For My Love: We’re 20 Years In!

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Random Thursday Thoughts

No ranting from me today. I’m taking a gentler approach these days. I’m even going to resist saying, “I told you so.” Oops, I just said it, didn’t I? The news that Trump and his administration have rescinded protections put in place by the Obama administration regarding transgender students and their right to use the bathroom of their choice saddens me. Concerns me. Is a step backward. But it doesn’t surprise me. And just means that we still have to fight. That I will continue to “have an agenda” and be “hateful.” And any and all other things I’ve been accused of. Conversation between Jaten and his new boss after Jaten’s driver’s license revealed the gender marker “female”:...

Wherein I Need To Write Something Because Writing Makes Me Feel Better

I’m stunned. For more reasons than just the obvious one. Sure, I am completely taken aback that a Trump presidency is actually going to happen. If I’m being totally honest, though, watching his path over the last year or more held way more cumulative surprises than this one big surprise. His rise has dumbfounded me and many others. The divide in this country is so much bigger than I knew. Last night as I watched the results come in, I just felt shocked, numb, and sad. Today, I feel much the same. What I don’t feel is hatred. What I am stunned by is the reaction to this win. I think all of us need to take a step back, take a deep breath, cry if you need to, scream if you need to, and then get back in the game. Now is not the time to spew hatred at anyone who voted...

I Don’t Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation

I really don’t. It confuses me that people are surprised by my passion regarding LGBTQ issues. You don’t have to be passionate about them. That’s cool. I am, though. And I am because I want this world to be a better place for my kids AND yours. Latest story: my kid’s fear of going public at work about the fact that he is transgender because of fear of severe discrimination. And for what? Really? How does this affect anyone besides himself? Truly. Ridiculous. Do you know what else is ridiculous? I think we should talk about why there is no “straight pride.” It seems incredibly self explanatory to me, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 40 (yikes) years on this earth, not everyone thinks like me. Gasp! Are you-as an aside, I’m speaking to the cis-gender (if...

Random Quotes, GIFs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, OH MY!!

Here are some random quotes for your enjoyment. One each from Taye, Brinkley, and Jaten: “I’m telling you, straight is not the way to go.” “Everyone in this family has a cute butt except for Dad.” “This is a lot of people just for cake.” Who is who?? Okay, maybe Jaten’s is obvious. And Brinkley’s point was more that she has no opinion about Josh’s butt as that would be strange. Taye’s is a bit mysterious as she is the most extroverted of us all. Her quote, “This is a lot of people just for cake,” was spoken as we all walked into a celebration for the kids’ high school being named the number one high school in Colorado. There were a lot of people there and we were really just going to the celebration for free food. None of us really cares for crowds of people. We...

This Post is All Over the Place (You’ve Been Warned)

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” Caitlyn Jenner’s words. And I agree wholeheartedly. The argument about whether or not she should have received an ESPY award is beside the point. Make jokes, get angry, call her Bruce instead of Caitlyn, please, seriously, do what you have to do to hang onto your opinion of Caitlyn Jenner. Fine. But let’s have a real conversation about kids. The kids who are listening and watching us. How fast or how slow we, as a society and as individuals and families, accept and love all children across the LGBTQ+...