Also.Also.Also: Dispatches from March for Our Lives and Other Stories

An evening briefing, if you will.

Direct Action

It’s time to take the 12th annual LGBTQ Community Survey! It takes about 10-12 minutes and doesn’t cost you anything or make you angry.

“There’s power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.”

You have four days left to support Muscle Memory, Carly Usdin’s latest film project! Donate now and tell your friends! And your grandparents if you have them, grandparents love to help.

“MUSCLE MEMORY is an experimental romantic comedy about a college freshman who falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD, made as part of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.”


Queer as in F*ck You

Emma González on Why This Generation Needs Gun Control and while we’re at it, Joan of Arc and the Passion of Emma González.

Safe Word Society is looking for models in NYC!

Listen To ‘Out Here In America,’ A Sun Herald Podcast About Being LGBT in the Deep South.

Queer Soup For the Soul: Finding Community in the Kitchen.

Queer Storyteller Nancy M. Musinguzi Elevates Creative Profiles Brick by Brick.

How Doulas and Midwives Around the Country Are Filling the Gaps in Birth Care for Queer Families.

Ok this is gonna blow your mind but stay with me: Many Heterosexuals View Bisexual Women As Promiscuous And Confused, Study Suggests.

Sundance Winner ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Sells to FilmRise.

How This Texas Business Is Promoting The Work Of Queer Artists.

LGBT Communities Brace for Criminalization.


Welcome to the Hellmouth

Pence Secretly Drafted Trump’s Latest Transgender Military Ban.


Doll Parts

Linda Brown, Center of Brown V. Board Case, Dies at 76.

The Story Behind 11-year-old Naomi Wadler and Her March For Our Lives Speech.

The Slow Death of a Southern Feminist Mecca.

9 Documentaries on Netflix that Tell the Stories of Incredible Women.


Keep Up

March for Our Lives Highlights at the NYT, btw, for everyone who doesn’t want to open their incognito mode right now.

Cook County Sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica After Alleged Misuse of Millions of Illinoisans’ Data.

Facebook Admits to Collecting Call and Text Message History From Some Users. I mean, seems chill.

Racial Blindness.

They Push. They Protest. And Many Activists, Privately, Suffer as a Result.

The Oldest Gun Company in the US Has Filed for Bankruptcy.

Parents, Take Heed: Fake Clinics Are Teaching Sex ‘Education,’ and You Can Help Stop Them.

There’s An Online Harassment Campaign Underway Against People Advocating For Diversity In Comics.

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10 Comments

  1. I once had a gig in a hotel for two different fundraising events. The first was for one of those fake “pregnancy crisis centers.” I felt dirty being in the same room with those fanatics. The next night Kate Kendell and folks for the National Center for Lesbian Rights showed up, and she literally smudged the ballroom to cleanse the air.

  2. Is anybody else uncomfortable with a living person being compared to a martyr?
    Like yeah I’m culturally Catholic and Joan was inspiring when I was a kiddo but at the same time I want to wrap Emma in kevlar and D3o because someone might get a bright idea and I’m so very tired of all the dead women.

  3. Ugh, that article about the Tel Aviv women’s sexuality study.

    “participants who displayed a low level of knowledge about common social attitudes towards bisexuality”, so the researchers are quoted as saying that this must mean that prejudice against bisexuals must have been deduced rather than learnt.

    Excuse me, but how about the possibility that people are affected by society without being conscious of how they’re affected? What about the possibility that people who are more aware about stereotyping are less likely to stereotype?

    • Oh, that’s interesting! I haven’t read it that way. I thought what they meant was just that maybe you don’t have to hear – neither on a conscious nor an unconscious level – any specific stereotypes about a certain group but that you could also “deduce” your prejudices from the rest of your (socially learned, and thus constructed, and yes, definitely mostly unconscious) worldview. Like, since you live in a binary, you find people who are attracted to the “opposite ends” (as they put it) confused. (Because you yourself are confused, as this doesn’t work with your worldview, I would add.)
      Like, they just wanted to make the point that prejudices do not have to be heard LIKE THAT beforehand but you can devleop them on your own (yay, DIY) from your unconscious worldview. I found this interesting and a nice add-on to the unconsciously-learned-worldview-stereotypes idea, since of course I agree with you that we’re mostly affected by society without even knowing it.

  4. So confession – lgbtq community survey did raise my blood pressure. It asks specifically about banks (Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America) that invest in private prisons & so-called ‘detention centers’ where queer people, especially of color, are getting hurt. FamiliaTQLM, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Trans Queer Pueblo, and lots of other queer orgs are working really hard against these bank & private prisons. Please divest if you haven’t already & move to a credit union if that’s accessible to you!

  5. With regards to the abstinence-only sex education article:
    Don’t be mislead, we are not at some major crossroads where the new administration could pull back access to comprehensive sex education or promote abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) programming. The federal government has put millions of taxpayer dollars into AOUM programming since 1981, only increasing funding streams in the decades since despite evidence that this programming doesn’t work. (And mention of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act that subsidized these programs also disproportionately affected poor single mothers of color, btw.) When some of that essential funding was set to expire in the last few years Obama 100% compromised and continued that funding in order to push through the Affordable Care Act. Access to healthcare for millions of Americans also means millions of dollars funneled into non-comprehensive and religious-based sex education. Even the liberals fall in the center on the sex ed issue most of the time.

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