No, Really, Give Captain America A Boyfriend

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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With Friends Like These: Trump Speaks Among Bigots Who Want LGBT People Dead

Published on HuffPost on October 13, 2017

Today, in a nightmare fit for Friday the 13th, President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address the controversial Values Voter Summit and the first modern president to speak before (and arguably endorse) an anti-LGBT hate group.

#GayTheFourth: Star Wars, It’s Time To Give Us Gays In Space

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.

The Real Danger of Trigger Warnings: A Survivor’s Perspective

Published on Medium.com on March 10, 2016.

Trigger warning: Trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, child sexual abuse, rape

Once again, my feeds are full of stories about trigger warnings. And, once again, precisely no one knows what they’re talking about.

Every two weeks like clockwork, social media drags out one of two types of stories: some group falsely appropriating the trigger warning banner to justify their attempts to ban a book, or some smug commentator decrying the concept like they’re the first to do so. This week’s story is just the latest in a string that critics have gleefully seized on to prove their terrifying straw man that equates “being triggered” with “being offended.” And they paint some positively dystopian views of its dangers.

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EDITORIAL: Okla. makes it harder for mothers to feed babies

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.

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It’s more than a housing issue — it’s about respect

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.

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EDITORIAL: University’s weak sexual-assault punishments can be disappointing

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?

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