Also.Also.Also.: Skateboarding Is Queer Culture

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Welcome back, Straddlers! I hope that you’re finding a way to give yourselves a little joy in these uncertain times. Hopefully, there’s a little brightness for you among this collection of links.

Queer as in F*ck You

Did you see One Day at a Time‘s series debut on Pop? They talked about the importance of the decennial Census! You really should fill it out! Here’s more about the 2020 census: What LGBTQ Americans should know

They Call Me… Mr. Navajo

The fascinating history of London’s first LGBT pub visited by royalty

One of my biggest concerns about this self-isolation has been folks trapped with abusive partners or parents: Coronavirus: ‘I’m stuck in isolation with my homophobic parents’

These South Korean women went abroad to get married. Then one spoke out at home, and the backlash began.

THERE is the queer collective united by a love of skating

As if LGBTQ media’s struggle with survival wasn’t hard enough: Ohio LGBTQ publication Prizm News shuts down after coronavirus-related revenue crunch

This LGBTQ clothing brand has the most unapologetic T-shirts (Maybe? But also…have you visited the Autostraddle store?)

Saw This, Thought of You

BuzzFeed Slashing Employee Pay Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

‘More volatile than ever’: Freelancers brace for a rough job market

Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained for

Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition

Women’s Basketball Was Building Momentum. Then All The Games Stopped.

How the coronavirus has affected WNBA players overseas

U.S. Soccer leadership: Equal pay a ‘priority’

Will we see Carli Lloyd or Becky Sauerbrunn back in a Team USA jersey? Or should we? The implications of a delayed Olympics for the USWNT

An upside to the Olympic delay: Katie Ledecky has time to get better – Katie Ledecky resets Olympic focus on 2021 after frustrating, uncertain wait

Political Snacks

I suspect we’ll have more to say about this in tomorrow’s Extra!Extra!: The Senate just passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.

Waffle House closes 420 locations amid coronavirus pandemic

Why should you be concerned about Waffle House closings? FEMA uses it as an indicator of how bad as disaster is. Suffice to say, according to the Waffle House Index, we are fucked.

‘He is still in’: Bernie could remain in race through June (Relatedly: Biden says Democrats have ‘had enough debates’)

Not surprised by either of these decisions but I’m not sure either are the right decision. Short of winning 65% in all the remaining primaries, Sanders isn’t going to capture the nomination and, given that the president is getting daily coverage of his pressers (no matter how often he lies), giving up a national audience doesn’t seem smart for Biden either.

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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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      • True, roller skating has always been queerer than skateboarding, but a lot of the big names in skating (atm) are heterosexual/cisgender, so it’s been nice to see a resurgence of queer and BIPOC skaters, especially creating intentional movements and grassroots communities :)

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