Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com under the title “Free From Demons.”

My high school girlfriend Darlene led me to Christ at age 17. It happened after three months of seeking refuge in Wicca, only to find it exacerbated my clinical depression. One night in October, a few weeks after we started dating, she called me after her church’s Wednesday night Bible study. I immediately started crying, tired of being bullied, tired of wrestling with questions that had no answers, tired of living. She spoke with a comforting voice about how God is waiting for me to turn to him and let…


CN: Brief mentions of binge drinking and cutting

Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

I keep thinking about an old Doctor Who episode. The Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, is about to regenerate into his new form, but before doing so, he gives a short monologue about the cycle of rebirth. “When you think about it,” he says, “we’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay. That’s good. You’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people you used to be.”

I’d rather forget about all the people I used to be. All my…


Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

Maggie Rogers’ debut album Heard it in a Past Life ends with a song called “Back in My Body,” which chronicles the travails of her European tour after her song “Alaska” went viral in 2016. She sings about having a panic attack in London and nearly running away from it all while having a cigarette in Paris. “This time I know I’m fighting,” she boldly declares in the chorus, “this time I know I’m back in my body.”

Rogers said the phrase “back in my body” means “being able to do the things I love, but…


Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

TW: Bullying, autistic meltdowns, self-injury, suicidal ideation

This is an excerpt from a memoir I’m currently writing

I first met Jake Vernon in first grade. He was a scrawny kid with a bad bowl haircut, and his face looked like a cross between Pee Wee Herman and a weasel. Grandma knew Jake’s family well enough to describe the Vernons as “the goofiest damn bunch,” which meant his family was more dysfunctional than ours. Nevertheless, I tried to befriend Jake as much as any other classmate. …


Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com under the title “Moving Onward.”

I left my position as LGBTQ Humanist Alliance board member-along with the atheist movement in general-last week after seeing too much damage done over the years. It was a long time coming; I ended my Bi Any Means and Biskeptical podcasts about two years ago and began writing more about LGBTQ rights than atheism. Working with the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance was my only involvement with the atheist movement because there was so much work left to do to provide a space for queer and trans atheists. …


Photo by Stephen Radford on Unsplash

These are poems I wrote in 2019 using William S. Burroughs’ cut-up method. You take a sheet or two of text, cut it up, and then rearrange the pieces to create new text. There was so much chaos in the world at the time that the only way I could express it was through chaotic art.

1.

“Surely things will change after this,”

I heard someone say

In the midst of Trump’s

Presidential scandals

Misplaced children and

Two mass shootings within a day

Then the outrage fatigue kicked in.

Things, in fact,

Burned down in

No way of knowing

The…


CW: Abuse, Bullying, and Anger Issues

Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

Marilyn Manson is the latest childhood hero revealed to be a monster. There has been speculation on Twitter since 2018 when ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood testified before Congress about being in an abusive relationship with an unnamed man when she was 18-the age she began dating Manson-but she finally confirmed it was him last Monday. …


Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com under the title of “Lost in Translation”

President Joe Biden is already proving to be a better friend to the LGBTQ community than his predecessor. During his first week in office, Biden issued an executive order extending federal LGBTQ protections, reversed Trump’s trans military ban, and included gender-neutral pronouns and honorifics on the White House’s contact page.

With these victories came the inevitable backlash. Abigail Shrier, author of the controversial book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, denounced Biden’s executive order on Twitter, claiming that it “unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports.” Other self-described “gender critical”…


A heavily edited version of this is on Splice Today, but I don’t like how they edited it, so I’m posting the full version here.

Meghan Daum recently announced her retirement from writing think pieces because, as she puts it, “after a quarter century of thinking on the page, I often literally don’t know what to think anymore.” The line between fact and opinion has blurred so much that it’s hard to know what the truth is anymore, according to Daum; everyone would rather have their preconceived notions confirmed. …


Half of this list previously appeared in an old Splice Today article.

Let’s be honest: most Christmas music sucks. Either the songs are overplayed (do we really need another cover of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”?), overproduced (Gwen Stefani’s cover of “White Christmas,” I’m looking at you), or just plain bad (“The Christmas Shoes”). Yet even within the great garbage heap that is Christmas music, there are still a few good songs. These are the songs that actually psyche us up about Christmas. Here are my top 20 picks.

20). “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney

I know a lot of…

Tris Mamone

LGBTQ News Columnist and Journalist. They/them. Bylines: Splice Today, Rewire, Swell, HuffPost, INTO, etc. trismamone@gmail.com

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