IMO: On Queer Misconceptions

Queer identities are complex, filled with intersections and language that not everyone understands. It can be frustrating when someone doesn’t understand something that might be a big part of your identity, which is where the education comes in. Here are some of the most popular things I think folks don’t really understand about the queer…

I’m Back: On Bicoastal Queerness

Hey there, remember me? Jess here! Blogging is radical and I miss it so I thought I’d start writing again. I’ve got a lot to say because the past few months have given me a lot to talk about. So get ready. If you’re getting this in your email, I hope you’re excited. Oh, and…

On Trans Allyship

Awhile back, about a year and a half ago, I wrote a piece on allyship. You can see that here. However, the past few weeks I learned a lot more about being an ally. The reason this post is a little later than usual is because I was out being a camp counselor at Camp…

On the Nonbinary Community

Happy New Year! Let’s go back to talking about specific identities, yeah? I think I’ll start the year off talking about a community that sometimes gets put under the transgender umbrella, but not really talked about specifically: the nonbinary community. The term basically just means existing or identifying outside the sex/gender binary. The gender identity…

On Gender Dysphoria

I talk a lot about identities on this blog, but I don’t always talk about things that specific communities may face. An example of one these topics is gender dysphoria. In this piece, I’m going to about gender dysphoria by explaining its origins and different forms/experiences of it. Gender dysphoria is a distress or unhappiness…

On Navigating College as a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

College is a totally new place. Regardless of what year you are, there are new experiences to have, people to meet, classes to take, and memories to be made. Something that can change your college experience is your identity and identifying within the LGBTQ+ Community is an example of this. Whether you’re going back to…

On Reacting to People’s Verbal Mistakes

If you’re someone who is passionate or even just educated on the LGBTQ Community, you tend to see the world a little bit differently. There’s a good chance that you recognize when gender roles are being assigned, when gender identity and sexual orientation are assumed, and you probably catch microagressions easily. It can be hard…

Education and Gender Identity

It’s not hard to see that the LGBTQ Community is a minority, and that struggles come along with being part of it. These challenges can especially be seen in the classroom and on college campuses. Even though people may be assumed as “open minded” or “totally accepting,” it can still be hard to embrace a…

Pronouns Matter

Something I haven’t discussed directly is pronouns. How could that slip my mind?! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s what is often known as PGP’s or Preferred Gender Pronouns. Now, me, and I think others, don’t really like this idea of “preferred”. My pronouns are not preferred, they are MY pronouns. Anyway,…

Rights of LGBTQ Individuals

So when I first thought about this topic, I thought I’d go into the legal rights of LGBTQ individuals. But then, however, I thought I’d just be a little more casual and upbeat about it and advertise the simple rights that I think LGBTQ individuals feel they may not have, but certainly do. Here’s a…