love notes for america

A colleague from Boston published a horrible letter sent to a mosque there – I’m not going to reprint it, but it was filthy and evil – and my immediate thought was to send them a letter of love, of… Continue Reading

#AlwaysNYC

Fuck the Fear.

Fuck the fear. I’m not having it. It is obvious tonight that America is not ready for the future, for progress, for inclusion. America just pushed back, and hard. I was born of the white working class and raised by… Continue Reading

I’m With Her #imwithher

What’s Left To Do This Election

They just killed a young man in Wisconsin. In Menominee. He was attending college at a UW. He was Saudi. He died of his injuries. I don’t need to be told it was a hate crime. A father of three… Continue Reading

just saying.

                  (via Diana Nieves-Oake)

Hill & the DNC

I wrote this after watching Clinton’s speech at the DNC this past week (but was traveling & didn’t get a chance to post it until now): This woman had negotiated gender in ways that astonish and amaze me: to find… Continue Reading

Third Party Candidates

I’m going to preface this by saying: I was a Nader supporter. I know, boo hiss. But I also absolutely only voted for him for President because I lived in New York, where my vote would not cost the Dem… Continue Reading

Trump’s Anti-Semitism: Guest Author Mark A. Michaels

Today’s guest post was written by my friend Mark A. Michaels in response to a recent Trump statement that tapped into the long and disgusting heartbeat of anti-Semitism that is still alive and well in the US. I thought it… Continue Reading

“Calm Down or Suck It Up.”

Here’s a really great piece on bathrooms, Title VII and Title IX, and the “Dear Colleague” letter the DOE published. It explains clearly what the issues are, such as: So is the Obama administration making a rule that trans people… Continue Reading

Marginalized Minorities: Bathroom Backlash and Same Sex Marriage

This is a brief talk I wrote to give in China. I had an awesome translator – a colleague named Brigid Vance – and we got at maybe 10% of what’s here. The language is meant to be simple because… Continue Reading

Me, Bathrooms, Target

Says the journalist: “While she appreciates the sudden concern for women and children’s safety, she says there are a million ways to ensure that without restricting bathrooms.” (itals mine) The favorite line of mine they didn’t use: “I think the… Continue Reading

Update from NCTE re: Mara Keisling’s Arrest in NC

4/26: Mara has been released and is safe. Bail is set at $1k. Donate if you can. Thanks to everyone who has expressed support for Mara Keisling, who was arrested earlier this evening while protesting ?#?HB2?. We’ve been told that… Continue Reading

Mara Keisling Gets Herself Arrested in NC

Mara Keisling has been one of our very favorite people for a long, long time now, and today even more so. Today she used the ladies’ room in the NC state house and was interviewed by Buzzfeed about it. She… Continue Reading

Contact Your Senator: SCOTUS Nomination

A friend who is a Wisconsin attorney recently posted this on Facebook, and I thought both the idea and the template deserved a bigger audience. This letter encourages one of our state senators, Ron Johnson, to do his job and… Continue Reading

Guest Author: Lance Weinhardt, on Liberty Counsel and Bathroom Bills

Lance Weinhardt is a professor at the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University. Mat Staver, otherwise known as Kim Davis’ attorney and the founder of… Continue Reading

Tim Hanna for Mayor

The Wisconsin primary is Tuesday, and you’re not going to get out of me who I’m voting for, because frankly, I think either Sanders or Clinton will serve this country well. I’m saving my energy for getting whoever gets the… Continue Reading

Guest Author: Finn Enke

A very good piece about bathroom legislation, NC, and why public accommodations are not just about us.  Enke’s book , Transfeminist Perspectives, is one of my favorites of recent years.  In 2015, 21 different anti-trans bills were put before legislatures… Continue Reading

Trumped.

A gay male student of mine posted this to Facebook today. Trump’s rally was happening in downtown Appleton, just blocks from our campus. I thought it summarized really well what it’s like to be one of the kinds of people… Continue Reading

Teaching While Racist? A Clarification

For a while now, I’ve been meaning to clarify an issue that’s been brought up as a result of my having written Teaching While White. The issue is #5, which states: “If you’re white, assume you’re racist.” I want to… Continue Reading