Also.Also.Also: We’re Getting a Fisting Emoji in 2020, Goddess Bless Us Everyone

Happy Thursday! I think I want to buy a black motorcycle-style jacket for this short work trip I’m going on next month. I can’t stop talking about it, and I’m pretty sure I’ve exhausted the patience of all the lovely people here on Autostraddle’s staff. Maybe you will indulge me! Would I look good in a Moto jacket? Y or N?

While you ponder that, here’s some (mostly) light reading for the end of your week.


Queer as in F*ck You

The New 2020 Emojis Are More Gender-Inclusive Than Ever PS: nearly every lesbian, bisexual, and queer person instantly dubbed this the fisting emoji… and we’re not wrong.

Would you like an excerpt from the new Samantha Irby book? Thought you might. 

Queer People Want Therapists to Call Them on Their Bullshit — Know what this reminds me of? What Queer and Trans Patients Wish Their Therapists Understood, published by your friendly neighbor Autostraddle earlier this month. Read both pieces and start your 2020 therapy off on clear horizons.

What an Advocate For LGBTQ Teens Wears To Work. Spoiler Alert: The answer is a suit and Doc Martens! An unexpected and charming fashion interview with The Trevor Project’s Alexis Chavez for The Cut.

Lesbian Beachside Wedding Alert!

TikTok Has Become the Soul of the LGBTQ Internet (Here’s more Autostraddle related content, we’re on a roll today: I’m Just Here To Hype Up The Tiny TikTok Lezzies by Shelli Nicole) (Also: TikTok Has Neglected Security and been known to censure videos of disabled and trans folks 😔)

Birmingham, Alabama Denies 1st LGBTQ Charter School Application while on the flip side,  Major Bank to Pull Contributions for Florida School Vouchers Because of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

Folsom Street Events Names New Executive Director. A leatherwoman with a background in nonprofit management.

Trans Athlete Chris Mosier on Qualifying for the Olympic Trials

49ers’ Katie Sowers Calls Becoming First Woman to Coach at Super Bowl ‘Surreal’. The game is Sunday! SPORTS!


Saw This, Thought of You

Why Understanding the Events of 1979 Is Crucial for Those Trying to Figure out a Better Future for Today’s Middle East.

This Is the Highest-Resolution Photo of the Sun Ever Taken

The Unexpected Life of a Millennial Nun

Meet the Latina Fighting Chicago’s Period Poverty

Dreaming About Death Isn’t Fun — But It’s Not Bad. VERY chill Thursday content.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a book that it feels like everyone I know is reading this month. She wrote this piece, “On Roots and Research,” for Roxane Gay’s Medium Magazine:

“What are you?” is a question I’ve been asked by strangers since I was a child. As a little girl, I didn’t know how to answer this question with a simple one-word, one-identity response. And I still don’t. I knew then, just as I know now, that we were many things.

How to Delete What Facebook Knows About Your Life Outside of Facebook


Political Snacks

Re-upping this because it’s important, ICYMI: South Dakota’s HR 1057 Is a Dangerous Test Case for Blocking Trans Youth from Transition-Related Care

Inside the Messy, Awkward, Occasionally Successful Dating Scene on the Campaign Trail. So Heather Hogan made you this:

Last thing, 1 Simple Step Could Help Election Security. Why Aren’t Governments Doing It?

Carmen is Autostraddle's interim Editor-in-Chief and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. 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. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 277 articles for us.

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