The news is awful, so I’m wearing pink

I woke up this morning with a headache. I don't know why. I went to bed relatively early. I had not been drinking. Perhaps my head had already intuited that the cycle of horrible news followed by terrible news followed by awful news would not be broken today. I woke up to news of police … Continue reading The news is awful, so I’m wearing pink

Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility

Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV), but visibility is not enough. Despite the popularity of shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black and despite the public transitions of celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowskis, LBGT rights in many places continue to erode. Prejudice and harassment continue. The transgender community needs … Continue reading Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility

My neighborhood mosque

There is a mosque in my neighborhood. Sometimes it makes me nervous. Sometimes I purposefully walk on the other side of the street to avoid walking too close, or I choose a path that avoids that block altogether. There is a mosque in my neighborhood. I'm not nervous about the people who go to the … Continue reading My neighborhood mosque

Support Donna Day for more birthdays, less childhood cancer

We celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday this weekend, which makes this an awkward time to write a Donna Day post. Donna Day is a day to celebrate a young girl named Donna, but Donna never got to celebrate her 5th birthday. Donna died when she was four. Donna had cancer. Yes, this is a post about … Continue reading Support Donna Day for more birthdays, less childhood cancer

Why say Jared Fogle had “sex with minors” but Molly Shattuck “raped?”

Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to 48 weekends in jail for raping a teenage boy. Most headlines about the case use that word: rape. This is correct because sex with a minor is statutory rape. Period. Why then do headlines about Jared Fogle use the terms "underage sex" or "sex with … Continue reading Why say Jared Fogle had “sex with minors” but Molly Shattuck “raped?”