I’M BAAAAAAACK!!!! Did you miss me? 💋
Queer as in F*ck You
“So much of what people are asking for today in TV was organically fulfilled with your comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For — a warm, funny serialized story featuring a big, diverse ensemble of characters dealing with everything from marriage, children, polyamory, death, politics and protest. Adapting it into a TV show seems like a no-brainer. Was that ever an option?
Honestly I’m working on that right now. I don’t want to talk about the specifics, because if it falls through, it’s just a bummer. But it’s a plan to create an animated series based on my drawings. The original concept for the show was to update it and set it in the present. I wrote the pilot before Trump was elected, and we just had a discussion about how maybe it makes more sense to set it in the time period in which it really happened, which I am so much happier about. Somehow the update made sense five years ago, but now I want to do it as a period piece. We’re aiming to do it in the early ‘90s, which was the midpoint of the run of the comic strip. For older people, it might be nostalgic; for younger people, they’re curious about what now was a long time ago. When I was a teenager, I would watch movies that were 30 years old, and they seemed prehistoric.”
I started to pull out quotes from this interview, but honestly soon I was just typing out the entire thing. If you’re a regular reader of this link roundup, you know that I’m a massive fan of E. Alex Jung’s work, and here he is interviewing the ONE AND ONLY Alison Bechdel so obviously it’s excellent and thoughtful and every question I’ve wanted to ask about Dykes, answered. The biggest tidbit of course is that she’s working on a Dykes to Watch Out For animated series, and now I will never know peace until we have it: In Conversation: Alison Bechdel
(Looking for more Alison Bechdel content? Might I suggest Talking with Alison Bechdel about Feminist Martial Arts, Lockdown, and Her New Book “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Alyssa Favreau for this very same website you are currently reading!)
Autostraddle! Now close, personal friends with Oprah!
Here’s the link: 15 LGBTQ Podcasts That’ll Make You Proud Year-Round
Instagram Adds They/Them Pronoun Options for User Profiles. Related: Top Social Media Platforms ‘Unsafe’ for LGBTQ Users, Report Finds. “Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube are ‘effectively unsafe for LGBTQ users,’ according to GLAAD’s inaugural Social Media Safety Index.”
Biden Administration Announces Reversal of Trump-Era Limits on Protections for Transgender People in Health Care (this isn’t the exact article where I read this, but reportedly this will also make those transphobic state bans harder to stand up in court, fucking finally.)
Lesbian Chef Kelly Fields Won the Heart and Stomachs of New Orleans Foodies. Please know that this comes with a bread pudding recipe! Is it too early to declare all bread puddings a lesbian dessert now? I’m ready. Let me know.
Saw This, Thought of You
Breaking News: Fully Vaccinated? You Can Ditch the Mask, CDC Says And yes, you can enjoy that sun on your face — but also, let’s not lose sight of our U.S. privilege in these instances that was bought and paid for at the expense of others: For Nurses in India’s Largest Cities, ‘Every Day Feels like War.’
As a Former Foster Parent, Am I a Mom — Or Something Else? A Mother’s Day reflection that has really stuck with me this week.
Time to check in with the straights: J.Lo and Ben Affleck Have Never Been Low-Key. “That’s what makes them perfect celebrities.”
Saweetie, Rihanna, and the Memeification of Domestic Violence. “What does it mean to live in a society where violence against women and girls is treated as comedic fodder?”
Don’t Look Away. “As the WNBA begins its 25th season of soldiering on in the face of tired arguments for why fans don’t watch, the time has come to pay attention.”
Mazie Hirono Is Okay With a Little Confrontation. “A long talk about anger with the gloriously foulmouthed senator from Hawaii.”