Love Trumps Hate: Transgender women find romance in an insane world
Feb06

Love Trumps Hate: Transgender women find romance in an insane world

In a warm cottage at the end of a dirt road in Jacksonville, Vermont, Brianna Harris and Amy McNeil discuss the “creepy” side of their relationship. The couple, a ski resort grounds keeper and an engineer who have been together for seven years, exchange knowing glances. “It is very freaky at times,” says Harris, 55. “I’ve gotten used to it,” says McNeil. “Many, many, many times over through the years,” Harris goes on to explain, “I’ll...

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Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?
Feb06

Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?

The Trump administration’s order that all presentations and publications by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency be vetted by political appointees before their release to the public sent a shot of pain down my neck. Doug Ericksen, the EPA’s communications director during the transition, explained the policy in a Jan. 24 NPR interview. “We’ll take a look at what’s happening so that the voice coming from the EPA is one that’s going...

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Between the Lines: What Do You Expect From Holyoke?
Jan30

Between the Lines: What Do You Expect From Holyoke?

The first time I watched “Holyoke High Fight! Stop Violence,” I expected to see a video of a couple kids beating on each other or a message from a parent-teacher association pleading for peace. “Couple high school kids from Holyoke,” said an email from a colleague who passed along a YouTube link. The video begins with two students in a Holyoke High School classroom talking about their clothes for an Instagram post. Then the camera...

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Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise
Jan16

Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise

Everyone has a favorite dive bar — a place you can go in your old jeans and sweater, have a beer for under $3 and watch some Jeopardy! with townies looking to unwind. Dive bars — and we use the term lovingly — tend to be physically and metaphysically secluded. Signs are minimal and the website, if it even exists, barely functions. The good ones are tucked away like unpolished backstreet gems. Last week, Advocate writers took the...

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Between the Lines: VOTE, Should the Capitol Take Down This Painting of Police as Pigs?
Jan16

Between the Lines: VOTE, Should the Capitol Take Down This Painting of Police as Pigs?

A painting depicting police officers as feral pigs has been ordered removed from the Capitol after months of controversy and a tug of war over whether the art should be on display. What do you think? As I write this on Monday, Donald Trump is yet to be sworn in as president, but already I and others are wondering what will happen to art and freedom of expression under a leader so thin-skinned and churlish he’d rather tarnish the...

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