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:
- Brittney Griner Sends Letter to President Biden Pleading for His Help
- Brittney Griner’s Show Trial Begins
- Brittney Griner’s Coach: ‘If It Was Lebron, He’d Be Home’
- Russia Hints at Linking Griner’s Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death’ (I read this over the weekend and it’s stayed with me, re: the “stakes” at hand and what it will take to get Brittney home)
#FreeBrittneyGriner 138 days our friends and sister @brittneygriner has been wrongfully detained in a Russia prison. @POTUS can you please read her recent cry to you and prioritize as if she was one of your kids…please. Finally Lord God your grace is needed right now. #WeAreBG pic.twitter.com/dbRCjRJE7g
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) July 5, 2022
‘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
I Can’t Shut Up About the Barbie Movie… I still cannot believe this movie is real
Christian Nationalists Are Excited About What Comes Next
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.
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.
Thank you for keeping BG up front and center.
I wish that NYTimes article…wasn’t, but it was insightful and thank you for using a gift link!
Bring BG home
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.
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.