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.”
The lack of collective knowledge about the risks factors, effective interventions & prognoses of #LongCovid makes the already important #patientvoice even more critical. Thank you, @A_Hooper25, for sharing your journey so far. (h/t @ariivory, @wncaudill) pic.twitter.com/KwvF3QSeW9
— Tracy Blake, PT, PhD (@tracyablake) January 27, 2021
And speaking of Heather — a story in two parts, first Heather posted this tweet:
I got a new dino sweatshirt and put it on out of the box. Stacy was on a work call and she got up, went into the kitchen, got a pair of scissors, came back and cut the tag out while talking away to a producer. It reminded me of this essay I wrote in 2017. https://t.co/7Po0IdyP2i
— Heather Hogan (@theheatherhogan) January 28, 2021
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
Everything Has a History: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Illustrated Envelope
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
omg You Should See Me in a Crown would make the BEST movie.
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.
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.
<3 halsey and <3 ya book recs!!!