A Moment of Silence
Jun13

A Moment of Silence

I’d like to have a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Florida this weekend. The hate crime took place at reggaeton/bachata/merengue/salsa night at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. 50 people are dead, and over 50 more are injured. I am not part of the LGBTQ community, but know and love many people who are. I am an ally and I stand in solidarity with them. My heart breaks. I am part of the community that...

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The Unseen Impact of Forgotten Interactions
May30

The Unseen Impact of Forgotten Interactions

A few days ago, I was reading an article in the NYT called Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Private. None of it was particularly surprising – his private interactions with women reflect the same deplorable values and convictions as his public interactions – but when I got to this line, I stopped. “They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who...

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I Am Not OK: Repost & Follow-Up
May16

I Am Not OK: Repost & Follow-Up

One year ago this week, I wrote the article that has been reposted below. It was one of the most difficult, but also one of the most impactful articles that I have ever written; today I choose to share it again. I’d like to briefly reflect on the past year in terms of this article. As I re-read, I am struck first by the things that haven’t changed. I am still doing the same kinds of self-discovery exercises, and they are...

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If These Two Win, This is Going To Be The Shittiest Election in US History
May02

If These Two Win, This is Going To Be The Shittiest Election in US History

Dear God When Will It Be Over Please Make It Stop Repost of an article by Steve Five, published on Medium on April 27th, 2016. After last night’s sweeping wins by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it appears even more likely that the two will become their respective party’s nominees. But according to multiple different polls and recent data, these are the shittiest candidates in recorded history and this election will be a total mess....

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Don’t Miss Out
Apr04

Don’t Miss Out

A week ago, I went to my first big concert all by myself. I was pretty nervous, not only because it was a new experience but also because I had no idea what it would be like not to have any people with me, to be only an anonymous face alone in the crowd. It wasn’t just any concert either, it was a latin music concert – no, not like latin jazz or something where everyone is calm, seated and quiet. This was a 3-artist...

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