Did you hear? IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE GAYYYYYY!
Queer as in F*ck You
When Surgeons Fail Their Trans Patients (Important message from Carolyn: “note before clicking through that this piece is graphic in places”)
Rupaul’s Drag Race Queen Chi Chi Devayne Dies at 34. From pneumonia. A master of her craft. May she RIP.
A fucking talent! https://t.co/qm1U2gPlWk
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) August 20, 2020
And here’s a SERIOUSLY beautiful beach wedding between two queer poets who wore gorgeous white dress, in case you want to remember what it was like to be able to go outside.
Saw This, Thought of You
When the ‘Fat Friend’ Is Your Identity, Change Seems Impossible by Destini Hornbuckle for Zora
— Heather Hogan (@theheatherhogan) August 20, 2020
Lots of speeches happening over at the Democratic National Committee! On Monday we talked about Michelle Obama’s warning to America (still my favorite speech of the week). If you haven’t been watching, here are some others that have touched me:
“We stay in this fight so that when our children and our grandchildren ask what we did during this dark chapter in our nation’s history, we will be able to look them squarely in the eye and say: we organized, we persisted, and we changed America.” — Senator Elizabeth Warren
“Do not let them take away your power. Don’t let them take away your democracy.” — President Barack Obama
“The virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other — and how we treat each other. And let’s be clear — there is no vaccine for racism. We’ve gotta do the work.” — Vice President Nominee Kamala Harris
Almost a day later and I’m still not over watching @AOC breath life into this very Puerto Rican rallying call of strength and resiliency and rebellion of our people.
Or watching my (very Puerto Rican) mother gasp into tears as she did it. 🇵🇷 https://t.co/DcrIfcoact
— Carmen Phillips (@carmencitaloves) August 19, 2020
Great! Now here’s some smart things you can read:
A Cautious Celebration of Kamala Harris’s Historic VP Nomination. Melissa Harris-Perry (cue my screams!!) leads a conversation among Black women activists, scholars, and politicians to unpack the significance of Harris as the first Black woman nominated on a major party ticket.
‘A History of Great Glory’: The Consequential, Evolving Role of Black Sororities in Suffrage (Just in case Kamala Harris’ mention of being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC. didn’t make sense to you)
An important deeper dive into Elizabeth Warren’s remarks: Treating Childcare as ‘Basic Infrastructure’ Means Valuing Black and Brown Women’s Work
Native Leaders Featured in DNC Roll Call. Between the rollcall and rising star speeches, a total of nine Indigenous people spoke during Tuesday night’s DNC.