Outspoken

Living More, Expecting Less

Early mornings usually are the best time for writing. Today is one of those days for me. I gulped down my pre-workout, went to the gym, worked out, and now I’m sitting at Starbucks listening to circuit music vi...

Stinky Confrontations

I forgot how bad it felt to be bullied until I was verbally assaulted at work the other day. Well, I suppose bullied is an extreme description since I take some responsibility for why my colleagues were angry w...

The Art of the Cruise

I rushed home eagerly one night in late 2009 after picking up a new outfit from the nearest retail store. I hoped it would be a hit for a night out on the town. I didn’t know who I’d meet that evening. I had to...

Resolution 101: Blessings in Disguise

Let me be clear: I’m not qualified to give advice on the keeping of New Year’s resolutions, in large part because I haven’t made any in years. Instead, I let my brain roam free at the end of each December, stri...

Rivalry Resolutions

I never realized how competitive my two siblings and I are with one another. It’s not a physical competition, as none of us care that much about physical activity to push the other into action. It’s mental, wit...

The Age of Queer Media

Turn on your TV, look at any channel or streaming service, and you’ll notice just how powerful LGBTQ voices in entertainment are. In 2018 alone, the queer community saw marked growth and improvements in not onl...

Opening a ‘Box’ of Stigma

I was close to succumbing to the “Bird Box” craze until I saw Sandra Bullock in the opening scene and decided sitting through another of her movies would be more horrifying than any plot.   Despite m...

Redefining Masculinity

Masculinity is a fluid concept; its existence looks different in varying cultures and individuals. Ask any person in the world what masculinity is to them, and you’ll get varying responses. In Spanish culture, ...

Sometimes “Y”: Trading in a Closet for a Bubble?

In 2018, I received an apology I wasn't expecting, as well as a kiss I can't remember. Both instances were reminders of what happens when you come out to a large group of people, whether it's family, co-workers...

That’s What She Said: The Ultimate Amazon Oops

We’re living in what some future historian may deem as ‘the Age of Amazon.’ That’s because the online retailer has made it incredibly easy for all of us to be impulsive. I am now able to directly buy something ...