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About Kit O’Connell

Kit O’Connell (pronouns: they/them) is a movement journalist, radical troublemaker and freelance writer from Austin, Texas.

Kit O’Connell is the former Digital Editor of the Texas Observer. Their writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, YES! Magazine, and Deceleration, and Truthout, among other places.

Previously, Kit created A Burner Lexicon and “The Ethical Slut” Read-Along.

Kit O’Connell, gonzo journalist

Kit is a white man with a large nose, bushy eyebrows and a light moustache, and a slight, happy smile. Their dark brown hair falls around their face in wavy ringlets. They are wearing green metal wayfarer glasses, a loose white blouse with metal buttons, and a dark red and white scarf wrapped artfully around their neck.
October 18, 2022 – Austin, Texas, USA: Staff Portrait, Kit O’Connell (Ivan Armando Flores/Texas Observer)

Raised as an activist and a writer since his teens, Kit became a full-time journalist in 2012 through their involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement, ultimately joining Firedoglake as an editor and correspondent. They worked for 4 years as the Editor-in-Chief of Ministry of Hemp, a site they made into an important news and information site for the hemp industry and its customers. From July 2022 until February 2024, Kit served as the Texas Observer as Digital Editor.

Kit’s July 2022 article in the Observer, There Is No Legitimate ‘Debate’ Over Gender-Affirming Healthcare” was nominated for 2023 GLAAD Media Award for their detailed critique of harmful reporting about transgender healthcare from the New York Times. Their November 2022 collaboration with photographer Jesse Freidin, “Are You OK? The Lives of Young Trans Texans,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award. That same year, under Kit’s leadership, the Observer became one of the first nonprofit publications to launch its own server on the distributed social network Mastodon—a move that ended up being instrumental in saving the publication from closure during a financial crisis in 2023.

For well over a decade, Kit’s organized, marched, and written on behalf of a variety of causes. They briefly appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” stirring up shit at the Texas Senate during the 2013 feminist uprising at the Texas Capitol. Media from New Zealand to Scandinavia quoted a press release they wrote announcing the arrest of Santa Claus.

Proudly disabled, polyamorous and nonbinary/(gender)queer, Kit lives with their spouse and two cats in Austin, Texas.

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2013: Now Is The Time To Act — Kit O’Connell with Caitlin Perrone & Taylor Hampton

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Approximately 8,000 Words operates on WordPress, using the “Unlimited” theme from Compete Themes. Portrait of Kit by Jane Michael Stallings.

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