Well! I AM EXHAUSTED!! How about you?
Queer as in F*ck You
Ding Dong! The Witch (Might Be) Dead! Is Noted TERF Cesspool AfterEllen Finally Gone?
Ok so, I’m Internet old enough to remember when AfterEllen was a home to many who wanted to find community around being gay and loving pop culture and wanting to see yourself — I was one of them! Back when I was tip-toeing out of the closet, around the same time I found my home at this very website you are reading right now. They were a lifesaver for me, from The L Word Facebook recaps, to #BooRadleyVanCullen and Pretty Little Liars, and #gaysharks and Glee. Some of my very favorite writers came from that site (many of whom you can now read here like our beloved Heather Hogan and Valerie Anne “Punky Starshine” Liston).
But you know what? After firing its entire original staff and spending the last four and a half years becoming an absolute, yes, cesspool, I make no apologies for my joy the last two days. Transphobia and anti-trans violence has ZERO FUCKING PLACE in our queer community, so may we all be lucky enough to dance on its grave.
Also, I personally think it’s absolutely hilarious that AE has apparently been down since November and its become so irrelevant that none of us noticed for days??? And it only came to our attention after Elliot Page came out and we wanted to laugh at them. That’s what we call a queer pop culture chef’s kiss!
AHAHAHAAAAHAHHAHAAAA 🥳 pic.twitter.com/xmJUbgYA6f
— Carmen Phillips (@carmencitaloves) December 2, 2020
I should note that Autostraddle’s Tech Director Tracy Levesque did a little tech research (y’all please don’t ask me to explain it) and it looks maybe (again I am not a tech official and I don’t want to be taken as an authority thank you) like the “origin error” might be because either the server could be turned off, as in perhaps their bills didn’t get paid, or it crashed, or — if we are really lucky in this hell year —it’s hopefully gone from the Internet forever. 🙏
And in other queer news…
GET READY FOR A HOT TAKE!!! I’m Tired of Waiting For the Queer Rom-Coms We Actually Deserve.
Speaking of which…
It's the most wonderful time of the year…to be gay. pic.twitter.com/g3hsargFwt
— The Most (@Most) December 2, 2020
Here’s a beautiful advice letter from ¡Hola Papi! discussing “almost relationships” — you know, the relationships that didn’t happen but were gay enough to write anonymous letters about them anyway: How Do I Mourn My ‘Almost?’
Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham Talk to Janicza Bravo About “Black Futures.” Y’all, I am obsessed with this book.
This still isn’t getting enough attention: Last weekend, Laverne Cox Was Target of Transphobic Attack.
And in yesterday’s Pop Culture Fix, Heather already told you all about this absolutely stunning cover of model Aweng Ade-Chuol and her Wife Lexy for Elle but I am so far from over it!! So here it is again!
— PJ (@normaalgirrl) November 30, 2020
Saw This, Thought of You
The Future of Staying Home. What is lost when houses become fortresses against fires, floods, and disease?
‘I Bang Revolutionary Pots.’ Black women in North Carolina are continuing the legacy of nourishing bodies and spirits in crisis.
If you traveled for Thanksgiving, here’s (judgment free!) advice about the next steps you can take right now to keep the people around you safe.
A New Day for Queer People in the South. (I would definitely make this one your read of the day!)
I WILL NOT STOP TALKING TO ALL OF YOU ABOUT THIS!! Losing Georgia’s Senate Election in January Is Not an Option
How a Brooklyn Sisterhood of Black Women Became National Power Brokers. Ten years ago, the Olori Sisterhood was a small-time “political sorority.” Now they’re ready for a seat at the table.
The New U.S. Citizenship Test Is Longer and More Difficult. Just one more awful thing for Trump and his cronies enact on the rest of us as he crawls out the door. The cruelty is — and has always been — the point. (Want to see if you’d pass the new test? Here’s some example questions.)