What’s It Like To Be Gay And Amish

At 17, he was removed from his home and community. He was sent, by his parents, to an ex-gay religious counselor. He was not allowed to visit his parents and to this day, his extended family and community do not know why he “left.”

How Social Media Impacts LGBTQ People

How has social media affected LGBTQ people? By now, we should all be familiar with how social media works and how AI presents us with information/content it thinks we want to see. Usually based on our search history. But have we thought about all the ways that it can impact us? The Upside We are [...]

Nature vs. Nurture

I sit here writing in January of 2021 and some part of me is still surprised that the nature vs nuture debate for LGBTQ people still exists. If you are familiar, it basically states that  being LGBTQ comes down to being born that way or a product of how/where you are brought up. This isn’t [...]

A Farewell To 2020

This year has been unlike anything most of us have had to witness before. We have watched as a virus has rampaged across the world, infecting millions and leaving so many dead. The last epidemic that has touched us to this degree would be the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. As a comparison, AIDS has [...]

LGBTQ Blamed For Covid-19

I realize that it shouldn’t shock me that LGBTQ people are blamed for things that happen on the daily. After all, Pat Robertson has said that hurricanes are God’s way of trying to punish us. Weird belief when it seems to impact so many more than just LGBTQ people. As this pandemic seems to be [...]

Home Is Where The Pride Is.

A lot can be said about families. We are born into one that is based on genetics and blood. Born into a family that is supposed to love you unconditionally. However, we know that is not always the truth. As LGBTQ, many of us learn to adopt a family. And this family is then made [...]

Freedom of Speech and Social Media

The last four years has been a roller coaster ride, no one can deny that. Since the 2016 election that brought Trump in as president, we have seen a steady increase in hate crimes. We have watched as hate groups have taken more of a center stage in media reports. We have watch as citizens [...]

The New Normal

Corona Virus has definitely made an impact on our lives, more than many of us ever thought would be imaginable. So many of us are convinced that we will one day get back to a pre-corona routine. The sad truth is that the damage of this disease has already been done and we have learned [...]

JK Rowling And The Disparities in Potterdom

I came into Harry Potter in about 2010 or so, late to the party as usual. It was still a book series that had a huge impact on me. JK Rowling created an environment where I felt accepted, not just because I was LGBTQ but also because I am pagan. I was resistant to the [...]

LGBTQ Equality In The Workplace

I see in forums that I belong to, where community members are asking if anyone knows of companies that are LGBTQ friendly and if they are hiring. I have often wondered if that's the only way we should look at job opportunities. Yes, LGBTQ friendly workplaces definitely give an advantage to a queer person but [...]