Also.Also.Also.: Research Finds Being In Love with Your Best Friend Is Provably Gay Culture

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I’m keeping the energy from Mj Rodriguez’s Emmy nod and last night’s WNBA All-Star Game alive to carry me through the rest of this week. Only a little while to go until the weekend, Straddlers… we’ve got this!


Queer as in F*ck You

+ Drew says Drag Race is queer woman culture and who am I to argue?: Inside Hong Kong’s drag scene: RuPaul’s Drag Race turned an underground LGBT subculture mainstream – but are Asian drag queens getting enough recognition?

+ See, it’s not just you that’s in love with your best friend: 85% of LGBTQ+ Relationships Started Out as Friends, According to Study

+ Hayley Sudbury Had No LGBTQ Role Models at Work. So She Built Werkin to Model and Scale Employer Diversity

+ How to Find an L.G.B.T.-Friendly Pediatrician

+ LGBTQ art shows are lighting up galleries from Boston to Berlin

+ Arrested, abused and accused: wave of repression targets LGBT+ Ghanaians

+ Judge Orders Release of Women Jailed in Cameroon for Being Trans

+ A local story but it’ll be interesting to track the movement of the LGBT community to the Progress Pride Flag: Castro cultural district to have survey on Pride flag

+ Young and LGBTQ in rural North Carolina: Isolated, tough, but changing


Saw This, Thought of You

+ Gaymers Unite: Netflix To Offer Video Games on Its Streaming Platform

+ #FreeBritney: Britney Spears Gets Court Approval to Hire Her Chosen Attorney in Conservatorship Battle

+ Relatedly: What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’

+ A Love Letter to the Hopeless Bad Girls of ’90s Teen Soaps, Who Never Got the Stories They Deserved

+ I’m not sure we’re prepared to grapple with the grief of the last year: Drug overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year


Saw This, Thought of You: ⚽🏀 Sportsball Edition 🏀⚽

+ WNBA’s Candace Parker of Chicago Sky to be first female basketball player on cover of NBA 2K

+ FIBA forces Nneka Ogwumike to be loyal to USA Basketball even if her loyalty isn’t returned: Let Nneka Ogwumike play for Nigeria: FIBA’s bad decision is bad for basketball

+ How Washington Mystics Point Guard Natasha Cloud Became the WNBA’s Unofficial Minister of Social Justice

+ Betnijah Laney’s remarkable yearlong journey from waiver wire to first-time WNBA All-Star

+ The NWSL takes no days off during the Olympics: NWSL Star Power Index: Four players who will shine in league play during the Olympic stretch

+ Salute to the Lionesses: GB Football team to take the knee

+ Former Man United boss Casey Stoney joins NWSL expansion side San Diego

+ Apparently, the WNBA isn’t the only league who relishes a gameday fit: Behind the NWSL’s gameday fits and the power of self-expression

+ Imagine loving homophobia more than you actually love soccer: How allegiance to an anti-gay fan chant at Mexico soccer games might sink El Tri’s World Cup fortunes


Political Snacks

+ Perhaps one of the most crucial appointments for the LGBT community in the Biden Administration, given right-wing attacks on trans students: Senators Grill Civil Rights Nominee on Transgender Students, Sexual Assault Investigations

+ Someone learned absolutely nothing from RGB: Justice Breyer says he hasn’t decided on retirement plans

+ Hungary to Face EU Legal Action Over LGBTQ Rights Next Week

+ Caitlyn Jenner’s anti-trans harassment at CPAC shows the power of deadnames


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A black biracial, bisexual girl raised in the South, working hard to restore North Carolina's good name. Lover of sports, politics, good TV and Sonia Sotomayor. You can follow her latest rants on Twitter.

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