Also.Also.Also: Memes to Keep You Company While We Wait, Because This Election Is Never Ending!!

Hey there! Remember earlier in the week, when I naively thought we’d be able to back to “business as usual” in this column by today? Well, I’m drinking wine out of a mug with sparkles on it and eating leftover Halloween candy for dinner in a sports bra and no shirt. So how about that.

Here’s some smart stuff you can read in between obsessively refreshing those result maps.

Politcal Snacks

I am SO EXCITED Mauree Turner!!

And that leads me to our very own political savant, Natalie, who’s holding it down for you tracking every major race with a LGBT woman or non-binary person running. It’s obsessive and thorough and so, so good: Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, and Trans Candidates Won Big Again in State Elections This Year by Natalie Duggins for Autostraddle

The sheriff fired her because she’s a lesbian so she ran against him. She’ll be the new sheriff now: Charmaine Mcguffey Is the New Sheriff in Town.

Election Day Was a Major Rejection of the War on Drugs. In every state where marijuana legalization or another drug policy reform was on the ballot, it won.

And THAT leads me to this piece compiled for you yesterday by our very own Editor-In-Chief Kamala, who had this to say “It was honestly really uplifting to know about all the places weed/mushrooms are more legal than ever”: Some Good News: 2020 Legislative Wins So Far

Speaking of which, Nevada Became the First State to Protect Same-Sex Marriage in Its Constitution (and that for sure brings us back to Natalie, who spoke with Mary Bonauto, the Lead Obergefell Attorney, on What Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Means for Marriage Equality

“The damage of these last four years will be deep and long-lasting, a pain that reverberates profoundly throughout our society.” All-American Trauma: Healing in the Aftermath of the Trump Regime

Is the Show Finally Over for Donald Trump? Judith Butler on Donald Trump is DEFINITELY, HANDS DOWN, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT your must-read of the day while we wait for the end of these election results.

Saw This, Thought of You

People Are Sharing How They Feel On Election Day 2020 Vs. How They Felt In 2016 And It’s A Mood

Patiently Wait for the Nevada Results With These Very Impatient Memes

Amid 2020 Election Fatigue, Twitter Copes with Memes

As America Anxiously Waits, Voters Find a Bit of Laughter in Memes

My Therapists Were Right About Uncertainty. “Faced with actual, persistent chaos, I’ve realized there was never a way to outpace danger.” Some Highly Relatable Material!!!

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And 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. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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  1. McGuffey was also fired because she is outspoken against police violence! Her win is huge for Hamilton County for that reason alone.

    • As a new Hamilton county resident this is a bright spot in a week that has otherwise been characterized mostly by deep disappointment in my new state!

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