The All-American Soup We Swim In– POC Passenger Talks Systemic Racism in the U.S.

I pick Marco* up on K Street— a bustling block of downtown Sacramento populated by pumping night clubs and bars with basketball hoops and mermaid tanks. He comes in holding a pizza box, having just left work as a server at Pizza Rock.  When I ask him how his night is going, he responds withContinue reading “The All-American Soup We Swim In– POC Passenger Talks Systemic Racism in the U.S.”

Pride Month Stories #4: Older Butch Talks 1960s Lesbian Dating

I love hearing lesbian couples’ meeting stories—especially from the days before dating apps existed, when avenues for doing so were far more limited—and it’s not every day that the opportunity to talk to a queer woman from an older generation presents itself. When Rita* gets into my car though, I’m in for the treat ofContinue reading “Pride Month Stories #4: Older Butch Talks 1960s Lesbian Dating”

Pride Month Stories #3: Demisexual Passenger on ‘Bi Men Are Real’

*Name and certain details have been changed for confidentiality ~~ How many times in your life have you met a bisexual guy? Did you believe that he was actually bisexual? Or did you privately think that he was probably gay and just hadn’t fully come to terms with his sexual orientation yet? More on thisContinue reading “Pride Month Stories #3: Demisexual Passenger on ‘Bi Men Are Real’”

Guerneville Gay Bear Talks Gender Roles in Queer Relationships

*This is entry #2 in a series on LGBT passengers, put together in honor of Pride month ~~~ Exploring the city Located along the Russian River in northern California’s Sonoma County, Guerneville has a funky, free-spirited vibe that SF Gate describes as being “as much a constant as the towering redwoods that surround the town.”Continue reading “Guerneville Gay Bear Talks Gender Roles in Queer Relationships”

LGBT Pride Month Passenger #1: QPOC on Parental Homophobia

*This is Part 1 in a special series I’ve put together for the month of June (Gay Pride month), that features in-depth stories on LGBT-identified passengers. Check back over the next couple of weeks for more pride-themed stories! **Passenger granted me permission to share her story, but names and some identifying details have still beenContinue reading “LGBT Pride Month Passenger #1: QPOC on Parental Homophobia”