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November 16, 2017

This essay originally appeared on Medium.com on November 15, 2017. It was also published in the Huffington Post. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: open enrollment season!

♫Silver plans, silver plans. It’s healthcare time in the city.♫

Etc.

Despite the Trump Admini...

October 27, 2017

This article originally appeared on Medium.com on October 27, 2017.

In the past week, Republicans in the House and Senate have passed non-binding budget resolutions: recommendations for how the party thinks spending should be allocated, or to be accurate, cut. The lower...

October 16, 2017

This essay first appeared on Medium.com on October 16, 2017.

**Content note: sexual violence**

On Sunday night, women took to social media to say “#MeToo,” confirming their places among the staggering numbers who’ve experienced sexual violence.

Study after study after nat...

May 25, 2017

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post on May 25, 2017.

The two women’s stories shared in this video demonstrate the challenges that LGBT elders face as they age. Tina and Jackie were born in the same Virginia town in 1947. Despite their similar beginnings,...

December 21, 2016

The Juniper Bush originally appeared on Entropy Mag on December 31, 2016.

Last summer my son disappeared. The police said some folks saw him walking along the river bank after school. The river was still rough the day they found his backpack and his shoes, three days af...

September 27, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Advocate on September 27, 2016.

Despite making up more than half of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population, bisexual people are often overlooked and invisible. Bisexual people are frequently assumed to be gay, lesbian, or heter...

June 8, 2016

This essay originally appeared on the Huffington Post on June 8, 2016.

This past May I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. I got flowers, breakfast, the whole lot. No real break from parenting. Does that even exist?

Turns out parenting is hard work. Our recently-adopted 5-...

May 4, 2016

This story appeared in Out of the Cave, an anthology of young adult horror, in May 2014.

Two teenagers agree that something weird and awful changed their lives one night. But what? Nothing is right and everything is wrong in this story about two siblings who want a nigh...

April 5, 2016

This article appears in full in At the Intersections. Please visit the site for the full text and citations and to read more about the experiences of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and how to support their success.

The largest proportion of lesbian, gay, and bise...

November 3, 2015

This story first appeared in milk journal. on November 3, 2015.

Some time ago, before you were born, a young girl lived with her mother and her sisters in a town of only women. The girl was almost eight years old, and her name was Hana. She was wild as the wind and chee...

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