There’s probably a better place to put this but I wrote it and I don’t want it to be easily lost in the ether of the internet. Lately I’ve gotten sucked into watching “X reacts to…” videos, mostly just curious about what this host thinks of some of my favorite songs. Just now I watched one where this girl (India) reacted to “Losing My Religion” and I wrote this comment in reply — I’ve hinted at this before in various places but it’s the first time I fully wrote out my relationship with the song.

This is surely the longest…


Senator Elizabeth Warren is known for several distinctive things — of late apparently goofy high school dance chaperone dancing is the current topic of discussion — but perhaps there’s no more powerful “branding” for her current campaign for president is the embrace of the slogan “I Have a Plan For That.” Indeed, it is not ill-placed given that she has so far published more than fifty detailed policy plans describing how she would achieve goals ranging from providing universal child care to raising the monthly Social Security payment by at least $200 for all recipients.

But there’s another lesson to…


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While last weeks’ Democratic Presidential Primary Debate was clearly the most substantive and focused debate of the cycle so far (owing, one might assume, to the decreased population of qualifying candidates) the most high profile takeaway from the event, the part that’s provoked the most media attention by far, is the whole “wine caves” exchange. It’s been largely focused as a one-on-one face-off between Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, nevermind that Senator Bernie Sanders made repeated reference to the matter and, indeed, his campaign swiftly registered peteswinecave.com …


Customarily this time of year is considered to be a time for thoughtful reflection, right? I mean sure, the cliche is that everyone is too rushed, too busy, too obligated, too stressed to really enjoy the spirit of the holidays that is heralded in song and story but still the concept of taking stock of your life, of mending fences, of getting in touch with the ones you love, and so forth is deeply rooted in our culture.

I find that over the last decade since I came out, more and more my thoughts at this time of year turn…


God knows I’ve written about this before, here and elsewhere, notably here, and here. But this is so infuriating and so dangerous it seems I really have no choice but to engage the point yet again.

Make no mistake, this view is not new for Biden — he said essentially the same thing in the midst of Watergate — nor is it unique to him. Indeed, for the most powerful and connected Democrat officials it is the central operating theory. Their entire view of governance is asymmetrical to the conservative/Republican philosophy. …


It is a rule so common it sounds like a cliche but it is absolute fact: never base a conclusion on just one poll. That’s THE fundamental principle of poll watching. Nevertheless, for over a month we’ve been subjected to pundits commenting on fresh polls as if they some how definitively prove the point they want you to get from it. That Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is in deep trouble. It’s not untrue that I’d like the recent numbers to look better. …


It is, again, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, and it would be a failure to allow the occasion to pass unremarked. Still, I have to write this entry with a due measure of humility. Many many activists and writers will address this topic this week, more extensively than I, and often from a place of personal loss. …


So, y’all remember summertime Joe Biden, right? Genial Uncle Joe waxing poetic about how Trump was just an aberration and all we had to do was win next year and our national nightmare would be over. Democrats and Republicans could come together as in the halcyon days of yore back when, um…when they passed a monster bipartisan crime bill…I guess. Anyway, as the race has gotten tighter and days have gotten shorter, so has Joe’s temper. More on that in a bit.

Meanwhile, as the kindly Uncle gave way to the Grumpy Old Man, a fresh new face of unity…


Last weekend I attended the Pride event in Tupelo, MS.
Yes THAT Tupelo.

It was a bright sunny cool day, the first cool weather of the fall, and everyone was in a fantastic mood. Several hundred attendees in all for what was an altogether family-friendly and inoffensive gathering. There was most of the things you might expect, corporate sponsor tents, representatives from the ACLU and HRC among others a smattering of drag queens and a live stage with constant music. But there was this one person who caught my eye. I’ve considered all week whether I should speak of her…


A great deal has been written this week about the deeply important trio of cases which were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday regarding the question of whether or not Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which bars employment discrimination on the basis of sex) bars discrimination against LGBT people as well. …

Tammy Rainey

Freelance writer, and aspirational trans-activist.

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