If I Am Only for Myself: Why #CancelPinkwashing?

This is the companion to my previous post. There, I focused on my experiences of the protest, and explaining the concepts behind it (e.g. “What is pinkwashing?”). This time, I address why I was motivated to participate, why I don’t think groups that engage even in relatively mild forms of pinkwashing belong in the programming […]

If I Am Not for Myself: Addressing Misconceptions About Creating Change and #CancelPinkwashing

As some of you are probably aware by now, Creating Change, the big annual LGBTQ+ activism conference, had a higher-than-usual controversy quotient this year. There were a bunch of reasons for this, but probably the one that received the most publicity centered around a Friday night reception given by an organization called A Wider Bridge, […]

Valuing labor in the anti-violence sector

This post comes out of a conversation that I had with a friend the other day.

I volunteer for a bunch of organizations, including rape crisis and domestic violence organizations. Those, and LGBTQ anti-violence programs (which help LGBTQ people who have experienced interpersonal violence, and work to prevent such violence), could collectively be referred to […]

The LGBTQ and feminist movements are natural partners, not competitors

I’ve been seeing an increasing number of “Look how well LGBTQ issues are doing compared to feminist issues!” pieces lately, perhaps inspired by the success of same-sex marriage and the last couple of years of onslaught against abortion rights and access. There’s also been some anxiety coming from major left-leaning writers like Monica Potts and […]

The catastrophic levels of violence against bi/pan/fluid people in the US

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. As a bi person myself, I’m going to do a couple of posts about bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc issues, which I will be referring to as bi+ issues because “bi/pan/fluid/omni/etc” is a bit cumbersome to type and read.

There’s this very widespread perception out there, including among bi+ people who aren’t aware […]

Trans and gender nonconforming pregnancy/abortion discourse isn’t new

This is the second of my response posts to Katha Pollitt’s essay criticizing TGNC*-inclusive language in feminist and specifically abortion funding discourse. You can read the first here.

The premise of Pollitt’s essay is that public discourse, especially activist discourse, on pregnancy and abortion is changing to become TGNC-inclusive (and that this is worrying because […]

It’s probably not true that 99.999% of pregnant people are cis women

Esteemed feminist opinion writer Katha Pollitt – who has long been a friend of and fundraiser for abortion funds (I think she even donated to my fundraiser page one year) – caused a stir yesterday with a piece in the Nation. She wrote about how it’s a mistake for an increasing number of abortion funds […]

A response to Monica Potts on trans students at women’s colleges

Update 2/22/15: It has been brought to my attention that there are parts of this post where through lazy language use I conflated assigned-female-at-birth nonbinary people and all nonbinary people. I apologize for this and have updated the post to fix this, placing my edits in brackets and italicizing them so as not to be […]

Radicalism is not an excuse to disrespect survivors either

There was a session I went to at Creating Change on how to mobilize against unfair treatment of LGBTQ people interacting with the criminal justice system. The panelists came from a variety of organizations in Southern California, many of which mostly serve LGBTQ people of color, and indeed many of the panelists were themselves people […]