Category LGBTQ


At 10:11 a.m. today my department chair sent a myself and two colleagues a brief email: “Marriage Equality Passes 5-4”. A quick google search confirmed the news and the reality that my marriage in Massachusetts will legally move with me to Tennessee. I quickly texted my spouse, “We’re officially recognized in TN!!!” and received his “Woo-hoo!!” in […]

Running toward love

Despite (or perhaps as evidenced by) my multitude of serial monogamous intimate relationships, I am a runner. Over the years, and after two harmful formative relationships, I have developed the beautiful capacity to check out. And, by check out I mean that I pack my bags and leave. Over the past three years, K and I […]


Am I allowed to mourn his breasts? I’m afraid that even to broach that question will label me unsupportive. Render me less than: The one who isn’t truly celebrating this day, this change. I am celebrating for him. We have been planning this day since last summer. Since our marriage. Since deciding to bring him onto […]

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Junior

Justice and Public Health

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As we head into a day commemorating Dr. King, this past week gives us much to reflect upon as individuals, community members, and public health researchers and practitioners.The tragic suicide of trans* teen Leelah Alcorn […]

Body positive joy: The Big Thrifty in review

Today I had the honor of volunteering and shopping or the first time at The Big Thrifty. Hosted at Triangle, Inc in Malden, MA, The Big Thrifty brought together plus-sized folks of all sizes for clothes and accessory thrifting fabulousness. As a supporter of Toni Amato and Write Here Write Now, I arrived early to […]

October wears a lot of hats

Note: This is not a food blogging entry. This morning as I was reading about Poppy’s experience with veganism, I realized that October, also Vegetarian Awareness Month, wears a lot of hats. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and holds Coming Out Day (Oct 11) and Week. National Hispanic Heritage Month […]

Marriage and relationships

Last week the Supreme Court of United States took on decision-making around Proposition 8 and DOMA. The commentary sparked within communities last week was torn-both over the issue of gay marriage itself and the issue of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) being equated with the marriage quality push. I read a lot of wonderful commentary […]