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Musings: Timid Souls

Musings: Timid Souls

With a group of Texas House Democrats returning to the floor of the statehouse in waves over the past week, my mind keeps going back to the epic “Man in the Arena” speech by Teddy Roosevelt. The speech, which Roosevelt gave in 1910 while touring Africa and Europe...

Op-Ed: Texas is Our Texas, Too

Op-Ed: Texas is Our Texas, Too

This past May, I sat in front of legislators to testify against their attempts to ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children in Texas, including my own transgender son. Despite COVID-19 and my aversion to public speaking, I traveled to Austin many times...

Op-Ed: Step up for Afghan refugees

Op-Ed: Step up for Afghan refugees

On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing them into the World Trade Center. None of the nineteen hijackers were Afghan nationals. Weeks after the attack, the United States announced that U.S. armed forces had launched...

Musings: Broken

Musings: Broken

I just want to state for the record up top that this is an opinion piece, and I’m speaking for myself. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my career in politics everything you have to give up to help people get elected to do big things for people, and I can...

Texas: a confederacy of COVID dunces

Texas: a confederacy of COVID dunces

Last Sunday, my fiancée and I were celebrating our recent engagement with a weekend stay out in the Texas Hill Country. It was a special moment for us: Despite nixing plans to visit her family (where I’d originally planned to propose) due to the surging Delta variant,...

What this year’s Olympics taught me about privilege

What this year’s Olympics taught me about privilege

When I was eight I was obsessed with being an Olympian. In fact, I was so sure that I was going to make it that I bet my mom’s friend that if I made the Olympic team, she would get the Olympic rings tattooed on her forehead.  My favorite Olympians were Missy...