Tag: Christmas

Also.Also.Also: I’m Dreaming of a “Euphoria” Christmas (and I’m Getting What I Asked For)

Also.Also.Also: I'm Dreaming of a "Euphoria" Christmas (and I'm Getting

Remember last week when I told you that I was craving chocolate cupcakes and I couldn’t tell you why because it was a secret? WELL! That was because we (the senior staff of this humble website) had ordered a dozen chocolate cupcakes as a surprise for Kamala, whose first book came out yesterday!! Did you get a copy yet?? I hear it is very gay and lots of fun!


Queer as in F*ck You

We are in such a barren desert for queer television that I actually physically gasped when I heard this news! We’re getting two Euphoria episodes in the “bridge” season — including one about my second favorite holigay, Christmas! Sadly, it doesn’t sound like it will be a happy holigay for Rue.

“To Be Black in America Is to Be Gaslit Everyday of Your Life”: Indya Moore Opens up About Their Journey of Self Growth (So many people were talking about this one over the weekend! Definitely worth your reading time!)

Ok!! Listen!!! I AM OBSESSED WITH WITH HOW GOOD THIS IS!! THE WRITER! THE LAYOUT!!! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking not only about the activism of Angela Davis, but the ways we have consumed — and re-consumed! — her image over the last 50 years. Please take me seriously when I say, everything about it is what an Icon like Angela Davis absolutely deserves: Angela Davis Still Believes America Can Change

“I meet Tourmaline on a sticky July afternoon in Brooklyn by the edge of the algae-saturated pond adjacent to the boathouse in Prospect Park. The heat appears to shimmer and break above the asphalt on the path nearby. A pair of dragonflies hover above a lily pad next to me. I wonder if they’re fucking. Dabbing the condensation from my iced coffee onto my brow, I fiddle with my phone as I wait. When she arrives, Tourmaline is a seapunk dream. Her hair is dyed an aquatic blue and there is a streak of teal eyeshadow across her eyelids. A tattoo of Johnson peeks out from beneath her blouse. Her look transports me back to the Tumblr aesthetics of 2012, when Tourmaline’s blog first became popular. ” — Muna Mire on Tourmaline: Tourmaline Summons the Queer Past (Seriously, this is just some damn beautiful queer writing)

GO FUND ME! Golponama: Bangladesh’s 1st Queer Story Collective. This comes our way from Himani, who had this to say: Being a queer South Asian often feels like being invisible because it is a community that lives behind many, many doors. As Faisal Ahmed Misha writes in the GoFundMe campaign: “These stories also speak about the lived realities of queer people that cannot be expressed through non-fiction.” I can’t wait to read the words of these Bangladeshi queer writers!


Saw This, Thought of You

My Old Brooklyn Apartment Was Perfect. Except for the Ghost. ‘TIS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!

Given how much both of these shows have burned down my Twitter timeline the last two months, I found this supremely timely: Lovecraft Country, Ratched and The Horrifying Manipulation of Black Women’s Psyches

This Oregon Town is a Hotbed of Latinx Political Leadership

Dying Birds and the Fires: Scientists Work to Unravel a Great Mystery. Nobody knows precisely how wildfire smoke affects birds’ health and migratory patterns. Now, citizen birdwatchers are stepping in.

And I guess this is lol somewhat related? Cuz… I don’t know, animals? Huge Cat Found Etched Into Desert Among Nazca Lines in Peru

Why Social Media Is So Good at Polarizing Us. Using data and math!

Self-Help Hacks at the End of the World

From Natalie, always steadfast with your WNBA coverage needs: How the Most Socially Progressive Pro League Got That Way


Political Snacks

“What does a Republican “moderate” mean these days, though? Under Kasich, half of Ohio’s abortion clinics closed. In his 2015 budget, Kasich proposed cutting Medicaid coverage for low-income pregnant women.”

I’ve been screaming about this ever since former Ohio Governor John Kasich was an invited speaker during the Democratic National Convention (and today it was announced that his name is being floated among other “moderates” in the GOP for Biden’s potential cabinet) — the enemy of our enemy is NOT our friend. Anyway! This is smart: Living With White Supremacy in a Swing State

Activist Emma G. writes VOTE in sidewalk chalk in yellow, pink, and blue bubble lettering.

I’ve been wondering what Emma has been up to lately! Glad to know the answer is being a badass, as always.

“We have to change our standards for this election in order to avoid completely throwing out our futures.” — Emma González, Vote as If Your Life Depends on It—Because It Does

Dolly Parton has written a Christmas musical starring Christine Baranski

Dolly Parton has penned 14 songs for Christmas on the Square

It’s going to take a miracle to salvage the gender reveal party fire of a year that 2020 has been so far. And by miracle, we mean Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski.

The two gay icons are teaming up for a Christmas-themed Netflix movie musical – yes, you read all of those words right – to deliver what promises to be a spectacle camp enough to almost make up for the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski team up for Christmas On The Square.

Dolly Parton has put her songwriting talent to work penning 14 original songs for the movie musical, Christmas On The Square, which is set to debut on Netflix on 22 November.

Directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, the film sounds like a camper take of A Christmas Carol, featuring a Grinch-like rich woman (The Good Fight star Christine Baranski) who is preparing to screw over her local community by selling her father’s land to a property developer.

However, she undergoes a change-of-heart thanks to a rekindling romance and an encounter with an angel – played, of course, by Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton has penned 14 songs for Christmas on the Square
Dolly Parton has penned 14 songs for Christmas on the Square

The cast for the upcoming film also includes Treat Williams (Blue Bloods), Josh Segarra (Orange Is the New Black) and Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico).

Singer surprises fans with new Christmas track… in September.

Dolly Parton will also release a new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, to tie in with the film’s release – with title track “Christmas on the Square” already out.

Of course, fans noted, only Dolly Parton could get away with releasing a Christmas single in September.

One fan quipped: “She popped this song out so early nobody has had a chance to get Christmas music burnout yet!”

Another wrote: “I have said it before. Dolly for president!!”

Parton previously provided the soundtrack for 2018 Netflix movie Dumplin’, writing six songs for the occasion. Parton said one of her favourite parts of the film was a scene featuring drag queens.

She said: “I have a huge gay following and the drag queens have always loved me because they’re flamboyant and so am I, and it kind of gives them a little freedom, and they’ve always loved to dress like me because they can kind of over-exaggerate it.

“So I’m pleased and touched by that. I think it’s a form of flattery, and I’m excited about it.”

The US country artist has been a strong supporter of LGBT+ people for many years.

One big family Christmas – My Two Mums

One big family Christmas - My Two Mums

2019 was certainly the year for family. At the start of the year we’d intended to spend Christmas just us three, but by the end we’d spent it with all our close family and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We both had a very tough busy year, with loss and illness, career change and studies. Meaning we were really at our limits by the time we both broke up for the Christmas holidays.

We kicked off the big family Christmas on the day before Christmas Eve by attended my in laws wedding. It was a lovely private celebration, with their children and grandchildren. We took over Zizzi’s with our celebrations as the kids enjoyed racing outside to watch the winter ice skaters in the square. It was exactly what we needed as a family, spending time with those that made us laugh and whom love our little dude just as hard as we do.

Christmas wedding

On Christmas Eve we enjoyed watching the excitement build in M as he excitedly talked about what Santa was going to bring. In our home, Santa brings one special gift and the rest of the gifts are from us and family. This year is the first year M wasn’t too specific about what he wanted from Santa, so it was going to be a total surprise for him.

Christmas Eve

Christmas morning came around very quickly as M woke us both with a “Santa has left me a stocking on my bed Mama and Mummy, can I open it?”. We were up and downstairs within 30 minutes and smiling at M’s look of shock at the gifts under the tree. The gift from Santa (What’s in the Box? game) was a hit, and soon we were under a mountain of paper as M unwrapped at record speed. I really started to sound old as I kept telling M to “slow down or you won’t appreciate everything”.

This year M had decided to get us matchy matchy (his words) gifts, from his school secret Santa stall. I lucked out with a new lunchbox and Clara got a rather fetching new reusable shopping bag.

Christmas K and C

For our Christmas lunch we’d been invited out for our first ever Christmas dinner at a restaurant. It was lovely to spend more time with Clara’s side of the family as we donned party hats and ate Christmas lunch. M adores his cousins, so for him it was rather special that he got to spend Christmas day with them. Once we’d eaten we headed back to my in laws home for gift exchanging. This was a big highlight for me as my Mother in Law had bought me the best pair of shoes ever, in the form of Rainbow coloured Pride Converse.

Christmas dude and cousin

Boxing day continued our theme of family, as we headed to my parents for a lunch, games and more gift exchanges. My sister and Niece joined us which was lots of fun as we played some silly movie games and Heads Up. Beau joined us at my parents, which was lovely as he adores my parents. Plus he knew he was bound to get fed lots of treats.

Christmas Elf Boxing Day
Christmas Santa Boxing Day
Christmas Boxing day Pup
Christmas Family Boxing Day

The rest of our Christmas seemed to speed by in a flurry of illness (I got tonsilitis and Clara got an awful cold), days out swimming/climbing/soft play and Pokemon Go hunting.

Christmas Fun

On New Year’s Eve we kept up our tradition of going to the cinema and took M to see Frozen 2. We then enjoyed our own mini family party for three at home. We were all shattered by the time the countdown began, but we enjoyed mini sparklers just after midnight.

New Year Christmas Pup
Christmas New Years sparklers

Our final few days before we returned to work/school have been a blur of outdoor adventures on the coast, walks in the park and some rock climbing for the little dude.

Christmas New Year Day walk
Christmas New Year Coastal Walk
Christmas Climbing

It’s been a mixed bag this Christmas, but I am truly thankful for the family I got to spend it with.