Also.Also.Also: Generation Latinx and Other Stories for Your Weekend

Hey Friday! Did you know — and I’m almost positive that you did because you’re very astute — that it’s nearly impossible to proof bread on your countertop if your house is air conditioned to a chill 75°F? Did you further know that if you just keep on proofin’ ’til you get that rise, your poor bread will eventually just kind of give up on life and turn itself into a brick while you bake it? Both of these things are true facts, and I hope that learning them will magically make me a better bread baker. Maybe I’ll build a little sauna in my living room for my bread proofing needs. Maybe I’ll hover over my loaves and mouth-breathe on them for warmth like I’m Jacob Black. My bread destiny is only limited by my imagination and determination and the expiration date of my active dry yeast, I’m pretty sure. Feels true.

You Should Go or Do or Give

+ Ok I know I just referred to Twilight like two sentences ago, but this Bella has nothing to do with Twilight and is infinitely cooler than that Bella. So anyway: Help Bella! This little trans girl’s mom needs help taking her ex-husband to court for full custody because he refuses to acknowledge that Bella is a girl, instead subjecting her to cruelty and using his skewed religious views against her and her queer mom. This man seems like The Worst. Bella’s headband, on the other hand, is The Cutest.

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Retratos de la Generación Latinx: ¿quién está detrás de la ‘X’? (Portraits of Generation Latinx: Who Is Behind the ‘X’?)

+ LGBT Rights in Indonesia Coming Under “Unprecedented Attack”.

+ Why That Daily Beast Piece on Gay Sex Apps in Rio Is More Poisonous Than the Water. This is an oddly flip headline but like, ok.

+ ‘Women in Their Twenties (And Thirties)’ Offers Space for Queer Women to Socialize.

+ Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report “Heartbreaking” Levels of Violence.

+ WWE to Add LGBT Characters to Their Storyline and Teams with GLAAD. Go back to 1988 and tell me you saw this coming.

+ My Love Letter to Sporty Spice, My Queer Idol Before I Knew I Needed One.

+ Take My Wife Radiates With Chemistry From Its Central Couple.

+ The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes.

Doll Parts

+ Anita Hill: ‘We’ve Come a Long Way Since Then’.

+ Black Art Incubator Aims to Invert Art-World Normal. Well this sounds fucking glorious.

+ How to Talk About Female Olympians Without Being a Regressive Creep — A Handy Guide.

+ Winona, Uninterrupted. GOOD TITLE, COMRADES.

+ Lawyers Can Now Be Fined for Calling Women “Honey” and “Sweetheart” in the Courtroom. Ok I need you to imagine the Wicked Witch of the West (is that capitalized? sure) with her hands pressed together as if in prayer, right below her chin, just cackling and cackling. That is me right now re: this.

+ The Science of Using Yoga to Heal From Trauma

+ India’s All-Female Paper Goes Digital to Make Gender Taboos Old News.

+ The Movement of Black Femmes: A Review of Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits.

+ What in the white hot fuck is going on here. Texas Anti-Choice Group Gets $1.6 Million Windfall From State.

+ For Women Runners, There’s Always One Huge Concern.

+ Female Fronted Goth Bands Subvert Gender Norms.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ How Mortality Data Fails Native Americans.

+ I don’t even know anymore, guys.

+ The Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack Captured 1996’s Awkward Phase. Uggghhhh so gooooooood.

And Finally

::whispers:: Cat Fashion Show.

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  1. I use a heating pad to help rise dough, set on low and snuggled between the bowl holding the dough and a larger bowl to help keep it wrapped around. Or if you have an older gas oven with a pilot that runs really hot like in my old apartment you can pop it in there.

  2. you need a bread proofing box! you can “build” one various ways, like, heating pad+plastic container box turned upside down or wooden box built around a lightbulb if you/someone you know is ok with woodworking. A quick google search will bring you to all the bread proofing forums.

    You can also buy them. I know my mom recently upgraded to a non-DIY bread proofer for cheap, but she’s the queen of flea markets/discount codes/etc.

  3. If you have a safe place to put it outside, and outside isn’t too hot/cold, covering the bread in plastic and sticking it out there usually works for me. I did that once to dethaw some dough I froze and it worked beautifully.

  4. Bread making pro tip: throw a towel and a heating pad over the bowl of dough. And if you’re poor like me and don’t have an electric heating pad, throw some rice in an old (clean) sock and microwave it with a cup of water next to it (so that the rice doesn’t burn) for an instant makeshift heating pad. My mom always used this trick when making bread.

  5. A particularly misogynistic male lawyer once complained about being “surrounded by women” on a case and later pissed off a female court officer so much that she exclaimed “why don’t you just call me Barbie with a gun and get it over with?”. That rule about language in the courtroom is long overdue. Same lawyer also called me by my first name on the record, which is a huge no-no and very disrespectful.

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