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Skirting the Issues: Jasmine

“There they are!” I watched an eight-year-old pointer finger shoot toward a cloudless sky. Squinting with 57-year-old eyes, I spotted two bald eagles soaring high above the Stone Arch Bridge. The Mississippi, swollen from spring […]

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A Safe Place For Youth

Do you remember how you felt about your sexuality or gender when you were 14 years old? Were you confused? Scared? Isolated? Kick-ass? For those dear gentle readers who are Millennials—with young memories—the answer is a […]

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Skirting The Issues: Bittersweet

Last month included a college graduation weekend—something that I often wondered would ever come. Lily, the younger of two daughters. Intentionally and stubbornly an under-achiever in high school. Thirtieth from the bottom of her 483-strong […]

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Skirting The Issues: 98 Percent

We transgender folk call it “passing”—the ability to easily present in the way that your brain’s been shouting is your “real” gender ever since you can remember. Some of us—like yours truly—care greatly about whether […]

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Skirting The Issues: Grey Area Thinking

The letter to the small California paper Sierra Star was entitled “Are You Shocked? It begins: “There is a teacher at Yosemite High School that is in the process of having a sex change. This […]

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Music and Muscles

If there’s one evening in April to keep open, it’s April 10th when the rising stars—and adorable hunks—of the string quartet Well-Strung perform at the Illusion Theater as the highlight of a fundraiser for Call […]

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Skirting The Issues: Oasis

My day job involves running a Twin Cities nonprofit that helps low-income (read: poor) people connect with lawyers and legal resources. Recently, our accomplishments were featured in a local newspaper article that quoted me repeatedly. […]

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Skirting The Issues: Freak Show

I had started my annual so-it’s-Valentine’s Day-and-I’m-still-dateless article when a friend tipped me off to a developing story about a journalist outing a gender variant person who later committed suicide. I quickly investigated and then […]

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Skirting The Issues: Imposter

In 1968–almost 100 years ago—I watched the first television series to positively portray an African-American woman. The show, Julia, starred Diahann Carroll; the storyline was about a widowed black woman trying to raise her son while working […]

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Skirting The Issues: Last Laps

It’s the new year, a time to set goals and reflect on hopes for the future. Which immediately makes me think of both my face and my legacy. Huh? Work with me here, dear Gentle […]

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