Also.Also.Also: The New “Batwoman” Trailer Drop Will Give You Goosebumps on Your Goosebumps

I know how much you look forward to hearing about what I’m having for dinner, so tonight it is tacos and a Christmas beer! Yes it is really called Christmas beer (well technically, Christmas Ale).  And now here’s some fun things you can read while you relax on your time, in your own way!

Queer as in F*ck You

“There’s a kind of queer intimacy to fanfic.” To Fandom, With Love: Fanfic Lets Us Imagine a Better World, Together by Rebecca Epstein-Levi for Bitch (my favorite read of the day!)

This is some absolutely gorgeous writing: Mind the Gap. I am younger, and she is older—but love turns us into time travelers.

The TranSanta Project Wants Trans Kids to Get Everything They Need This Holiday Season

And listing without commentary, Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Pauses ‘Ellen Show’ Production.

Saw This, Thought of You

Our first full length Batwoman trailer is here, and let me tell you — I thought I would get over seeing a queer superhero with my natural hair texture just kicking ass like this. But actually, I never will:

Black Swan Is a Hanukkah Movie (LOLLL but seriously, Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate, and may I also suggest Dedication and Liberation, or What Does a Queer Black Hanukkah Look Like by Ari while you’re here)

My Pandemic Cat Had a Secret. So many excellent personal essays this week!

Legendary Singer Dionne Warwick discovering Twitter has been such balm for my soul in these dark times.

Here’s the link.

Political Snacks

I read this on Tuesday, and it has haunted me ever since: ‘This Must Be Your First.’ Taking seriously that Trump is trying to stage a coup is the best way to ensure he won’t.

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And there were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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  1. Ah, Black Swan. The movie that started my obsession with garter belts and stockings as a turn-on 🖤

  2. Thank you for the age-gap essay! It reflected a lot of my experience and was super beautiful and affirming to read.

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