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I’m an Alberta-based freelance writer who loves pulling at loose threads to see what unravels — and then making sense of the mess. I often cover climate, LGBTQ2S+ issues, mental health, and parenting, but the threads can lead anywhere. You can find my work on HuffPost Canada, TVO, The New York Times, Xtra, Today’s Parent, and more.

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Scarlet letters and green rage: The climate change backlash is being directed at women

Toronto Star · November 1st, 2019

Scarlet letters and green rage: The climate change backlash is being directed at women

While I lived over half my life in Ontario, I’m now in Alberta, ground zero for climate skepticism. I want to have open discussions in my community, but as an environmentalist, I have to be vigilant about what I say and to whom. I’m also a freelance writer and for every climate-related article I wri...

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How soaring temperatures are affecting Ontario’s homeless

TVO · July 25th, 2019

How soaring temperatures are affecting Ontario’s homeless

“Health is a political decision,” says Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and a long-time health leader and social advocate. Grinspun knows better than most that heat amplifies health risks, particularly for the homeless and under-housed. “We have a public-health cr...

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5 Modern Versions of Tired Parenting Cliches

Medium · April 19th, 2019

5 Modern Versions of Tired Parenting Cliches

Most parents have a list of phrases they heard and hated in childhood — and then vowed never to use on their own kids. Things that annoyed them, or frustrated them, or just felt like an arbitrary imposition of rules: Because I said so. Don’t make me turn this car around. If your friend jumped off a ...

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I’m Married to a Man — and Queerer Than Ever

Xtra · December 13th, 2018

I’m Married to a Man — and Queerer Than Ever

Two hours after I vowed to spend the rest of my life with husband, I kissed my first girlfriend. We were playing that ubiquitous wedding game: a guest stands up, clinks a wine glass and models the kiss they want to see from the newlyweds.In this case, we were each instructed to find someone of the s...

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Brianna Sharpe

I’m currently accepting a limited number of assignments and copywriting gigs. Feel free to reach out at sharpe.brianna@gmail.com

I also just like hearing things from people and making connections. So you can also find me (sometimes) on Twitter @sharpe_bri