Abby Higgs lives in Baltimore, Maryland, which is not as bad of a place as National Geographic makes it out to be. In 2012, she received her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from The University of Baltimore. When she's not writing, she's carefully applying anti-bacterial hand gel up and down her extremities to ward off all of the germs. More of her words appear here: www.slowclapabby.com.
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Trump Could Make Bernie Sanders' Healthcare Dream A Reality

When asked last month by CNN's Dana Bash about the GOP’s failed Obamacare repeal and replacement attempt with the American Health Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he had a plan of his own. In the interview for State of the Union, the Vermont senato…
By Abby Higgs

How Gorsuch Could Still Impact Gavin Grimm

After a year of Republicans digging in their heels to stymie the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick to replace Antonin Scalia, the 45th president announced his own choice. On. Jan. 31, President Donald Trump of…
By Abby Higgs

How Carrie Fisher Helped Me Stay Sober

I'd started reading Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking in 2010 — two full years before I finally came to the conclusion that I just might have a problem with depression and addiction. At the time, I was popping upwards of 100 milligrams of Adderall in …
By Abby Higgs

Indiana Could Kick Off Overturning Roe v. Wade

On Nov. 16, just eight days after Donald Trump’s election win, Indiana State Representative Curt Nisly publicly declared that he intends to propose a bill to criminalize abortion altogether. Dubbed by Nisly the “Protection at Conception” bill, the st…
By Abby Higgs

The Left's Got Some Insidious Sexism, Too

Let’s talk progressive sexism. Yes, the phrase itself seems oxymoronic — as it should — but “progressive sexism” certainly exists, especially in the 2016 election. So we should talk about it. First, let me explain what I mean by "progressive sexism."…
By Abby Higgs

Sanders' Grassroots Donors Add More Than Money

After last week's CNN's Democratic Town Hall on Wednesday and MSNBC's late-announced Democratic debate on Thursday, the media seemed to fixate on one particular issue: Bernie Sanders' attack on Hillary Clinton's Wall Street ties. Outlets ranging from…
By Abby Higgs

This Is The Best Candidate For Trans Rights

With the primaries approaching, it's time to take a hard look on a topic that most of the candidates won't willingly broach without some goading: the issue of transgender rights. It's a politically-marginalized matter — one that, itself, is about mar…
By Abby Higgs

3 Baseless Critiques Of Marilyn Mosby

Wednesday marks the first day of pre-trial motions against the six officers handed charges in relation to Freddie Gray's April death. Attorneys representing the officers are expected to make three chief requests from the judge: a dismissal of all cha…
By Abby Higgs

How To Spend Your Summer in Baltimore

Baltimore! You can't mention Charm City without having some sort of punctuation at the end. Why, you ask? Well, get ready to forget the medley of misconceptions you might have about the town, because here is the truth: Baltimore — home to plenty of f…
By Abby Higgs

Here's My Coming Out Story, 20 Years In The Making

I grew up in an Indiana town, with a good-lookin' mama who always was around. Seriously. She was everywhere. And she got into everything, which made my life difficult, seeing as how I had a lot to hide. Like my own breasts. I was 13, in the seventh g…
By Abby Higgs

4 Truly Absurd Defenses Of Gay Marriage Bans

A little over a week ago, the Supreme Court heard extended arguments on the legality of federally sanctioned same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs representing four states — Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee, each with constitutional amendments banning…
By Abby Higgs

5 Awesome Consequences Of Indiana's Terrible Law

A lot has transpired in the weeks since Indiana Gov. Mike Pence officially signed the Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into effect. We all know by now that certain subsequent goings-on after the law’s passing were, to put it lightly, disap…
By Abby Higgs

Don't Assume These Things About Recovering Addicts

I’ll admit, at first I was stoked to write about being in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction. It’s a topic I've gotten to know quite well, but not one I've written or even spoken much about. And the more I’ve thought about it, as I prepared to w…
By Abby Higgs

How To Fight Indiana's Frightening Anti-LGBT Bill

Welcome to Indiana. Please turn your clocks back 50 years. Actually, scratch that. Set your clocks back to just a little over a month ago to Tuesday, February 19. This was the day the Indiana State Senate passed State Bill 568 – the state-level versi…
By Abby Higgs

Indiana Might Discriminate Against People Like Me

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Indiana State Senate passed Bill 568, the state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This legislation is equivalent to its federal namesake, also known as The Hobby Lobby Law. Its alleged intention: “to prevent laws that …
By Abby Higgs

This Site Sells Flawless Androgynous Suits

When I first heard about the likes of Saint Harridan's gender neutral suits early last year, my immediate reactions were many: elation, surprise, curiosity, grief. The latter because, of course, I’d just missed their month-long set-up at the Baltimor…
By Abby Higgs

7 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Without Drinking

I'm a recovering addict and alcoholic. During my first year of sobriety, the mere thought of New Year’s Eve had me panicking months in advance (like, September). I couldn’t fathom the idea of spending such a holiday without my two besties: drugs and …
By Abby Higgs