Also.Also.Also: Small LGBTQ-Friendly Cities in Conservative America Are Trying Really Hard, Y’all, and Other Stories

How do you feel about Chimes? The ginger chews — specifically the mango ones. Do you find that there’s always one end of the chew that’s trapped in the wrapper? Do they do this on purpose? What’s the deal.

Queer as in F*ck You

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+ In Conservative America, Small Cities Stand Up for LGBT Rights.

+ Black, Queer, and Muslim: On Faith, Self-Care, and Identity.

+ Queer Women in Montenegro Tell Their Stories.

+ The Importance of Family Support When LGBTQ Youth Come Out.

+ House Panel Kills LGBT Protections in D.C. Schools Bill.

+ A Map That Shows Which States Have Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBT People, and therefore also which states do not. Fiddle-dee-dee!

+ How Pretty in Pink Helped Me Discover My Queer Identity, by Ruby Tandoh.

+ Why don’t you watch Gender Troubles for free this weekend? Invite some friends. Heck, turn it into a full-on Autostraddle Meet-Up.


Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Hate Group Leader to Represent United States at United Nations Event. I mean sure why not.

+ Federal Judge in Hawaii Freezes Trump’s New Entry Ban.

+ Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments and then This is What Could Happen if Trump’s Plan is Enacted. Wheeeeee!


Doll Parts

+ She Shreds Mag Puts Women and Gender Nonconforming Artists First at SXSW.

+ Women with the Souped-Up Cars They Love, In Photos.

+ And the good news just keeps comin’! Modcloth To Be Bought By Jet.Com, Which Is Owned By Walmart.

+ Some Overly Complicated Notes on Kim Kardashian’s Obsession with Nostalgic Photography. Pretty sure this is the first Kardashian-focused link I’ve ever shared?


Saw This, Thought of You

+ Humpback Whales are Organizing in Huge Numbers, And No One Knows Why. Everything is perfectly fine.

+ Here’s Your Chance to Be a Historian Totally Devoted to American Girl Dolls. Oh don’t act like you wouldn’t drop everything.


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    • I stopped shopping with them because they fucked up my orders 3 times and I had to pay the return shipping from Canada, but I’ve been grumpy every time I see some cute thing they’re selling in an ad. Now at least I have extra justification for my one-woman boycott. Hmph.

  1. Re: Small LGBTQ friendly towns in conservative America: I have never, ever felt so accepted and affirmed and supported and loved and celebrated and proud as a lesbian than when my girlfriend and I spent Valentine’s Day weekend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. That place LOVES the gays and they will tell anyone who will listen, and they follow through with lots of legislation affirming that. It’s absolutely beautiful. We stayed at a lesbian-owned lodge, ate at lesbian and gay-owned restaurants and coffee shops that were slammed with all sorts of people, and it was just amazing.
    And it’s in the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, right down the road from Conservative Hell of all Conservative Hells Branson, Missouri.

    • This sounds amazing! I have been wanting to go on a weekend trip to Arkansas. Would you mind sharing the names of places you went to and stayed? It sounds fantastic! Thanks!

    • I am SO GLAD to hear that you found Eureka Springs to be super accepting. I’m going there this fall with my Person, and was a bit nervous about it. But omg y’all, we are staying in a TREEHOUSE. A treehouse with wi-fi and a jacuzzi! I am so psyched.

      • I’m jealous! It’s a great, funky town. An odd mix of bikers, queers/artists and religious folks who come for the passion play (and the overlap of the 3). I miss the Ozarks.

        I definitely found it very gay-friendly. They had a city gay marriage registry well before gay marriage was even legal.

        Also A TREE HOUSE!!!!

        • I’ve been to Eureka Springs a few times with as a kid with my family — my parents actually honeymooned there) — but I’ve never been there with a lady-friend, so I wasn’t sure if the reception would be chillier. Now I’m even more excited to go!

          And I am so pumped about the treehouse. You can also stay in a hobbit cave or an enchanted grotto, and yes, they ALL have jacuzzis. (My Person and I have taken to calling it Jacuzzi Springs.)

  2. I fully believe that whales are smarter than us and we will one day discover some deep-ocean hidden technology they’ve developed or something. The first thing that occurred to me when I read that article was how human society regularly undergoes major shifts (ex. from hunter-gatherer to agricultural) as new technology arises, and how those shifts would seem surprising and baffling to any hypothetical outsiders who had assumed that our habits were as predictable as other animal species.

  3. “They [the endowments] were created in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation declaring that any “advanced civilization” must fully value the arts, the humanities, and cultural activity.” So, I guess we all know where you’re going with this kind of shit… America, home of the Dark Ages.

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