Michael Knaapen

Michael Knaapen

At a Glance:

Michael Knaapen has been a Project Contributor since June 2013, has written 36 entries and currently lives in Washington, D.C..


Michael Knaapen believes people aren't really good or bad - they're just making do. He loves to organize and celebrate communities, especially the LGBT community, and has served in many capacities in his past homes of Wisconsin and Vermont to do just that. He cares about elder justice and prison reform. He enjoys reading history and poetry, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Michael Knaapen: Recently Filed

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Charles Manson Can Marry, But Many LGBTs Cannot

Filed by Michael Knaapen | November 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Charles Manson - one of America's most objectively horrible citizens ever - is getting hitched. Where's the outrage from "marriage protectors" like Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher?Read More

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Is Throwback Thursday an Opportunity for Activism?

Filed by Michael Knaapen | November 13, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

For many trans people, their earliest photographs will show someone that doesn't quite resemble the person they are today. This can present opportunities, but also challenges.Read More

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Mr. Rogers is Wrong: You Aren't Special

Filed by Michael Knaapen | October 31, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Cult of Identity-As-Truth damages our understanding of what it means to be humans occupying space in a universe hemmed in by objective reality, and it risks blurring some of the crucial ways in which self-identification really matters.Read More

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ImageOut: Making Movie Magic in Rochester, NY

Filed by Michael Knaapen | October 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Don't miss ImageOut, an extraordinary film festival lovingly and expertly curated by the passionate LGBT community of Rochester, New York.Read More

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Trans* Women of Color's Lives Matter

Filed by Michael Knaapen | October 03, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last Saturday, nearly 50 people gathered on the steps of the Washington Convention Center to support trans women of color -- because every life matters.Read More