Also.Also.Also: Let’s See Who All’s Came Out as Trans or Non-Binary This Year

Feature Image, Left to Right: Photo of Tommy Dorfman by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images, Photo of Demi Lovato by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Global Citizen, and Photo of Mae Martin by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

I’m technically on holigay break this week, which means that my hours are off-kilter and I’m pre-writing this link round up from Monday afternoon. IF some massive breaking news happened between when I wrote this and when it publishes, please be kind in the comments! It’s been a really rough year; we all deserve a break sometimes.

I’m wishing you so much peace as we close out 2021! I can’t wait to see you again in the new year!

Queer as in F*ck You

15 Celebs Who Came Out As Trans or Nonbinary in 2021 by Autostraddle alum (and frequent interlocutor in this link round up!) Mey Rude for Out Magazine

New York Bill Would Extend Marijuana Equity to Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People “A separate, recently filed legislation addressed cannabis social equity for transgender and nonbinary New Yorkers.”

Saw This, Thought of You

Is It Safe to Have a New Year’s Eve Party? “When it comes to handling the uncertainties surrounding the Omicron surge, assess your own risk tolerance and weigh those risks against the rewards.”

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home? As a self-proclaimed book obsessive who got a first edition of Angela Davis’ Women, Race, and Class as a Christmas present last weekend, let me just say… real questions deserve real answers! (Are you an A+ member? Have you checked out Our Hobbies, Our Shelves yet?)

How a Relief Fund for Restaurants Picked Winners and Losers “A fund meant to help bars and restaurants survive the pandemic had a capricious methodology for determining winners and losers. In the most extreme cases, women and business owners from certain racial and cultural groups ended up effectively locked out.”

In The Era Of Online Dating, Why Are We Still So Obsessed With Meet-Cutes?

The Reclamation of Bimbohood. “The self-proclaimed biimbos of TikTok are finding power in fluffy pink outfits.”

Joan Didion’s Greatest Two-Word Sentence

Political Snacks

Rikers: The Obituaries. “Fifteen people at the jail died in 2021. These are their lives — and how they came to an end.” (it’s your must read of the day)

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Carmen Phillips

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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