Also.Also.Also: Janelle Monáe and Kiersey Clemons Star in New Movie “Antebellum,” Black Femmes Plot Worldwide Takeover

My plans for the rest of this evening include a package of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and a blanket. Live the wildest life you can imagine.


Queer as in F*ck You

Setting the Table for Queer Futures: Potlucks as a Site of Queer Community-Building and Resistance

“This space was created for the Two-Spirit, for them to feel comfortable, for them to have a safe space they could go to and dance powwow and be comfortable in their traditional regalia regardless of gender.” Arizona’s Growing Powwow, ‘Safe Space’ for Two-Spirit via Indian Country today.

How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet

Pride Media Announces New Leadership for The Advocate and Out Magazines

The use of hashtags to discuss and center Black trans women victims of violence has become intertwined with Black feminist initiatives such as #SayHerName. A hashtag alone did not result in these developments, but as part of a larger cultural shift that centers sex, gender, and civil rights and that has been led primarily by trans women of color, the hashtag #GirlsLikeUs has played an indispensable role in constructing an intersectional digital trans community.

Bitch Media has an excerpt from the new full-length academic study #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice by black queer activist-scholar Moya Bailey, along with Sarah J. Jackson, and Brooke Foucault Welles. The excerpt focuses on Janet Mock’s #GirlsLikeUs and the power of trans feminist advocacy and community building online. (If you’re interested, you can also buy #HastagActivism on sale now.)

I still don’t quite understand how Janelle Monáe’s new movie with Kiersey Clemons, about a black woman who goes back in time to slavery, isn’t actually just a queer adaption of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, but somehow it’s not?

Whatever. I’ll be there opening night.

Also(also.also), In Praise Of Janelle Monae And Her Clothes At Paris Fashion Week


Saw This, Thought of You

As I promised you on Tuesday, here is your first new Dixie Chicks single (and it’s catchy as fuck):

HA! It’s almost like I planned it to go this way! Smells Like Teen Spirit: Why Certain Music Carries Us Back to High School

Will the Millennial Aesthetic Ever End? As a forever lover of “millennial pink” I feel sufficiently called out.

What Happened to D.I.Y. Collages?

Abortion Rights Had a Surprisingly Hopeful Day in the Supreme Court (this pairs with: If We’re Going to Protect Abortion Access, Language Matters)

Months After Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Thousands Are Still Living Outside. While you’re thinking about colonization and revolution in Puerto Rico, it’s great time to read more about Denise Oliver, a former leader of the Puerto Rican Young Lords Party and all around badass mujer — “Machismo Will Never Be Fucking Revolutionary”: On The Radical Rebelliousness of Denise Oliver-Velez from Black Women Radicals

How the US Census Misses People of Color – and Why It’s so Harmful

Employees at the Little, Brown imprint of Hachette Book Group have staged a walk-out in protest of the company’s acquisition of Woody Allen’s forthcoming memoir.

They Killed Their Husbands. Now in Prison, They Feel Free. #NoRegrets

The Best Books for Budding Black Feminists. In Audre Lorde’s name we pray, Amen.


Political Snacks

Thank You to the Women of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Dream Big. Fight Hard.

Carmen is Autostraddle's Senior Editor 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.

Carmen has written 199 articles for us.

1 Comment

  1. That was 100% my thought when I saw the Antebellum trailer!

    But then I’ve also read two unrelated books this month that each have a character split into two personalities. One left-brain and right-brain, each acting as independent people, so maybe it’s story-shadow season.

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