Also.Also.Also: Here’s 10 Queer Directors on the 9 Queer Romances They Believe Got the Story Right

[I originally published this post without an intro message. So! That’s how today is going!]

Queer as in F*ck You

9 Movies and TV Series That Do Queer Relationships Justice (as Picked by Queer Filmmakers, for a change of pace! Also, it’s an excellent list.)

Lesbian Minister Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of North Carolina Announces Run Against Capitol Raid-Inciting Madison Cawthorn

Former Detainees Call on Biden to Release Transgender People from ICE Custody. From the letter: “It is clear to all of us that ICE will never be a safe place for our communities”

These Girls Just Wanted to Run; the Right Wanted a War (Trans Athlete Bills Are the Right’s New, Hateful Culture War) by Esther Wang for Jezebel

First-Ever LGBTQ+ Retirement Community to Open in London

WWE Star Kayla Braxton Comes Out as Bisexual, And Then Deletes Twitter Account

Recommended by Heather! Catching Up with Top Chef All Stars Winner Melissa King

Three things about me: 1. 10 Things I Hate About You is easily my favorite late 90s teen movie 2. I love how Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade unwaveringly support their daughter at every turn 3. I quite simply must share this because in THIS HOUSE (errr, column) we love on Black trans kids being their own great selves!

Saw This, Thought of You

I Couldn’t Imagine Being Happy. But I Could Imagine Being Carmela Soprano. Edie Falco inspo post!

The Invisible Artistry of Asian Actors.Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Slumdog Millionaire. Parasite. And now, Minari. For years, Asian performers have been overlooked for awards, even when they star in critically acclaimed films.”

Ok wait, this was actually surprisingly cute? People Are Dressing Up To Get The Vaccine. Here’s Why.

The Blog Keeping Track of the World’s Inability to Properly Write Arabic

Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests. “A study also found body-camera use and community policing increased in places with the most active movements.”

Planned Parenthood Returns to Rural Texas

This Black Hole Probably Shouldn’t Exist

And for my musical theatre gays… may I present #Wicked4Whitney. This is 13 minutes, which I know is a little long, but it’s so. damn. good. Maybe give it a listen as a soundtrack while you do today’s reads?

Political Snacks

Are you reading Kate Sosin‘s ongoing coverage of the anti-trans laws sweeping at the state level? If not, please let me put you on to them! They also wrote the piece about ICE linked earlier in this round up, and their work is always excellent and worth your time! Here’s two more examples:

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Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. 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. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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  1. sports gays, and anyone else who might be interested… in case you haven’t heard:

    wnba – Atlanta Dream has shrugged off racist owner for group including alphabexual woc who is a former player!

    you can watch professional women’s volleyball Sa/Su/Mo if you want to. Athletes Unlimited (same folks w/ the summer softball league) started the vb season last weekend and it great! and there’s 4 more weeks!

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