Also.Also.Also: Billy Porter To Greedy Hollywood Execs Amid Strikes — “You’ve Already Starved Me Out”

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The heat index in central Florida is off the charts today. Stay safe and cool wherever you are.

Queer as in F*ck You

Billy Porter Says He’s Selling His House Because of the Hollywood Strikes. As the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes continue, folks are feeling the financial impact — including huge stars like Billy Porter, who is selling his house as a result. “I have to sell my house,” Billy Porter said. “Yeah! Because we’re on strike. And I don’t know when we’re gonna go back. The life of an artist, until you make fuck-you money — which I haven’t made yet — is still check-to-check.” He continued: “So to the person who said, ‘We’re going to starve them out until they have to sell their apartments’ — you’ve already starved me out.” Porter almost has an EGOT (he’s only missing the Oscar), but the business of acting is so precarious that even he is significantly impacted by the financial constraints of the industry. FAIR CONTRACTS NOW.

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Saw This, Thought of You

At Least 36 Killed in Maui Wildfires: Hawaii Live Updates.

The wildfires in Maui are devastating and heartbreaking. Learn more about efforts to raise funds and mutual aid to support Maui in the Instagram posts below. A spreadsheet of mutual aid resources has also been compiled and is a living document being updated periodically.

And for more info on the conditions and contexts fueling these fires: What’s Driving Maui’s Devastating Fires, and How Climate Change Is Fueling Those Conditions.

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On the topic of abortion, I’ve been really interested in reading things about art and literature as it pertains to ongoing attacks on abortion rights and reproductive justice, like: Writing Characters in a World After the Repeal of Roe v. Wade.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. Heartbreaking and awful are the flames in Maui. See the Instagram posts below for more information about initiatives to support Maui by raising money and other mutual aid. Additionally, a spreadsheet with resources for mutual aid has been put together; it is a dynamic document that is updated on a regular basis.

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