Also.Also.Also: Emma González Coming for the US Government and She’s Bringing an Entire Generation with Her

What are the things you do when you’re putting off doing the thing you’re supposed to do? Usually for me it’s one of the 12 other things I need to do, which is very lucky if you don’t count the fact that I’m putting something off to begin with AND the fact that the thing I decide to work on could technically have waited another month or more. This brings me to why you didn’t get a link roundup on Thursday: I was rebirthing the Autostraddle Weekly Newsletter! SO EXCITING, I KNOW. All this is to say, DO YOU WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Because you can! A new one will be delivered every Friday, and then I’ll spend the rest of that day checking in on the open rates and click rates and subscriber numbers, as any well-adjusted, fully hydrated American woman would. Subscribe to the Autostraddle Weekly right here! Cool, cool. On with the show!

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Well fuck, our queer heroine Emma González is coming for the United States government and she’s bringing an entire generation with her. (Read the full transcript of her speech here.)

Additionally, Alex Wind Refuses to Return to School Until Gun Laws Change, March for Our Lives and National School Walkout Planned, and Teens “Lie In” at White House to Protest for Stronger Gun Control.

Saw This, Thought of You

It’s the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! I wrote a feelings atrium for his birthday a few years ago (“This Is a Mister Rogers Post“) and am fully prepared to discuss Fred Rogers, the Neighborhood, and Lady Elaine Fairchilde (whose birthday is Wednesday, by the way) AT LENGTH, should the opportunity present itself. Now please enjoy this StoryCorps interview with [Officer] François Clemmons:

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  1. I am sitting in my living room across from a Mr. Rogers saint candle, I learned “It’s You I Like” on guitar to sing to my daughter for Valentine’s Day last week, and I consider Lady Elaine a personal role model, which is to say, I am very much here for this coverage, thank you Laneia, never change.

  2. CN cissexism, ableism, psychological abuse, re: parents battle for custody of trans teen
    “The teen’s parents, however, don’t want him to undergo “such a life-altering decision at this time,” citing his mental state.”

    There are IMO few things more profoundly evil than controlling/ abusing someone to the point where their mental health is affected, and then citing said mental health state as reason why the controlling/ psychological abuse should continue.

  3. It’s really messed up that kids need to beg for changes so they can feel safe at school. When I was a kid we had tornado drills. Mother nature can’t be controlled. Yet steps were taken to protect us in the event of a tornado. That’s it. Well, we were afraid of nuclear holocaust too, but we blamed that on the mean ole Russians. Still there was constant talk of treaties and reducing the number of nuclear weapons. But now kids have to beg for something that can prevent what most consider to be their biggest fear. And it could be easily prevented. WTF?

  4. OK, can we talk about how I DID NOT KNOW that Officer Clemmons was played by an actor?!?

    I mean, it was bad enough to discover that Maria on Sesame Street was played by an actor who wasn’t even named Maria.

    Next you’re going to tell me that Lady Elaine isn’t actual nobility and that Mr McFeeley wasn’t a delivery man off camera. I may need a moment to adjust my perception of reality.

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