In the coming weeks I am going to be breaking down Donald Trump’s campaign platform. I want to first tackle his idea of building a border wall because of it’s centrality to his campaign. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. […]Read more "Breaking down Donald Trump’s platform (part 1: the Wall)"
I’ve become very frustrated by the opposition to bathroom rights for transgender people. It seems so obvious to me in interacting with friends and acquaintances who are transgender that having access to proper facilities is important for both their personal safety and comfort. I am especially frustrated because the current debate excludes trans voices (and since […]Read more "A short note on transgender bathroom rights"
When trying to choose who to vote for in any election – whether it be local, or for President – I believe that most of us try to imagine how we want our communities to be different. This is certainly what preoccupies my mind, and there is so much that I want to change. Utah […]Read more "I am not equal in Utah"
It’s hard to express your feelings about something that is deeply emotional and connected to negative experiences as a youth. So, I am not entirely sure how to say what recent actions by the LDS church mean to me. I will – however – try, and I will begin by telling you that I am angry. […]Read more "To President Monson: LGBT youth are hurting"
Beginning in the early 1990s and continuing to this day, the Central Intelligence Agency, together with other U.S. government agencies, has utilized an intelligence-gathering program involving the transfer of foreign nationals suspected of involvement in terrorism to detention and interrogation in countries where — in the CIA’s view — federal and international legal safeguards do […]Read more "Extraordinary Rendition: torturing US citizens and a comprehensive argument against torture"
I have always said… the coolest people I know are not those who are the “trendiest” or have the most friends. The coolest people are those who are passionate about SOMETHING. So passionate that they do not care how they are perceived by those around them, so passionate that they simply want to share that […]Read more "On passion and geekdom"
One day, for a school project, I watched a panhandler for an hour, counting how many times he was given money or food. Where I am from, there is a general attitude that a beggar can “make a lot of money” taking advantage of the good will of others. As Ronald Reagan put it, “one […]Read more "1/86"