Also.Also.Also: Any Day Cardi B Reminds the Internet She Is Actually Bisexual Is a Good Day

It is 90 degrees and today I am having veggie quesadillas and a beer and I cannot wait.


Queer as in F*ck You

More Places Are Requiring Proof of Vaccination. LGBTQ Bars Led the Way.

Cardi B Shuts Down “Queerbaiting” Claims by Reminding Everyone She’s Bisexual. Someone should definitely inform Cardi that “queerbaiting” isn’t a new word and has been around queer fandom for almost as long as there’s been fandom, but still points were made and I’m always here for Cardi B reminding people that she is in fact bisexual!

Behind the GOP Strategy to Outlaw Trans Youth

First-of-Their-Kind Trans Clinics Staffed by Trans Doctors and Nurses Open Their Doors. “India has opened its first two trans clinics — trans-led and staffed by trans doctors and nurses, with the intention of supporting trans people living with HIV, promoting safer sex, and improving trans people’s wellbeing.”

From Sally: 1,000-Year-Old Remains in Finland May Be Non-Binary Iron Age Leader


Saw This, Thought of You

What Miss Piggy Taught Me About Abuse

Natalie said “Make time for this one” and if you know this column at all, you know that what Natalie says goes: What 9/11 Did to One Family

The Case Against the Beach Read. (I’m sorry but, absolutely not)

What’s Wrong With Ice Cream Right Now? Geez, I don’t know why everyone is so cranky this summer, I’m just here to gather the links.


Political Snacks

Senators Urge Biden Administration to Protect LGBTQ Asylum-Seekers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Will Resign Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal, which is such a great time to revisit Rebecca Traister’s magnificent The Cruelty and the Casualties.

If you live in New York and are curious about your new Governor, who will now become the first woman Governor in the state’s history, may I also suggest: Maybe You’d Like to Know More About Kathy Hochul?


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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. 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. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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7 Comments

  1. I feel pretty 😒 about that “non-binary” Scandinavian skeleton story. The crux of it is that the dna remains showed Klinefelter syndrome, which would make the person intersex. Yeah, they had feminine dress and a masculine weapon, but the article equates their chromosomes with their gender expression, which is not particularly progressive.

  2. There’s been an odd rise in accusations of queerbaiting in recent years. There have been at least a few borderline cases which appear to be accidental, and at least one legitimate example of it (Captain Marvel), but most of the time it’s just kind of dumb. The Cardi B thing was so wrong it shouldn’t even have gotten noticed, and it only did because Rolling Stone really dropped the ball here.

    • Does Captain Marvel even technically count as queerbaiting? In my mind queerbaiting is when promotional material tries to make something look more gay than it is to draw in fans and/or exploits chemistry between same-sex characters to keep fans invested while never intended to pay off. Meanwhile I’d classify Captain Marvel under a different category of “Inexplicably No Homo” (or maybe Homo, but No Homo, lol), in that nothing really was promoted, but there was a clearly closeted story line (same-sex family, but no homo!) within the movie. It’s similarly frustrating, but for a different reason, because I didn’t go in expecting much but left frustrated at whatever was handcuffing the writers who clearly wanted to tell a same-sex story.

  3. *sigh* Guardian – while i appreciate the article, it’s exhausting that after decades of misrepresenting intersex people as transsexual (and vice versa) now the newest thing seems to be misnoming them as non binary.
    The body in the grave is intersex. That’s a physical state of being. Non binary is a modern identity that is self chosen, and we know zero about this intersex person’s gender identity.
    Don’t perpetuate intersex invisibility, appropriation and misrepresentation, please. It’s very harmful.

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