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+ Bigoted Homophobe Steve Scalise’s Life Was Saved by a Queer Black Woman.

+ Is Pride Still For Queer People Like Me? by Krista Burton.

+ Here’s What Happens When a Brown, Queer Woman Runs for Office in the South.

+ Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Tale of A Progressive Professor Who Forgot To Hide Her Racism And Got Her Ass Fired by Kayla Renee Parker, a queer black fed-up feminist. See also: Professor Fired After Public Dispute With Student Over Slavery.

+ Lawmakers Want to Legalize Discrimination Against LGBTQ Foster Youth.

+ A Black Queer Filmmaker Seeks Intersectional Acceptance in ‘black enuf*’.

+ Commerce Department Removes Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity From Equal Employment Policy.

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  1. Hi Laneia/Autostraddle, can you please cover the protest that happened at the Columbus Pride Parade this weekend? Four queer and trans POC protesters were wrongfully arrested, and one person is being charged with a felony. The organization that sponsors Columbus Pride is named “Stonewall Columbus” but has yet to come out with a hard statement against what CPD did. Please check out for more up to date info. Thanks.

  2. I have so many feelings about all the links you’ve included in this article today. All I can say is thank you, Laneia, because you are perfect and you obviously in-tuned with what we need to know.

  3. As a crafty non-muggle myself, this is just one more reason I appreciate my neighbors to the North.

    Serious question: does anyone else feel conflicted when TV personalities like Stephen Colbert tell us not to move to Canada bc the US needs good people right now? I get his point, but at the same time he’s a rich cis white man who doesn’t have to watch his community get specifically targeted by the state. He doesn’t have to feel real fear in his gut every time his partner walks home alone at night.

    I’m honestly wondering what other people think. I feel like if it gets bad enough then it’s my right as a human to get the hell out of here (not that I’m actually planning to but still). The Great Pumpkin’s got me paranoid.Thoughts?

    • Honestly I think it’s like telling someone they need to stay in a burning building to save everyone else. I’m not a firefighter. I didn’t choose this. There’s no shame in saving yourself and your loved ones and leaving the rest to the volunteers and professionals, who are rightly honored for their service.

      I like to think of myself as an activist, and I’m passionate about this stuff. But I’m scared, too, and I don’t wanted to be guilted into my work by people who *aren’t* in a burning building. We can still help from afar.

  4. My wife and I live in Southern California, but we’ll be driving up to Oregon to go camping with one of our friends to see the solar eclipse. Thanks for including an article about it, I’m so excited!

  5. After reading the article about the student and teacher sparring over slavery I see something troubling. The teacher wasn’t fired because she was a racist. Far from it, no its part of a trend that is quite troubling. Deniers, deniers of truth. 9/11 deniers, sandy hook deniers, Holocaust deniers and even deniers of the genocide in Armenia by the turks. I could see a racist person choosing the same answer as the student because it was a statement of fact. The part being different was how a racist feels about the treatment and a student felt about the treatment of slaves by their masters. But the deniers are far worse. They are completely willing to disagree with any sort of real information and statement of facts because they won’t see it. Make no bones, this teacher was a denier of the affects of slavery and wouldn’t see anyone viewpoint. That is why she was fired. She was trying to deny slavery completely by denying all the facts. Maybe she wasn’t racist in her mind, but by being a denier, you commit the same sort of egregious actions a racist person does by denying the truth. in a sense you become racist, not by action, or words but by denial.

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