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Your Other Dad says you and your kids define patriotism differently.

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You are not alone in seeing a generational shift away from embracing the American flag. Gen Z has the lowest rates of self-identified patriotism among all demographics, a title once held by their predecessors, Millennials. These statistics raise questions. What do symbols…


The fracas over Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo’s coming out reveals gatekeepers’ fears of a world where “everyone gets to be queer.”

When you search “bisexual” on Unsplash, you get rainbow flags. When you search “experimenting,” you get two girls kissing. This is a science experiment in the bi colors. You’re welcome.
When you search “bisexual” on Unsplash, you get rainbow flags. When you search “experimenting,” you get two girls kissing. This is a science experiment in the bi colors. You’re welcome.
Pictured: Bisexual experimenting. Photo by Julia Koblitz on Unsplash

Let us now congratulate Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, daughter of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who came out as bisexual on June 3rd, 2021, and who took only four weeks to complete the holiest bisexual rite of passage: Going viral as an example of a confused “straight woman.”

Kennedy-Cuomo’s coming-out post, on Instagram, clearly identified her as a “bisexual person.” Outlets that reported the announcement, like the Huffington Post and People, used the word “bisexual” in their headlines. Then, a few weeks later, Kennedy-Cuomo used the word “demisexual” in an interview, and all Hell broke loose.

Twitter user Madison Hartman’s screencap…


The great trans author’s final work — photos of hir home in upstate New York — helped me learn how to survive.

We get one (1) sunny day per year and this is the only known photo of it. Photo by Tom Dillon on Unsplash.

Upstate New York is a hard place. The landscape is imposing for a city person: Cold, and craggy, with huge, deeply forested hills and jagged rock cliffs that rise up around you the moment you drive out of the city center. It has a personality, and not always a nice personality, whipping sleet and freezing wind at your face for six or seven months on end, icing over the pavements until you can’t walk to the drugstore without breaking your leg. The land is old and tough and she’s been through some shit. She will not accommodate strangers. …


Trans communities have always honored complex gender narratives

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When news first spread that 60 Minutes was planning to cover “detransitioners,” the trans community rightly panicked. Detransitioners — cis people, predominantly cis women, who used to identify as trans and now regret their transitions — have become a major flashpoint in the ongoing culture war around trans people. They are central to the work of Irreversible Damage author Abigail Shrier, who claims most adolescent trans boys are girls transitioning due to social contagion. They were the subject of a controversial 2017 piece by The Stranger’s Katie Herzog, even though most estimates suggest that only around 2% of all people…


The newsletter platform is the latest tech company to turn a blind eye to anti-trans arguments

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Last weekend, I announced my intent to abandon Substack. I surprised myself a little with the decision. I like my newsletter. I had content scheduled for two or three months in advance. I had been on the platform since early 2018, when I was recruited by co-founder Hamish McKenzie, who promised me that Toast founders Daniel Lavery and Nicole Cliffe were satisfied users. Yet, over the past several months, I had watched as the platform morphed into a haven for online transphobia, and when I hit my limit, I hit it hard.

The names on Substack now — Glenn Greenwald…


The ‘debate’ over trans student-athletes relies on ancient — and false — ideas about women’s weakness

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In the early 2000s, I used to debate feminism with straight men. It’s a losing game, and I don’t advise you to try it, but I was in college, so chalk it up to youthful experimentation. The men I spoke to did not have the most advanced grasp on the matter, and tended to stall out at the “women aren’t worse than men” portion. By saying women were equal to men, they’d ask, wasn’t I really saying women were the same as men? Weren’t there some things men were just better at? I’d ask what they meant, and they’d sputter…


As Biden signs new protections into law, anti-trans advocates prepare an onslaught of legislation at the state level

A trans flag outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

My hormones are prescribed by a doctor at my local Planned Parenthood. Most of my appointments are online, these days, but every so often, I have to come in. When I do, I see the bulletproof glass on the doors, the double and triple security checks that have to be performed before I can enter the building, the legacy of a long history of anti-abortion shootings and clinic bombings. When I walk into the clinic, I think about how many people in this country are just as outraged about gender transition as they are about abortion, and just as willing…


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So-called progressives are angry Biden ended a policy that allowed schools to discriminate against trans students

Protestors at a rally against the transgender bathroom rights repeal, 2017. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Just hours after being inaugurated, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders undoing some of his predecessor’s most egregious and discriminatory actions, from reversing the Muslim Ban to ensuring that the U.S. reenters the Paris climate agreement. And though he hasn’t yet signed an executive order, Biden is also preparing to reverse the global gag rule: a devastating policy that bans funding for international health groups that even mention abortion to their patients.

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw, on Biden’s first full day in office, the hashtag “#BidenErasedWomen” trending on Twitter. Had the new president done…


With Democrats looking likely to sweep the Georgia Senate races, basic LGBTQ human rights may finally be in reach

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With Senator-elect Raphael Warnock’s victory and Jon Ossoff running ahead in the vote count in Tuesday’s Georgia’s Senate runoffs, it’s looking likely the Democrats will win back control of the upper chamber for the first time since 2010.

With Democrats in control of the House, Senate, and the White House, the stage is set for a laundry list of center-left legislation to be passed and signed into law, including environmental protections, gun control, and buffs to the Affordable Care Act, legislation that has been roundly ignored by soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the last decade.

Among the first…


Social isolation, pandemic threats, and the last year of Trump put a new emphasis on being authentically yourself

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For the past five years, the members of the pop synth band MUNA, who toured with Harry Styles on his first solo run, identified as queer. They’ve deliberately avoided being more specific about their identities, going so far as to omit pronouns from their lyrics and insist on the most inclusive of terms in interviews. As recently as March, MUNA’s Twitter bio solely promoted the band’s newest album; then several months into the Covid-19 pandemic, it was updated to read, “we are gay and a band.”

With the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in 2015 and, more recently, ruling…

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