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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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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Are Engaged, Love Will Never Be a Lie Again!

Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Are Engaged, Love Will Never


Friends! Lesbians! Queers! Good Straddlers of this land! Lend me your ears! The time has finally come to declare, once and for all, that love is not a lie! And lo, it shall never be a lie again! For Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe are ENGAYGED TO BE MARRIED!

I’m sure more information will be available soon, but for now:

Bird and Rapinoe first announced their relationship in 2017. It was kind of just known, but finally someone asked Bird about it and she said, “I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend.” And that was that! In the nearly four years since then, they’ve become arguably the most famous lesbian couple on the planet, aided, weirdly, by Donald Trump, who took aim at Rapinoe during the 2019 World Cup, to which Bird responded with a blistering and loving essay and Rapinoe responded by… winning the World Cup. Then, this year, it was Bird’s turn to win a WNBA championship — the Seattle Storm and Bird’s fourth title — with Rapinoe by her side.

DANG I AM JUST SO GODDAMN HAPPY FOR THEM! These days are dark and this news is BRIGHT AS THE SUN THAT’S BACKLIGHTING MEGAN RAPINOE AS SHE SLIPS A RING ONTO SUE BIRD’S HAND! The only thing that could make me happier than this is confirmation that Rapinoe, like Ashlyn Harris, will wear sparkly soccer socks and a shorts tux at her wedding.

CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She’s a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1045 articles for us.

Sunday Funday Is Swooning Over Sue Bird With Megan Rapinoe

Sunday Funday Is Swooning Over Sue Bird With Megan Rapinoe

Happy Sunday, friends! Last Sunday was Ari’s last roundup for you, and they left you with so many good wishes and so much love! I’m here and queer to fill in until we have a new columnist to go steady with you. It’s a cool 61 degrees here in New York City; all my cats are in all the windows; and I’m going to make some buttermilk biscuits as soon as I publish this Funday! If, like me, you’re trying not to check the news incessantly because it’s terrible for your mental health, but also it’s hard not to check the news incessantly because everything is so forkin’ bananas, I hope you’ll remember to stay hydrated, at least, and that these good gay-ish links will keep you distracted for a little while.


+ It’s time for the WNBA finals, you gays! Seattle leads the Aces 1-0. Game two is today at 3:00pm. You’ve really gotta read this thing Megan Rapinoe wrote about Sue Bird.

+ How a Black lesbian took down a racist, pandemic-partying fraternity in the deep south.

+ Trans recognition is improving despite right-wing backlash around the world.

+ The elusive Mariah Carey’s new memoir.

+ Related!

+ Japan Airlines drops “ladies and gentlemen” for gender-neutral greetings.

+ The unsung heroes of suffrage and Civil Rights movement.

+ Natalie has published her comprehensive voter’s guide! Remember: making a plan to vote on election day is like shopping for Christmas on December 24th. Today’s the last day to register to vote in Alaska and South Carolina, and Monday’s the last day for Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas!

+ TikTok’s queer “it girls” are creating new LGBTQ+ safe spaces.

+ Laura Jane Grace’s surprise new album is “everything quarantine music should be.” 

+ Doris Burke on life inside the NBA bubble.

+ Canada revives efforts to ban conversion therapy nationwide.

+ You’ve probably heard by now, queer people are way more likely to suffer from migraines. One of my all-time favorite YouTubers, queer disability activist and all around charmer, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, has made you a video of migraine cures NOT to try.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She’s a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1024 articles for us.