileges are recruited to work in programs designed to serve other disabled people, particularly those with intellectual disabilities.  Too often those programs are designed to provide “care” rather than collective liberation.  Neville’s story is an opportunity to examine those moments in our own lives – and these are moments many disabled people experience, whether we want to admit it or not.

Read the rest of this article on the Geeky Gimp!

New writing: Tomatoes – Heritage or Hate

I just published a new essay on Ruminate.  It’s about racism, family, and gardening.

“We eat the stalks, not the leaves,” he said, explaining that those big green leaves were poisonous. I was surprised that part of something could be good, full of vitamins and tasty enough to sit beside strawberries nestled underneath Grandma’s handmade pie crusts, while another part can kill. I have no better metaphor for being raised white in America.

I hope you’ll check it out!