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Dec 2019 – Is Grand Rapids an LGBTQ-friendly City? – by Jeff Smith (Grand Rapids Institute of Information Democracy, GRIID) – I, along with several others, was asked to provide a statement responding to a survey and media story claiming that my city was very LGBTQ-friendly.
Dec 2019 – City of GR Will Pilot Side Snow Removal Service – by Michelle Jokisch Polo (WGVU Public Media) – I was interviewed about the impact and importance of a pilot program in my city to provide snow removal services in neighborhoods with higher rates of disabled and elderly population.
Aug 2019 – Why Should Muslims Help Reunite Migrant Families? – by Brooke Benoit and the Family & Life Team (AboutIslam) – I provided some context for the work I am doing locally to support the Kent County I-BOND Fund, why this work is crucial, and why it is important for Muslims to be a part of it.
Mar 2019 – Grand Rapids Proud to Be (Grand Rapids Pride Center) – I participated in a video/photo shoot intended to showcase the diversity and complex identities of local LGBTQ+ folks.
Dec 2017 – Fragility of Safety: Beyond the Promise of #MeToo by Lisa Factora-Borchers (Bitch Media)
Nov 2017 – “We Are the Table”: Trans Editors are Here to Create Justice in Publishing by Dom Chatterjee (Rest for Resistance) – I am quoted twice in discussions with other trans writers and editors about why trans editors matter, from my perspective both as a writer and an editor who is non-binary.
Sept 2017 – Black Artist Censored at KCAD Exhibition by Erica Monroe (Cultured.GR) – Links out to my own Medium piece in which I publicized my letter to the KCAD President about this censorship issue.
Aug 2017 – $7000 in Scholarships for Trans Students (The Rapidian)
May 2017 – Artist & Poet Aaminah Shakur: “You are worthy of the attention and love you shower on everyone else.” (Wear Your Voice Magazine) – Part of Lara Witt’s series on what self-care means to women of color.
Mar 2017 – Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes, Chapter “Are We Stealing the Elgin Marbles” (page 229) – Discusses my stance on cultural appropriation in the birthing community, particularly but not exclusively around the practice of baby wearing, and quotes from my November 2014 article Not Your Idea: Cultural Appropriation in the Birthing Community. (Please note that I was not contacted regarding this and am misgendered and half-racialized by the author due to their failure to contact me or verify how they were identifying me.)
Mar 2017 – Roundtable-Post 45 Reactions (Poems & Numbers) – Just after the U.S. 2016 election results, I participated in an online roundtable discussion with some amazing people. This is our raw discussion.
Jan 2017 – Gallery Sneak Peek for US IS THEM at UICA with Exhibitions Curator Heather Duffy (Cultured.GR) – Link is to video on Facebook, shout-out given by Duffy for research done for the artist statements and extended statements discussing the work in text throughout the exhibition.
Jan 2017 – On Our Radar – Feminist News Roundup 1/20/17: Loretta Ross, Washington March, Enough Said (Bitch Media) – Includes link to article on Campus Sexual Violence at OTV Magazine
Jan 2017 – Dear Sister Contributor Aaminah Shakur Publishes New Article! (The Dear Sister Anthology site) – Provides link to article on Campus Sexual Violence at OTV Magazine
Nov 2016 – Some Thoughts on Giving Tuesday by Shannon Barber (Medium)
Aug 2016 – Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Awards First Scholarship (The Rapidian)
Jun 2016 – The Affordable Housing Narrative in Grand Rapids: Which Voices Do We Hear? – by Jeff Smith (Grand Rapids Institute of Information Democracy, GRIID) – While listed as anonymous at the time due to being in a delicate situation with a pending new landlord, I contributed a lengthy statement about the myth of affordable housing in our city and some of the issues I was experiencing/witnessing due to the effects of gentrification.
Feb 2016 – ‘You Will Be Tokenized’: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing by Molly McArdle (Brooklyn Magazine) – Mentioned in P.E. Garcia’s response (image below).
Jan 2016 – I Spent Five Days Looking Up Ways to Kill Myself by Shareen Mansfield (OTV Magazine) – Artwork “We Daily Make Our Path Forward” featured
Nov 2015 – Stand United or Fall Divided by Shareen Mansfield (OTV Magazine) – Artwork “Hope” featured
Aug 2015 – Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2) curated by Amy King (Poetry Foundation)
Jul 2015 – Here Are 8 People’s Stories About Coming Out To Their Grandparents by Andrea Garcia-Vargas (Slant)
May 2015 – KCAD Daily shares my Hyperallergic article “Who Are the Rightful Owners of Artifacts of Oppression” with its readership of all Kendall College of Art & Design students and faculty
Mar 2015 – I Wore Jennifer Baumgardner’s ‘I Was Raped’ Shirt In Public by Allison McCarthy (xoJane)
Feb 2015 – Culture & Community: Do Pagan Bloggers Help to Shape Pagan Culture? by Crystal Blanton (The Wild Hunt)
Dec 2014 – Treasures Found in Shopping Small by Brooke Benoit
Nov 2014 – The Other Side of Ebola: Ooga Booga Journalism by Mai’a Williams (TeleSur English)
Aug 2014 – OITNB star visits Kara Walker’s exhibit, misses point: some notes for our fellow white queers by Cordelia Nailong & Emma Shakarshy (Disrupting Dinner Parties: Feminism for Everyone)
Aug 2014 – 20 Steps: A Few Facts About Disability, Access, and Discrimination – And How People Are Still Somehow Getting it Wrong by Clarissa Chloe Viening. (Buzzfeed) – Photos and quotes of things that have been said to me as a disabled person to discriminate against me or minimize my need for access/accommodations, along with several other disabled people sharing similar quotes.
Apr 2014 – Art.Downtown & Avenue for the Arts (WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin) Audio Post
Nov 2012 – Aaminah Shakur on Electric Poetry with Olive (WYCE Radio) Audio Post