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.

'Sense8's Cancellation Means A Loss Of Representation For Queer Trans Women

If you haven't yet heard the news, Netflix has decided to cancel its groundbreaking scifi series Sense8 after just two seasons. The show, which focuses on eight individuals from across the world who share a deep psychic bond, has earned repeated…
By Mari Brighe

Trans People Are Sick of Talking About Bathrooms, Too

Since Obergefell v. Hodges decided the issue of marriage equality once and for all, no other LGBTQ rights issue seems to have occupied so much of the political zeitgeist as where transgender people void their bladders and change their clothes. For…
By Mari Brighe

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 to increased legalized discrimination against…
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 venerated program saw an ugly turn this week when…
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 which a hitman undergoes "forced sex…
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 after school activities that eating tended to slip…
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 shocking. First, I quietly enter and find a clean…
By Mari Brighe

I Could Have Been Chelsea Manning

On Tuesday, in the waning days of his time in the White House, President Obama signed an order commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army whistleblower. In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 21-to-45 years in prison by court-martial for passing…
By Mari Brighe

'Rocky Horror' Isn't Offensive... Or Subversive

I've been a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show since I was 14, when I waited for my parents to go to bed and then snuck out to the living room to watch the movie my mother had declared off-limits for being both "too adult" and "too gay." As a teen…
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 the country are marking the occasion with the…
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 camps has gotten increasingly aggressive. On…
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 November's somber Transgender Day of Remembrance. In…
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, the constant polls, and the many candidates…
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 of the time. It's for this reason that March has…
By Mari Brighe

Caitlyn Jenner Support Of Cruz Is A Betrayal

Though she has tried to position herself as a leader in the trans community, Caitlyn Jenner's support for Ted Cruz shows she remains terrifyingly clueless on the push for transgender rights. This week, the reality TV personality announced who she…
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 atmosphere of the GOP debates, the Democratic event was…
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 Vanity Fair announcing her new name to the world.…
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 told the audience that the company had been working…
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 Series, Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Actor…
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 Michigan wouldn't allow it, it's certainly a relief…
By Mari Brighe