Mari is a writer, educator, and former scientist. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Diversity in Higher Ed and LGBTQ Studies. Her writing focuses on queer and transgender life, feminism, science, and pop culture nonsense. Her work has also appeared on Autostraddle, Daily Dot, Mic, Everyday Feminism, Flavorwire, Salon, and TransAdvocate.

Latest Articles

The GOP Has Just Made It Clear That They Want Me Dead

On Thursday, the Republican party made one thing clear: they don't care much about the lives of people like me. Between President Trump's new "religious liberty" executive order, which opens the door ...
By Mari Brighe

Why Outing 'Survivor's Zeke Smith Was Beyond Unacceptable

Popular reality TV game show Survivor is no stranger to controversy or to nasty animosity. Over the show's 34 seasons, fans have been treated to backstabbing, sabotage, and drama galore. However, the ...
By Mari Brighe

'The Assignment' Exploits The Trans Experience

Writer-director Walter Hill (Alien, Deadwood, 48 Hours) and actor Michelle Rodriguez drew the ire of the transgender community in 2016 when their movie The Assignment was first announced. The film, in...
By Mari Brighe

On Being Fat, Trans & Anorexic

For most of my senior year of high school, I only ate solid food a few days a week. I don't think I intended to do that — not at first, at least. I was just always so busy with school and a million af...
By Mari Brighe

How It Feels To Be Trans In The Ladies Room

I'm going to let you all in on the big secret of what exactly trans women are doing when we "invade" the women's bathroom ... or at least, what I'm doing. Are you ready? Because it's downright shockin...
By Mari Brighe

10 Rules For Cis Straight People At Pride

For the LGBTQ+ community, June generally means one thing: Pride. While many localities have already celebrated their Pride festivities, Monday kicked off the official Pride Week, and cities all over t...
By Mari Brighe

#BernieOrBust is Nothing But Privilege Talking

The race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination remains very tight. As the primaries march on, the tone of the rhetoric from both candidates and their ca...
By Mari Brighe

Why Visibility Can Be Dangerous For Trans People

On Thursday, the transgender community celebrated its seventh annual Transgender Day of Visibility. TDoV was founded by Michigan trans activists to serve as more celebratory counterpoint to the Novemb...
By Mari Brighe

The 2016 Nomination Race: The Musical

The 2016 primary season is now in full stride, and it seems to be occupying pretty much every TV you glance at. Between the seemingly nightly debates, the wall-to-wall coverage of every primary race, ...
By Mari Brighe

Being A Trans Woman During Women's History Month

The traditional writing of history would give you the impression that anything important ever accomplished was accomplished by men alone, ignoring the contributions of half the world's population most...
By Mari Brighe

The Democratic Debate Disappointed on Trans Rights

Yesterday, the five current candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination took the stage in Las Vegas for the first debate of the campaign season. Compared to the ridiculous circus-like atmosp...
By Mari Brighe

Why Cait Jenner May Be Bad For The Trans Community

It's been almost five months since Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in her highly-watched interview with Diane Sawyer. It's been about three months since her racy photo spread was released in Va...
By Mari Brighe

4 Reasons The "Dislike" Button Is A Bad Idea

Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant would be adding a feature that's been discussed for years: the dislike button. During a live-streamed Q&A, Zuckerberg ...
By Mari Brighe

10 Emmy Noms For 'Transparent' Isn't Enough

When the dust settled from this morning's big announcements, Jill Soloway's critically acclaimed Amazon series Transparent walked away with a whopping 10 Emmy nominations — including Best Comedy Serie...
By Mari Brighe

I'm A Trans Woman And Gay Marriage Isn't Enough

As of this morning, The Supreme Court of the United States ruled gay marriage as a constitutional right. As someone who married her wife less than a month ago in Ontario because her home state of Mich...
By Mari Brighe

Can We Please Stop Talking About Bruce Jenner Now?

Alright, so it finally happened. After years of speculation and a ridiculous media circus that culminated in a two-hour 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, the Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star...
By Mari Brighe

In Defense of The Bailey Jay/Amy Schumer Interview

Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer returned this week for a third season. The first two seasons were heavily lauded for subtly and powerfully taking on a number of feminist issues while also managing...
By Mari Brighe

8 Ways To Make Trans Day Of Visibility Count

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Created in 2009 by Transgender Michigan Executive Director Rachel Crandall-Crocker, TDoV is meant to be a celebratory counterpoint to the November...
By Mari Brighe