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I know many of you are hurting. I know many of you are watching some lawmakers in this nation introduce hateful and harmful bills meant to make your existing in public space, your existing at all, impossible.

I imagine you might feel diminished, perhaps wondering if everything you’ve ever heard…


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You don’t know me, but as the parent of a trans kid I adore, I can’t help but feel like I (kind of) know you.

And, I’m sorry. I am achingly, angrily sorry.

I’m sorry this nation has failed you so spectacularly. I’m sorry for every day you wake up…


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Have you ever described yourself as “not racist?”

I’ve said this very phrase I don’t know how many times throughout my life, and I was never insincere, but would be lying if I didn’t assume the statement was probably most often made in response to something — a word, an action — that hinted at or blushed with…


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Schools have been closed in Illinois since the mid- to the latter part of March, and students will finish the rest of the academic year remotely. A few days ago, too, our governor suggested schools may not reopen in the fall.

There are so many good articles floating around about…


For weeks after Kurt died my routine was the same. Get up and smoke a cigarette and then perform the very basics of living. In and out; in and out; in and out — breathing was compulsory. The only thing keeping me tethered to Earth, really, was my body functioning…


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To anyone who knows me, the idea that I almost obssesively think about pureness might not come as a suprise. Not in the way you might think of “purity” today, muddled and greasy with moral judgement and traditional standards. No, my idea of purity is more definitively tethered to freedom.

Michelle Vallet

Writer, mother, optimist.

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