losing a pop-culture icon

John Hughes passed away yesterday from a heart attack while walking in Manhattan. Hughes’ movies shaped a good portion of my adolescence into adulthood. I believe Molly Ringwald is the perfect woman, and I used to (sort of still do) overidentify with her characters. I have an Iona, an Allison, a Randy in my circle […]

vacation and a birthday

So last week I took vacation from work (and not a moment too soon). I spent the week puttering around the house, and taking Jacob all over the place – the movies, the Funplex (which is like Chuck E. Cheese, but the food is worse and there’s an outdoors part), and also to the aquarium:The […]

another victory!

Clearly I am behind in blogging, and I was away for a few days last week camping in the Pine Barrens, and so I didn’t see the news until today, but: The Matthew Shepard Act has passed, and the bill will be presented to Obama in the near future for his signature. Sweet!

more equality news

In 2006, New Jersey legislators passed a bill in favor of allowing civil unions in the state, and Gov. Corzine signed the bill into law in December of that year. The law took effect on February 19, 2007, which means that civil unions have been in effect for nearly two years in New Jersey. Since […]

love is great! repeal 8! and other rhyming couplets

This past Saturday, cities all over the country were host to simultaneous demonstrations against the initiatives passed on November 4th to restrict the rights of gay couples to marry or adopt in several states. Philadelphia was one of those cities, and Donna and I headed in to join the crowd. I was raised to believe […]

October 30: Be Bold. Wear Red.

via Document the Silence: In October 2007 people all over the United States gathered physically and in spirit to speak out against violence against women of color. Some of us wore red all day and explained that we were reclaiming and reframing our bodies as a challenge to the widespread acceptance of violence against women […]

are you still undecided?

Think about this.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdBt4f2GUDY&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&fs=1]Do you have a mother? Sister? Female cousin? Daughter? Aunts? Just one more reason I’m voting Obama/Biden this November 4.

It doesn’t surprise me anymore when I find out something “new” about Sarah Palin’s politics – mostly because none of her stances are new; they’re recycled party lines that I have heard a thousand times, and have come to expect from her. So this news story is no different; I’m not surprised: “I have voted […]

seriously?

Holy F. I went camping this weekend, and was going to blog it, but this shit just took top priority: A Republican women’s group based out of San Bernadino County, CA, circulated a newsletter in October claiming that if Obama is elected this November, his face won’t appear on US currency, the way other Presidents […]

more transphobia

This time out of Vacaville, CA. Thanks to Feminocracy for the heads up: A teacher’s gender reassignment surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn’t notify them ahead of time about the change. A music teacher at Foxboro Elementary School, who was formerly a woman, returned […]