Human Me

LGBT Empowerment Does Not Mean LGBT Exclusivity, Necessarily

The people I care most about are the LGBT community. I love them and loathe them in the same breath at times. In the end they are my peers though. I learn from them daily, how they overcome hidden stigmas and bias. How they cope with a world that, despite what Hollywood portrays, still does …

There Is A Top Ramen, Should There Be A Bottom Ramen?

A friend of mine asked me this the other day. We get to buy Top Ramen and I have to wonder if I wouldn’t enjoy Bottom Ramen more?I mean, I hate topping, not my thing er, Top Ramen that is. Perhaps if there was a Bottom Ramen with different flavors like…I don’t know, Beef Steak …

I Dreamed Of Mail By Jeff Utnage

Last night while my mind was left unattended,While my body repaired itself from the days breaks,While I tried to make sense of the days problems,I dreamed of getting mail.I heard my name get called,It almost didn’t sound like me,My heart became a waterfall with no end,I dreamed of mail.Little piles of unsorted papers,I could barely …

Social Movements In America Today

What warms my heart from where I sit in prison is the activism emerging. Funny how one divisive president takes office and then two of the largest movements I have seen happen within the first 18 months, women’s movements and gun control. I am encouraged by these movements because of their sheer size. The gun …

Avoiding Sexual Harassment: A Few Pointers

As LGBT people we run into all kinds of weird situations. Not just us either, women too. Men are taught that the word no is simply a barrier to yes. I could get into why this is, but that’s for another post. For now we will stick to stopping sexual harassment before it gets offensive.1. …

Preventing Crimes: What About The Really Bad Ones?

I have this idea about preventing victimization. In prison we create support for one another by making little community groups. Psychology uses peer based groups for therapy, communities use groups for supporting one another. What I think would help is to create stronger community support. Bring communities together and include everyone, even the ones who …

Pride event in prison for prisoners (updated link)

Good Afternoon everyone, I am writing to tell you about a Go Fund Me page for the inmates at Monroe Correctional Facility to put on a pride event in June to co-inside with the Pride Parade. I have started it off with my own donation and I ask that you consider helping the LGBTQ community …