“We’re here on our own terms; we’re not waiting around for the colonial gaze to acknowledge us. In so many spaces, we are pushed out, marginalized – but actually, really, we have a lot of collective power.”
The QTPOC Speakeasy is throwing a house party/pajama jam on Mt. Feelings and everyone’s invited! Come for the throwbacks, stay for the dance-off. We even put together a mini-playlist for you, bb.
Why some members of San Francisco’s BlackOut Collective protested topless, the Girl Scouts of America reaffirm their trans inclusive policies, a man is charged with London Chanel’s death and other news stories!
This is not a how-to guide; there’s no right way to navigate these situations. Let’s share instances of microaggressions and some ways to deal in the hopes we’ll all be able to make it out alive, looking sexy and loving our hardest.
This wasn’t just an attack on a Facebook invite. For many, this was an attack similar to those they experience in the real world navigating as Black Lesbians and in a space they felt safe in. So what exactly happened?
The earth is aflame for the Nicki/Bey friendship canon. “Feeling Myself” delivers all the goods: cheeseburgers, bamboo earrings and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé at their absolute best.
It’s as if I had just discovered a new color and now had this entirely new dimension to my life. I was able to paint a holistic portrait of what I wanted the rest of my life to look like.
Female artists in the 80s and 90s, Alison Bechdel, queer rap, Anna Kendrick, Roxane Gay, my spiders, new Janet Jackson album, science for preschoolers/you, sex ed, a big ol’ fish, Laverne Cox, and so much more!
Watch Bessie. Do it for the moments of bisexual badassery. Do it for the love of the blues. But goddammit, watch Bessie because her legacy is an important part of our history as queers in this world.
Stories on the status of incarcerated trans women, Palestinian statehood, Jeb Bush, blood donation guidelines, crisis pregnancy centers being glitter-bombed, and more!
“Jeezy’s Juke Joint is an onion of a burlesque show, queerly peeling back layer upon layer of oppression and erasure by creating space for important and difficult dialogue about the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality… This might be the most important burlesque show you’ve ever seen.”
Queer lady comedians you can love, let’s talk about The L Word some more, Utah and a trans prom queen, women doing things, Jane the Virgin, natural disasters are worse for women, “choice feminism” is shit, a science evangelist, a feminist wedding magazine, and so much more!
Gorgeous photos of diverse queer people, black intersectional womanist feminism, Whoopi and Hannah, lady inventor, nail salons in NYC are fucked, what Trina taught you, Hillary, pollen, an inordinate number of greeting card talk, spiders, Whole Foods, bones, crying, witches, ice cream cones three times, Janelle Monae, Mx. and so much more!
Smith is now accepting trans women, three-parent birth certificates, Cat Con LA is just what it sounds like, books to help your kids understand revolution, Roxane Gay interviewing Toni Morrison, a Sally Ride pin you need ASAP and so much more!
Black women at the helm of protests, fundraisers to support, gay marriage on tribal lands, Grace Ellis talking about Lumberjanes, the history of jeans in women’s protests, taking up space, a serial killer and the cops that didn’t give a fuck, sex workers, female engineers, rattlesnakes, nanoscale tubes, a dancing baby, the class divide, and so much more!
“Dating broken white women became a way to reprise a powerlessness that years of sexual abuse and generations of blackphobia had tricked me into believing in. I drowned this feeling of powerlessness in weed and seeking out relationships in which I could engage in yet remain completely hidden from view.”
I wanted to take today’s lesson as an opportunity to totally school you on the suffrage comrades they didn’t teach you about in school, but there’s a ton, so I picked some of my favorites.
The journey to finding and deciding on my real name, Melinda Valdivia Rude, took about four years.
Female hysteria, black women as the default, the power of the black sorority, skeletons with jewels in their eye sockets, the Oregon Trail Generation, an introvert’s guide to having to say hello, don’t speed in Finland, and so much more!
One generous queer donated a campership to send one lucky Mexican / Mexican-American to A-Camp!