Also.Also.Also: Send Brittney Griner A Letter Today, “Be Her Strength”

Pizza for dinner! And whatever I know its small — but I cannot wait.

Queer as in F*ck You

Cherelle Griner Encourages People to Write Brittney Griner Letters: “Be Her Strength” I will be doing this immediately. Here’s where you can, too. I feel like so many of the news updates that we get about Brittney Griner can feel overwhelming and action-less, but this is something tangible. We know — because it’s been reported multiple times now — that BG feels alone, that she worries about having been forgotten in Russia. She doesn’t have to. You can send her a quick note, a letter, some love. It will make a difference, that I promise you. (And while you have out your stamps, you can send some quick notes to our incarcerated queer fam in the United States who could also use the love and reminders that they aren’t alone. It also sends a reminder to the guards in charge in those prisons that there’s people outside watching, which provides safety. So do that, too!)

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Political Snacks

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Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And 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. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

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  1. Thank you so much for facilitating people writing letters to Brittney Griner. I wrote one immediately and will write again. It’s literally the least we can do. I didn’t have an outlet for my helpless anger about her situation and now at least I can send her words of support. Thank you.

  2. thank you so much for sharing the bg note page.

    I sent this:

    hey bg,

    you got this. this is fucked up beyond measure and you are in a frightening position. and, you got this. we are holding you in our hearts, our heads, our voices, our calls and e-mails to government officials, and deeply deeply holding you within the queer community.

    you got this. injustice and anti-blackness and homophobia and and and and. all of it. it’s disgusting, horrific, and blatant. and you got this. and you have family and friends and supporters who are nonstop fighting to get you home. who are sending incomprehensible amounts of love and courage to you.

    I’ve never seen you play basketball. I don’t follow your career and I only just heard about who you are. but when I saw this news however long ago (via the lesbian/queer culture website Autostraddle), I started holding you in my spiritual space. the community has you, through and through, on some plane of existence. in that plane, you are free and you are home and you are being held by all the beings you love. in that plane, you got this.

    and in this here reality, you got this.

    sending you love and hope and perseverance from seattle.

  3. Brittney,
    Stay strong and keep the faith. I realize it’s easier said than done but remember Father God does not give us anything we cannot handle. I’m praying for you. When this is all over and you are Home you will realize how Strong you really are. Just think of Jesus Christ and He will supernaturally give you All types of strength..

    I have your name written on paper and in the pages of my Bible.. God keep you, ✝️🙏💛

  4. I want Brittney to know that I am praying foe her release soon, and that she doesn’t suffer from brutality from the Russians. I know it’s not easy, but pray for strength from God. I will attempt to ask friends and relatives to pray for you and to write letters. May God Bless!!

  5. Welcome home Brittany we love you and may God bless you and your wife heart it would be such an honor to meet you. You are a true inspiration bless your heart you’re home don’t ever leave us again please

  6. Happy New Year Brittney, I hope 2023 will be a great year for you and your loved ones. You have been through so much in the past you deserve the very best in life. I will keep watching to see if good luck finds you. Skip in VA.

  7. Happy New Year Brittney, I hope 2023 will be a great year for you and your loved ones. You have been through so much in the past you deserve the very best in life. I will keep watching to see if good luck finds you. Skip in VA.

    • Happy New Year Britney to you and your wife I am so grateful you are home. Try not letting all these negative people ruin your happiness. You have a lot of people out here who loves you very much Including me. I see nothing but a bright future for you and your family. Love you. from the Edwards family.

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