Choosing Queer: I Was Not Born This Way, And That’s Ok.

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2016-11-29T17:39:10+00:00

I don’t remember the first time I found a boy attractive. I do know that in my earliest memories, when I was 4 or 5, this attraction felt natural and innate. I know, too, that there was a first time I found a girl [...]

I Don’t Act Like An ‘Angry Black Woman’ – But I’m Read That Way If I Broach Race

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2016-11-29T17:39:10+00:00

“Why are you so angry?” my mother asked me during her recent visit to Brooklyn. It’s the first time my mother has ever asked me that question, and I know that she is lovingly unaware of its ramifications as a nocuous cliche, despite its power as [...]

Race, Love, Hate, and Me: A Distinctly American Story

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

Over the past 72 hours I have been attacked with lies by the conservative media, lies that have been picked up by the traditional media and spread further. I have kept silent at the advice of friends and mentors, but I will do so no longer. [...]

A Light-Skinned Latina Like Me Will Never Be Able to Live in The Land Of Whiteness

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

I’ve been told that I’m the ‘good’ kind of Latino because of my skin color What exactly does being a light-skinned Latina mean for me? It means that all at once, I am just dark enough, too dark or not dark enough at all. It [...]

“I’m Now As Poor as I was Before” — Prison-Created Poverty

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2016-11-29T17:39:11+00:00

No one likes to talk about the fact that “doing time” leaves the majority of returning citizens worse off than before they were incarcerated. Prior to my imprisonment, I had a very successful consulting business and I lived a solidly middle-class life. I worked hard, I [...]

I Looked at a Rapist In The Mirror and Saw Him Smiling Back

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2016-11-29T17:39:12+00:00

*This piece has been published with permission of the referenced ex-partner. Other relationships may have been slightly altered to protect specific identities.* The first time I was sexually assaulted I must have been 9 or 10 years old. I was violated by two family [...]