The Trans Ban Is in Effect, And Service Members Are Now in Jeopardy
I carried caskets in Arlington National Cemetery. I folded American flags for loved ones. I didn’t know anything about the gender identity or sexuality of those I carried—just that they died in service and wore the flag of this country to the grave.
I Stopped Trying to Make Sex a Performance and Started Loving Myself
I wonder what it would be like to just be natural, without pretending to be your “best,” “hottest” self to a partner.
'Leaving Neverland' and the Complex Process of Revising Your Memories
Learning of a loved one’s sexual violence can feel akin to betrayal, as I was reminded by HBO's documentary about Michael Jackson.
Disabled Activists Should Not Have to Die to Have Our Voices Heard
Carrie Ann Lucas's recent insurance-related death has brought new eyes to her work as a prominent activist—and is yet another instance of disability rights only gaining mainstream attention after one of us dies.
How and Why Did Brownies Become ‘Slutty’?
When we compare brownies to "bending over in front of your boyfriend with no underwear on," it's time to ask how we got here.
Solange Gave Us 'When I Get Home' After A Frustrating Black History Month
After a Black History Month filled with societal strife, Solange’s new music is a salve of Black sisterhood, resilience, and power.
Spam Is 'Trendy' Now Thanks to Decades of American Imperialism
Ironically, Americans introduced Spam to countries abroad, only to then cast it off and eventually rediscover it.
'A Star Is Born' Has Always Been About Emotional Abuse
It's easy for filmmakers to portray abusers as clear-cut villains; it's much harder to treat them with compassion and to layer a story with the moments of levity and genuine connection.
How Rachel Weisz Became the Unofficial Straight LGBTQ Ambassador
People used to love Rachel Weisz for her charming and magnetic romance roles. But that was before the rabid queer internet community and I got a hold of her.
The 2020 Democratic Frontrunners Need to Answer for Their Votes on SESTA
SESTA put my sex worker community in severe danger. We need to demand our candidates commit to better policy this primary.
Stop Calling Food 'Plantation'
In the most generous light, the word can be a clumsy stand-in for “Southern.” But the term can't be separated from enslavement.
Netflix's 'Siempre Bruja' Is a Tone Deaf Erasure of Slavery's Trauma
A prime example of problematic Afro-Latinx narratives, this series finds a slave witch traveling through time to save her lover, the son of her master.