Also.Also.Also: 2021 Is Officially the Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People

I also mentioned this in the recap of Twenties that I just wrote (are you watching that yet? You really should be!), but I got my Vaccine Booster today and please excuse any typos because my bed/fever is calling something fierce and this link round up is the only thing between me and it. Thank you! 💜

Queer as in F*ck You

No, I realize this section of the link round up has “fuck” as a joke but Seriously. Absolutely Seriously. FUCK THISSSSSSSSSS — 2021 Is Now the Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People

Saw This, Thought of You

Getting Back to Normal Is Only Possible Until You Test Positive

How SARS-CoV-2 in American Deer Could Alter the Course of the Global Pandemic. “Scientists have evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is circulating in white-tailed deer in the U.S. They say the findings could essentially dash any hopes of eliminating the virus in the U.S. — and the world.” (To quote Vanessa, “Wow this excerpt is sad on like multiple levels?”)

And then as a chaser, Himani recommends “probably the cutest climate change article ever to clean the palette”: The Furriest, Cleverest, and Hands-Down Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change

Sunny Hostin Is More Than Just Co-host of The View (shhhhhh The View remains one of my sometimes guilty pleasures and I’m Sunny Hostin Hive forever)

SPORTS! But also Romance? Renee Montgomery Is Married! Atlanta Dream Co-Owner and Wife Sirena Grace Detail ‘Special’ Wedding

I feel like someone here will enjoy Kelly Clarkson going emo and covering My Chemical Romance

This is actually from earlier in the month, but I only just now saw it, and ABSOLUTELY THIS: The Zombification of Whitney Houston by Brooke Obie for Refinery29

Political Snacks

Still thinking about last week’s election? Virginia Republicans Perfected the Post-Trump Dog Whistle. “Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin figured out exactly how far, and how close, to keep Donald Trump.”

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And 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. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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  1. i look forward to the a3’s, but Carmen, please know that i would gladly miss them because you were taking care of yourself. guessing other people might, too. hope things ease up for you quickly.

      • it’s really hard to take a pause when you are the one who makes things happen – but it’s harder to make things happen when you give it the energy you need to recover. which is to say, even though you are recovering for the best :) reason, i hope today is smooth and just what you need to feel better.

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