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Twin Cities Pride

I finally got to a Pride celebration larger than a postage stamp with a few unenthusiastic individuals sitting around a courtyard wordlessly handing out flyers. That’s Pride in my small, conservative town. I’m hoping this year will be better now that we have marriage equality in Minnesota, but the fact that we don’t even celebrate Pride here during June even ticks me off. So, I went to Twin Cities Pride with a friend and had a fun time. There was a ton of enthusiasm and people everywhere! I was immediately jazzed and probably looked like a totally out-of-towner. Oh well. I don’t care! I had fun! Here are some highlights.…

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It’s Real!

The impact of the DOMA’s demise is having real effects on people’s lives. Binational married couples are now able to apply and be granted a green card for their foreign-born spouse so repeated goodbyes like these seen in the video below will no longer have to happen. Parents will have a much easier time providing for their children, both legally and financially, without having to file stacks and stacks of paperwork. Two medical insurance plans can now become one. Social Security benefits. Military benefits, which include housing and so much more. Married LGBT couples will be able to file taxes and check the box that says Married, Filing Jointly. There…

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Relaxing Day

Yesterday I went to a friend’s house to spend some time with her and to let our girls play. The girls decided to have a lemonade stand. Us big girls chose to drink Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and play with wire. My friend is a jewelry designer. This is what I came up with. It was so much fun. Perfect day.

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Parenting an LGBT Savvy Kid

On May 14, 2013 I signed my fifth-grade daughter out of school and drove to St. Paul, Minnesota so she could be part of history. Governor Mark Dayton signed the Marriage Equality bill into law. I met a friend there as well. She brought her six-year-old son for the same reason. This was history in the making and we wanted our kids to be there for this moment. This was big. We cheered and smiled and sat out in the super hot sun with sweat dripping down our backs, because this was important. Then we went downtown and celebrated. People were so happy. I’ve made very conscious choices about talking to…

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Nesting my Loves

I love to write because I get to create worlds and make characters do things I’d never be able to do. That includes being able to say all those wonderfully bitchy id things that rush though my head, that my superego always shoves aside and chooses to ignore so my ego can stay intact. Damn psychology, and fuck me for just using Freudian theory! I love to read too. I love being taken on a ride someone else planned for me. I love having tears ripped from me and laughter bubbling up. Right now, B.G. Thomas is making me laugh like a manic. I have a feeling, he will soon…

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A Dozen

Minnesota Senate Approves Marriage Equality | Advocate.com. My beloved state did it. We passed marriage equality. WE DID IT! I remember feeling something similar to this, but it pales in comparison to how I feel right this second. In 1991 the Minnesota Twins won the World Series. I was in college and not paying much attention to the series at all until there was a dull roar that grew and grew to such a racket that I looked out my dorm room, abandoning my studies. The 3000+ students that went to my small college had poured out of their dorms and were running down the streets cheering and smiling and…

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Tweeting and Connecting

Watching a live event while tweeting can be super fun. I did that during the presidential debates last fall, on last Thursday I did it when the MN House debated marriage equality, and right now I’m tweeting about the same debate in the MN Senate. I’m connecting with people who are just as passionate about this issue as me. I’m “chatting” with locals and people who aren’t local who still give just as much of a damn about this as I do. That’s just plain cool! I love technology. If you want to follow me on Twitter, come on!  

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What Old People Think About Gay …

This is all sorts of adorable.

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There Be Authors Galore!

Once I’m awake, I’m awake, so while my roommates dozed away, I hopped into the shower. Roommates? Yes. I’m at Dreamspinner Press‘s author conference. I’m sleeping in a bed with Jon Treadway and the gentle clicks of Jaime Samms‘ keyboard lulled me to sleep last night. It’s been great putting faces to all the names I’ve seen online for ages and even better to see that there’s this community of fairly like-minded people in the world. Fairly? Yes. Who wants a bunch of clones in a room? Imagine the bad jokes that could come out of that!

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Excite!

Yesterday as I listened to the SCOTUS arguments in the DOMA case on my laptop, I got an email. I was relaxing in the tub at the time and nearly ignored it. I’m so glad I didn’t. North Star – Rekindled is going to be published. Dreamspinner wants my story. I’m so excited. I can’t wait. NO. Literally, I can’t wait.

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