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Some thoughts on Inauguration Day
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I’m not usually one to post about politics here, outside of things of specific interest to the LGBTQIA+ community. Writing queer stories is political in itself, but I’m speaking here about United States national politics.
Today, however, is different. As a queer, culturally Jewish person, there’s a significance to the end of the previous presidential administration. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating. It’s a relief to have a change in power, but it’s also quite scary to see what the other side can do. It isn’t over; we have to keep on top of...
So long, 2020
Let’s get this out there: 2020 sucked. A lot.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ready for a fresh start. There are no guarantees 2021 will necessarily be better, but there’s something to be said for a clean slate.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I don’t do them. Why make empty promises I’m not sure I can keep? Life happens. Commitments get broken, sometimes because we made the wrong ones and sometimes because of circumstances. How many of us thought we’d be able to do things in 2020 and...
Who has the “right” to queer stories?
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I’m a little late to the party on this, but I wanted to respond to the recent dust-up on social media involving some antagonistic, passive-aggressive tweets from Gaby Dunn directed at Becky Albertalli. There’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me.
First of all, I do not agree with several of the things Dunn said in those tweets. No LGBTQIA+ person owes anyone a coming out. No one needs to be “comfy”...
COVID-19 Statement and Update
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This is an uncertain time for a lot of us. As I type this, I’m in my living room with my kids nearby, doing a video call with their music teacher. My spouse is preparing for an online meeting as well.
We’re the lucky ones.
We have the luxury, the privilege, of all working from home. I already do, and we live in a school district that can provide technology and food for every student, free of charge. My spouse works for a state educational agency. We have good enough health insurance to...
To Valentine...or not
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Ah, love...it’s in the air this time of year. Hearts and flowers and advertising for how to best show your sweetheart you care. Dinner dates and candy with cute sayings and the reddest roses. Wine, chocolate, and tasteful gifts.
But what if all of it is meaningless to some people?
There are lots of reasons folks might not like Valentine’s Day. Obviously, if that’s a person’s thing, we shouldn’t yuck on their yum. Go for it, have a great time and enjoy the special day with the one (or ones) you love.