I just discovered that Spotify curated a whole bunch of #PressPlayforPride playlists, some in collaboration with LGBT artists, and it’s been a great boost to my productivity at work this week. If you’ve ever wondered what Alan Cumming or Tegan and Sara or MNEK or Brandi Carlile would jam to at Pride, now’s your chance to find out.
Pride in my city isn’t until July, so I’m living vicariously through everyone celebrating Pride right now (during the appropriate commemorative month). I’m actually not walking in or judging the local parade for once, so I can just enjoy it like a normal person. It’s going to be a super intense year, I’m sure, and I can’t wait to see my people being beautiful and fearless.
I hope you have a Happy Pride if you’re celebrating this weekend! I’ve got some lovely links for you, either way!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Gender-Neutral Bathroom Bill Approved in New York City. All single-gender stalls in NYC will soon become gender-neutral!
+ Broadway’s Stars Unite to Honor Pulse Shooting Victims. Bring tissues.
+ Janet Mock on Stonewall Riots Spark of Resistance for Logo’s Trailblazer Honors series.
+ Well, this is awkward as all fuck. Remember Stonewall? Anyone? NYPD shows support for gay pride with new-look patrol SUV.
+ Internet Star Gaby Dunn on Her Web Series, Cis White Men, & the Vulnerability of Queer Creators. Note the shout-out to A-Camp!
+ Roland Emmerich: “Stonewall Was A White Event, Let’s Be Honest”. Alternate headline: Roland Emmerich: Still an Awful Person.
+ My First Gay Bar: coming out stories from Larry Kramer, Rachel Maddow, Jane Lynch, Honey Dijon, Lea DeLaria, Carrie Brownstein, and others.
+ “They’re as Necessary as Toilet Paper”: New York City Council Approves Free Tampon Program. New York City is officially the first municipality in the US to provide all menstruating people in public schools, prisons and homeless shelters access to pads and tampons for the low, low cost of free.
+ When Panties Are a Stand-In for Feminism, Because Capitalism Says So by Andi Zeisler.
Underpants are a safe consumer item to brand as feminist: everyone needs them, they’re mostly kept under wraps, and they supply reassuringly normative associations. The rise of feminist underpants is a weird twist on Karl Marx’s theory of commodity fetishism, wherein consumer products once divorced from inherent use value are imbued with all sorts of meaning. To brand something as feminist doesn’t involve ideology, or labor, or policy, or specific actions or processes. It’s just a matter of saying, “This is feminist because we say it is.”
Saw This, Thought of You
+ America faces an epidemic of mass shootings. It’s up to you to stop them… with the power of your thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and Prayers: The Game.
+ Six people have been killed and over 100 injured in southern Mexico in clashes between protesting teachers and police.
+ Brown Bears Use “Human Shield” to Protect Their Cubs. Mama bears get shit done.