To put it simply, representation matters.
Published on HuffPost on June 20, 2017
After Orlando, the seemingly frivolous things are more important than ever.
A few weeks before the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando one year ago, a hashtag started trending with one simple goal: #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend. After a few days in the spotlight, a string of seemingly never-ending tragedies rightly pushed it out of the headlines. But for #WeNeedLGBTQStories Week, we’re bringing the conversation back, and the Pulse shooting itself shows us why we need to take demands like these seriously.
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The Star Wars universe has not featured a single LGBTQ character in a film or television show.
Published on HuffPost on May 4, 2017
Today, as every year on May 4, Star Wars fans will take over social media celebrating the iconic franchise. This year, the holiday has a special focus: Gay The Fourth, a celebration of LGBTQ fans and the need for queer representation in the series. And make no mistake, that need is great.
Published on HuffPost on March 17, 2017
Disney is making history this weekend with the inclusion of its first “exclusively gay moment” and openly gay character in its remake of Beauty and the Beast. Too bad “making history” only applies in the most technical sense.
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Published in The Oklahoma Daily on October 5, 2012
Our View: Oklahoma has once again target Planned Parenthood — and hungry mothers and children are caught in the crosshairs.
After a string of attempts, Oklahoma’s conservative bloc has finally managed to cut state ties with Planned Parenthood — by taking food out of the mouths of mothers and babies.
Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Okla. makes it harder for mothers to feed babies”
Published in The Oklahoma Daily on March 3, 2010.
Last week, I found myself up on stage in front of a crowded auditorium talking about my vagina.
Yes, that’s right: You just read vagina in the paper. It’s OK, I promise. No one’s going to get into trouble. And if your eyes haven’t started bleeding yet, I don’t think they will.
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Published in The Oklahoma Daily on March 7, 2012.
This week, the university has a chance to join in this generation’s civil rights movement.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans still are denied basic, fundamental rights because of an innate, uncontrollable, harmless facet of their identity. In what many call the greatest nation in the world, society is actively marginalizing your fellow citizens.
We cannot allow this to continue any longer.
Continue reading “It’s more than a housing issue — it’s about respect”
Published in The Oklahoma Daily on October 5, 2009.
The woman on the screen does not cry. Her eyes are empty, not quite looking into the camera, as she tells her story. She was raped. She is not the only one.
Continue reading “Columnist calls attention to sexual violence in Congo”
Published in The Oklahoma Daily on October 29, 2012
Our View: Sexual assault warrants a strong minimum punishment to ensure survivors receive the justice they want and deserve.
The Daily’s sexual-assault series has established that the criminal-justice system can cause serious stress for survivors without achieving results. And, while the university’s punishment system is more reliable at achieving justice, the punishments passed on to attackers can be disappointing.
So, should OU institute minimum punishments for those found guilty of sexual misconduct?
Continue reading “EDITORIAL: University’s weak sexual-assault punishments can be disappointing”