A Psychiatrist Endangered My Life and I Was Afraid to Speak Out

Folks who have never struggled with their mental health seem to think of psychiatry as a quick and easy fix. Pop some happy pills and ta-daaaa! Your struggles will magically dissolve. What these folks fail to understand (other than, like, how psychiatric medications actually work) is that, for many of us who are in the [...]

Why I’m “Out” as a Person with Mental Illness

Content notice: suicide. This piece was originally published at The Body Is Not An Apology. Far and away, the most frequently asked question I receive as a writer with bipolar and anxiety is, “How did you get to a place where you could be this open about your struggles?” It’s usually followed with a question [...]

You Are Not a Burden, and 4 Other Things I Wish I’d Known About Mental Illness

Illustration by Jessica Krcmarik. This might as well be part two, because quite a while back, I wrote a pretty exhaustive list of things that newly-diagnosed folks with bipolar might want to know. This might just be an ongoing series where readers have the privilege of learning from my mistakes, because I’ve made more than [...]

No Justice, No Peace: Why Civil Rights Doesn’t End With Baltimore

Let's Queer Things Up! is proud to present its very first guest post, written by Melissa Monier. -- Black, White, Transfeminine, Queer. I live in a world where two movements are happening simultaneously. And I am told, as the future of my marriage waits on the line, that I need to be on the “right [...]