Also.Also.Also: Halsey Is Gonna Have a Baby Halsey!!

Good Evening! I included zero (0) links about the Game Stop stock market thing, because even though I just barely understand it, I didn’t feel confident enough to have “a take” — so how’s that for a little emotional vulnerability on a Thursday?

Queer as in F*ck You

Halsey is gonna have a bisexual baby Halsey!! SQUEEEEEEE

“I was always told you want to be f—able to men and women to sell records — you don’t want anybody to discriminate… It was absolutely my decision. I mean, you saw what happened to people like Ellen: Remember when she lost her TV show, and all these horrible things were happening? People were totally against it.” Da Brat and Jesseca Dupart Share Their Coming Out Journey

How Tarot Cards and Queer Love Inspired Dior Haute Couture Spring 2021

Puerto Rico Declares a State of Emergency Due to Gender-Based Violence, Including Targeted Violence Against Transgender People

Gendering Ungender: Notes on Nonbinary Blackness

From Heather: “Seeing Asia Durr talking about her battle with :ong COVID on real sports has broken my heart wide open. I pray pray pray she makes a full recovery.”

And speaking of Heather — a story in two parts, first Heather posted this tweet:

Then I re-read Such Softness in the Harsh World and cried my eyes out, and now you can too!

Saw This, Thought of You

How about an absolutely gorgeous personal essay about growing up as a goth Latina teen in Miami in the 90s? American Gothic: Scenes from the Dark Side of Miami

The pandemic has been hard on all kinds of relationships, but losing the incidental interactions with coworkers, neighbors, and friends of friends might be taking more of a toll than you realize. The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship

I realize it’s probably because it is literally my industry, but I swear it feels like everyone I know has shared this piece over the last 48 hours (for good reason!!) and it won’t stop: I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up

17 Books Featuring Black Teens That Every YA (And Adult) Should Read.

^^^ This is PERFECTLY timed because I was just writing in my journal about how good YA is now? And how so many of them have Black and queer leads or major characters? And how much I’m enjoying reading them as an adult, including two on this list — You Should See Me in a Crown (which if you haven’t read, what do I need to do to get you to read it? It’s the best teen rom-com I’ve witnessed perhaps ever and certainly in the last ten years. I’d give literal bone marrow drained from my body to have it made into a movie!!) and the supremely excellent Cinderella is Dead

Also(also.also.): Poems for a New Year

 An envelope from the 1940s from Eleanor Roosevelt is a warm peach colored with brightly decorated colored pencil doodles in coral and light blue decorated across the sides and up the middle.

Even if I didn’t know Eleanor Roosevelt was gay before, hand decorating an envelope in bright colored pencil is DEFINITELY homosexual behavior.

Everything Has a History: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Illustrated Envelope

Political Snacks

I won’t even lie, this is a one-two punch that I love to see… Joe Biden Repeals Donald Trump’s Anti-Abortion ‘Global Gag Rule’ and Biden Signs Orders Aimed at Expanding Health Care Access, Including Abortion, and Re-Opening Obamacare Enrollment

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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  1. Long Covid is a beast. I’m 6 weeks post infection & still have respiratory issues. I had moderate Covid symptoms. There is no rhyme or reason. Stay safe everyone.

    As for the Game Stop situation, the most important thing to know is that there are those willing to sacrifice to make Wall Street understand the meaning of fair play. The market is due for a real correction. The 99% is fighting back.

  2. Love the YA book list. One of the authors on that list, Kacen Callender, also has an incredible middle grade book called King and the Dragonflies. Just read it as part of a book club event combining state education workers and state GSA students. It led to such rich discussion. It also made me cry.

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