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The Thin Blue Line

July 31, 2016
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The Thin Blue Line

During the first few years of my law enforcement career, I tried to toe the line. I tried to be that Type-A, hard-charging cop chasing the bad guys, trying to clear the streets of criminals, wanting to rid communities of gang members, drug dealers, and predators. The mission seemed simple, a job with real...

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The Practice of Negation

July 11, 2016
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The Practice of Negation

When I retired from the police department, my colleagues organized a retirement ceremony. All in all, a nice gesture. I received many heartfelt hugs and congratulations. One of the traditions when an officer retires is to provide photographs on four cardboard planks: a blank page, a photograph of the officer at the beginning of...

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Freedom Still Exists

July 9, 2016
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Freedom Still Exists

http://www.gayly.com/freedom-still-exists

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Oklahoma Gazette

June 28, 2016
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Oklahoma Gazette

Activist Paula Sophia Schonauer uses logic, compassion to confront intolerance http://okgazette.com/2016/06/22/okc-activist-paula-sophia-schonauer-uses-logic-compassion-to-confront-intolerance/

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The Guardian

June 28, 2016
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The Guardian

Is Oklahoma trying to be America’s least progressive state? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/28/oklahoma-abortion-transgender-bathroom-bill-mary-fallin

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Ambidextrous, Ambiguous, and Other In-Betweens

June 27, 2016
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When I was a kid learning how to play baseball, I had a hard time trying to bat. Overcoming the urge to run away from a ball hurled in my direction was one obstacle, but it was relatively easy once I realized the pitcher wasn’t actually trying to hit me. Then came learning how...

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Matthew and Orlando

June 23, 2016
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Matthew and Orlando

By October 1998, I was becoming aware of my identity as a transgender woman, but I was nowhere near having the courage to come out of the closet. In fact, my life choices had made it virtually impossible to express my truth without great risk. I was married with two children, a police officer,...

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The Wind

June 14, 2016
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The Wind

I went to DC Pride over the weekend. It was great participating in the festivities, but the celebration had a tinge of sadness because of what happened in Orlando. Everyone had a subdued spirit, a furtive, fearful look like they were expecting an active shooter to appear out of nowhere. After a couple of...

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Mass Distraction

June 8, 2016
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Mass Distraction

Taking a bus or a train everywhere I go is new for me. Having to plan my routes and familiarize myself with the lay of the neighborhoods is a little like putting together a puzzle. Locating the routes is one thing, but then I have to make sure the bus is running. Different routes...

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An Alarming Evening

June 4, 2016
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Bus Boys and Poets

I’ve been compiling a list of resources for transgender people around the country, more in-depth than the normal website links found on various advocacy pages – a state-by-state reference guide. Of course, there are the links for the national hotlines: The Trevor Project, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Helpline, the National Suicide Prevention...

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