Saving Alex, Saving Our Gay Brothers and Sisters

I had lunch with a new friend at a sushi place in Salt Lake City a few days ago. He had been a student of mine last semester, and now that school is out and I’m moving on to another university, and so is he, we decided to meet up and get to know each... Continue Reading →

Walk a Mile in Mommy Man’s Shoes

Although memoirs seem to have exploded in numbers over the last decade, and may be becoming tiresome as a genre, I personally enjoy them for the simple fact that they allow me to walk in somebody else’s shoes.  I find ways to be empathetic and understanding and more educated on other political views, cultural customs,... Continue Reading →

Girls’ Studies: Activism

I don’t know why, but I was surprised to think of girls as activists. However, after watching some TED talks by girl activists, I realized just how powerful their voices can be, and that we all have a duty to be activists where we can. If we have a story, we should share it. If... Continue Reading →

I Love You No Matter What

“My dad’s not gay!  You’re a liar!”  I had never spoken to anybody with such violence, but I did so now to Jenny, a childhood friend. We were settled in her bedroom, and the emptiness of the newly painted room echoed the grief that rang out in my voice.  The walls seemed to be closing... Continue Reading →

Carol Lynn Pearson and Me

As a child, I had no idea why Carol Lynn Pearson was important to my mom.  I knew that my mom owned many books of Carol Lynn Pearson’s poetry, and I have a vague memory from the late 1980s of driving by a house and my mom saying excitedly, “That’s where Carol Lynn Pearson lives.” ... Continue Reading →

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