feature image of Bolivian TV anchor Leonie Dorad via Facebook
A few weeks ago, one of my favorite musicians encouraged their fans to “lean into the silver linings.” It’s hard to even imagine that there are silver linings in the middle of all of this but I’ve been trying hard to find them. Lean into the silver linings, knowing how few and far between they are. Lean into the silver linings because even those aren’t promised. Relish joy wherever you find it, Straddlers, you deserve it.
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Gabrielle Bellot on how it feels to have your existence up for debate: Freedom Means Can Rather Than Should: What the Harper‘s Open Letter Gets Wrong
When the world looks away, who will step up? @WelcomeChechnya documents the brave activists fighting against Chechnya’s ongoing, deadly anti-LGBTQ persecution. #WelcomeToChechnya will be available streaming for free starting this Friday. pic.twitter.com/RMvcggYkqN
— GLAAD (@glaad) July 8, 2020
+ Do we have any Polish Straddlers? I’d love to hear more about this: ‘We are the most homophobic country in the EU’: Poland’s election and the LGBT fightback
+ Given that the US is looking into banning TikTok too, this is a glimpse into our future: For LGBTQ creators and users, TikTok was space — even if imperfect — to reclaim identity, sexuality. That is now lost
+ During the lockdown, Darcy Leigh created an online archive of their butch consciousness: a butch archive
Saw This, Thought of You
+ The incomparable Nikole Hannah-Jones delivers the cover story for the NYT Magazine: What is Owed: If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans.
+ This is feels like a good encapsulation of how we deal with racism in this country: Lady Antebellum changes their name to Lady A because of its racist origins. Turns out, there’s already a black artist named Lady A and, obviously, she wants to keep her name. Now the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing Lady A for the right to use the name that they stole.
+ Whenever there’s a case of police brutality, folks blame the “bad apples.” I wonder what those folks would say about what’s happening to this “good apple?” Joliet Police Sgt. Javier Esqueda, Who Blew Whistle On Death Of Eric Lurry In Police Custody, Stripped Of Police Powers
Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition
Introducing … ⚜️ pic.twitter.com/UTNgQS61m5
— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) July 8, 2020
Welcome to the NWSL, Louisville, now arrest Breonna Taylor’s killers!
+ Meanwhile back at the Challenge Cup: the Utah Royals fall to OL Reign and Sky Blue FC has their best showing to-date vs. the Houston Dash. This assist from Nicole Momiki is a thing of beauty.
— OL Reign (@OLReign) July 8, 2020
+ Soon after Tuesday’s AAA went live, Sen. Kelly Loeffler continued her blatant attempt to curry favor with Republican voters by attacking Black Lives Matter, this time focusing her ire on the WNBA’s social justice efforts. Lindsay Gibbs sums up the situation and shares the nearly unanimous view of WNBA players: The WNBA must immediately oust racist owner Kelly Loeffler.
+ Most (but not all) WNBA players who have opted into the season are on lockdown in Florida and it’s far from glamorous: Life in the WNBA bubble is a mixed (and mostly fruitless) bag.
+ We’re going to see a lot more of this. I’ll be watching to see if women’s sports are impacted disproportionately: Stanford Permanently Cuts 11 Sports Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
+ In “Men Also Play Sports” news, the MLS has returned… with a compelling display of solidarity: Black MLS players raise gloved fists in racial justice protest before first match
+ I don’t know when it became common practice for leaders to hide their health condition from the public but it’s infuriating. A month?!: Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized last month after injuring his head in a fall
+ In short, no matter what you do at a parochial school, you’re considered a minister and, as a result, the school isn’t subject to non-discrimination laws. They can fire you because you’re queer and you have no recourse. Worried feels like an understatement: The Latest Supreme Court Ruling In Favor Of Religious Employers Has LGBTQ Advocates Worried
+ Listen, if a pandemic that’s left 42.6 million Americans unemployed wasn’t enough to convince you to eliminate employer-based health care, this should do it: The Supreme Court just gave Republicans a powerful new weapon against Obamacare
+ 2016 left a lot of people weary — about trusting polling and about discounting celebrity candidates — and while that’s understandable, the freakout over this seems like a dramatic overreaction: Kanye West Says He’s Done With Trump—Opens Up About White House Bid, Damaging Biden And Everything In Between
West hasn’t filed with the Federal Elections Commission. He’s already missed filing deadlines for ballot access in a handful of states and, unless he moves mountains over the next two months, he’ll be shut out of 46 states. No, Kanye West is not running for President…yet