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discussing the bathroom issue : butchlesbians

discussing the bathroom issue : butchlesbians

Hi everyone I’m new to the thread. I wondered if anyone had recently read the Diva artcile about harassment of butch women in public bathrooms. I was suprised at the negative reaction it received on twitter with many suggesting that trans safety is more threatened and so this issue is irrelevant. I wondered if you all have any thoughts about how to usefully talk about this very real issue for butch women without minimizing the experiences of trans people in gendered spaces. To communicate that this really is an issue for butch women that also needs to be more widely discussed and addressed. https://www.google.com/amp/s/divamag.co.uk/2021/01/19/news-butch-lesbians-are-facing-increasing-harassment-in-public-toilets/amp/

The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 74, November 2020

The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 74, November 2020


Letter From Your Editors
We just get further distilled as this year goes on. This is who we are at our utmost selves:

November sure went by fast — did anyone else find themselves surprised that we’re suddenly a month away from a new decade? The top of November submerged us in the U.S. election — and thoughtful coverage on AS — which brought on high heaps of anxiety, some of which dissolved into celebration and some of which will follow us well into 2021. But we are leaving this month officially in HOLIGAY SEASON now. So even in COVID, even as we look back at the things that we’ve lost and will continue to plague us, even as uncertainty hovers near, I have been filled with warmth and excitement by the care, humor and energy in this community — also by what Nicole is cooking up for our A+ members next month, check your A+ E-News this weekend!

Some of my must-reads of November are posts that have filled me with sense of relief in one way or another: Shelli’s roundtable on The Happi…

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Kamala Puligandla lives in LA and is the writer of various autobiographical fictions. She is the distinguished recipient of her parents’ leftovers and hair compliments from strangers on the street. Her first novel is forthcoming from Not A Cult. Find her work at kamalapuligandla.com.

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The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 72, September 2020

The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 72, September 2020


Letter From Your Editors
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September is generally a “getting back to business” season and that’s some of what we’ve been up to at Autostraddle. I know this summer has been hard, depressing and weird, but it’s also had its moments. One of my summer highlights was hopping a fence to swim in a nice pool at a big, deserted house with a strangely executed Moroccan architectural theme. The place was empty because it was about to be remodeled and my friend told me that a friendly dyke was watching the house until it was finished, and we could just invite ourselves in. It felt like an appropriately eerie and satisfying pandemic summer excursion.

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Why the Supreme Court Decision on Birth Control Is a Queer Issue

Why the Supreme Court Decision on Birth Control Is a

The only time I’ve ever been on birth control was when my spouse and I were trying to have a child. This just goes to show the variety of ways that birth control is used—and why the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing more employers to refuse to cover it is very much a queer issue.

Birth control pills

Photo credit: ParentingPatch Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

First, let me assure you I know how birth control works. My spouse and I, however, were doing reciprocal IVF, with me donating an egg for her to carry. We needed to synch our cycles so that my egg was retrieved when her uterus was ready. Enter the birth control pill, which allows a clockwork prediction of one’s monthly cycle. (More details here on how we did this.) Yet my situation is far from the only one involving queer people and birth control. Bisexual and pansexual people may be in relationships that have the potential within them to create pregnancies, as may transgender and nonbinary folks. Sometimes, too, birth control is used to regulate hormones for medical reasons having nothing to do with procreation.

The Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s desire to allow almost any employer, even for-profit ones, to cite religious or moral beliefs as a reason to refuse to cover birth control for its employees. In doing so, it gutted provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that say employers must cover this. (The ACA did, in fact allow exemptions for religiously affiliated organizations, while also giving their employees ways of having birth control covered by having the organizations not pay the costs directly, as CNN explains.) Now, the Supreme Court has said even employers who are not religiously affiliated may use religious or moral reasons not to cover birth control. Between 75,000 to 125,000 women could lose birth control coverage, by the government’s estimate.

As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said in her dissent, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree.”

This is deeply frightening, especially given the other ways this administration is pushing for religious exemptions to nondiscrimination laws—say, in adoption and foster care,

I wish I had some words of encouragement—but all I can do is agree with RBG. One more reason for us all to vote in November.