Billie Jean King will go down as one of the greatest tennis players — one of the greatest athletes, actually — of all time. 39 Grand Slam titles. 20 Wimbledon victories. And, of course, her Battle of the Sexes win over Bobby Riggs, which sold out the Astrodome and was viewed by more than 90 million people.
Once the rain finally stopped, Equal Love Taiwan snapped a photo of the clouds breaking open to reveal a literal rainbow. Gay couples will be able to begin getting married on May 24th!
“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.”
What’s the difference between ally and accomplice? How can you use these terms to think about how you’re in solidarity with others?
“Marriage is a magic word. And it is magic throughout the world. It has to do with our dignity as human beings, to be who we are.”
Today the Supreme Court announced it will be deciding on an interpretation of federal law Title VII, and specifically whether the law should be understood as supporting workplace protections for LGBT employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or trans status.
“Lyra was a ball of energy, passion and wit. To know her even a little was an inspiration.”
A letter to the editor can be an effective tactic to get the word out about an issue, show support for a bill, speak up about something in your community, or to get free publicity for your activist work!
Tonight out lesbian Lori Lightfoot was elected as Mayor of Chicago, making her the first black woman and first openly LGBTQ+ person to hold the position. Still, local activists worry she may not lead a new progressive vision for the city.
Barbara Hammer was the evidence that living a queer life could be good, and long, and full of wonder at a time when I felt like this was all was out of reach.
Activists score more legal wins in Kenya, where a Court of Appeals dismissed a case seeking to strike down the registration of a national LGBT rights organisation. The win comes amidst a wave of increased visibility of the rights of LGBT Africans.
The Department of Defense has been claiming this is not actually a ban on transgender service members. But in effect, the Mattis Policy is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell II: This Time As Farce.”
We have to commit to always learning and growing and doing more all the time to make our spaces better and better.
This piece was co-written by Natalie, Reneice, Alexis, and Carmen. We’re four of the black members of The Speakeasy, Autostraddle’s collective for its writers of color.
In 1974 it felt like every American was watching President Nixon’s impeachment hearings. With a single speech, a black lesbian changed the opinion of a nation. She was only getting started.
Birthdays are the perfect time to ask people to take action. Why? People like you! They want to celebrate you! And on your birthday, they feel slightly more-obligated-than-usual to do what you ask of them!
Maybe Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo were actually lovers? Maybe they weren’t. What always mattered most was the idea that they even could.
Plus: Queer food culture, Generation Z knows so many nonbinary people, King Princess on our secret history, Pride at Disneyland Paris, and New Jersey becomes the second state to require LGBT-inclusive materials in schools.
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” – Audre Lorde
An attack on a black gay celebrity like Jussie Smollet is also a message sent to his black and gay fans. So today, for all our queer fam out there, but especially for my black queer family, feel the love and strength of our community. Our kinship is a gift. Please, fortify yourself in that gift today.