gun violence

The first rule: Unrequited love sucks.

We Need To Learn How To Handle Unrequited Love

The first rule: Unrequited love sucks. The second rule took regrettably longer for me to get a handle on: My unilateral crush was not this guy’s problem.

(Photo courtesy of Sezin Koehler)

How #MarchForOurLives Leaves Out Gun Violence Survivors Like Me

Too many voices are being left out of this conversation. And from where I’m standing as a gun crime survivor, a march isn’t even close to a solution.

We are now stuck in a deadly pattern. And for what? For our Second Amendment rights?

Your Second Amendment Defense Means Nothing; 17 More Children Are Dead

The main push of the Second Amendment was to allow peoples who may be oppressed by those in power to defend themselves against such marginalization.

What will we say to our children about guns? I can’t stand to tell my daughter that the way we live now is the only way.

I Know How I’m Going To Talk To My Daughter About Sex, But Not About Guns

She will deal with the repercussions of other people’s dysfunctional relationship with guns, whether she chooses to or not.

Gun violence is a problem. Here are a few ways to become part of the solution.

Gun Violence Awareness Day: America's Gun Violence Problem Demands A Better Answer

It's Gun Violence Awareness Day, and it's time for everyone to take action on this critical issue. Here are just a few ways to work towards preventing the needless and tragic rate of gun violence in America.

"Mr. Kinsey, a behavior therapist at a group home for people with disabilities, was outside trying to help an autistic man who had left the facility and needed to be taken back." Image:

He Was Lying On The Ground With His Hands In The Air. Police Shot Him Anyway.

Let me begin by saying a name: Charles Kinsey. Mr. Kinsey is the latest Black man to be shot by police while a bystander filmed the incident with a phone. Unlike so many others, Mr. Kinsey — thank the heavens — has lived to tell the tale.

In gay people, masculinity perceives its soft and vulnerable (i.e., human) underside. Image: The All-Nite Images/Flickr.

Masculinity Is Killing Us

To worship all that is masculine often means to frame oneself in opposition to those in the LGBT community. The attitudes and values of that community do make room for the masculine, but predominantly veer toward the gentle, the soft, the empathetic, the sunny, the good-humored, the multicolored, and the spirited.

As a queer Latina, this news hit me on multiple fronts. Image: Ana Larazzy/Pexels.

On Embracing LGBTQ Labels In The Face Of Anti-Queer Violence

I’m not straight, but I often feel like a queer outsider. And I know I’m not the only one. Just a few days prior to the shooting, a fellow queer mama who is also married to a man came out on Facebook to let the world know that just because she is with a man doesn’t make her any less queer.