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.
There is a long history of companies exploiting workers through mistreatment and low pay, and this is unquestionably true of online companies employing freelancers and gig workers. Instacart recently inspired strikes from its workers due to declining tips, and earlier this year both Lyft and Uber were at the center of worker strikes due to complaints of about pay and unreasonable hours. (Mohan 2019) A new addition to this line of problematic companies is Rev, which employs gig workers for transcription, captioning, and translation jobs.
If you’re at all involved in the MOGAI community, you may have seen the concept of being “straight-passing” thrown around, especially in regards to bisexual people (but also possibly in relation to pansexual and asexual individuals). This is the idea that, because bisexual people can honestly enter into relationships with people not of their gender, they can pass as straight and thus enjoy more privileges than other members of the MOGAI community.