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GQ Declares Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird “The Most Beloved Power Couple in Sports”

GQ Declares Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird "The Most Beloved

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Megan Rapinoe & Sue Bird: The Most Beloved Power Couple in Sports. And I SWOON! (Also this is a really well done profile piece!)

And speaking of sports power couples, from the wife of Abby Wambach may I present you with: Glennon Doyle’s Honesty Gospel

Oh we aren’t done with the sports gays news yet! Yes, Trans People Belong in Sports by non-binary WNBA Star Layshia Clarendon of the New York Liberty (!!)

A blonde American Girl doll is posed as if she is hiking with Koalas in Australia. She has on a pink backpack.

Is our girl out here HIKING WITH KOALAS!?!? Ok now that’s gay.

One Million Moms Boycotts American Girl Over Doll With Lesbian Aunts (From Stef: “Wait my 3-year-old niece has been GETTING STICKERS ON A CHART to save up for this doll! Wow I had no idea she supported my lifestyle this much.”)

A group of actors in Germany, 185 of them!!, came out as LGBT+ en-masse, revealing that they have been warned to keep their identities a secret.

Pedro Pascal Sweetly Supports His Sister Lux After She Comes Out as a Trans Woman: ‘Mi Corazón.’ Pascal posted the magazine cover where his sister Lux comes out as a trans.

Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985. Yes!


Saw This, Thought of You

There was that big game on Sunday (you know the one) in which people sing the national anthem. That got me thinking about other famous Super Bowl national anthems, and specifically always Whitney Houston. Danyel Smith — a Black woman music journalist from the ’90s and ’00s and former EIC of Vibe Magazine ( I spent a lot of my teen years reading her, and she’s at least 30% of the reason I have the career I have now, anyway!) — has started a podcast entitled Black Girl Songbook, and the first episode is about Whitney singing the anthem, now already 30 years ago. If you can’t already tell my excitement, this listen is really not to be missed!

Dolly Parton Once Faced a Forest of Bears Rather Than Hook Up With a Bad Date. A legend!

Ok of course I’ve heard of the Puppy Bowl, but no one told me that there’s a Kitten Bowl!

I saw this when it went viral over the weekend, and this shit is HILARIOUS! Serena Williams Can’t Keep Track of All Her Trophies

“If we’ve learned one thing as disabled design critics, it is that stories inform the way we design. Disabled people are the original FlyEase consumer.” Why Won’t Nike Use the Word Disabled to Promote Its New Go FlyEase Shoe? I’ve been seeing the FlyEase everywhere lately, and this is an excellent read.

The Primal Scream. A series from The New York Times examining the pandemic’s effect on working mothers in America that’s had our whole team buzzing for days.

‘It’s Sheer! It’s Queer!’: Redesigning and Diversifying Beauty Ads of the Past (I really enjoyed this!!)


Political Snacks

Some reading timed for Impeachment Trial Day: The Link Between the Capitol Insurrectionists and Abusers.

And this one is also superb: QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right


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Gay couple confronts women putting up ‘disgusting’ transphobic stickers

transphobic stickers in Manhattan

The women putting up the transphobic stickers have not been identified. (Twitter)

A gay couple confronted two women who were plastering “disgusting” transphobic stickers across Manhattan, asking them if they realise transphobia “kills people”.

Simon Chartrand, 28, and his partner, Sean Baugh, 33, were walking down the street when they noticed the neon stickers, which read: “Trans women are men and most have a penis.”

Chartrand, who is trans himself and works for New York’s Translatinx Network, managed to catch the confrontation on video, and can be heard yelling at the women: “You know being transphobic kills people? You want to kill innocent people with your hatred?”

In response, the women called Chartrand a “misogynist”.

Chartrand told Gay City News: “That’s the kind of discrimination that gets people killed. Any child can see that type of thing and act on it. Any adult can see that type of thing and act on it.”

“I wanted to call it out because I didn’t want it to be swept under the rug,” he added.

Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer took to Twitter to condemn the stickers. She wrote: “This is bigotry that inflicts pain and violence on transgender New Yorkers.

“We reject and condemn this hateful act.”

City council member Mark Levine also wrote on Twitter that the stickers were “disgusting and dangerous”.

 

He added in a statement to Gay City News: “These stickers are a deliberate and dangerous attempt to target members of our community.

“Make no mistake — rhetoric like this can all too easily escalate to violence.

“Our community rejects this hatred in the strongest possible terms. And we say very clearly: trans women are women.”

The two women putting up the transphobic stickers have not been identified.

The same stickers are also sold by British anti-trans “gender-critical” campaigner Posie Parker, through her organisation StandingForWomen. The description reads: “These stickers are as dangerous as a lethal weapon, use with care.”

American Girl “Girl of the Year” Doll’s Aunts Are a Same-Sex Couple, Delighting Many (and Outraging Some)

American Girl "Girl of the Year" Doll's Aunts Are a

Mattel’s powerhouse American Doll brand recently announced its 2021 “Girl of the Year” doll: 10-year-old Kira, who loves animals. In further backstory from an associated book and video, we discover that Kira is spending the summer at the wildlife sanctuary run by her two aunts, a same-sex couple, in Australia. Such representation is much needed, though some vocal homophobes are giving the book one-star reviews.

Kira Down Under - American Girl

The Kira doll has nothing particularly LGBTQ about her—but in the backstory American Girl has given her through the book and video, Kira has two married aunts, Mamie and Lynette. The book mentions that the aunts got married “after the law was changed to allow it.”

Kira “joins American Girl’s line of contemporary characters that inspires children to make a positive difference in the world,” Mattel’s press release tells us. “Whether she’s caring for an orphaned koala joey or facing a bushfire that’s threatening her great-aunts’ wildlife sanctuary in Australia, Kira confronts critical ecological issues, such as wildlife protection and the threat of climate change, that are more relevant to our planet than ever.”

“As American Girl kicks off its 35th year, Kira joins our lineup of diverse and purposeful characters who star in stories that reflect the realities of the times—whether it’s historical or modern-day,” said Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl. Cygielman noted the Australian bushfires and U.S. wildfires of the past year and added, “We knew it was important to focus Kira’s story on the major conservation and climate challenges facing our planet today—causes that are extremely important to today’s youth. Through Kira, we hope our fans will learn that we all have a part to play in taking positive action for our planet.”

Those are important lessons—but Kira’s aunts are also having an important impact. Sydney Jean, a blogger on the website American Girl Doll News wrote, “When I found out that Kira had two aunts, Mamie and Lynette, I wanted to cry tears of joy…. it means the world to me that American Girl is taking a big step and representing lesbians—people like me—in their newest book series.” (I’ll note that while they’re clearly a same-sex couple, I’m not sure it’s stated whether they’re lesbians as opposed to bisexual.)

Others were not as thrilled, giving the associated book Kira Down Under one-star reviews at Amazon. One reviewer wrote, “My daughter had no idea what a lesbian couple is and American Girl has cruelly taken away part of her innocence now that I’ve had to explain about that lifestyle.” Another said, “This book blatantly introduces very mature topics.” Spoiler alert: It doesn’t. And the aunts’ “lifestyle” consists of being a hardworking, animal-loving couple who cares for their family. (Also, if I wanted to, I could explain the creation of my family to a child without once mentioning sex, which is probably more than these reviewers could do. Whose family really requires the discussion of “mature” topics?)

As Sydney Jean noted, this isn’t the first time American Girl has been the target of homophobes ire. Some called for boycotting the brand in 2005 because of its support of Girls Inc., which supported the LGBTQ community, and again in 2015, when American Girl magazine featured a girl with two dads. Let’s repeat Cygielman’s words (my bold): “Kira joins our lineup of diverse and purposeful characters who star in stories that reflect the realities of the times.”

Watch the start of Kira’s story—and meet her aunts—in the 10-minute video below, part of a series dropping every Friday. Then check out the book and, wherever you bought or borrowed it, go to Amazon and leave your own review.

Now if American Girl would only launch a transgender girl doll next, I’d be even more excited.


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Lesbian softball couple will face off against each other at Tokyo Olympics

Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez play softball

Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez are engaged to be married, and they’ll battle against each other at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. (Instagram)

A recently-engaged lesbian couple, both softball players, are set to face off against each other at the Tokyo Olympics on separate teams.

Amanda Chidester plays for the United States softball team, while Anissa Urtez plays for Mexico’s team – but that didn’t deter the women from striking up a relationship.

Earlier this year, Amanda popped the question, and the pair have been practicing their softball skills with each other throughout the pandemic – but once they’re on the field, it’s game on.

The couple opened up about what it’s like to be in a relationship with a direct competitor on the Five Rings to Rule Them All podcast.

Chidester said having the “extra time” to train was a “blessing in disguise” after the Olympics was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We definitely have our hopes high right now because it’s still on thank goodness,” Chidester said of the Olympics.

“That’s just how we’re staying positive and continuing to train and working together definitely helps because we’re definitely accountability partners,” she added.

However, once they’re on the field at next year’s Olympics, they will be fierce competitors, they said.

Speaking about the Tokyo Olympics, set to go ahead in 2021, Chidester said: “We’ve had a bunch of conversations about it. Whoever medals, we’re going to be happy for each other no matter what. No matter what.”

Uretz added: “We don’t know each other when we’re on the field. It’s game on.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the couple opened up about how they met while playing softball – and how they got engaged earlier this year.

Chidester proposed to Uretz earlier this year when they went on a trip with some mutual friends. Uretz said she had “no idea” that the proposal was going to happen.

Lesbian softball couple’s engagement was ‘perfect’.

“I knew it was going happen eventually,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen in the fall, maybe in the spring of 2021 or something.”

She added: “The ring was beautiful, it was perfect, the location was beautiful too. So I’m definitely happy with out it turned out.”

Uretz also opened up about her coming-out experience, saying she was “fortunate” to not face any “terrible backlash” due to her sexuality.

“I have had some issues with family and it was definitely tough with my mom at first,” she said.

“Being able to have those conversations with my mom was so hard because she felt like she did something wrong, and so with that, I guess it made me feel like I was a bad person in a way, like I was doing something wrong.”

Uretz said her mother is “more on board now” as she can see that being open about her sexuality has made her a happier person.

She also revealed that she came out to some of her extended family on her father’s side only after Chidester proposed this year.

“It was definitely a relief, and I think it’s made my family closer to be able to just be open with them about my personal life, because I never was before,” she said.

 

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Chiara and Stefania knew marriage was right for them: they had been together for ten years before choosing to wed. The Italian couple organized a small, intimate Central Park wedding. After a decade of love, they committed to each other forever under The Ladies’ Pavilion against bright blue skies. The two brides wore exquisite, custom-tailored suits in navy and ocean blue. Following the ceremony, friends and family gathered for a picnic with champagne and cake.  “We spent ten years getting to know and understand each other,” the couple told us. “Deciding to get married and be together forever was the most beautiful decision we could make.”  To honor the decision, they tattooed the New York City skyline and their wedding date on their arms.

Chiara and Stefania hail from Geneva, Italy. For many of their guests, the Central Park wedding was their first trip to the United States. Of course, there was some “emotional management” of the family, but the couple tells Equally Wed this was normal. “Conviction and mutual love must prevail over everything,” they said. Their New York wedding only strengthened the family bonds. “It was a dream come true for everyone. We have met a lot of respect from our friends and family. It was a truly emotional ceremony.”

To other LGBTQ+ couples, Stefania and Chiara advise: “Do this with conviction and respect, because values have to be real deep! We suggest that couples marry when the relationship is really strong. No one can know what the future will be like. We have to be convinced that we will do everything to overcome the difficulties of life together.”

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

Italian couple celebrates a Central Park wedding after a decade together. Fotovolida featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and vendor directory.

VENDORS

Photographer: Fotovolida 
Wedding Ceremony Venue  The Ladies Pavilion, Central Park, New York City
Wedding Reception Venue: Cherry Hill, Central Park, New York City
Florist: Artsy Flora 
Planner: Christa DeHuff with A Central Park Wedding
Catering Company: Perfect Picnic
Cake Designer Company: Junior’s 
Officiant: Francesca Manisco 

My GF and I, a lesbian couple, have made this store, we’d love to hear a feedback from you : butchlesbians

My GF and I, a lesbian couple, have made this

I like your designs but you don’t have my size (xs, i can make a small work in women’s sizes sometimes but a unisex s is way too big for me) in anything but crop tops (which just aren’t my style) and at your price point I would want a good fit so I probably wouldn’t buy anything. Idk how many tiny people there are in search of these clothes though and what access you have to sizing through your supplier/printer so manufacturing them might not be profitable.

ETA: if you ungender the categories make sure to make it clear what sizing metric each shirt uses since women’s, men’s, and unisex are not the same so people might buy a different size based on what sizing is being used. Also upon further looking you do have xs in just a couple t shirts but if i’m being real i probably would have assumed that you didn’t and not clicked on more after the first 3 i clicked if i weren’t trying to give feedback. So a way to search based on size availability would be nice

Couple killed, dismembered lesbian in ‘horror flat’

Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley, 30 and 25

A male couple have been found guilty of murdering and dismembering a lesbian in their flat filled with horror merchandise.

Boyfriends Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley, 30 and 25, have been convicted of the 2019 killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley, West Midlands.

The two men, who had already admitted perverting the course of justice and concealing a body, were found guilty of murder in a trial at Coventry Crown Court on Monday (November 9).

Couple lured woman to their flat, murdered and dismembered her

Rawson, 42, met Maynard-Ellis at a pub in May 2019, and was captured on CCTV entering a taxi with him, never to be seen again.

After her disappearance was linked to Maynard-Ellis, detectives visited the flat he shared with Leesley, discovering blood matching Rawson’s DNA under a newly-purchased carpet.

The couple have been convicted of killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley, West Midlands.
The couple have been convicted of killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley (West Midlands Police)

An extensive search later uncovered dismembered human body parts in plastic bags that had been disposed of near a canal and in a wasteland area.

Prosecutors told the court that Maynard-Ellis had a fascination with murder and was addicted to fantasies about the “sexualised killing of women.”

The pair’s flat “was the making of horror stories”, the BBC reports, filled with swords, spiders, Freddy Krueger figures and Chucky dolls.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court that Maynard-Ellis had gone out with the aim of finding a victim.

Rawson identified as a lesbian, the court heard, but a former partner said she was sometimes “flirtatious” with men while drunk.

After reaching their flat, the is thought to have been struck on the head before being dismembered by the couple.

In addition to the murder charge, Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of rape, and threats to kill, in relation to another woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Actions of murderers ‘despicable and incomprehensible’

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough of West Midlands Police said in a release: “This is simply a tragic case. The actions of Maynard-Ellis and Leesley are incomprehensible. Julia did nothing wrong that evening. The way in which she was murdered and treated in death are despicable.

“Julia’s family, friends and the wider community in which this horrific killing has occurred are left devastated by the cruel actions of the pair.

“Fortunately depraved crimes like this are rare, but their actions were sickening and it’s been a complex and emotionally difficult case for us as officers to investigate.

“However we were determined to seek justice for Julia and I hope their guilty verdicts provide some solace for her loved ones. My thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

In a statement, Rawson’s family said: “Her death has had a devastating impact on us, the mutilation of her body and the callous way in which her remains were scattered has revolted us. We can only pray Julia knew nothing about these abhorrent acts.

“We are a close and loving family, clinging to each other in an attempt to support each other through this harrowing ordeal, but shall remain deeply affected and troubled by these events for the rest of our lives because Julia’s loss is felt as keenly today as when we heard she had first gone missing.”

Fearing the end of marriage equality, one couple rushes to the altar before an historic election is called

Fearing the end of marriage equality, one couple rushes to

Following the appointment of conservative Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Jason Melcher and Johnnie Wonders worried that their right to marry as a gay couple could be revoked. An historic election day that could further impact their fate was just around the corner, so the pair rushed to the altar, planning their special event in just under two days.

The couple lives in the swing state of Pennsylvania in an area that Jason refers to as Trump territory. Multiple neighbors flaunt yard signs that promote the incumbent, and even larger, more prominent displays can be seen a few miles down the road. Johnnie says, “I wish they could realize how their unwavering faith in this president affects us,” adding that Trump’s bigotry and problematic perspectives impact the lives and mental health of marginalized people in ways that his supporters don’t seem to understand.

Johnnie says, “We might do things they wouldn’t do with their own lives, but it doesn’t mean that we’re not like them when it comes to our relationships and how we love one another.” Jason explains that one reason to get married so quickly was to guarantee protections the couple could otherwise be denied. He cites the importance of hospital visitation, sharing health insurance, the right to make decisions for each other in an emergency, and other rights that could be important during a pandemic.

He adds, “It’s literally just a piece of paper but it means so much more in the political sense. It’s a giant middle finger to the current president and Amy Coney Barrett or anyone else who isn’t sure we should be married.”

photo by Lorena Melcher
It was difficult to find time for the ceremony because both men are working two jobs, but they ultimately invited guests to a late-night affair in the early hours of Halloween. The wedding day was also a work day for Jason, who went straight from his full-time job at a local, queer-centered nonprofit to an evening shift at McDonald’s. Jason didn’t return home until after midnight, leaving just enough time to shower and change clothes before walking down the stairs of the couple’s home with his groom at 1 a.m.

The pair was joined in person by Jason’s parents and twin as well as two of their close friends in addition to Jason’s older brother who connected via live-stream. They gathered in front of their fireplace mantle which Johnnie decorated with sparkling lights and festive garlands hours before the event. A Progress Pride flag hung on a nearby wall in the living room as they exchanged vows in matching Renaissance garb.

Both men wore black harem pants and matching boots paired with similarly styled vests that had pointed shoulders and chain details. A gold collar, lapel and cuffs accented Jason’s burgundy, leather vest, which he paired with a black, long-sleeved v-neck. Wonders donned similar attire, but his vest was black with purple embellishments, and he carried a decorative knife. Guests dressed in the theme with outfits they’d typically sport at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Their original wedding date was scheduled for a Renaissance Faire weekend, an event both men feel deeply connected to after growing up visiting the destination and eventually developing a strong community there. Jason isn’t too disappointed that his original wedding plans didn’t come to fruition because the pair hopes to renew their vows in a ceremony that will match his dreams. The new date of October 31 is significant for Johnnie who is Wiccan, and the couple incorporated a Pagan handfasting ritual into the ceremony. The couple didn’t exchange rings, but they tied a braided embroidery thread into a knot around their shared clasp to signify their union. 

At 6-foot-6, Jason was the tallest person present—standing just inches below the ceiling and 14 inches higher than Johnnie who is only 5-foot-4. “Every aspect of our relationship is opposites attract,” Jason says as he begins to list their differences. He describes himself as a lap dog who needs a lot of cuddling and Johnnie as someone who prefers more space. He notes that they approach finances and the perceptions of the world from a different lens because of the ways they grew up. Johnnie, 43, was raised by his grandfather in rural Pennsylvania, going to high school across the parking lot from a cow field, and developing his sense of self in a space where being gay isn’t always affirmed. In contrast, Jason, 26, grew up in suburbs that border Philadelphia, immersed in a younger generation of queer people and is around those who embody more diverse aspects of identity, such as nonbinary and agender descriptors.


Johnnie is a homebody whereas Jason likes to go out—but Jason notes, “He gives me a valid reason to stay home and relax—to spend time with him rather than go, go, go. I do the opposite for him, so we offer balance to each other—where he reminds me to rest and I remind him to live a little more.” Johnnie underlines that each of their differences is a positive attribute in their relationship that helps them grow and feel grounded together.


The pair met four years ago at a leather and fetish event and proudly embraces a dominant-submissive dynamic, but most people make the wrong assumptions about who’s who. Johnnie explains, “Everyone thinks Jason is the more dominant one because he’s so much bigger, but we defy stereotypes.” Johnnie says that he’s learned there just isn’t a specific concept for norms regarding relationships anymore. He underlined, “And in that way, our relationship is no different than anyone else’s.”

Johnnie mailed his ballot the day of their wedding and both men are trying to practice self-care, enjoy virtual time with friends, and pour themselves into work while awaiting results—which experts say might take until Friday to finalize in Pennsylvania. When explaining how he hopes those in leadership will view queer and marginalized people over the next four years, Johnnie says, “I want the world to realize that there’s only one thing that should matter. It’s just love. Plain and simple. Just love.”

Photo credit: Lorena Melcher

 

Adorable gay couple pops up in holiday Etsy ad / Queerty

Adorable gay couple pops up in holiday Etsy ad /

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Online market Etsy waded into the holiday season this week with a new ad featuring a Black gay couple as the central characters.

Etsy plays host to thousands of online “shops,” which allow craftspeople and artisans to turn their artistic outlets into businesses by offering specially made wares. The new ad campaign “Gift Like You Mean It,” welcomes the holiday season by stressing love and acceptance.

Related:WATCH: Mariah Carey spreads holiday joy with Billy Eichner on NYC streets

In the video, the handsome couple named Brandon & David, attend a holiday celebration with family.  “Don’t worry, they’re going to love you,” one says to the other as they stand outside. Later, as the family unwraps gifts, an elderly relative welcomes the couple “to the family,” and presents them with a needlepoint tree ornament with their names written on it.

It’s a tender moment of joy, and an uplifting one we need in our current season. The new Etsy commercial also comes as various outlets and businesses have begun to court more diversity–including LGBTQ representation–as part of holiday advertising. Both the Lifetime and Hallmark networks, two purveyors of schmaltzy holiday films, have announced queer-themed films this year. Netflix, meanwhile, has announced the holiday-themed series Dash and Lily, which features a prominent gay character in the show.

Austrian supermarket ad depicts our last emperor and empress (Franz Josef & Sisi) as a lesbian couple and it makes me way too happy : actuallesbians

Austrian supermarket ad depicts our last emperor and empress (Franz

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