Word Current: Genderqueer

 Genderqueer: Of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female. The top definition of genderqueer on urbandictionary.com states, “Genderqueer is most commonly used to describe a person who feels that his/her gender identity does not fit into the socially constructed “norms” associated with his/her biological sex.…

Cows and Closets

Growing up in a rural community made my life very interesting. There was no discussion of feminism, unless you counted the one class set aside senior year, “Participation in Government,” no discussion of “rape culture,” no discussion of “slut-shaming,” and certainly no discussion of homosexuality. Closet cases abounded. The one openly gay male I’d known…

Coming Out? What Will My Parents Think?!

Despite what my phone calls home sound like, my parents are the greatest, most understanding parents that a person could have. It’s not a matter of being blessed—it’s due, simply, to a lineage of well-tempered, good hearted people which my parents have learned from. Still, even though I adore my parents and appreciate everything they…