Consent

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I read a story today by Kathy Dobie for GQ about the 11-year-old girl who was raped by 19 or so men ranging from ages 16 to 27 in Cleveland, TX. The crime as an isolated incident? Heinous, and as an isolated incident reeks of the sexism some of us have numbed ourselves to over the last few decades. As …

Sagging Pants

No Homo

Jose 8 Comments

“Just shut the fuck up, you fuckin’ bitch, what the fuck?” “Hey, what’s that about?” “No, it’s that they’re bothering me!” “Let’s talk about it outside.” “I’m not getting kicked out because of these two. I’d rather just leave!” “Come back here! I need to talk to you!” “No, I’m mad!” And off he ran. This is a typical scene …

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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“That’s so gay.”“What a fuckin’ homo!” “No, no, that’s it. You’re gay and that’s it.” “Que maldito maricon del diablo (What a damn faggot from hell)!” Snapshots of the realities of working in sexually conservative neighborhoods, where the parents of these 1st generation US citizens learn their sexual intolerance from their parents and neighbors who also grew up hating gays …

Tan Joven

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Honestly, today’s professional development didn’t do anything to make me a better teacher, and I’m pretty sure I have a ways to go before I become a good one, and I probably could have been a better teacher if they just let me do what I needed to for the children. Fuck it, I’d rather be teaching. Speaking of which, …

Pride (In the Name of Love)

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Today marks 2 years after I last saw Jamal James, former president of Syracuse University’s student government in 2001 and active member of the SU community. I had walked around the Pride parade in NYC that day and as I turned on West 4th, I saw him and a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in ages. Little did …