I saw someone call today, “Happy Long Weekend Eve” and you know what? I’m into it.
Queer as in F*ck You
As you know, Autostraddle just successfully met our goal for our Pride Month Membership Drive (lies, we SMASHED THAT GOAL!! Thank you to all 410 new A+ members who have joined our weirdo party, we love you!). I bet you’d be interested in learning more about how we fundraise and why it’s important? WELL!
Our A+ and Fundraising Director Nicole Hall is so good at their job that they were asked to write about it and here it is: How Autostraddle Went from the Edge of Closure toward a Robust (and Successful!) Community-Centric Donor Model, during a Pandemic! Congratulations Nicole, we are all so proud of you!!
Transgender Job Quota Law Seen ‘Changing Lives’ in Argentina. “A law reserving 1% of Argentina’s public sector jobs for transgender people will transform everyday life for the country’s trans community, LGBT+ activists said [last] Friday after Congress gave final approval for the measure.” (thanks to the A+ member shared this in our inbox, a theme of the week! You’ll see more in one second.)
CHICAGO Listen Up! Nobody’s Darling, A Black Woman-Owned, Queer Cocktail Bar, Opens In Andersonville. The bar’s name is inspired by an Alice Walker poem, “Be Nobody’s Darling.”
And also Japanese pop superstar Utada Hikaru came out as non-binary earlier this week (thanks to the tip from our A+ members inbox!). I love spreading so much great news!
You can also read more about Utada Hikaru’s coming out here and it’s really worth it, Hikaru Utada Is Nonbinary And Wishes All A Happy Pride Month
Saw This, Thought of You
I will be vulnerable here and say that rape is very specifically the reason I don’t consider or call myself a prison abolitionist. And I really appreciate what’s trying to be wrestled with and untangled in this piece from 2018 which could not be more timely to this week: Cosby Presents a Paradox For Prison Abolitionists (Related: All Your Questions About Bill Cosby’s Overturned Verdict, Answered)
And speaking of news I hate this week, Judge Denies Britney Spears’ Request to Remove Father From Conservatorship (Related, and a thoughtful read! We All Tried to Control Britney by Jessica M. Goldstein for Critical Mass)
Please, Do Not Shove Garlic In Your Nose (I’m not sure who is doing this or when TikTok became medical school, but yes please don’t do this!)
A Sci-FI Writer Got Meta about Gender. The Internet Responded by Ruining Her Life. “Isabel Fall’s sci-fi story ‘I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter’ drew the ire of the internet. A year later, she’s still picking through the wreckage.”
No Political Snacks! Get sun this weekend!