More Thoughts on Gender Neutral Language: Pete's Husband

Two hands making a heart

My 91 year old Aunt Heidi is a big fan of Mayor Pete, and last week in the middle of an engaging chat about his chances of winning the Democratic nomination, she confessed that it bothers her a little when Pete talks about “his husband.” It’s not the fact that he’s gay or that he’s married to a man — that doesn’t concern her at all. And she isn’t like the woman at the Iowa caucus who voted for Buttigieg and then discovered that he was gay and wanted her vote back. But when Pete says “my husband” it confuses Heidi. Shouldn’t he say “my wife”? or does Chasten call Pete his wife?

Uh oh.

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Injustice

It’s time we stop thinking of Black Lives Matter as a “black person’s issue.” We need to stop thinking of #MeToo as a “women’s issue.” LGBTQ rights aren’t just important for gay people or people who have a gay family member. Islamophobia doesn’t just hurt Muslims; anti-Semitism doesn’t just effect Jewish people.

All people, of every race, ethnicity and religion, of every sexual orientation and gender identification MUST fight to ensure justice for everyone. We must all be allies in one another’s causes, because it’s going to take all of us standing together shoulder to shoulder doing the hard work necessary to create a society that is fair and just for every one of us.

Midterms Matter

Folks, we are only 29 weeks away from the 2018 elections, and I’m starting to freak out a little. We’re not ready for this election.

I know what you’re saying: “Election? Wait, didn’t we just have an election? Why are we doing it again already?”

We did just vote, in November of last year. But this time around, it isn’t a presidential election. This November (November 6) is what is known as a midterm election.  Continue reading “Midterms Matter”

Be Part of the Solution

If you’re not registered to vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you didn’t vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve never contacted your legislator, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve ever voted for a candidate because of an ad you saw on TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Senators are, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Member of Congress is, you’re part of the problem.
If you know what’s going on in the Big Brother House but not the US House, you’re part of the problem.
If you get the majority of your news from TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you think someone else is going to solve the problem, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t think you can be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Whatever the problem is, be part of the solution.