Breast Cancer Awareness Month Is A Marketing Scam

It’s October, which only means one thing: pink ribbons, yogurt labels, football jerseys and buckets of fried chicken will be popping up everywhere. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and it’s with that news that I warn: it’s all a scam.

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen For the Cure has […]

By |October 1st, 2014|activism, Culture|1 Comment

[Whose marriage are you protecting, Renee Kosel?]

Late last night, I decided to check on the status of the marriage equality bill currently making its way through the state House of Representatives. The bill has already passed the Senate, but is facing its greatest challenge yet in the House, with last night’s vote being whether or not to advance the bill out […]

By |February 27th, 2013|activism|2 Comments

[alternatives to the Salvation Army]

As you may be aware, the Salvation Army is pretty freakin’ anti-LGBT by nature. I know a lot of people who want to donate money somewhere, but seem to think that donating to the SA is the only option. Obviously, this is not the case. You are not “helping” by donating to a group […]

By |December 7th, 2012|activism|2 Comments

[gatekeepers, be gone: why we need to support informed consent clinics]

Here, in Chicago, trans* individuals can gain access to hormones through a relatively simple 3-step “informed consent” process at Howard Brown Health Center. For that, we are lucky.

More and more, I’m finding accounts of trans individuals who have been held back by various gatekeepers, making them jump through hoops for months […]

By |November 20th, 2012|activism|0 Comments

[good shouldn’t be the enemy of perfect: why the transgender community should give HRC another shot]

Human Rights Campaign recently donated $250 to Chicago’s Center on Halsted to be put towards the upcoming “Night of Fallen Stars” Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) event. As a result of this donation, Center on Halsted’s volunteer transgender liaison, June LaTrobe, resigned from her position, […]

By |November 16th, 2012|activism|0 Comments

Letter to East Aurora School Board member Raymond Hull re: his “I do not support the LGBT” statement

Actually, Mr. Hull, after reading and re-reading the e-mail you sent to a man named Zachary… I just can’t let it go.

Zachary, I do not support the LGBT. I slept on the truth; shame on me

I don’t understand. The school board handbook, in Section 7, Page 1 (for reference), states:

Students are the first […]

By |October 19th, 2012|activism|0 Comments

My Letter to the East Aurora, IL (Dist. #131) School Board re: their new trans-positive policy

For those who don’t know, the East Aurora School Board recently came under fire from the Illinois Family Institute (a designated hate group) for adopting a policy offering protections for transgender students & faculty. They are meeting tomorrow at 5:30pm to consider rescinding this policy. I encourage others to write the officials listed below. Here […]

By |October 18th, 2012|activism|1 Comment