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Entries by Justine Valinotti from 08/2013

Maybe I Am a Bad Influence After All

| Posted 08.02.2013 | Gay Voices

"You can't let them adopt. They're a bad influence and, you know, the kids will turn out just like them." An otherwise progressive and educated person I know once said that. "Them," in that statement, meant LGBT people.

Why Can't I Marry Max -- or Marley?

| Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices

All the free-floating iniquity released by the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in my home state is filling me with the urge to tie the knot with my beloved Max. That got me to thinking about what, exactly, might happen if the county clerk declared us Mr. and Mrs. Kitty.

Why Don Ennis Hasn't Failed

| Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices

A person's decision to transition -- or to retreat from such a transition -- is in no way an indication of success or failure, or fitness to live in one role or another.

Into the Toilet

| Posted 08.16.2013 | Gay Voices

How do they always end up being about bathrooms? I'm talking about the debates and protests that accompany any attempt to ensure that gender-variant individuals have the same rights as everybody else.

Telling Stories That Don't Follow The Lines

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices

For a young man to report that his sergeant or an officer raped him is to not only to submit himself to having his masculinity questioned, but also to make himself vulnerable to the charge of insubordination which, in the military, is subversion.

Chelsea Manning: Why Now?

| Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices

"Why now?" That's what people asked me when I "came out" and started my transition. In fact, just about every trans person with whom I've spoken has heard the same question.