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Accepting the Transmasc Period Experience — Individually and Externally

At the beginning of my transition, one of the best things about taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), specifically testosterone, was stopping my period. I was relieved to put away the miscellaneous accoutrement and focus on living authentically.

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How My Disability Informed My Period Care Journey

Periods can be different when you’re disabled—more difficult, more painful, more visible. Certainly, when my health turned down a Completely Bonkers highway, I went from a mostly silent, private suffering to having to enlist help from my family to keep myself afloat.

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Finding Resources for Disabled LGBTQ+ People in Michigan Is Difficult. It Shouldn’t Have to Be.

In 2018 I wrote an article about accessibility in LGBTQ+ spaces. This year, I want to analyze what local options are available to disabled queer people looking for support in Southeast Michigan.

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Resisting the Dangers of Michigan’s Abortion Ban

For the past week, I haven’t been able to log on to social media without seeing controversy about the abortion bans that are sweeping the country. Even the most politically apathetic people are weighing in on it.

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Valentine’s Day Visibility: To Stay in or Go Out?

As a lesbian, I often feel the urge to be vocally happy in my engagement to a woman. It’s a spiteful parry to a book I keep on my shelf as a joke: “The Unhappy Gays,” a messy assortment of Christian ramblings about how queer people are actually miserable, pilfered from the collection of my deceased grandmother.

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Gaining Weight Saved My Mental Health

Despite being an extremely active vegetarian with a weight-lifting hobby and no driver’s license, I was gaining like mad. It didn’t matter how many miles I walked or how much fried food and sugar I cut out—after several months of weight training my fat-to-muscle ratio was higher than when I’d started.

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Getting Intimate with Interstitial Cystitis

​I sit on the toilet, somewhere between clenching and trying not to clench too hard, begging my bladder to cooperate.

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A Tighter Vagina Is Not A Better Vagina

​Last year, I went to my gynecologist complaining of pain every time I attempted penetration. The doctor confirmed that, in accordance with my suspicions, the thickness of my hymen was to blame.

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A Look at Accessibility for Disabled Members of the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community markets itself as one of inclusion and acceptance, but there are visible holes in the mainstream model. 

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A Gluten-Free Guide to Detroit Dining

​Metro Detroit has a wide and wonderful selection of food opportunities — unless you have allergies and diet restrictions, in which case you might be out of luck.

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Third Annual Stand with Trans Family Picnic Draws Record Crowd

​Stand with Trans has been there since 2015 for young people and their parents to provide resources specifically for trans youth, including gender specialists and support groups with other families with trans members.

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Relaxation and Activism at Trans Pride in the Park

​Ferndale’s Geary Park was packed with members of Metro Detroit’s transgender community on Saturday, August 11. Six hours of intense sun, vendors, and food welcomed trans folks and allies at the annual Trans Pride in the Park picnic event.

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When a Tired Old Stereotype Becomes a Life-Saving Act

​Finding housing is complex and terrifying. With rent skyrocketing while quality plunges, even middle-class families are struggling to find something that works for them and is also affordable, especially if they have children, pets, and/or special needs.

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THE ESTABLISHMENT

Your Guide To Surviving In Society As A Wannabe Sex Worker

​Let’s set the stage: I am a fat, disabled, queer sex worker. My dream is to have a porn empire, which is cute because the internet has decided it hates porn (even though technology was basically innovated to get boners harder by making sex stuff easier to record and display).

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WHAT'S GOOD

The Oil You’ve Never Heard Of That Saved My Face

​Anyone who has dry skin knows that managing it can be a never-ending, often painful challenge.

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GRACELESS

The Myth of Deviant Sexuality

​What is the right way to have a relationship? For some, the answer is simple: a cis man and cis woman, married or exclusively dating. The idea that this model—one that is straight, cis, and monogamous—is superior to any other type of relationship is the foundation of heteronormativity in our culture.