The Paradox of Tolerance

I was speaking with my dad about my wedding and what he wanted his role in it to be, or not to be as it turned out. (He stated he would rather just sit in the back and experience the wedding. Kinda like with a baseball game or concert apparently…). Well, after going back andContinue reading “The Paradox of Tolerance”

Strength in Uncertainty

There’s so much going on in the world that scares me: President-Elect Trump and his daily Cabinet appointments and transition into the White House Ohio State University stabbing A ramp up of hate speech and leaders of anti-LGBT and white supremacy There’s so much going on in my life that I’m working through: Struggling toContinue reading “Strength in Uncertainty”

What Now?

  I am angry. I am heartbroken. I am annoyed. I am pissed. I am scared. I am confused. I am numb. Orlando was an act of terror on the LGBTQ and Latinx Communities of America. It was a targeted hate crime. Whether or not the individual was dealing with internal homophobia due to conflicting identities,Continue reading “What Now?”

Great Responsibility

Over the past few months there have been a plethora of conversations surrounding race, sexuality, gender. The context has become very much majority vs. minority, privileged vs. non-privileged, oppressed vs. oppressed, the has and the has nots. In all of these conversations, there has been something that has been bugging me about all of them. I haven’tContinue reading “Great Responsibility”

A Letter to the Governor

Dear Governor Snyder; First thank you for stepping up and serving the State of Michigan. As Governor, you are the individual we look at to lead our state towards not only prosperity and success but also being an equitable, socially just and compassionate state. That being said, it is disheartening to see that you are not fulfilling yourContinue reading “A Letter to the Governor”

Nothing’s Black & White Except Pandas

Michigan always keeps things interesting. Late last week a digital billboard appeared in Macomb County here in Michigan: Now, let me just say, that on the surface…No one is born sporting the full ROY G BIV. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t look bad. 🙂 But in conversations on social media and in person over theContinue reading “Nothing’s Black & White Except Pandas”

My Frustration and Confusion

I’ve been battling some identity issues lately. Now it’s not that uncommon for us to go through these battles through our life journeys, but lately it’s been exacerbated by colleagues and my field. Since #ACPA15 I’ve been dismissed as a person of color (POC) 2 times verbally and 1 time over social media by colleagues in the field. SinceContinue reading “My Frustration and Confusion”

Day of Silence

So the other day I participated in a friend’s photo shoot they do in recognition of GLSEN’s Day of Silence which is April 17th. This initiative in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. FYI, I’d neverContinue reading “Day of Silence”