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Coexisting

By : May 15, 2021 Comments Off
Throughout my life, I have found it difficult to understand how queer people have found ways to reconcile Christianity with their identity. This is something that I struggled with for years because of my upbringing.  Growing up, I attended a very religious and private school in the suburbs, and we were constantly taught about the dangers of the world and the things that we needed to beware of. It was because of these lessons I was taught throughout my life that I did not know that it was possible for me to be anything but straight. Once I gave myself the space to learn about the queer community, the oblivion that I once had become bitterness because I had spent years of my life being unaware.  While I still find
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Ben Shapiro Will be Forgotten.

By : February 3, 2021 Comments Off
Someday, Ben Shapiro will be forgotten about. At least I can dream. I know it’s passe to write about hating a political commentator with as much clout, and I know it’s tasteless to wish even worse fates on him. So, I can hope, without compunction, that he’s forgotten.  I don’t say this for all the obvious reasons, although there are plenty of reasons to hope that television’s youthful, sneering dose of manipulative, right-wing arrogance will be forgotten.  I don’t say this because he’s the most prominent of a group of youthful, under-40s, arch-conservatives who somehow pass off bigotry in defense of some precious cultural value. Because he does do this. And effectively, too. Sadly, Ben Shapiro is also from a long tradition of very well-respected bigots in the literary world.
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Joe Biden is a Communist

By : December 14, 2020 Comments Off
She said. End quote. I don’t enjoy conversations with my mother. It’s generally because of reasons like this. At least on this side of the looking glass, I believe her views are idiosyncratic with that of a chimpanzee. I do realize that is quite harsh and perhaps mean-spirited. Do I find myself a more enlightened individual, because I listened devotedly to NPR (shoutout to Meghna Chakrabarti: if you’re reading this, I love you) and make at the bare minimum an effort to research topics beyond my current scope of understanding? Yas kween, I sure do. We got on the topic of politics. Again. I don’t actually want to fight with her. I don’t enjoy arguing, especially with a less informed opponent. A debate on equal footing is another case. But
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The Toxicity of Racism

By : June 24, 2020 Comments Off
Racism is the opinion that certain groups of people have distinctive social attributes relating to physical appearance or tendencies and can be partitioned dependent on the predominance of one race over another. It might likewise mean bias, segregation, or threat coordinated against others since they are of an alternate race or ethnicity. Current variations of prejudice are regularly founded on the social view of natural contrasts between groups of people. These perspectives can appear as social activities, practices, convictions, or political frameworks in which various races are positioned as characteristically better or second rate than one another, in view of assumed shared inheritable attributes, capacities, or characteristics.  Racism has its roots back, from the colonization period, where White people, considered Africans as unfit to be treated as humans, because of
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Pride Was a Riot

By : June 8, 2020 01 Comment
As Spring gives way to Summer, we enter the gayest month of the year, June, Pride Month. Like many LGBT people, I look forward to Pride all year, which has morphed from a protest march to a Carnivalesque celebration of our success in gaining rights and recognition as queer people. We’ve known 2020’s Pride would be muted or outright cancelled thanks to the pandemic, and rightfully so. But the beginning of June, normally a time of recognition for LGBT people, has instead been marked in America by a fierce wave of protests against police brutality and for Black lives. For those of us still hoping to celebrate Pride in some way, I remind you that Pride too has its origins in fierce violence, struggle, and rioting. No one who opposes
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Growing Up Black

By : June 8, 2020 Comments Off
For the past several days I’ve been receiving emails from different groups condemning the murder of George Floyd. Like many of you, I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m exhausted. But not just because of George Floyd, or Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery. I’m exhausted because of the systematic racism and discrimination that I and other Black people have felt for our entire lives in this country. Let me explain. So many of these emails have stated a few things that have floored me including: We’re committed to doing everything we can to support the black communityWe’re cannot stand on the sidelines while these injustices are taking place These may not seem problematic on its face but it is. To the first point, the b in Black should be capitalized. We give
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