Introduced inRipto’s Rage, Handel and Greta are the only human characters (unless you count the wizards that appear every now and again as villians you run over to get gems) to make an appearance in the Spyro trilogy. They’re small blonde-haired children; Greta speaks with a lisp and Handel is off doing things by himself, reappearing as part of the frame story at the end of the level. The weirdness of humans in a world run by creatures aside, our Hansel-and-Gretel callbacks appear in worlds that are… shall we say, awkward at best, racist at worst.
I remember the flood of sympathy that happened in response to the bombings in Paris and Manchester. I remember the Facebook frames tinted in red, white, and blue, and how solidarity trended on Twitter in hashtags like #PrayforParis and #WeAreManchester. People marked themselves as safe, and in came the flood of support. Where is the support for Tehran, or Mashhad, or Kermanshah?
While I’m pleased that binary trans people are gaining more visibility, many nonbinary individuals — myself included — feel forgotten, especially in activism. We may support the mission of the women’s movement — and many of us do — but we don’t always feel like it supports us.
Such programs are actuallykey to closing the education gapsin poor communities. The elimination of after-school programs, like the ones that 21st CCLC provides, pushes the communities that benefit from them further into the margins. The After School Alliance showed thatafter-school programs are critical in impoverished communities, which are usually communities of color that already suffer from high crime, have low-performing schools, and lack of accessible, nutritious foods. Parents from these communities look to these programs to not only keep their children safe but to help them with homework, feed them, encourage physical activity, and improve school performance and attendance.
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Humans like categories: cat or dog, Wars or Trek, girl or boy. And often, we can fit into these categories. Some XX individuals are girls. Some XY individuals are boys. Some XX individuals are boys, and XY individuals are girls, and we understand that to be within the same umbrella and an unfortunate matter of circumstance. But whether we can accept it or not, there is a “none of the above,” too.
The Tuesday Telegrams
Twice a month, I send out a newsletter called the Tuesday Telegram. Part personal essays and part writing updates, this is the best way to stay in the loop with what I'm up to.