Also.Also.Also: ‘Everywhere Is Queer,’ a Map of LGBTQ Businesses Designed for All Your Carmen Sandiego Fantasies

I know it’s technically Taco Tuesday but I’m having a big bowl of guacamole for dinner. Does that count?

Queer as in F*ck You

‘Everywhere Is Queer’: New Worldwide Map Highlights LGBTQ-Owned Businesses. “The map’s creator said it has been viewed more than 100,000 times and lists more than 500 businesses all over the world.” OK I know there’s more than 500 queer businesses out there worldwide! Let’s keep this good thing going!

James Baldwin on Love, Faith and Easter

Rebecca Black Is A Queer Icon Every Day Of The Week. Correct.

Yesterday was the first day of WNBA training camp, and the Mercury Prep for the New Season With Brittney Griner on Their Minds (she’s still on my mind too ❤️)

Speaking of the WNBA season, from Heather: “We’ve got another openly nonbinary wnba player, and they’re a long covid person who made it back to full health!”

We’re all still reeling from Bitch Media leaving us, and this new news in particular hit me hard: Saying Goodbye to The Lingerie Addict. “It’s also true, even if I was reluctant to admit it, that many people don’t necessarily find information from blogs anymore.” (Cora also got a write up in The New York Times as she says goodbye!)

Texas Child Welfare Workers Quit Over Governor’s Transgender Directive. “Morgan Davis, a transgender man and a caseworker at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, says he “couldn’t morally continue.”

LGBTQ+ Artists and Those With Disabilities See Etsy as a Lifeline – That’s Why They’re on Strike

Saw This, Thought of You

Vaccines Are No Match for Long COVID. Treating It Is Science’s Next Great Challenge

How Many Billionaires Are There, Anyway?

Russian Doll’s Mind-Bending Leaps Through Time. Ok this is an early (and glowing!!) review of the new season of Russian Doll, because I’m beside myself I’m so excited for it! But you must promise that even if you read it, you’ll come back to read Kayla’s review on this very website tomorrow. Is that a deal?

Political Snacks

“Russia’s New Motto: We Are Not Ashamed.” A letter from St. Petersburg. Important from the editor’s note, “This essay’s author is anonymous to protect the writer from potential reprisals.”

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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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