Meet New York’s First Gay Married Couple & Show Us Your Pride!


Guess what! It’s Intern Daphne (@daphne_duck)’s birthday!happy-bday-daphne

Also, it’s International Mix Tape Day! Or … it was, so now we’ve made an executive decision that this week is actually International Mix Tape Week. You can listen to THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT, a mix featuring the most optimistic songs chosen by the team & the army and then you can DIY your face! I mean! Your CD! It’s our very first How-To!

Speaking of the future, we sent a lady into the world of men to tell us about the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in Carlytron’s latest Nerd Alert. Also! Girl-on-Gallery – Hot Boyish Girls do Androgyny.


DAMN THE MAN! SAVE THE GAYS: Meet New York City’s first gay-married couple! “Two gay men, one of them dressed as a woman, sort of duped the city into granting a marriage license and performing an official ceremony for them, despite the fact that they both have male first names.” This takes “genderf*ck to a whole new level. So brilliant, why didn’t we think of this.(@gawker)

ART: This is completely brilliant –  Artist Dina Goldstein: These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.” (@jpg magazine)


LOHAN! Lindsay Lohan’s next movie, “Labor Pains,” is going straight to ABC Family. Despite popular belief, this has nothing to do with LiLo’s dimming star but rather is directly related to the plot sounding absolutely insipid and an insult to women and human beings everywhere. It’ll fit right in with The Secret Life of American Teenagers! (@cinemablend)

GAY! Newsflash! There isn’t enough good gay representation on the teevee! Yup, that’s right. Speaking of poor representation of gays on the teevee, our own Daniela Sea comments:  “We live in such a TV-centered culture. If we’re not represented [on the screen], it will be much harder to offset the influences of 90% of the population.” (@the advocate)gay-per-tv

GAY! Aubrey O’Day either was, wasn’t a diva at the No on h8 shoot. (@usweekly)

GAY! Dustin Lance Black Responds: ”Three year-old photos of Milk writer Dustin Lance Black engaged in what appears to be unsafe sex popped up on the internet Friday – but they wont stand in the way of the Oscar winner’s work in support of gay rights.” (@the advocate)

RANDOM! Brad Delson’s speech at UCLA’s graduation rocks way harder than Linkin Park.

GAGA! Includes gigantic photos, some videos, etc – Lady GaGa News. (@ohnotheydidn’t)

POP! Five Girl Group Fashion Disasters — Stef is gonna be upset about The Spice Girls being up in this piece. (@jezebel)

POP! Kelly Clarkson is apparently in LESBIAN HELL, because rumors about her secret girlfriend have gotten out of hand and detracted potential beards. (@the sun)


Why the GOP is Failing to Win Over the Mighty Middle: ”The Republicans have out-and-out bigots peppered in leadership who find safe harbor in the party, and every once in a while these numbskull racists get the wild hair and cut loose when they think no one is watching.” (@pam’s house blend)

↔  The battle over same-sex marriage added a serious note to the West Hollywood celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village that launched the modern gay rights movement. (@la times)

Michigan Lawmaker Seeks to Recognize Gay Marriage (@chicago tribune)

Remember When Barack Obama Made Promises to us?” (@queerty)

Des Moines Pride draws 15,000, Silicon Valley hosts a music festival on Family Pride Day — and well —

HEY HEY CONTEST GIVEAWAY! Send us your pride photos or our gallery!!We’ll be putting it up soon and whoever has the best pride photo will win a special Autostraddle Prize Pack. TBA!

John Berry explains the White House’s basic strategy on gay rights“it’s beyond terrific if Obama truly plans on making these steps — but communicating this strategy to us has been a long time coming.” (@queerty)


Auto-Straddler of the Day:


Christina Aguilera Rides that Pink Pony Right

No on h8er of the Day:


team-picks-graphic2emily-choo-iconfrom Intern Emily:
If anyone is into photography or polaroids, this is a really cool site. Check out the daily archive for shots of the day. Some of the polaroids are kinda creepy.


crystal-iconfrom Crystal:
Ruby Rose has signed up to be the music reporter for a new tv show called The 7pm Project, which delivers the daily news to a live audience by comedians.

I guess it’s pretty exciting for Ruby Rose fans because it’s on free-to-air television, not cable, so everyone in Australia can see it. ‘Cause really, who can afford cable TV? Not me.

alex-iconfrom Alex:
Here’s a video look/tour from BBCNews around Banksy‘s biggest exhibition yet installed (in top secrecy) at the Bristol Museum. It’s absolutely incredible. He’s my favorite contemporary artist. Banksy’s work is as visually stunning as it is ironic, and he always makes a statement with his creations. Totally check this (and him) out.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Kelly Clarkson says in that interview “I’m extremely flattered when I do get hit on by girls and I think it’s hot but I’m not into it.” Um, what?

  2. If Kelly Clarkson was in my bed, she’d be like “happy birthday daphne duck!”

    Obama is really confusing to me. Sidenote.

    • Riese, you confuse me again. And I’m not even that drunk as in that picture of me you put up here.
      And if Kelly Clarkson was in your bed, she would be more like “Riese, protect me from that crazy angry Alex woman, she’s hitting me with her drumsticks!”

      But thanks Team, now this is officially the most useless but awesome birthday I’ve got so far. I love you all!

  3. I heard the UCLA commencement was funny. I’m so jealous they got to sing Britney Spears …

  4. Methinks the lady doth protest too much, re: Kelly Clarkson. I watched a whole bunch of her old music videos on YouTube yesterday (I was looking for someone) and man if her clothes, moves, hair, etc. weren’t all screaming gay to me then I just don’t know. Also, I kind of never realized how hot she is.

  5. the modern day fairy tale is brilliant. i especially love little red riding hood…and it looks like cinderella could use an intervention! AND see what happens when there’s no universal health care…poor rapunzel could have benefited from early screenings and lower copays!

  6. the men dressing up and getting married is the best thing i’ve heard all day. i think it’s seriously saying something if the only prerequisite for marriage is LOOKING like a straight couple.

  7. went to the banksy exhibition today, its really amazing, recommended to anyone who can get to it!

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