Also.Also.Also: Brittney Griner Writes to Joe Biden, ‘I’m Terrified I Might Be Here Forever’

Feature image of Brittney Griner on the first day of her trial in Russia by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images

I want to thank our senior editor, the one!! the only!!, Heather Hogan for covering our twice-a-week link roundup while I was away celebrating my birthday. But I am back, a year older and none wiser. Full of poolside reads and eating outside and sleeping in. I missed you!

Queer as in F*ck You

Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia on Friday, and yesterday — and July 4th — she released a letter to President Biden asking for directly for his help in her case. She’s been wrongfully detained by Russia for 138 days. Here’s more:

‘Lesbian Goth Foxes,’ the Story of Esmae and Mala. You want this. I know you want this.

Why Angelica Ross’ “Only You” is the Powerful Pride Anthem You’ve Been Waiting For. (Pride is over, Angelica Ross is forever!)

Becca Tilley Gets Her Rose, I truly had never heard of Becca Tilley until that one Hayley Kiyoko video? But hey, maybe you’ll know more! Maybe you will get a lot out of this profile!

Raven-Symoné and Wife Miranda Talk Queer Family and Disney’s Evolution. My opinion on this is that Raven Symoné has gotten very fine since becoming married, at least according to me watching her TikTok, and you know what? Good for her.

How I Learned To Embrace My Role As The Non-Bio ‘Other Mother’

Indigenous and Two-Spirit Identity Through the Airwaves

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs Is Challenging a Biden Administration Policy That Ties LGBTQ Protections to School-Lunch Programs

And in more depressing news! Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Took Effect on Friday

And! And! And! Bette Midler, Macy Gray, and Ben Shapiro really all took turns being transphobic all weekend long. Like the world’s very worst game of round robin.

Saw This, Thought of You

I was telling our office how obsessed I’ve become with taking these selfies? It’s so good! And no one had heard of them! So here you go! The Rise of the 0.5 Selfie

Bring Back The Body Glitter

I Can’t Shut Up About the Barbie Movie… I still cannot believe this movie is real

Political Snacks

Christian Nationalists Are Excited About What Comes Next

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  1. It’s still wild to me to all the folks who now want to cancel 4th of July because of rights being stripped away from them. Yet us black and Brown folks have had those rights taken from us for decades/centuries. I wonder if someone can be written to about Brittany Griner, this is ridiculous. What protest can we have for her??? I wish there were concrete answers.

  2. thank you for the BG coverage and links. it feels like they keep bringing her out into public view because they want the spectacle to press the US gov’t for something; which makes me hope that Biden’s seeming indifference is a strategic way to get the Kremlin to work with the state department without having to free a terrorist. i want BG home, and i now think it will go better for her if it’s hard for Russia to disappear her.

    i regret getting folks to stream Macy Gray stuff – i found her again a year ago. so tired of bigots claiming misunderstandings, but really seek a pass for their prejudice.

  3. I don’t know about Macy Gray or Ben Shapiro but I’m giving Bette Midler the benefit of the doubt. I’ve learned through the years that, despite appearances, sometimes things are not as they seem. To paint someone as transphobic simply because of one, possibly misunderstood, tweet is unfair.

  4. Re: Bette
    One tweet about not wanting the word “woman” to be erased is not transphobic. Especially coming from someone who has been a strong ally of the queers for 60 odd years.

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