There was a time when I knew the three boldest of the boldface names of the early '90s: Donald, Marla, and Ivana Trump. Not long after Liz Smith announced that Donald and Ivana were getting a divorce, I joined the tabloid chase.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is the George H. W. Bush appointee who hasn't asked one single question in court since 2006. That's 10 years the man has just sat there -- mute, mum, silencio, clammed up, hushed, voiceless, unheard and zipped up.
What we see in the media matters. Narratives that include well-rounded transgender characters are important because they help us feel less alone and reveal more expansive endings than the ones we may previously have envisioned for ourselves.
You know the drill. One of you mainstream, aka "lamestream," publications publishes an article or statement perhaps about a "current" topic and diverse readers lash out against you all for cultural insensitivity, cultural appropriation, or general cluelessness.
The band and I arrived in New York late on a Sunday evening. The best part of the whole flight is that moment when the plane starts descending and the lights of the city fill up the windows. It's the moment I look forward to the second the plane takes off from LA.