American Politics | Revolution | COVID-19

The actions taken surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are revealing our broken system of government

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“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”

Why the worst of what you expect probably won’t happen

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My family has always been quite conservative, Trump 2020 and the whole 9 yards, if you follow. Even after I started my transition, I never really felt, even to this day, that they ever really got it. At least the family I did decide to tell early on.

It took me nearly a year until I had the courage built up to come-up to everyone. And in the world of social media, Facebook really is everyone. All of my family, old friends, and the entire variety of people I haven’t talked to in years all existed on that hell-site that…

What better way to see how your characters would act, then to make your characters real?

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It’s 1974

A few nerdy rejects from the local high school are all sitting in the basement of their eldest friends house. Dangerous adventures, with even more courageous adventurers, spill themselves out throughout the night, as hordes of goblins and orcs are slaughtered, followed only by Hey wait, where’s my character again?

This, for many of our current famous fantasy writers, was the beginning of storytelling. Though the format of Dungeons and Dragons (usually shortened to D&D) proved at the start to be quite dull, the tools provided allowed for much experimentation. …

It’s time to understand the emotional emergency we’ve fallen into.

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Suicide, for those contemplating, seems like a win-win situation. If they fail and are left in their room, alone and in pain, they are brought emergency services all without saying anything, but instead with action. And if they succeed… well, you see the point.

While we need to examine these thoughts and feelings to understand how to circumvent them, there is also a measure that to reason about the act is to not understand the individual’s who face it. …

The importance of modern social media cannot be overstated.

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Being queer, transgender specifically, grants you with a special power of invisibility in media.

Social media is a wonderful place to empower different voices, yet even in that realm, one would be challenged to name one single trans person. Save for the, unfortunate, obligatory Caitlyn Jenner comment. Though now is not the time to speak on her failings.

Even just as I was coming into the community and beginning my journey, I probably couldn’t have named a single person either. Yet with my physical and mental transition, I found also a journey to discover new role models.

Most of these…

Without using our privilege to help others, we concede to a corrupt system.

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The average life expectancy of a transwoman of color is around 35 years old. They live a life that much of America has found to be dangerous towards their “ideals.” Though, if your ideals lead you to kill the underprivileged, then maybe your ideals are awful? Just a thought.

Back in the early ’80s, their life expectancy was much shorter due to the AIDs epidemic, which mainly targeted the gay and transgender community. Unfortunately, if you are younger than 30, it can be hard to understand the absolute tragedy of this.

I’m 21 currently, but during my time on Medium…

A short memoir on why you shouldn’t feel offended when I don’t trust you

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Why does it seem that no-one ever grew up with a father? Sure, missing parents can happen but that American, nuclear family dream must exist somewhere?

If I had to guess, it would probably exist on the high hills of California, in a home too expensive for me to understand and maybe even equipped with one of those fancy fridges with the ice on the door. I imagine that when the girls from these homes go to school and talk about their Daddy’s that it’s not some weird sex thing they’re doing for money, since they don’t need the money…

Even in the face of our current administration, we might still make a difference.

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The 2019 Equality Act might be the first bill ever to introduce protections for the LGBTQ community, as well as proposing some of the most robust protections for women’s civil rights. Should this bill pass, we may be looking at a full reorganization of equality across America within the next half decade and beyond. Just as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 tore apart federal discrimination, after much work, hopefully so will this bill ripple across American history.

In our current political environment, with the trans military ban and YouTubes recent trouble with anti-LBGTQ speech relating to their terms of…

A step by step guide in writing poetry.

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Step by step we’ll go through everything amateur poets do wrong, and I will show you just what you need to do instead. So much of amateur writing is replicating what others have done yet, especially so in poetry, what others do is full of inconsistencies and fallacies. We should look past these repeated offenses, as well as just some general rules that you should take with you. Of course, poetry is a huge topic to handle, but in examining contemporary works there are but a few techniques you can use to bring your poem to the next level.

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Jocelyn Uasal

Trans academic essayist and poet

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