Also.Also.Also: US Remains Fucked Up, Racist and Violent and Other Stories to Start Your Week

feature image: A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman via Yahoo

Welcome to another week! Bring some flowers into your home if you can. Drink all the water Rachel’s always telling you to drink. Read the poetry. You’re doing great.

Race in America

+ Texas Woman Shot While Protecting Son Says She’d March Again.

+ How Police See Us, and How They Train Us to See Them.

+ In the Turmoil Over Race and Policing, Children Pay a Steep Emotional Price.

+ My White Boss Talked About Race in America and This is What Happened

+ Is America Falling Apart or Finally Waking Up?

+ The Mortal Threshold of Whiteness.

+ White People, You Have a Lying Problem.

+ My Revolutionary Suicide Note by Melissa Harris-Perry.

+ Where Does a Healer’s Anger Go? Beyond Love and Light.

+ To Black Parents Visiting Earth: Letter 1.

+ NRA Members Furious with NRA for Not Responding to Philando Castile’s Murder.

+ Talking to Kids About Dallas, Baton Rouge, Minnesota and the entire nation for that matter.

+ Who Benefits From The Tiny House Revolution?

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Ka’Milla Renee McMiller, African American Transgender Woman, Missing Since July 6. UPDATE: She has been found.

+ Ingrid Nilsen Will Be on FB Live with Her App This Tuesday and you should definitely watch.

+ Is There a Place for Lesbians in the Castro, or Anywhere Else in San Francisco?

+ Behind the Scenes With Queer Chicana Punk Band FEA.

+ Mama Dragons Try to Prevent Suicides Among Mormon LGBT Children.

+ 31 Reasons Why LGBT Directors Make Better Films.

+ Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May are Two of Britain’s Most Prominent Homophobes and One’s About to be New Unelected Tory PM. UPDATE: It’ll be Theresa May.

+ Staceyann Chin and Daughter Zuri Propose Throwing Guns in the Garbage.

+ Gay-at-Sea: A Look at the US Coast Guard’s LGBT Community.

+ The Quiet Pride of Queer and Trans Inuit in Canada’s Far North.

+ Illinois State Agency Urges Foster Parents to Take in LGBT Youth.

+ The Her Dating App is Now Available for Android.

Doll Parts

+ What Does It Mean When We Label Women and Artists “Quirky”?

+ Moms Are the Unexpected Voice of Medical Marijuana Movement.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ It’s Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims.

+ The USDA has a search tool for finding free summer meals for kids and teens under 18: Summer Food Rocks.

+ What an Hour of Emotion Makes Visible. This is fascinating.

+ How to Dump a Dream.

+ How to be Sober at a Party.

You Should Go or Do or Give

+ Help fund Gay Girl Straight Girl: Season 1!

And Finally

25 Creative People Share Their Favorite Pints of Ice Cream. Mine’s Talenti Southern Butter Pecan. I hide it behind the frozen root vegetables. What’s yours?

Bonus: How Fireflies Glow.

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  1. I hope that my comment doesn’t sound insensitive, because I mean no disrespect towards those in law enforcement. I respect police officers who do their job right, and act in the best interests of those whose lives they’ve sworn to protect. But as tragic as the Dallas incident is, I worry that it’ll ultimately make shady cops even more vigilant in their racist tendencies (like, “See! This is how black people see us, so we need to be extra cautious around them!”), and be used to garner more sympathy towards law enforcement than to the communities whose members’ lives they’re taking.

  2. Fave ice cream is Graeter’s seasonal peach ice cream. Currently visiting my grandma in Kentucky where they have it and eating so much. I think about it a lot and rarely get to have any. YUM!!!

  3. The most infuriating story of the week for me was Rudy Guiliani saying that black people shouldn’t be scared of police they should be scared of other black people and the real problem is that black parents don’t teach their kids to respect police. He said this on live television. Counting down to the fake “my words were misinterpreted” apology in 5, 4, 3, 2,….

  4. I downloaded the Her app when it came out last week and for an app that took a year to come out on Android it feels very unfished & not well tested. Maybe they should focus a bit more effort on the app as not all queer gals and non-binary pals own iPhones for various reasons(from budget to just pure preference).

  5. A lot of good cops are getting shot because racist cops won’t stop. Plus their is a system including the police union and the courts that lets them get away with it.

  6. Favourite flavoured pint of ice cream? Like singular.

    I don’t think that’s possible for me because I’m just too INTP, Gemini and creative with fixings to decide on just one flavour in all the flavours I know to exist to name a favourite.
    I can narrow it down 2 favourite base pints from which to build greatness with, that is it.

    Blue Bell for vanilla and Haagen Dazs for chocolate.
    A third would be Haagen Dazs coffee flavour, but only if I have small soft chocolate pieces about or at least chocolate syrup.

    This must seem over involved, but I’m allergic to dairy and choose my rationed allotment of dairy products with care. If I’m going to risk being itchy it’s gunna be fucking worth it.

  7. I’m no apologist for Theresa May, but that article isn’t great – her and Leadsom are poles apart. Her record shows that she voted with her party (which is what most parliamentarians do) but she was a strong supporter of Equal Marriage once in government. This is probably a better summary of her record (can I post links?).

    And if we don’t believe people can change their views, we might as well give up right now

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