Books You Might Want to Read in Light Of Bruce Jenner's Transgender Decision

Wow. Bruce Jenner has been in the news a lot lately and whether you understand his transgender decision or not, it's probably time that we start to understand transgenderism. I'm by no means an expert but just like you, I want to know what it's all about and I want to be open and available to people who are identifying with a body different from the one they were born with. ...more

Making My Tribe

Love the One You're With

Cross-post from Tiffscribes:I inched closer to the 25K mark with today’s NaNoWriMo entry. YAY! I also had fun letting the story take me in a different place: namely, two of my secondary characters, Robert and Douglas....more

Should We Have a Baby?

Note from Lou: Since I’m doing NaBloPoMo, I’ve enlisted some help from writer-friends. I met Ali five years ago in graduate school (my second graduate program, which is another story). Anyway, I ended up quitting (she graduated), but she and I have stayed friends. The decision to have kids is one I definitely struggled with, and this is often a topic of conversation between Ali and me at our Corner Bakery lunches. I thought her story would be a great perspective for this site....more

One Woman's Quest for Paternity Leave (Yes), Told in GIFs

If you know me in real life, you know where I work. If you don't know me in real life, let's just say I work at a fairly liberal university in the very liberal state of Massachusetts. Perhaps this is why I was naive enough to think I'd have no problem qualifying to take some leave time after the baby is born. It turned out to be a little more complicated than I had expected. Then again, what else is new?...more
Oh good ol' HR... glad it worked out though!  The GIFs were hilarious!more

New Dungeons & Dragons Rules Embrace Diverse Gender Identities, Sexual Orientation

Yep, I'm that kind of geek. I first played Dungeons & Dragons — the original edition — back in high school in the early 80s. Now my son plays. I was thrilled, therefore, to discover that the new version of D&D, which officially launches next week, is clearly and deliberately inclusive of a diverse range of gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations....more

Join Us: Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day Is June 2

Yes, it's that time of year again, and you're all invited to join me for the 9th Annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2! This is a celebration of LGBTQ families whether you’re part of one, know one, or just want to support them....more

An Open Letter to LGBTQ-Friendly Teachers

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, so here's an open letter to all of the many LGBTQ-inclusive and welcoming teachers out there....more

Shame: I Have a "Butch" Fiancée and I Still Pointed a Student to the Wrong Bathroom

Today I felt more shame than I have ever felt before in my life. I felt like a failure to my lesbian and educator identities....more
Wow, powerful stuff going on here! I sometimes wonder if I would be different than I am now if I ...more

TED Ed Kids' Videos Show Welcome (and Unexpected) Inclusion of Same-Sex Couples

As a lesbian mom, I'm always on the lookout for children's books and media that are inclusive of same-sex relationships. I was thrilled, therefore, when I discovered two such videos from TED Ed, the educational branch of the organization that puts on the thought-provoking TED Talks. One of them was particularly unexpected....more