News + Politics

Autostraddle’s Comprehensive 2020 LGBTQ Voting Guide: Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, and Trans Candidates, Ballot Measures and More!

According to the Victory Institute, there are 843 LGBTQ+ elected officials nationwide. But there’s so much more to us than just the numbers. Here’s your 2020 Voting Guide with every LGBTQ woman and non-binary person running for federal offices or seats in state legislatures, plus the statewide ballot measures we don’t want you to miss!

Herstory

Monica Roberts Remembered Us. Now We Remember Her.

Every time I crossed paths with Monica Roberts, I was always surprised by how tight she held me as we hugged — Now, so many young Black trans people can look to her as an ancestor. Every trans journalist is indebted to the space Monica has carved out for us. Every trans person owes her a great deal for forcing the world to see us in our unmistakable worth.

Politics + Activism The Resistance

Haymarket Pole Collective Is Organizing For Sex Workers’ Labor Rights

Cat Hollis founded Haymarket Pole Collective to create a place for Black sex workers to feel safe and to organize and advocate for their rights. “We’re oppressed as groups, not as individuals…The truth is that you might lift yourself up to a level with more agency, but that doesn’t remove your marginalization. And it doesn’t necessarily make it easier for people who come after you.”

News + Politics

Extra! Extra!: What Would Happen If We Did Lose Roe v. Wade? Let’s Talk About It

This week’s Extra! Extra! turns to other areas of the news. Not because RBG’s death and the verdict on Breonna Taylor’s murder aren’t important. But because sometimes things are so strongly felt, no words could possibly capture their lasting consequence. We turn instead to several trans rights issues, reproductive rights, some disturbing trends on the far right and an update on how COVID-19 is upending this country. To close out, a few stories of small wins; a little bit of hope.

News + Politics

Extra! Extra!: In Search of an Order of Magnitude to Even Measure Trump’s Unforgivable Immigration Legacy

This week’s Extra! Extra! turns to some devastating immigration news and a look at women’s rights more broadly. This week also brought, perhaps unsurprising, news that the fossil fuel industry knew half a century ago the devastation they would wreak on the planet and did nothing. We also take a look at the state of police brutality globally before turning to a few updates on the upcoming US election.