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jem has a novel coming out with Less Than Three press, and details zir writing process on twitter while working on new content. 

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.

the ICONIC

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

the ICONIC

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.

the ICONIC

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.

PrideSource | Between The Lines

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

PrideSource | Between The Lines

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.

PrideSource | Between The Lines

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.

PrideSource | Between The Lines

Friday, June 22, was a bit miserable because of a persistent, freezing cold rain, but that wasn’t enough to keep dogged protesters away from an Immigrant Solidarity Rally.

PrideSource | Between The Lines

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.

PrideSource | Between The Lines

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).

The Establishment

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

What's Good? | Vitamin Shoppe

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.

Graceless

I don’t think anything took as much from me as the institutional failure to evaluate me for autism. This April, dubiously named “Autism Awareness month,” will be the first I’ll spend knowing that I’m autistic.

Argot Magazine

Excluding people from spaces that aren’t meant to include them is not wrong, but things get tricky when a group is being excluded for unfair and ultimately illogical reasons.

Vocally

The promise of dystopian class warfare hangs on the horizon, forcing millions of people to treat each day like the autoscroll level of a video game. But instead of lava crashing through a digitized screen, the ongoing threat is starvation, homelessness, and disease, plus little miscellaneous problems trying to trip you up along the way.

Vocally

Michigan’s LGBTQ community was shaken earlier this month when news hit social media that Metro City Church, located in the Detroit suburb of Riverview, was offering a workshop to cure young teenage girls of gay or gender nonconforming thoughts.

INTO Magazine

It’s not quite been two years since the last time I spoke to him. He is out of my life, but remains a ghost in my head. His rage still haunts the channels of my childhood home, leaving angry memories and open wounds on the walls. 

Vocally

When America’s LGBTQ+ folk started coming out of the closet in the 1950s, the underground scene was dominated by working class people who had less to lose if they were outed. Butch/femme presentation arose as a way for lesbians to identify each other, also serving as a security measure when undercover cops tried to infiltrate the local scenes.

INTO Magazine

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