Also.Also.Also: Gaylors Had an IRL Summit To Discuss Gay Taylor Swift Fan Theories — Here’s What Happened

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Has anyone tried the freeze-dried figs from Trader Joe’s? Because I did last night, and they’re DELICIOUS. I think it would be fun to dip them into a whipped goat cheese, like a decadent take on chips and cheese dip.

Queer as in F*ck You

Postcard from Camp Gaylore. What is Camp Gaylore you might ask? Well, it was the first IRL summit of Gaylors, the powerful subsect of Taylor Swift fans who believe she has been leaving breadcrumbs hinting at her queerness for years in her music and live shows. For Cosmopolitan, journalist Frankie de la Cretaz attended the summit — which featured “hours of presentations and deep-dive analyses” — and documented the intimate queer space and experience. They bring their own personal narrative to the piece, adding an extra layer. Here’s a sample:

I didn’t travel far to get here, but I’ve come a long way. Four summers ago, I left my marriage to a straight man, right around the time Taylor released Lover. I had a passing familiarity with her oeuvre but didn’t consider myself much of a fan. I was crashing with friends—a lesbian couple—while searching for a new home and striving to create a more openly queer life for myself. With its pastel cover and pro-LGBTQ+ anthem “You Need to Calm Down,” Lover got a ton of airplay in that two-bedroom apartment. And the breakup songs—“Death by a Thousand Cuts,” “I Forgot That You Existed”—certainly spoke to me. But given everything I was going through, Taylor’s music felt like little more than a fluffy distraction.

I found the piece interesting, even just as a casual observer of Gaylor fandom and not someone who’s all in (anymore…I may have had a brief phase). But the fascinating thing about this summit and this fandom is that…it’s almost not even about Taylor Swift. Anyway, a good read!

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One More Thing

Have I been including a lot of seasonal poems because I have melancholy about the lack of seasons where I live? MAYBE SO.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. I’ve sent the Gaylor list to the multiple Gaylors in my life (I’m not one but boy have I heard a lot by osmosis)!

    That poem is lovely but especially the title! Why is it 14C and rainy this is AUGUST

  2. I live in Kentucky, and the anti-trans rhetoric in the election is wild. Cameron’s anti-trans attack ad on Beshear has been playing all. the. time. on like every channel. *scary voice and scary drag queen photos* Beshear supports “the radical transgender agenda” and surgeries on children. How did they even make this a thing? I don’t think abortion is in the ad or it’s lost in the bs. But it’s scary; just seeing an ob/gyn takes 6-12 months except for a random provider at Planned Parenthood, and that still takes a couple weeks. I assume there’s loopholes for pregnancy and maybe urgent care could handle an STI, but gl for anything else. This isn’t what people around here want (except those too old for any of this to be relevant to them), but Republicans don’t care about reality or what people want.

  3. Does anyone else think it is a bit creepy when your fans are having a summit to discuss your sexual orientation and this summit is being covered in the press? I do not want to read an article, because 1. not interested; 2. this singer’s sexuality is her own business. Maybe I do not understand what this summit is about? But if I understand it right, it really feels very wrong and creepy.

    • I was extremely skeptical of the idea of the conference too. But if you read the article, it’s less about an insistence of knowing her sexuality better than she does and more about discussing queer interpretations of her music and comparing it broader queer media.

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