Also.Also.Also: Meet These South African Lesbians and Other Stories We Missed

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+ Priscilla Frank and Julia Gunther would like you to Meet the ‘Rainbow Girls,’ the Proud and Beautiful Lesbian Community of South Africa.

Funeka Soldaat by Julia Gunther

Funeka Soldaat by Julia Gunther

+ Star Wars Adds Its First Official LGBT Character to Canon and I got to use the word canon in a sentence! Big big day for lots of folks.

According to Big Shiny Robot, Star Wars’ first official LGBT character is named Moff Mors, and is described by the site as “an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes,” but is still considered to be “an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure.” Finishing off their description, the site notes, “[Moff Mors] also happens to be a lesbian.”

+ Homobiles: San Francisco’s Queer Ride Service is the Anti-Uber.

+ Aiyi Kang has The Effect of LGBT Characters in our Generation.

+ Does the Home Office Think You’re Gay Enough?

+ Planet Fitness Drops Member Who Complained About “Manly” Trans Woman in Locker Room.

Doll Parts

+ Mika McKinnon brings you 17 Women Who Changed the Face of Physics AND this little roundup that you’ll probably love, Find Inspiration From These Women Working With Science in Public. WOW MIKA MCKINNON KNOCKING IT THE FUCK OUTTA THE PARK THIS WEEKEND.

+ Hannah at The Homesteady has a DIY to rid you of this wintry glum: Stencil a Feminist T-Shirt.

via the homesteady

via the homesteady

+ Just an Instagram dedicated to menstrual blood.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ Apartment Therapy is doing a full month of Home Remedies and this one has a bunch of helpful stuff for living with your pets! How to Love Living With Your Pets Even More Than You Already Do.

+ Pardon me, but Why Does Your Sandwich Come with a Pickle? I’ll take my answer off the air.

+ The A.V. Club has a list of 18 Musicians That Need the American Recordings Treatment and really they had me at Merle Haggard.

+ How to Make Sundays Suck Less.

Local Autostraddle Meet-Ups

+ Don’t forget that our very first International Staycation Spectacular is happening March 14 and you should do it!

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      • Pickles are amazing. I am always heartbroken when my sandwich doesn’t come with a pickle. Which is often.

        (But I have a good arrangement like you, Carmen SanDiego! My girlfriends hates pickles, so if we do get them, I get double. Same with olives.)

        Sandwiches and burgers used to often come with pickle chips on them, or at least as an option, and that seems to have been phased out. This is tragic to me.

  1. Re: Making Sunday’s suck less “Be a social animal. Slipping into hermit mode is all too easy come Sunday…But there is plenty of research that shows that people who are less social tend to be less happy.”

    Uhhhhh ~retreats further into blanket cave~ Sunday is my day of rest and Netflix, as I can only assume God intended.

    Also I’m definitely checking out the Homobile, I’ve been trying not to use Uber after all the drama around it but last time I called to get a cab the person on the line laughed at me and implied I was stupid before hanging up on me in the middle of a sentence, which has left me bitter.

  2. I didn’t like ‘Meet the Rainbow Girls.’ The tone and eye of the lens feel colonialist. White German photographer trained in the UK, exploiting backstories of “suffering” and “desperately poor” black lesbians in their “ignorant surroundings.” Hearing about the competition she decides she “has to go” and photograph it. Enters the space without invitation and marches backstage to find subjects to interview.

    Her one-way gaze lacks informed consent and acknowledgement of her privilege behind the camera. Photojournalism as an emblem of benevolence. My two cents, anyway…

  3. I can’t believe I’m disappointed by news about a lesbian character in the Star Wars universe, but I am, only because the headline lead me to believe that “first canon LGBT character in Star Wars” meant a movie character.

    Sigh. I mean this is great, and I’m sure you gotta say whatever you gotta say to sell your book. But it’s sort of nonsensical to claim that this book character is really the “first canon LGBT character” and then add “I mean there were also some LGBT characters in game and book properties before but they don’t really count.”

    • OK, looking around, it seems what they mean is that this is the first canon character since the new movies basically rendered everything in the Expanded Universe non-canon (which includes both subtextual gay Mandalorians and all of the definitely queer characters in the various Old Republic games). And that’s… ok, I suppose it’s not incorrect, but what’s to stop them from turning the new EU non-canon again? :(

      Here’s hoping and praying that one day the films will give us a lesbian!

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