My name is Pax Ahimsa Gethen, and this is my blog.
Pax is Latin for peace. Ahimsa is Sanskrit for “do no harm.” Gethen is the name of a fictional planet without gender roles, from Ursula K. Le Guin’s book The Left Hand of Darkness.
Pax Ahimsa Gethen is my real, chosen, and legal name. Do not refer to me by my birth-assigned name or gender.
I am a Black vegan atheist, photographer, and activist. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1970. I currently live in San Francisco with my partner Ziggy.
The name of my blog is “the funcrunch files” because funcrunch has been my online handle for a very long time. The name was originally a play on “Fenchurch,” a character from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
I have been a volunteer editor on the English Wikipedia since 2008 (most active since 2014). From January 2020 to April 2022, I worked for the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives. Prior to June 2021 I served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, for which I also served as web and social media manager and (previously) bass section leader. I also maintained the Instagram page for Black Vegans Rock. More work details are on my LinkedIn page.
As of December 2016, comments are currently closed on all posts. While I owe no one an explanation for this, I would inform (or remind) folks that moderation of online spaces is neither inhibition of “free speech” nor evidence of wanting to be in an echo chamber. I can still be reached via the e-mail address in the footer of every page.