Also.Also.Also: Gorgeous Queer Black Love in Jussie Smollett’s “Freedom” Video and Other Stories You Need

It feels like I’ve been writing this link roundup since the day I was born. Time is a flat circle. There’s so much to see!


Queer as in F*ck You

Noxolo Mabona-abulawe Xakeka Was Murdered for Being a Lesbian.

24-Year-Old Sana Javeri Kadri Started Her Own Turmeric Business to Help Indian Farmers.

The Air Force Expelled Her In 1955 For Being A Lesbian. Now, At 90, She Is Fighting Back. FUCK YEAH SHE IS.

How Coming Out Made Me Whole: High Maintenance’s Katja Blichfeld Tells Her Story.

Julien Baker’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Making of ‘Battle of the Sexes’: How Emma Stone Mastered the Signature Move of a Tennis Legend.

Pakistan’s Transgender Women, Long Marginalized, Mobilize For Rights.

Transgender Woman Says Jail Awaits In Uzbekistan, Seeks Asylum In Belarus.

Sleep Problems Worse for Adults in Sexual Minority Groups.

Jussie Smollett’s New Video For ‘Freedom’ Is A Beautiful Ode To Black Love.

THIS VIDEO IS SO PRETTY AND PERFECT? Here are some gifs from it, too! Have a great day!

LGBT Designer Responds To Criticism For Using Child Drag Queen For Clothing Company.

Four Black Lesbians Were Killed In One Week, And The Media Still Isn’t Paying Attention.

Virgin Trains Stops Carrying Daily Mail Over Paper’s Stance On LGBT Issues And Immigration.

India’s Supreme Court Will Reconsider Its 2013 Gay Sex Ban.

Lesbian And Bisexual Girls Lack Adequate Information On Safe-sex Practices: UBC Study.

Homophobic Violence Still A Major Problem In Iceland.

Queer Linguistics And Shared Understanding, Or Why I Usually Say I’m Bisexual.

Inter-American Court Of Human Rights Orders 20 Countries To Recognize Same-sex Marriage.


Welcome to the Hellmouth

Trump Administration Opens Door To Let States Impose Medicaid Work Requirements.

Trump Attacks Protections For Immigrants From ‘Shithole’ Countries In Oval Office Meeting. 65,844,954 Americans stare directly into the camera

It’s Joe Arpaio’s Party Now.

A Trump Tweet Briefly Threw A Congressional Vote On Surveillance Into Chaos.

How The Fusion GPS Founder’s Testimony Fits In The Russia Saga.

Trump Administration Has Extensively Removed Climate Change Info From Federal Websites.

Justice Department Announces Court Order Revoking Naturalized Citizenship, Citing Fingerprint Issue.

Trump Administration Halts Program That Evaluates Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Therapies.


Doll Parts

I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan.

Publishing While Female.

In Conversation: Terry Gross.

Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback.

Ashley Feinberg Trolls For All The Right Reasons.

The Magic Skin of Glossier’s Emily Weiss: “How fast can a beauty blogger become the millennials’ Estée Lauder? About three years.”

Mira Sorvino, Greta Gerwig, Apologize to Dylan Farrow For Working With Woody Allen.

The Women of the White House.

Dreamy Portraits Of America’s Forgotten Women Farmers.

What We Lose When We Lose Female Reporters.

The Subtle Misogyny in Anti-Goth Makeovers.


Keep Up

How First Nations Are Fighting Foster Care.

The New Resistance in Iran: An Interview With Frieda Afary.


Saw This, Thought of You

Will America Ever Have A #MeToo-style Reckoning For Racism?

Exercising Your Face. These are the things I read now.

Being a Child Actor Has Always Been Tough. Social Media Makes It So Much Worse.


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6 Comments

  1. Why would any self-respecting Norwegian willingly emigrate to the United States given what this country has degenerated into?
    Why emigrate to a country that can’t even provide you with basic healthcare, paid holidays, maternity and paternity pay, etc etc…
    In Norway they have six weeks of paid vacation for crying out loud…
    And I’m not even gonna say anything about the “shithole countries” comment.

  2. Many times I do considered my own country a “shithole”, but never in my life I’ve seen something like this happened in my country (let me tell you, I’m a diabetic with renal failure under treatment, going to public hospitals like more than 10 times a month, so I KNOW):

    • In the US the medical industry is exactly that an industry. Think of hospital beds containing people who can’t pay or are medcaid ect. patients like tables at a restaurant. Also when cuts come it’s mental health stuff that goes first and if you have epilepsy or something you need a bracelet requesting people not call an ambulance or risk getting stuck with bills that can take years to pay off if you’re not conscious enough to refuse the ambulance ride.

      We’re not a shithole, we’re a dystopia.

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