Happy Pride Month! While Pride is obviously historically more about our right to exist as full and equal citizens, I think it’s also a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go.

I have worked in LGBTQ activism most of my adult life. I first realized I was a lesbian in high school. At that point, I was mainly focused on surviving without anyone catching on. It was an incredibly tough and demoralizingfew years. I finally got fed up, and decided that hiding in the shadows was preventing me from being…


March 28th, 2019

Exactly one year ago today, my wife Robin was diagnosed with aggressive Stage III breast cancer at the age of 35. A diagnosis like that ends one kind of life, and in that moment and the following weeks, it seems like there won’t ever be a new kind. In our old life, we always knew we’d resolve whatever problems came our way. Suddenly we were thrown into a new life, one where the bottom can and does fall out. A life where making a five year plan feels like tempting fate. …


1952–2019

Copyright Zack Braff

Poet. Wild Woman. Mother.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Claire Lovell — Kirsten was my mother in law.

One of the first times I met her was at Gwyneth’s, memorial. She was one of the kids with me, Robin and Austin, and we palled around all night. She shocked me with how she spoke of her “wench” of a sister until I realized it was a term of endearment for her. At a time when most would be somber and serious, Kirsten was the light in the room. At her urging, the event became an actual celebration of life…


Photo: Icons 8 on Unsplash

Although blockchain was last year’s buzzword, since then, many have rightfully criticized the hype. Many projects focused on blockchain or cryptocurrencies are thinly veiled cash grabs that don’t even have products.

Take this app I looked at last March, which never had their promised ICO or released an app, but is still selling tokens which offer in-app benefits.

A takedown of Fenix.cash from March

Everyone is trying to find something and #putablockchainonit. There are a lot of scams, but there are also a lot of smart people working on these problems. Ripple and Stellar are trying to make cross-border money…


Mo introducing the “youths” in 2013 at the San Francisco Dyke March

Mo Kalman, known to some still as Marilyn — died on January 23rd after a long health battle. She was a tenants’ rights lawyer, fat & dyke activist, political organizer, and an amazing partner to Susan Goldberg. She was my mentor and my friend. Here are my remarks from her memorial service.

I knew Mo from working on the Dyke March with her — one of her many wonderful achievements that I think will last lifetimes. I think that’s Mo’s legacy — teaching and maturing young activists like myself. Part of that work was to teach several generations of youths…

Claire Lovell

Product at Gemini. Avid reader. LGBT activist. Feminist. Mom. clairelovell.com

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