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It’s Been Almost 24 Hours, and I Still Can’t Stop Thinking about AOC

It's Been Almost 24 Hours, and I Still Can't Stop

When I sat down at my computer this morning, the sun was up. It went down three hours ago, but I’m! Still! Here!

Hahahahahahaaaa. Life. What can you do.

Queer as in F*ck You

“A year and a half later, Thora and I were crowding around the desktop monitor at the hotel boutique we worked at. She’d gotten me the job a few months prior—a godsend to be able to work somewhere looking how I wanted and under my own name after my previous part-time job, where I’d pretended to be a man long after he stopped existing. Our sisterhood was bonded through many shared experiences in those early years, one of them being the release of Sophie’s “It’s Okay to Cry.” The video, which broke with the artist’s tradition of pitching up her voice and singing through cisgender stand-ins, served as either an unspoken coming out video or a sardonic performance of emotional authenticity. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that you need to do a video that’s a close-up crying in the rain for people to know that you’re a real person,” Sophie later told Thora in a 2018 Lenny interview published a month after the release of Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, her only full-length album. Regardless, it felt real for us—she felt real for us, or perhaps, as Courtney Love once sang, so real she was beyond fake.”

Sophie Made You Feel by Harron Walker for Jezebel. RIP.

Longtime LGBTQ Activist Carmen Vazquez Dies at 72. The Puerto Rican social justice trailblazer died from complications due to Covid-19.

Second Grade Girl Expelled From Christian School Over Girl Crush, Mom Says. Ok but get ready to have your heart broken: “The 8-year-old Oklahoma student questioned whether God still loved her after the incident, her mom told NBC News.”

How Transphobia Became Rife in the Gender-Based Violence Sector. Gal-dem’s deep dive into the violence against women sector reveals a dark underbelly of transphobia, perpetuated by powerful feminists.

Saw This, Thought of You

3 Black Fashion Historians On Black Culture’s Most Influential Fashion Moments. I will never forget Lil Kim’s titty sticker as long as I live. Real formative moment for me as a tween.

Sending so much love to Evan Rachel Wood Bisexual and fuck Marilyn Manson: Evan Rachel Wood and Others Make Allegations of Abuse Against Marilyn Manson

Recommended today by Himani: White Ladies — Curl Up in Your “the Future Is Female” Sweatshirt and Read This Instead

Corky Lee’s Photographs Helped Generations of Asian-Americans See Themselves. Click through for some stunning art that is simultaneously also… our humanity. May he rest.

And now a special edition for all you sports fans out there, written by Natalie…

Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition

+ After weeks of rumors and negotiations, WNBA teams started finalizing deals with free agents around the league this week. Here’s a look at the player movement we’ve seen, through Day 2 of the Free Agency:

+ Not everyone’s on the move, though. Here’s a list of players who are staying with their current franchises: Sue Bird (SEA), Nia Coffey (PHX), Allisha Gray (DAL), Dearica Hamby (LVA), Brionna Jones (CON), Nneka Ogwumike (LAS), Epiphanny Prince (SEA), LaToya Sanders (WAS), Brittney Sykes (LAS), Diana Taurasi (PHX), Alyssa Thomas (CON) and Jasmine Thomas (CON).

+ WNBAPA Vice President and New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon hosted a conversation with the ACLU’s Chase Strangio on anti-trans legislation that’s proliferating around the country.

+ The USWNT has announced its roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup. Two notable omissions? Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger.

Political Snacks

OK this is just cool — in 2019, Nevada got the United States’ first majority-woman legislature, and when the session began this year on Monday, nearly 60% of its 63 members were women.For the first time there, or in any statehouse in America, women will have majorities in both chambers.

It’s almost 24 hours later, and I still haven’t stopped thinking about this. Just playing in my head on a loop. (Trigger Warning for the Video: it briefly discusses past sexual assault, all around PTSD and trauma. I don’t often give trigger warnings, so please seriously heed my advice.)

In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Survivors Found a Voice: ‘I Felt With Her the Deeply Vulnerable Pain of Telling Someone’

Also.Also.Also: Megan Rapinoe and AOC Joining Forces to Fire Up Your Dreams, Definitely Save America

Also.Also.Also: Megan Rapinoe and AOC Joining Forces to Fire Up

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!!

A gif of the meme "Surprise bitch. I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me" from the television show "Scream Queens"

I am so happy to be back with you!! I’ve missed so you greatly. Today ended up being more hectic than I originally planned, so I’ll keep this short. But WOW DID I MISS YOU! Haha, did I say “miss you” enough yet? Also thank you so much to Natalie for keeping the link roundup going through the hot hot summer.

Let’s do this!

Queer as in F*ck You

AOC/Rapinoe!!! ALERT!! ALERT!!


I love all the people in this trailer and look forward to being fully glued to my screen and thinking smart thoughts about the future of our country with them! Also(also.also.)… much respect to my favorite congresswoman for all of her intellectual and political prowess, but wow AOC looks like a stone cold babe here. (I’m sorry! It had to be said!)

And speaking of babes..

Photograph of Alexis De Veaux (writer, speaker, activist) and Sokari Ekine (visual scholar, writer, activist, educator) © Delphine Diallo

Alexis De Veaux and Sokari Ekine, photographed by Delphine Diallo. See more of Delphine Diallo’s portraits.

Lived Experience: Delphine Diallo’s Powerful Portraits of LGBTQ+ People Aged Over 50. This was actually published in February, but it’s burned through all my social circles this week. And for good reason!

Alison Bechdel on the Pioneering Queer Cartoonist Who Inspired Her Career

An Afro-Latina Trans Sex Worker in Colombia Died After Paramedics Failed To Take Her To The Hospital. Fuck this.

‘We’re Living in Fear’: LGBT People in Italy Pin Hopes on New Law

‘Am I Bisexual?’: A Guide to Dating Women for the First Time in Adulthood

Minneapolis Protests: How the City’s Queer Musicians Are Thriving

Saw This, Thought of You

An absolutely gorgeous tribute to summer, and this summer in particular. The Magic of Black Girls’ Play

This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and there’s a beautiful spread with feature profiles from Wendy Lu: I’m Disabled & I Refuse To Be Your Inspiration (FYI, one of the of the features is of Jillian Mercado, of modeling, activism and — relevant to our collective interests, Generation:Q fame!)

Today was Emmy nomination day and What the Hell Do Latinx Actors and Shows Have to Do to Get an Emmy Nomination? I’m LIVID!!! (Looking for your gay Emmys coverage, including a rant ahem, my very clearly articulated anger about Pose’s shut out? We’ve got you covered.)

Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition

Natalie didn’t want to say goodbye and leave you all empty handed!!

+ World Rugby is considering a proposal to ban trans athletes under the guise of “safety;” Wales’ first gay inclusive rugby team calls the effort “wholly unjust and abhorrent:” Cardiff Lions criticise plans to ban transgender women from women’s rugby

The first ever NWSL Challenge Cup came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday and crowned a first-time champion:

+ NWSL’s unlikely Houston Dash give sport its first coronavirus-era champion

+ How the Orlando Pride turned a curse into a blessing

+ NWSL tells players to save a date for a return as Challenge Cup wraps up

+ Report: Samantha Mewis moves to Manchester City, possibly joined by Rose Lavelle

+ Few people have done more to elevate the women’s game than David Stern and now he’ll have a place among the pantheon: Women’s Basketball HOF to induct David Stern

+ The Mystics needed a center, and Alaina Coates, a former No. 2 pick, needed another chance; The former South Carolina Gamecocks star netted 6 points, 9 rebounds in her debut for the Mystics.

Brittney Griner: What it means to wear Breonna Taylor’s name on my jersey

The WNBA makes sure #SayHerName includes trans women

In “Men Also Play Sports” news: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the starting right guard for the Kansas City Chiefs and the first player to opt out of upcoming season. In the letter explaining his decision, Duvernay-Tardif writes, “If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.” Oh, did I forget to mention that the Superbowl winning lineman is also an MD?

In “Who Could’ve Predicted This? Oh, Wait, Everyone” news: Is their season in jeopardy? What the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak means for the team — and MLB

After a 2018 Florida referendum sought to restore voting rights to ex-felons, the governor stepped in to prevent registration by felons who hadn’t yet made monetary restitution for their crimes. Critics said the move was akin to establishing a new poll tax but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court disagreed. Now basketball’s greatest player is stepping up to ensure ex-felons aren’t denied the franchise.

Meanwhile, LA Clippers guard Lou Williams broke out of the NBA bubble last week for “personal reasons” which, seemingly, included picking up wings at Magic City in Atlanta: NBA: Lou Williams to Miss Clippers’ Opening Games, Quarantine for 10 Days

Political Snacks

‘She Had No Remorse’: Why Kamala Harris Isn’t a Lock for VP. He’s literally still mad because she beat him in the debate, and then when asked about it: She laughed at him!! (Note: this story would only make me more likely to be want to vote for Kamala. Just saying.)

Biden Says He Will Choose His Running Mate Next Week. I don’t have the emotional wherewithal to survive this.