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Skirting the Issues: The Scolding Voice

It was a Friday evening with three girlfriends over takeout pizza, chips, and wine. One topic of conversation? Men. More specifically, how some men abuse women and how women “let” it happen. It’s the story […]

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Skirting The Issues: Transgender Search Authority

I absolutely hate airports and flying. More specifically, it’s really the TSA—what I call the “Transgender Search Authority”—which I detest. Trust me, many trans folk will immediately know what I’m talking about. Mind you, it’s […]

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Obituary: Kelly L. Phillips 1965-2014

These words don’t flow easily. They can’t. In fact, it hurts like hell to write them. On Monday, August 11, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the world at large lost Kelly L. Phillips to horrific, […]

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Skirting The Issues: TJ

“Precious.” That’s how someone described him, grief-filled as they spoke the word. It captured the essence of a genuine human: exceedingly sweet and gentle, rare gem-like. Thomas J. Tharp, a jewel of a person, was […]

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Skirting the Issues: Hypocrite

“Excuse me Miss; which way is the Convention Center?” The man had stopped me on an empty street in downtown Minneapolis on a Friday evening after work. The stranger, whom I quickly guessed was early […]

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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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