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Welcome back, Straddlers! Carmen’s taking some time to plot the next phase of Autostraddle’s world domination and she’s graciously lent me the keys to Also.Also.Also kingdom. I hope I can offer a few links to make the countdown to the weekend go a little quicker!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Fresh off the Bostock win at the Supreme Court, the ACLU’s Chase Strangio writes for The Atlantic: The Trans Future I Never Dreamed Of
+ Strangio isn’t the only one: After landmark Supreme Court ruling, transgender workers stand up for their rights
Saw This, Thought of You
+ The indispensable Nikole-Hannah Jones: What Is Owed: Without Economic Justice, There Can Be No True Equality
+ This is awesome:
I wrote a guide to building an SMS bot in about 30 minutes without coding! You write the messages your bot will send in a Google sheet, which is also where people's responses are saved.
— Nicole He (@nicolehe) June 24, 2020
⚽🏀Saw This, Thought of You: Sportsball Edition 🏀⚽
Back in March, the coronavirus brought professional sports to a screeching halt but now, as states start to reopen, sports are preparing to follow suit. I’ve missed sports immensely but it’s been hard for me to muster up enthusiasm for its return. I keep thinking, “they’re risking their lives for our entertainment,” and it hardly seems worth it. Plus, even though athletes will be sequestered, I wonder what message the return of sports sends to everyday people: How do we convince people that things are not back the normal when sports — a hallmark of normalcy — have returned? I’m not sure.
+ Earlier this week, two women’s fast-pitch professional softball teams took the field for their first game since the shutdown. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived: during the game, the general manager of the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs sent out a tweet referencing Colin Kapernick’s anthem protest and, as you might expect, shit hit the fan. How bad did it get? The ENTIRE TEAM quit. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
+ After a helluva hiccup earlier this week, the NWSL’s Challenge Cup kicks off in Utah this weekend. The league will be without some of its biggest names — Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press are sitting out due to coronavirus concerns — but there will still be plenty of star power out on the pitch. Saturday’s opening matches:
- 12:30 PM – Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns (CBS)
- 10:00 PM – Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit
All games will be available on CBS All Access and re-air on CBS Sports Network. Fans outside the US and Canada can stream games live via Twitch.
+ Today’s the deadline for WNBA players to inform their teams about whether they’ll participate in this year’s abbreviated 22 game season. Public details are still scant but, according to Mechelle Voepel, players just received details about their IMG Academy accommodations on Wednesday to help them make the decision.
Some players, like Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Washington’s LaToya Sanders are opting out over coronavirus concerns, while others, like Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery and Washington’s Natasha Cloud, are devoting their energies to fighting for social justice.
+ Put Me In Coach, I’m Ready to Play: Jacqueline LeBlanc highlights some WNBA Free Agents who may get the call to substitute for WNBA players that opt to sit out.
+ Las Vegas Aces star Angel McCoughtry — that’ll never not be weird to say — is asking the league to allow players to put the names of victims of police brutality on their jerseys.
+ Some great news from Tuesday’s New York primary: Two New Yorkers Poised to Become First Black Gay Men in Congress. Ritchie Torres’ win is especially sweet, as he defeated the notoriously homophobic/transphobic Rubén Díaz Sr.
+ Not sure that this piece offers any new information but I am perpetually annoyed by the credit Biden’s given for the Obama administration’s progress on gay rights: Behind Joe Biden’s Evolution on LGBTQ Rights