Essays

Essays on Religious Exemptions

How an Anti-LGBTQ Mississippi Law Denies Freedom to Trans Women Like Me

Freedom of religion is so important for all of us, and Christianity is a huge part of my life. Using God to discriminate against others harms everyone.
Malaysia Walker
7.5.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

I Went to a Catholic Hospital During My Miscarriage—And It Nearly Killed Me

At the time, I was staunchly anti-choice, and did not go to the hospital looking for an abortion. But when I found out the pregnancy was ending, I just wanted to get the care I needed.
Laurie Bertram Roberts
6.29.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

What It Was Like to Be Denied Medical Care Because of My Gender

Transgender people require healthcare just like everyone else. We are not asking for special privileges; we just want to have the same access to medical care all Americans are guaranteed under law.
Evan Minton
6.29.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

My Son's Medical Care Wasn't Covered by Insurance Because He's Trans

This was not an optional surgery; it was a necessity for Pax. I believed—and still believe —that his life depended on it.
Cheryl Enstad
6.29.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

My Daughter's Dream Wedding Venue Rejected Her Because She's Gay

This isn’t about wedding venues or cakes: Discrimination leaves people feeling less worthy, and often less than human.
Channie Peters
6.28.18
Essays on Religious Exemptions

We Were Rejected From Adopting Foster Children Because We Are Gay

There are roughly 13,000 kids in foster care in our home state of Michigan, but child-placing agencies are legally allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ applicants—and more states have recently passed similar faith-based laws.
Kristy and Dana Dumont
6.26.18
Culture

I Was One of the Most Famous People Online in 1998—Then I Disappeared

Know as "anacam," seven million people a day watched me livestream my life around the clock. Looking back now, I have a new understanding of why I did it.
Ana Voog
6.22.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

How Being Radically, Unapologetically Open About Sex Freed Me

I spent a decade building a separate life as an A-grade dress-wearing, dick-sucking moral vagrant. Then I realized that the secrecy only served to deepen my shame.
Tom Rasmussen
6.18.18
mental illness

I Need Medication to Treat My Mental Illness. Why Can't People Accept That?

At 27, a decade into taking medication for depression and anxiety, I'm used to strangers telling me that I should try yoga or do breathing exercises instead. But I'm certain my life would be far worse without meds.
Maria Yagoda
5.10.18
Essays

The Unapologetic Trans Women of Color Who Helped Me Love My Body

Internet stars and YouTubers like Shauna Brooks and TS Madison have sustained me deeply during my transition.
KUCHENGA
4.4.18
Essays

The Infuriating Hubris of Men Who Want to Donate Their Dicks to a Penis Museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is a museum filled with penis specimens from all around the animal kingdom. Multiple men have offered to bequeath their dicks to it when they die, which strikes me as very presumptuous.
Monica Heisey
4.3.18
Essays

Make 2018 the Year of Trans Representation in Politics

"Let us lead the resistance against our oppression," British Labour Party women's officer Lily Madigan writes for Broadly.
Lily Madigan
3.29.18