Hello, Straddlers! I hope you had a great weekend and you’re taking care of yourself today. Need a distraction today? I’ve got some recommendations for you!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Given the disturbing report that “40 percent of LGBTQ youth ‘seriously considered’ suicide in past year”, this change comes right on time: FCC approves ‘988’ as the suicide hotline number
+ What an awfully tragic story: She Waved a Rainbow Flag at Our Cairo Show. Tragedy Followed.
+ The media company that runs some of your favorite sites on the internet is going through some shit and, unsurprisingly, queer and POC are the first casualties: G/O media employee fired after dress code violations
+ Imagine my shock: Transgender Facebook content dominated by right-wing sources, study finds
Saw This, Thought of You
+ We’re on the precipice of a housing crisis, so this advice is right on time: How Do I Get My Landlord to Lower My Rent?
+ This, from Wesley Lowery, is an incredible read: How a Lynching Cold Case Was Finally Solved After 34 Years
Saw This, Thought of You: Remembering John Lewis
We lost two icons of the Civil Rights Movement on Friday, John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. The two, who once shared a jail cell after participating in the Freedom Rides, gave their blood, sweat and tears to helping this country live up to its promise. They both continued serving others: Vivian working with various organizations and Lewis representing Georgia’s 5th district in Congress.
As a Congressman, Lewis persisted in making what he called “good trouble, necessary trouble,” risking arrest to stand up for what was right and just. He was an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, saying in 2016, “We are part of an ongoing struggle to redeem the soul of America, to help people in this country and around the world come to grips with one simple truth: we are one people. We are one family. We are the human family.”
+ A timeline of events in the life of Rep. John Lewis (to learn more about the life of John Lewis, check out the new documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble)
Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did:https://t.co/KbVfYt5CeQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 18, 2020
+ Soon after Lewis’ death was announced came statements from Republican politicians that had me screaming, “keep John Lewis’ name out yo’ mouth” at my screen, Joel Anderson captures that sentiment more eloquently here: Do Not Call John Lewis a “Hero” if You Stood in His Way
+ From former Attorney General Eric Holder: John Lewis fought for voting rights. If you’re against that, you’re against him.
Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition
+ The big news of the NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinals was the elimination of the favorite, the North Carolina Courage, on Friday by the Portland Thorns. The other big news? No one else can score in regulation: the three other quarterfinal games were decided on penalties.
— NWSL (@NWSL) July 19, 2020
+ Coming Soon: NWSL Los Angeles, courtesy of Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm and Mrs. and Mr. Serena Williams – Natalie Portman part of L.A. owners group in NWSL expansion
The time has come to reshape expectations on & off the soccer field.
— We Are Angel City (@weareangelcity) July 21, 2020
+ Meg Linehan has the best coverage of the NWSL’s Los Angeles expansion over at The Athletic (subscription required): Angel City’s Alexis Ohanian and Julie Uhrman on a shared vision for NWSL in LA
+ The WNBA has grated Tina Charles a medical exemption for the 2020 season and she reveals why and how she’ll spend her time off-the-court: Change Beyond Surface
+ From James Wade, the head coach of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky: I Want You to See the Story Through My Eyes
+ We’ll have more on this in Friday’s Extra! Extra! but some early reading for you: Federal officers respond to Portland protests with gas, munitions Thursday amid growing attention from Trump administration
+ Related: RS Reports: Progressive City, Brutal Police
+ This is the best news: Record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office in US
+ Following his loss in the Florida gubernatorial race in 2018, Andrew Gillum fell into a depression and had a very public breakdown. Yesterday, he updated folks on his progress. I’m so glad to see Gillum healthy again and his advocacy for mental health couldn’t come at a more necessary time.
+ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand proposes creating “a non-profit bank that could be accessed at every post office in every neighborhood in this country:” Voters Support Postal Banking