Also.Also.Also: Mermaidcore Is Officially Here, and Now We Have No Choice but to Talk about It

I spent over an hour today day-dreaming on Zillow, which is a very on-the-nose reminder of this SNL sketch:

Congratulations on making it through the week! It’s almost the weekend! You are almost there! Keep going!

Queer as in F*ck You

‘It Helps Me Be Myself’: Trans Kids on the Healthcare Republicans Want to Deny Them

Raquel Willis (!!) and Richie Shazam (!!) On Allowing Queer and Trans Folk To Imagine Their Futures (I’m genuinely obsessed with this)

As someone who was VERY MUCH NOT OUT in college, I think about this a lot. A Year at Home Has Forced Many LGBTQ College Students ‘Back into the Closet’

A.E. Osworth with the editors of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics on “imagination, abundance, and what keep them up at night,” Hot for Epistolary Poetry

Yesterday, President Biden Marked Equal Pay Day with an Event Featuring Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe. In addition to being my dreamboat, Rapinoe and the USWNT have been leading the charge for women athletes to be paid the same amount as men athletes. #EqualPayForEqualPlay

Did I include the gif so everyone could see and appreciate how hot Rapinoe looks in a suit? Yes. Yes, I did.

Saw This, Thought of You

The Black Nerds Redefining the Culture. Always here to represent my peoples.

lol what? this is a thing? Mermaidcore Is Trending. But… What… Is… It?

Are You Really Missing Tumblr Porn Right Now? You’re Not Alone

The Best Player in Women’s College Basketball History at Every Jersey Number. From Heather: “There are more lesbians on this list than the annual OUT 100 list by a mile. Also, you can’t really argue with Dawn Staley beating out Tamkia Catchings, but I kind of want to, even though I know I’d be wrong.” (sports!)

Emmy-Winning Actor Jessica Walter of Arrested Development Fame Passed Away in Her Sleep Last Night. She Was 80 Years Old. And so, we celebrate: 13 of Jessica Walter’s Most Iconic Moments as Lucille Bluth

After a life so full and well lived, I believe there’s only one thing left to say…

Jessica Walter, dressed as the mother in "Arrested Development" in a white suit, says her iconic line "Good for Her" while holding a cocktail.

Political Snacks

Yep. Here’s Why the Filibuster Is a Jim Crow Relic.

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Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief 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.

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  1. Positive news from the Netherlands: the first trans person has been elected as a member of parliament last week! Her name is Lisa van Ginneken, D66 party (progressive neo-liberal).

    We are also celebraring 20 years since the first gay marriages took place, on april 1st, which is pretty damn awesome. And they’re putting a rainbow flag on the cathedral tower (highest point of my city) to celebrate. (Also on city hall. But I like the tower best!)

  2. Thanks for the filibuster article. It’s crazy to me how almost everything I thought I knew about the filibuster came from watching Mr Smith Goes to Washington and West Wing. And it’s mostly wrong.

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