I made chicken tortilla soup in a slow cooker (!!!!) and my house smells AMAZING!! I get to eat it in like three whole hours and also maybe I’ll make some homemade cookies? What do you think?


Queer as in F*ck You

This is so dope and the kind of good news that will be a balm to your soul in a fucked up month, TransGriot has announced that they are moving forward with A Black, Trans Publication Will Honor Trailblazing Journalist Monica Roberts’ Legacy (Also thank you Ms. Monica, for everything you gave us.)

Transgender Athlete Sues USA Powerlifting Over Competition Ban

I’m a COVID-19 Long-Hauler, HIV Activist, and Artist. Here’s How I Navigated 2020

I’ve got some really exciting newsletter news from the Autostraddle crew, for those of you who would like even more words from our writers directly in your inbox!

  • Vanessa has launched “Hey Babe” on substack, which she describes as: “a newsletter that was supposed to be about friendship, but now I think is really about grief.” The first post came out today, and it as you would expect, breathtaking. (Speaking of which, V please know that you are in our hearts!)
  • Rachel has launched “two truths & a lie,” “a newsletter that explores a new topic related to fiction, misrepresentation, cons, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and discerning the truth” and I f*cking cannot wait

Saw This, Thought of You

Who Is Going to Publish Lizzo’s “Sci-FI Fantasy Romance” Novel?

Fans Have Dubbed This Old Navy Jumpsuit the ‘Pandemic Uniform.’ I will say that this specific jumpsuit has become the unofficial uniform of Autostraddle if nothing else. Christina‘s tweet about it is included in this article and Vanessa hyped it up in our 2020 Holigay Gift Guide. I haven’t given in yet, but also I can’t seem to escape it! (If dressing like you write for Autostraddle is a thing you would enjoy, you can get the famed jumpsuit right over here.)

Venerable sex worker activist, founder of the organization COYOTE — Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics — and union organizer (who also ran for President in 1980!), Margot St. James has left us this week at the age of 88. Her namesake, the St. James Infirmary, the first occupational clinic in the U.S. run for and by sex workers, reminds us of her words.

The Supreme Court Just Reinstated An Abortion Pill Restriction (I hate it here!!)

Meet the Most Serious Astrologer on TikTok


Political Snacks

I’m still facing some serious post-impeachment burn out, but here’s some things you can read:

Who Cleans Up After a Coup Attempt?

“The events that unfolded didn’t manifest out of thin air nor were they the actions of “lone White wolves” as we have been led to believe every time White men and women commit egregious acts. No, they didn’t act alone. They answered the siren call to combat against their country.

They answered the call that came from inside the house.”

The Call Came From Inside the House by Danielle Moodie (who, just in case you don’t know is queer, Black, and brilliant) for Zora

Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle’s interim Editor-in-Chief and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 259 articles for us.