Also.Also.Also: Midwestern Queers Deserve More Credit and More Support

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My last AAA with you for two weeks! I leave you in the very capable hands of Natalie and I hope you have a grand time. Wear sunscreen!!!

Queer as in F*ck You

The Fight Is Still Happening for the Rest of Us

In June, millions of people will gather in New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, which marked the start of a national pride movement. But some in the Midwest say there’s still work to be done — either because they’re still struggling, or because they feel that the L.G.B.T.Q. community has forgotten them.

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How Sen. Kamala Harris Inspired One Young Mexican-American Woman to Come Out to Her Family

This Is a Modern, Living History of What It Means to Be Queer

Tried (and Failed) to Do My Hair Like Gentleman Jack omg I’ve been waiting for this.

Queer Muslims Are Still Rare on TV. One Writer Wants to Change That.

Spotlighting Lesbian Artists as Central Players in California’s Queer History

How to Party at Pride If You’re Sober HEY MOLLY PRIDDY WROTE THIS so you know it’s good.

My First Pap Smear as an Openly Nonbinary Person Was Wildly Disorienting

Gabrielle Bellot on the Dreamy, Queer Beauty of On a Sunbeam

Saw This, Thought of You

The Intersectionality Wars: “When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.”

Farmers Are Using Twitter to Document the Disastrous Effects of Climate Change on Crops

What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo

Measles for the One Percent: “Vaccines, Waldorf schools, and the problem with liberal Luddites.” Full disclosure I have not read this piece in its entirety so lmk if it’s garbage.

Twitter Still Has A White Nationalist Problem

Allow Aurora Perrineau to Reintroduce Herself

Political Snacks

Louisiana Is Set to Pass a Near-Total Abortion Ban. It Was Written by a Democrat.

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  1. Was listening to Larry Wilmore’s podcast Black on the Air over the weekend and the topic was abortion with New Yorker writer Rebecca Traister. One kind of surprising fact I did not know was that the fact we currently have the most Democrats in the house and senate who support abortion as in the past many weren’t really pro-abortion.

  2. The measles article made me grit my teeth, but not because it’s poorly done – it isn’t. It was more things like the person who was all “we’re all stardust! so my uninformed and therefore reliant-only-on-bias opinions are definitely the way to go!” Um, yes. Every atom in all of our bodies was once part of a star. Great. Keen. I’m fond of this fact myself. And it has what exactly to do with whether or not you should seek evidence before making important decisions?

    And the one who was all, “waily waily, I shall resentfully admit that we finally caved and vaccinated our child because they were more harmed by being out of school than by being vaccinated.” YES. THAT’S THE POINT.

    I shall now get off my Master Series Soapbox (Hi Vanessa! Wanna review it?) and go click on some other links. Thank you as always for putting these together, Laneia!

  3. That vaccination article was fascinating to me. I was raised to believe vaccines were pretty much required for normal life. I like to joke that I’m the most vaccinated person around – I’ve even had my rabies shots. I also went to a Waldorf school from preschool through 8th grade

    I can’t speak for the vaccination rates at my school. I can’t recollect any nasty illness showing up, except Elsa, who kept getting whooping cough for some reason. I can say, though, that this article seems like a dark mirror to my childhood. Many of the things it describes are accurate: we wrote in cursive, we drew everywhere, we weren’t allowed to wear black. I have an excellent memory for poetry because of how often I had to chant poems and rhymes at school assemblies. Given how often I joke about my hippie cult childhood, it seems like I should be nodding along in easy agreement to this article. And yet. It wasn’t like that.

    My school did not prevent us from using technology in our lives. We just didn’t use it at school. I remember taking the bus to the theater after class to watch the Hunger Games with other Waldorf kids and their parents. My friends and I based our games at recess off Jurassic Park, pretending to be adventurers in the jungle. We were never indoctrinated with notions about reincarnation, or God, and we all knew perfectly well that fairies weren’t real. Some of us stumbled when we entered high school, going from a class of 12 to a class of 1000. I don’t think being unused to standardized tests and Microsoft Word is necessarily a bad thing, though. And weirdly enough, the drawing and observation skills I learned growing up are a boon in my present research, allowing me to quickly draw my own diagrams in detail. None of this has anything to do with vaccination rates. Maybe no one in my school was vaccinated except me and a handful of folks. Maybe we all were, and all our joking about astrology reflected a genuine disbelief in pseudoscience. (My choir teacher once told me, apologetically, that my horoscope meant I would get struck by lightning and live a hard life. Go me.) Anyway. There you go, an inside view from a Waldorf “survivor.” Off I go to continue doing statistics and hard science on my laptop.

    • Thanks for your perspective! I didn’t mean to sound anti-Waldorf. I send my kid to a Montessori school and she is thriving, enthusiastic about learning and not at all familiar with standardized testing, huzzah. The things I like about her education are exactly the kinds of things I wish I’d had because they would have better prepared me for all the hard science and stats I’d like to continue doing on my laptop. 😉

      I wish the public health department had shown more patience with those parents than I did. Or maybe they did and it just didn’t make it into the article.

      Anyway, sorry I made you feel defensive about your schooling.

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