I’ll be honest with you, I have my period today and it sucks. BUT! I found so many interesting and amazing things for us to read! So… win-win?


Queer as in F*ck You

Last week I told you that I consider Chase Strangio to be one of the brightest queer, trans legal minds of our generation and a key player in the legal future of our rights. Well, this very fancy New Yorker profile highlights just a little of the reasons why: Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights

This also got mentioned in yesterday’s Pop Culture Fix, but Demi Lovato Reveals Which Movie Made Her Realize She’s Queer. I’ll give you a hint:

Two Animal Lovers Meet at a Tiki Bar. If you’re a regular reader of this link round up, you know that occasionally I just can’t stop myself from posting gay wedding announcements or photos. I don’t know what it is, tbh. When there’s a straight wedding announcement, I roll my eyes and click my teeth. Perhaps it’s because the straights never shout out baby squirrels, karaoke, and a Tiki Bar, who knows?

Chika performed her single “U Should” in an exclusive premiere on Desus & Mero and by the time she got to the line, “I fall in love with constants / Girl, that’s you / I need a rider, I’ll be your provider”… I was absolutely ready to risk it all.


Saw This, Thought of You

The United States of Dolly Parton. Amen.

Highly relatable content! 25 Famous Women on Crying

Is There a Safe Way to Go Home for the Holidays?

Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up for Black Women. THEE Stallion in The New York Times!?!? Holy shit! Also(also.also.) — watch the attached video in that link and thank me later.

Most everyone here will be going gaga for Gillian Anderson, but I gasped so hard at Princess Diana in that dress that I nearly sucked all the air out of my living room:


Political Snacks

I’ve been avoiding the senate confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett with everything that I have. If you’re in the same boat (or if you’ve been hanging on to every word and stress eating Doritos), here’s some smart reading:

Kamala Harris’s Ambition Trap. It includes a linguistic history of the word “bitch” in American politics, which I loved and was horrified by in equal measure.

Education Dept Puts Anti-LGBTQ Activist At Head Of Diversity And Inclusion Council. Listen OK. This is what happens because elections have consequences and we are 21 days from the next one. Vote. And then make sure someone else is voting, too.

Speaking of which, here’s a helpful lil chart from The New York Times: How Quickly Will Your Absentee Vote Be Counted? A State-by-State Timeline

Late Breaking WHAT THE F*CK!?!?

And here’s the link.

Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle’s Deputy Editor 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 230 articles for us.