Also.Also.Also: Black and Queer in Appalachia and Other Stories You Shouldn’t Miss

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Hello hello! It’s almost the weekend again and look, here you are, working for it. I’m eating organic corn chips and drinking grapefruit LaCroix in the comfort of my own office chair as I type this for you from SUNNY PHOENIX. DAMN IT’S HOT HERE.

I hope you have some cool refreshing hydration in your future, and that your bag of salty snacks never ends. Please send over a cheese dip if you have one. Thank you.

Queer as in F*ck You

+ 15 Creatives on the Meaning of Pride, with your favorite and mine, Gabby Rivera!

+ Why Reforming the Juvenile Justice System Is an LGBTQ Issue.

+ How Black Lives Matter Gave One Black Queer Woman the Confidence to Be Visible in Appalachia. Perfect.

+ ‘Generation Queer’ Sees First Wave of LGBTQ Students Who Are Fully Out in Schools. Research!

+ Masculine of Center Wedding Attire Roundup.

+ The Problem With Writing About Florida.

+ The Astrology of the Stonewall Riots: An Interview with Amelia Quint.

+ The iPhone Revolutionized Gay Hookup Culture.

+ LGBTQ Nightlife: How DJs Straddle the Line Between Taste-Making and Crowd-Pleasing.

+ What Happens When Villains Become the Most Visible Queers?

+ Jazz Jennings: Why Trump’s Presidency Has United Transgender Youth More Than Ever.

+ PBS’s “Queer and Muslim in America” aired last week.

Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Gorsuch’s First Anti-Gay Dissent Has a Huge Factual Error. What a guy.

+ Mixing Business And The Presidency, Trump To Hold Fundraiser At His Washington Hotel.

+ NRA is even more off the rails than usual!

+ In Rebuke to Trump GOP Committee Votes to Repeal Authorization for Use of Military Force.

+ EPA Chief Met with Dow CEO Before Deciding on Pesticide Ban. Cool cool.

+ US Nuclear Plant’s Computer System Hacked.

Doll Parts

+ Black Girls Are Perceived as Less Innocent Than White Girls.

+ Prison Rips Babies From the Arms of Their Mothers: A View From Behind Bars.

+ Feminist Magazine Makes History, Appoints Transgender Woman Editor-In-Chief.

+ Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women. This made Ali extremely mad, so buckle up!

+ Revisiting the Erotic Coming of Age Thriller Poison Ivy. CORRECT.

+ 25 Years Later, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman Is Still the Best Superhero Movie Villain. ALSO CORRECT.

+ The Future of US Swimming is 6’9″, 17 Years Old and African American.

Keep Up

+ Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Brian Encinia, Ex-Texas State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland.

+ The New Working Class.

+ The Healthcare System Is Leaving the Southern Black Belt Behind.

America Leads the World in Drug Overdose Deaths — By A Lot.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ The Lost Generation: From ‘The Joy Luck Club’ To ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.

+ The Future of Coal Country.

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  1. The article about Florida sent chills down my spine. Unlike the other Kristen, I’m wasn’t born in Florida-my family moved to Orlando from Dallas, Texas the summer before I started Fifth Grade. Nonetheless, Central Florida is my home now; it’s where my formatitive years took place, and like the author I can’t now picture myself living anywhere else even with its many flaws.

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