• Beneath the Stars: Stellar Places to Hike and Camp

    When I was little, my dad and I used to look at the stars together from our front yard – sometimes with a telescope, sometimes with the naked eye. He taught me the names of the stars in Orion and how to follow Orion’s belt to Taurus to the...
  • Interview: Latina Trans Women Start Worker-Owned Cooperative

    I recently had the opportunity to interview members of a new worker’s cooperative for Latina trans women based in New York City. As many of the women involved in the co-op aren’t fluent in English, Jesus Daniel Puerto of Make the Road New York spoke to the women and...
  • Community College: Let’s Start at the Beginning

    Fun fact: I did not apply to any universities out of high school. While my friends were focusing on college applications and applying for scholarships, I was taking the SAT for the second time and scoring worse than the first, and working hard to get C’s and D’s in...
  • The 2015 Racist Hallowe’en Costume Round-up

    A bizarre thing about Hallowe’en is that we seem to feel like donning costumes absolves us of many of the expectations society has of our regular, unmasked selves. This can be a positive, liberating thing – costumes are the next best thing to the internet when you want to...
  • The Guide to Unproblematically Telling Someone They Suck

    Let’s get this out of the way: the title of this article is an oxymoron. After all, an insult, in its purest sense, is designed to denigrate another person– to put them down. And thus, by their very nature, aren’t all insults problematic? Many of us out there want...
  • ABC’s Quantico and Islamophobia

    ABC’s Quantico fits all the parameters for a “diverse” show. There are four actresses who are not white, and two of the actors are playing openly gay characters. One of the characters even wears hijab! Too bad the premise is pretty Islamophobic from the start. Islamophobia is the dislike...
  • My Humble Perspective: Orlando Gay Wedding Expo 2K15

    Even though I want to wait a few more years before getting married, as a queer woman, I was thrilled when I heard about the Orlando Gay Wedding Expo. I immediately signed up for this free event, figuring it’d be a great way to gather ideas and maybe taste...
  • Josh Duggar and Thinking of the Children

      Or, how the response to the latest Josh Duggar scandal reveals an even deeper level of hypocrisy on the part of many conservative pundits. Over the past several days, reality star and conservative advocate Josh Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting” has suffered yet another blow to his...
  • A Quick Word on Cultural Appropriation

    Of all the questions I receive on ask.fm and other websites, a great number of them are about cultural appropriation. My white followers seem endlessly baffled and befuddled about the topic, even though there’s a huge body of work on the subject by writers and activists the world over....