Friday News Bites: LGBTQ Coverage, Malaysian Airline Shot Down, Obits + More

We’re on an LGBTQ bent again with this week’s newsy roundups, along with news about the Malaysian Air flight that was shot down and some recent obituaries. Let’s get to it.

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Interview: Author Stacey Ballis (Plus a Book Giveaway!)

Stacey Ballis: the author who enlightened me that authors are nice people! Read More Interview: Author Stacey Ballis (Plus a Book Giveaway!)

Saying Goodbye

If you have followed my writing since joining Persephone, you know this year has been mostly an amazing one for me. Besides marrying my beautiful wife, I have successfully transitioned. Though my life has mostly been on the ups, I have had a few downs. Lately one of these downs has been weighing on me heavily. For all that I have gained, losses seem to have piled up this year too.  Read More Saying Goodbye

We Try It: Being Catfished

Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl named Mary. She had a handsome husband and a sweet baby girl and a lovely home by the sea. And Mary was sick and although she fought valiantly and with great determination, Mary died and everyone was sad.

And it was all a lie. Read More We Try It: Being Catfished

The Weight Of Friendships

Throughout the years, I’ve learned the most about life from the friendships that have come and gone, but especially from the friends that remain permanent fixtures. I may not always be the greatest friend, but I think I can safely say that I’m a friend that will be loyal to you forever, unless you fuck me over. In which case, if you cross me, it’s unlikely that you’re ever able to get back on my good side. Trust me, you don’t want to go there. Read More The Weight Of Friendships

On Being the “Black Friend”: Or My Uncomfortable Relationships with White Women

Picture it. I’m in Iowa visiting with two friends of mine, both white women. We sit in a booth at a local supermarket eating deli food and discussing various issues. One friend tells us about a recent classroom debate she had with her professor and others over the terms “African-American” versus “Black.” I recall discussing the issue with her and telling her I tend to use the term Black until told otherwise if only because not all Black people are, in fact, African-American. She jokes that she “Black friended” me when shutting down her professor on the issue using what I’d told her. I laugh uncomfortably, internally debate whether to call this out, and ultimately decide to let it go this once. Read More On Being the “Black Friend”: Or My Uncomfortable Relationships with White Women

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

From for-profit colleges to The Babysitters Club, ladyblogs delivered this week.

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