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Bad Neighbors

There was a moment near the end of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", a surprisingly good documentary about Fred Rogers, that really struck me. Near the end of the movie, during Mr. Rogers' funeral, they show footage of protestors at the funeral holding signs claiming, "God Hates Fags!" and "Fred Rogers Will Burn In Hell!"…

Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
Sir Spamalot

I recently had to go through my spam folder to look for a misplaced forum registration confirmation and came across a pretty startling email. The general format of the email is the person says they know my password is [some password I used in the past] and they know my secret. The mysterious person then…

Blog · Essay · LGBTQ · Nonfiction
Clearing Up Confusion

I'm warning you all that I'm writing this in anger. Normally, I try to avoid doing things in anger but: 1. The current political climate has pretty much made me constantly angry. 2. I need to vent. 3. This is my blog so I can do what I want. If you haven't heard yet, ScarJo…

Blog · Essay · LGBTQ · Nonfiction
Defining Gender (A Peronsal Guide)

"Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." I disagree, I think a tomato based fruit salad could be delicious under the right circumstances. More importantly, I feel this quote (and the problems with it) are one of the main things that are confusing people about…

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We've Been Robbed.

Recently (March 2018) I decided to visit Taiwan, which involved going through San Francisco. As it happens, my parents live in San Francisco and being the dutiful child I am, I decided to leave town a little early so I could have a short visit with them. The plan was for me to drive down…

Blog · Essay · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable
The Apartment Complex (Or a Heavy Handed Metaphor)

I feel like writing a heavy handed metaphor, an analogy if you will. If you don't like that sort of thing go ahead and just skip this whole piece. But I promise it will at least be darkly entertaining. Ready for it? Okay, here goes: In the middle of nowhere, far from anything of convenience,…