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10 Reasons Why This Week Was Even Worse than You Thought

During the first week of the Trump administration, a lot has happened. So much so that most progressives are outraged over everything, and unable to focus on what the really scary stuff is.  The really scary things are the ones that lead us down deeper, darker, crazier places than any other Republican would have. On …

Choose Your Own Dystopia

Democracy is probably dead. Got it. But what will fill the power vacuum?  There are all sorts of forces fighting now to feast on the carcass.  A number of factors, particularly SCOTUS decisions, will ultimately decide who ends up standing on the bloated remnants, gorging themselves on it while the other contenders get only scraps. …

Eight Reasons Why Democracy in America is Probably Done

After the election we’ve learned a lot of things. Most of them have only served to illustrate why we, as a country, are probably done as a functional democracy. Any one of them might be enough on their own, but taken together, the odds of an American resurgence looks to be almost nil. We’re a …

Are We Facists?

Are we fascists?  This seems like a simple question, and one that can be answered easily. “Of course not!” you think. However, humor me by considering what defines fascism and fascist movements, and where we, as a country, fit within these definitions. In 1995, Italian intellectual Eco Umberto, who grew up in Mussolini’s Italy, wrote …

Drums in the Deep

People want to know why the hell I’m so scared as a transgender person after the election of Donald Trump.  Why the hell I’m updating my passport. Why my wife is renewing her Canadian passport, and getting citizenship papers lined up for our three kids.  We’re consolidating 401ks, and establishing lists using historical analogies on …

A Failure To Listen

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly. This realization started with …

6 Ways to Not Be a Terrible Trans Ally

  When our oldest daughter was 2 years old and in day care, she had a habit of taste-testing everything. Thankfully, nothing in the day care room was toxic, but we found ourselves dispensing oddly specific advice in the morning like, “Please don’t eat the green Play-doh today.” Similarly with supposed transgender allies, their most …

Two Americas for LGBT People

After the 2014 election we knew we would be losing ground for a couple of years. The crop of incoming conservatives featured many new, terrifyingly crazy anti-LGBT legislators. We were right to be worried. So far, we have seen states nullify all local non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people. We’ve seen new bills granting special religious exemptions to ignore civil rights laws if …

Conservatives and the Transgender Time Warp

Since the TIME magazine cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point,” there has been a distinct whiff of panic coming from social conservatives. The idea of transgender people, and their issues, being taken seriously in mainstream culture was seen as some far-off, almost-too-horrible-to-be-believed future. As a result, when this moment came, the right was left without a coherent, …