Also.Also.Also: Princess Diana From “The Crown” Is Happy to Be “Ur Fave Queer Bride”

Welcome to your Thursday evening link round-up! Our website crashed for about two hours today and my brain is completely and thoroughly fried. Anyway! Some links!

Queer as in F*ck You

The Strength of Queer Venezuelan Refugees, Told In 20 Photographs

A Year into Pandemic, America’s Remaining Lesbian Bars Are Barely Hanging On

Proud Gay Aunties, Assemble! JoJo Siwa Comes Out As Pansexual In A Joyful, Celebratory Way

If you were wondering, Roxane Gay recommends getting your friends personalized stationary as a Thank You, also that you should start setting boundaries at work: Roxane Gay Is Practicing Saying No

I almost never — and I mean never — talk about straight television, especially white straight television. But this season of The Crown was magnificent in every comprehensible way, and so much of that was because of the weight that Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Emma Corrin lifted as a young Princess Diana. Anyways, this wouldn’t usually be “of our interest” but it appears that Emma came out to fans on her Instagram, sharing images from Pop’s 44th issue along with the caption “ur fave queer bride.”

Saw This, Thought of You

Definitely read this if you are white and/or if you have economic privilege, basically if you’re the kind of person who already has at least one shot in the arm and are already day dreaming about one night stands and brunch with your friends (I have dreamt about both this week! So this isn’t a call out, it’s a call in). This article a sobering and grounding reminder in the best way: We’re at the Beginning of the End of Covid-19. Now What?

The Return of My Garbage Self

Ramona Taught Me: An Ode to Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Feminist Icon

Luxury Fashion Won’t End Fatphobia

You’re About To Hear A Lot More About “Ghost Guns”

Political Snacks

LGBTQ Women Face Major Hurdles Running For Public Office. They’re Not Giving Up.

I am still really pissed off and scared about the extreme anti-trans bill passed in Arkansas this week, and if you’re feeling similarly I recommend this Twitter thread Call to Action by Chase Strangio, whose someone I always trust and turn to in these times:

Chase also recommends donating to Intransitive, a trans led organization in Arkansas working to supply trans kids with necessary care and stock up before the law takes into effect. You can also find other trans-led orgs to donate to nationwide as they mount battles against this growing mountain of state laws via Trans Justice Funding Project.

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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. I definitely got some sapphic vibes from Emma Corrin, and she and Gillian Anderson really smashed it this season on The Crown. Can’t wait to see Emma do more.

    And thank you for sharing the article about the inherent privlivege with the Covid vaccine at the moment. I was trying to articulate my feelings to someone about it, and they just couldn’t understand because in our state it’s now open to everyone over 16. But having access to the internet, having the ability to check for openings, the ability to drive yourself to the vaccination site 10 minutes outside of the city at at any time… that’s all privlivege. When I got my vaccine over the weekend I counted 5 BIPOC out of the hundred or so people I saw come through the waiting area, and in a city whose population is 50% BIPOC that’s unacceptable.

  2. Anyone looking at Corrin’s Instagram knows this is a coming out for the cheap seats. Can a girl who has been doing photoshoots dressed as Oscar Wilde and Nureyev and conducting elaborate personal jokes with Christine and the Queens make it any more obvious???

    • Yes this! Plus she quarantined with Heloise Letissier at some point (?!) and shares almost exclusively queer content on her insta stories. She’s definitely been out and proud for a while!

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