Also.Also.Also: Good Morning Here’s Dolly Parton Singing with Brandi Carlile

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Queer as in F*ck You

The End of Straight

Not passing as either accepted gender, I was as visible as I could be—and there I was, buying lentils like anyone, stunned and ecstatic to be alive.

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Members of the LGBT Community ‘Don’t Feel Safe.’ So They’re Taking Self-Defense Into Their Own Hands.

Our August Cover Star, Caster Semenya: The Athlete in the Fight of Her Life

Russian LGBT Activist Yelena Grigoryeva Is Found Dead; Friends Say She Was Threatened.

Dolly Parton Joins Brandi Carlile and the Highwomen at Newport Folk Fest! And then also please bear witness to this:

Tinder’s New Personal Security Feature Can Protect LGBTQ+ Users in Hostile Nations

Conservative Polish Magazine Issues ‘LGBT-Free Zone’ Stickers

The Killing of Trans Women Is Inseparable from Black Lives Matter

A Writer’s Fixation on Sound: “The author R. O. Kwon reflects on the relationship of rhythm to writing and how she stopped obsessing over the first 20 pages of her new novel, The Incendiaries.”

How Getting Drawn Nude Helped Me Learn to Love My Body

Saw This, Thought of You

Beauty Is Designing Packaging for the Visually Impaired

Maybe It’s Lyme: “What happens when illness becomes an identity?”

Your Data Were ‘Anonymized’? These Scientists Can Still Identify You

How Anna Delvey, the SoHo Scammer, Duped ex-Vanity Fair Editor Rachel DeLoache Williams

Impossible Foods, Impossible Claims

Political Snacks

No Shower for 23 Days: U.S. Citizen Says Conditions Were So Bad That He Almost Self-Deported

The Next Recession Could Arrive Before the End of Trump’s Term, Says Elizabeth Warren

And Finally

Did you want to watch a Lizzo Tiny Desk Concert? Of course you did.

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  1. My wife just alerted me to the fact that Adrienne from Yoga with Adrienne is friends with Lizzo and, well, this is a friendship probably I didn’t expect but makes me feel positive for humanity.

  2. Jeez that Lyme Disease article is riddled with nauseating ableist bullshit! I have M.E. ( constantly misdiagnosed as Lyme disease, and vice versa, here in the UK anyway) and very possible caused by untreated Lyme in a high percentage of us. The ”author” seems to be ( purposely) misunderstanding that many of us ”perceive” that we’re told it’s all in our heads PRECISELY BECAUSE we’re told so, and that cuts across Lyme/M.E/ pretty much any auto immune illness. I’m not gonna speak for people with Lyme but there are a VERY small percentage of utter charlatans selling M.E ”cures” ( and again there’s crossover) but mostly there’s desperate people who really want to get ”better” and never will. Not sure how much sense this is making ( my very real physical symptoms are affecting me badly) but in short if you have an auto immune condition that article is likely to wind you the hell up.

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