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My new website!

I am so excited to announce the launch of new website: If you are receiving this via e-mail or a reader, please register to receive my blog posts via Unhushed. I will be moving much of the content from here to there over the next few months and re-organizing this space to be focused on […]

Sexual Identity, Race, and Gender: The Evolution of Equality

Thanks, Upworthy, for pointing me in the direction of this infographic from Daily Infographic. It puts many things in context. (While, of course, leaving out others, but on the balance I like it.)

Gender v. Sexual Orientation: a short primer

Several weeks ago I had a guest author write about how to talk with your kids about sexual orientation. While I loved much of what Wesley said in her post, I was a little concerned about the way she treated gender and sexual orientation. Because this is a common point of misunderstanding, I want to […]

Everyone has something to come out about

Happy National Coming Out Day! This day has been set aside to increase awareness of people who are open about their LGBTQ identity. This year in particular, with the election right around the corner, the Human Rights Campaign and others are encouraging people to call their elected officials and “come out” as LGBTQ or an […]

I might have saved someone’s life today. So can you.

But the thing is, you might not ever know it. Young people kill themselves because of harassment, torment, bullying, and immense internal pain.  You can be the person who stands between them and suicide, but you might never know it.  Ideally, none of us would ever know because the someone we’ve influenced has a happy […]

Nakedness and self image

I recently wrote a post about nakedness – nudity, actually – that was sparked by reading an autobiography of sorts by a nude model.  That post sparked a lovely conversation with a Naturist from the UK.  And then, a few days ago, I showed a bunch of pictures of naked people to my college class. […]

LGB…T…QQIA…LMNOP…what?

I’ve been asked to break down these various initials recently by a number of friends and students, so I thought I’d write a bit on them.  LGB is a group of initials that most people are familiar with to one degree or another: Lesbian (women who are attracted to women) Gay (often referring to men […]

Thinking about what it means to be transgender

Yesterday in my college classes, we talked about gender.  I went to some pains to make sure that our conversation about gender was not confused with a conversation about sex – which refers to the anatomic gender that is generally assigned at birth.  Most toddlers are well aware of their sex by about 18 months […]

Screwed up gender

I just returned home from a gay dance club.  I like to go dancing – pounding music and blinky lights relax me, apparently, in a zen-like meditative kind of way.  I make no apologies.  Why the gay dance clubs in particular you might be asking yourself?  (Or the answer is obvious, but I never assume…)  […]

When girls wear tuxes and boys wear heels

The Western world has been divided into male/female for many years.  This division is slowly dissolving, and not surprisingly it is our young people who are pushing this crusade. There’s a recent article in the New York Times called Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School? It’s not a terrible article, although it does […]