An 11-Year-Old Brony Attempted Suicide: We're Not Changing Fast Enough

As the mother of a boy who routinely wears pink pants, sparkly shirts, and sports a pair of cobalt blue gem earrings, the news that a bullied 11-year-old "Brony" boy attempted suicide hit home, and hit home hard. 11-year-old Michael is in intensive care after attempting to commit suicide. Our children are committing suicide because they're not "manly" enough. ...more
I get the nightmares, Kathleen. I agree too, that while some things and some places have ...more

My Son Wants to Buy a Dress

I told Zach that I had written a blog post about his friend who likes to wear dresses, and he asked me to read it to him, which I did. A couple of days ago, he said he’d like a dress too. I’ll be honest, a bunch of sphincters inside me noticeably tightened. ...more
I'm amazed that there is such a problem with long hair on males given that the sixties happened ...more

The Muse

Majorette checked her hair and makeup one more time in the compact she brought with her."Whenever you're ready, Ms. Kearns, we're live," the producer announced.The public access station was one of the few places that had Open Internet, and although it was still heavily monitored, she didn’t think her new blog sponsors were all that concerned. She cleared her throat before beginning....more

A Boy in a Dress Is Still a Boy

Zach's friend is in most ways a typical boy. He plays with cars and Legos, climbs trees, and fights with his sister....more

How Holly, The Little Frightened Abandoned Dog, Was Rescued (VIDEO)

Holly was a little abandoned and frightened dog that was rescued by the wonderful Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the non-profit animal rescue organization Hope For Paws. It took a while, but with love, patience and determination, Eldad Hagar was able to win her over. The video of her rescue went viral after only one day....more

The Tendency to ignore the rainbow elephant in the room

I came out to my motherat the age of 24 over a phone conversation. She lives in Colombia and I in New York. Everyone advised me against it given that she is extremely religious but I, of course, did not listen. I wanted to be honest and be able to be myself. Bad idea. My mother got deeply depressed and to this date refuses to talk about it. She feels defeated and failed, as if my gaynness came from something she did wrong while raising me. And I can name a thousand things she did wrong but I doubt any of them led to gayness. I was born this way. ...more

How The Selfie Transformed My World

I absolutely hate photos of me. Or I used to hate them. Now I sometimes like some of them a little bit.Like many women, I am my own worst critic about my appearance. I’m fat, ugly, crooked teeth, scar on my lip, etc, etc, etc. But the thing I’ve hated the most are my eyes....more
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Transgender - Educate Yourself

Life is hard enough, now you may or not be accepted because of who you are. It's not like you chose it, can change it or are asking for anything other than to be treated just like everyone else. That's what Peter hopes, that he will be treated like everyone else by everyone else. That his gender identification isn't something that people think about when they see him. For now, he looks to family, close friends and music for comfort, just like any other teenager....more

Transgender - Living in Someone Else's Body

As long as I've known Peter, I've known there is something different about him, and this isn't a cliché. Ask him. When we talked about writing this blog post he said, "I remember when I first met you. We joked about me thinking there was something different and you said there was but I should be whomever I want to be. You were really cool about it." Back then Peter was Kaleigh, to the naked eye, one would think she was a tomboy, she wasn't. Frankly, standing in my kitchen cooking with her, I thought she was homosexual and thought nothing of it. She said she was a boy, there was no doubt about it. It didn't matter to me, and I told her; she could be an elephant for all I cared, she is a great kid....more

She's My Partner, Not My Sidekick

One disadvantage to blogging is that I get “the glory” while Laura (Ledcat) often gets overlooked. And when I get the beat down side of a stick, she gets that, too. Unfair....more