Also.Also.Also: India Strikes Down Gay Sex Ban and Other Stories From Your Week

GOOD MORNING HELLO. I have a new keyboard (because of the laptop stand I was bitching telling you about before) and while I love it and have only dropped fermented cabbage on it ONCE, I need you to know that if you ever see an errant ‘f’ in any of my sentences on this website, it’s because this fcking keyboard does not get out of my left index finger’s way while I’m copy/pasting and typing my HTML! So! Just please be aware that it’s 100% NOT my fault.

There’s a Sleepless In Seattle reference in here and if you don’t recognize it IMMEDIATELY then your homework this weekend is to watch that movie with an obscenely large situation of popcorn. That enormous stainless steel mixing bowl you bought so you could make your own Swiss buttercream frosting for your wedding reception in 2015 — that’s the bowl you’re using for your popcorn.

Queer as in F*ck You

India Strikes Down Colonial-Era Ban on Gay Sex

In a groundbreaking victory for gay rights, India’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down one of the world’s oldest bans on consensual gay sex, putting to rest a legal battle that stretched for years and burying one of the most glaring vestiges of India’s colonial past.

HEY Merriam-Webster added ‘Latinx’ to the mothereffing dictionary: We Put a Bunch of New Words in the Dictionary. YEAH YA DID, M-W. Yeah ya did.

My Queer Chinese Comrades, in My Mother Tongue.

Britteney Black Rose Kapri on Reclaiming Her Power Through “Black Queer Hoe”.

What Needs to Change for Kitchens to Become More Queer-Friendly?. FILL ‘EM WITH QUEERS!!!! There I solved homophobia.

Muslim Women Were Convicted of Having ‘Sexual Relations.’ A Malaysian Court Had Them Caned in Public.

After Backlash, ‘First Modern Lesbian’ to Be Recognized on Plaque.

She’s Here. She’s ‘Queer.’ And Cynthia Nixon Wants You to Get Used to It.

The Slow Photography of “Queer Enough”.

How We Grow Into Loss.

Submit Your Comments to Support Transgender Veterans. You have like 40 hours left to do this, so get in there!!

Bluestockings Boutique — a lingerie and underthings shop catering to queers much like you and me, and owned by Jeanna Kadlec (of the Starstruck series and Wherever West Is, an essay that will fuck your shit right up — is closing October 5.

Trump Is a Performance Artist: An Interview with Eileen Myles.

Three Young, Transgender Women Were Killed In The Past Week.


Saw This, Thought of You

That women (and non-binary and trans men)-only music festival was held in Sweden last weekend and here’s the recap on NYT: Tired of Sexual Assault, Music Festival for Women Stresses a ‘Safe Zone’. May I share my fave quotes? I may.

Peals of laughter could be heard from women bouncing on an inflatable jumping castle.

The dream. (Also this vibe — “peals of laughter from an inflatable jumping castle” — is what it’s like to be at A-Camp, ftr.)

Asked what she thought about the many heterosexual and gay cisgender men who wanted to attend but felt discriminated against, Ms. Becker, thought for a moment and said, “Actually, I don’t care at all, because I have been so afraid all of my life that I don’t care about their disappointment.”

Would absolutely tattoo that sentence directly onto my person this weekend.

Asked whether she didn’t miss the male energy around when listening to the music, she added: “Not at all. It’s actually quite liberating.”

Y E S   B A B E.

Resisting the Rage That Paralyzes: Rebecca Solnit Writes of Organized Anger.

Drawing the Line: TV Animation Beyond the Boys’ Club.

Here’s a fun meditation on high-flash photography: Why Salads and CEOs Are Photographed the Exact Same Way.

Here’s How Much Your Food Waste Hurts the Environment. Just a little pick-me-up for you today!!! Stop wasting beef!!!

Jane Fonda Is Ready for This. And I, in turn, am perpetually ready for Jane Fonda, so this is pret-ty MFEO.

Sperm Count Zero. Lots going on here.

I’m in Labor and Wondering: Why Doesn’t the World Recognize This as Work? Find me nodding vehemently at my desk.

Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here. She's 37, has two kids, two dogs, one cat, one Megan, and some personal essays.

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13 Comments

  1. I was so worried I wouldn’t spot the Sleepless in Seattle reference and I’d have to hand back my Meg-Ryan-and-Tom-Hanks-or-Billy-Crystal-romcom-appreciator card but it’s okay, I got it, because Meg Ryan and I are MFEO.

  2. I don’t really get that comment about male energy in that NYT article about the festival. If trans men are allowed and do show up then there is some male energy there. I had a friend dating a pre-op trans guy(after dating a trans woman) and she told me his energy didn’t feel right. When he came out as a trans man she was like that makes sense cause she felt his male energy.

  3. Thank you Laneia, lots of good links here. The sperm thing is scary, the ‘Queer Enough’ and ‘labor is work’ and Jane Fonda things are awesome, and “Somewhere in Beijing, every few years, an entire gay bar cracks up” is my favorite sentence from the set.

  4. Thank you for all the links, as always!

    I went to post a short but strongly-worded comment on the proposed VA rule change on trans veterans, and somehow ended up writing a like 6-paragraph long essay?? It’s almost like I’ve felt completely hopeless/helpless since DJT was elected, and all that civic frustration just came out in a rush? Idk, but it felt nice to do *something*.

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