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Book Review: This Day in June
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Book Review: This Day in June

LGBTQ Pride, for us queer folks – even if we are ten, twenty, thirty years into it (and some of us are!), even if we dread the heat or the crowds or the obnoxious drunks or the steady creep of commercialism and the leakage of political focus – is still […]

Happy National Poetry Month! Go Read Some Verse.
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Happy National Poetry Month! Go Read Some Verse.

Somewhere in my house, in a box, there’s one of those diaries with the wrap-around lock and two tiny aluminum keys. Well, there used to be keys, now lost in the landfill of time. The diary was once made of faux-leather, which wore out and was replaced with duct tape (super trendy). It’s full of poetry that I wrote in middle and high school.

Keeping It Queer in the Suburbs
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Keeping It Queer in the Suburbs

Fourteen years ago, I moved out of San Francisco to the suburbs, to shack up with my betrothed. When you do that, move out to the suburbs, San Francisco revokes your queer credibility card at the westernmost point of the Bay Bridge.

The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Candace Walsh
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The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Candace Walsh

Deborah Goldstein talked with Avital Norman, Joy Ladin and Candace Walsh about the anthology, “The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality”, which seeks to deconstruct the myth of the “good mother.” The following interview with contributor, Candance Walsh, is the third of a three-part series.

The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Joy Ladin
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The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Joy Ladin

Deborah Goldstein talked with Avital Norman, Joy Ladin and Candace Walsh about the anthology, “The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality”, which seeks to deconstruct the myth of the “good mother.” The following interview with contributor, Joy Ladin, is the second of a three-part series.

The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Avital Norman
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The Good Mother Myth – An interview with Avital Norman

Deborah Goldstein talked with Avital Norman, editor of the anthology, “The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality” about what led her to put together this collection of essays and the importance of storytelling. This is the first in a series of three interviews about this important look at motherhood.

Book Review |  Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices
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Book Review | Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices

Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices (Fiona J. Green and May Friedman, eds. Demeter Press, 2013) was a thoroughly enjoyable book, featuring a mix of articles ranging from academic studies to personal reflections on parenting practices surrounding gender self-determination. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it also […]

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The Talk

I had gone about it all wrong until this point. Sex Ed Guru Vikki would have recommended that I not focus all efforts on a singular, stress-filled talk. She would have told me to look at the subject as an on-going conversation rather than a singular torturous lecture. She would […]

VQ Picks: Books
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VQ Picks: Books

You can’t go wrong gifting books to friends and family. Sure, some devout users of e-readers will consider a book to be a quaint reminder of yesteryear, but even Kindle users need something to display on the Billy Bookshelves they bought ten years ago at IKEA or at least something […]

TGIF Video: (Un)usual Family
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TGIF Video: (Un)usual Family

Hi! Clare here to hijack Polly’s TGIF Video Post. Polly usually posts really great uplifting videos— and this one is beautiful and hopeful too. However, I am posting it this week in solidarity for the LGBT population in Russia who are being legislated as second class citizens. This video is […]