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“Be logical,” he said, lingering on the second word like a Vulcan asserting his religion. “He—she—was raised as a boy, which means that his—her—personality was treated like a male’s no matter how he—she—feels.” He fumbled with a few additional talking points straight from the religious right’s playbook. He’s a good person, I kept reminding myself. He just needs to learn some of the basics. Then he said it: It’s now easier to be trans or queer than to be straight and cis. Like most opposition to equality, his was based on the feeling that freedom for others would only come at the expense of his own. Don’t get me wrong—my life is a lot easier than a lot of straight cis people’s lives. I have a meaningful job, a beautiful home, a solid artistic practice, and a group of family and friends who are so supportive that I can barely believe they’re real. But none of that is because I’m queer.  Some people are quick to point out what being queer provides, but never seem to see what it costs. I imagine him sitting at the bus stop like I did last week, overhearing a cruel conversation about a woman discovering her lover’s indiscretions. I flip the script in my mind to

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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