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Visi(bi)lity: Queer As Folk Broke My Heart

(Note: This post contains spoilers about Queer As Folk.)

It was the Spring of 2003. My three best friends and I were taking a break from studying for our math final exam and wandering around our local video store, searching for a DVD to watch at my house that night. Midway through the New Releases aisle, we paused. There it was: Season Two of the American...

Hillary "Hillz" Clinton Not Only Likes "Texts From Hillary," She Submitted One Herself!

OMG Hillz you are the best. We are ROTFL over here! TTYL?

Via Texts From Hillary

Visi(bi)lity: John Irving Tackles Biphobia in New Novel

Some of the comments on my post about Savage U last week argued that people like Dan Savage, who work hard to advance LGBT equality and visibility even though their biphobic and transphobic comments sometimes suggest otherwise, should be recognized for the good work that they do. I agree. I think Dan Savage has done some excellent work to advance visibility and acceptance for queer...

B-Sides: Q&A with Ana

Last month I wrote a review of Anaïs Mitchell's latest (fabulous) album, Young Man in America. I sent Anaïs a few questions about her work, past and present, and her place in the folk pantheon. Read on for her thorough, thoughtful answers!

End of Gender: Raising A Ruckus

I'm devoting this entire week to gender-nonconforming kids and the parents who raise them.  Later I'll follow up with parent and Bilerico blogger Paige Schilt, who will share her perspective on parenting during the genderpocalypse.

But first, here's last year in parenting, an overview:

Adventures in Feministory: RIP Elizabeth Catlett

Last week, we lost one of North America's most estimable, if underrecognized creators—artist and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett was alive for nearly all of the 20th century, witnessing America progress (and regress), her art reflecting history, legacy, and reality of her world, guided by principals of social justice and accessibility. 

Fertile Ground: Farming for Feminism

Blame it on Laura Ingalls Wilder: Deep down, I always wanted to be a pioneer.  I wasn't raised on a farm, and when and if we did have a yard depending on where we moved, it was always pretty small.  I remember reading one of the Little House books, perched by my window, where Laura and her sister Mary harvested potatoes and turnips to be stored for the winter.  I looked out the window of where...

Mad Men: Mystery Dates

Last night's Mad Men episode has us on the edge of our seats! (Or, more accurately, hiding under them.)

Don might look bad now, but things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Political Fictions: Scandal(ized)

I've eagerly anticipated the series premiere of Scandal, Shonda Rhimes's new foray into DC politics and the people who manage political personalities (and their many issues) behind the scenes. Led by Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope—a legendary game changer with connections all the way to White House leadership—a lawyer-heavy, fast-talking team of People Who Excel have become a kind of...

End of Gender: (Miss) Universal Law

Will trans inclusion in the Miss Universe pageant really hurdle us into a world where all gender identities are welcome? The way this battle is being fought and won reinforces the power of "gender gatekeepers," the government and medical officials who determine whether our gender identities are legally recognized.