Commonly, bisexuality is defined as attraction to both men and women. For this reason, some people would argue that bisexuality is transphobic and cissexist – by specifying attraction to men and women, you exclude non-binary people. (Joyner 2016; Bailou 2015; galiagodel 2018; Collins 2017) This, like many accusations against bisexuality, doesn’t show the whole picture.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest province of Canada, cradled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and tucked in close to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It’s a beautiful island known for its seafood, farming, and the red-headed literary figure Anne of Green Gables. It’s also where I was born and raised – but it’s still full of new places to explore and sights unseen.
Though I’ve been writing for many years, 2019 was the first time I ever tackled the beast that is NaNoWriMo. For those not familiar with the term, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, which involves setting a goal to write 50,000 words in the month of November (or, usually, about 1667 words per day).
In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Canadians got to enjoy a fresh wave of outrage over rainbow poppies. This was, of course, a hoax – no official organizations or groups were distributing rainbow poppies or had approved of the design, and the offending item was instead being produced and sold by a single person on eBay – but the damage was done. The hoax was spread across social media and people flew into outrage, accusing the MOGAI community of overstepping and, in some cases, spewing outright homophobic rhetoric. (Cooke 2019; Currie, Neufeld, MacMahon 2019)
When I first started dating my boyfriend (now husband), I was nervous of the first time he would see me naked. There were the usual insecurities and normal sense of vulnerability associated with being so exposed to someone for the first time, but there was an additional layer of worry for me.
Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but American Thanksgiving looms on the horizon. This is a time of stories about the relationship between the pilgrims and the indigenous peoples, and those tales are often far from accurate. Their interactions were not as positive and mutually beneficial as we tend to pretend they were, and the arrival of pilgrims to the Americas marked the beginning of a long, painful history for the people who lived here first.