Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Beyoncé Are On Your Side This Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Funday, vintage teacups! I hope you didn’t have as much shit to get done this week as I did, but just in case, here’s a batch of good gay news to keep you keepin’ on.

Queering Mother’s Day

+ Obama’s 2016 Mother’s Day Decree was the most inclusive yet: it mentions queer and trans mamas.

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate those who are the first to welcome us into the world.  Performing the most important work there is, mothers — biological, foster, or adoptive — are our first role models and earliest motivators.  They balance enormous responsibilities and shape who we become as adults, their lessons guiding us throughout life.  Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, mothers have always moved our Nation forward and remained steadfast in their pursuit of a better and brighter future for their children.

+ Spotted: A lesbian mom and a mom who loves her trans kid in this Tylenol ad.

Hillary Clinton Stands With the Trans Activist Attacked on a Subway

Hillary Clinton sent a public message of support to Pearl Love this week, who videotaped her attack on a NYC subway.

via The Advocate

via The Advocate

JLo’s New Feminist Music Video

It samples historic feminist speeches from modern history. It feature JLo as an 80’s businesswoman, a 50’s homemaker, and a modern-day bad bitch. And I look forward to hearing it on the radio on my way to work all the fucking time. This is “Ain’t Your Mama.”

Obama’s Poised to Make LGBT History By Recognizing LGBT History

When Obama names the Stonewall Inn an LGBT national monument, he’ll be making LGBT history himself, because we don’t have any LGBT national monuments as of right meow. What a fine place to start!


via The Advocate

Beyoncé, Andrew Cuomo, The World Hate Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

+ Beyoncé didn’t cancel her Formation Tour stop in North Carolina, but she did encourage her fans to do all they could to end the fuckery that is HB2.

Daniela Vesco / Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

Daniela Vesco / Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

+ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo supports efforts to challenge HB2, and will be leading the state in filing an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit trying to get the legislation overturned.

+ In the meantime, you can pee freely in the bathroom you like best at Starbucks, Saks, and Barnes & Noble.

Alabama’s Chief Justice Was Suspended For Being a Jerk to Same-Sex Couples

In yet another edition of my favorite tale, “sweet, sweet revenge,” Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — who ordered Probate Judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses — has been suspended for doing so.

On Friday, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) announced that it had filed ethics charges against Moore as a result of the SPLC complaint, and suspended the chief justice while he faces a trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

“Clearly, probate judges could no longer exercise a ministerial duty to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based solely on their same-sex character,” the JIC wrote, stating that Moore was “bound by the United State Supreme Court’s interpretation and application” of the U.S. Constitution.

“Moore has disgraced his office for far too long,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen in a statement. “He’s such a religious zealot, such an egomaniac that he thinks he doesn’t have to follow federal court rulings he disagrees with. For the good of the state, he should be kicked out of office.”

This Woman Just May Become the First Trans Lawmaker in the Philippines

Geraldine Roman is on her way to making history. And she’s leaving the haters in her dust.

AFP Photo by Ted Aljibe

AFP Photo by Ted Aljibe

“My life has not been a secret. I grew up here. People know me. (Gender) only becomes an issue when you try to keep it a secret. It’s nothing bad. I never hurt anyone in the process. I’m so happy so why should I be ashamed?”

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Misandrist JLo fucking up that office in that incredible blue power suit is my inspiration.

      • I feel like maybe it shouldn’t be promoted on AS then? Cause I feel gross having clicked on it.

    • I’ve been seeing a lot of accounts of Meghan Trainor (who wrote the song) saying that the version that Jennifer ended up recording wasn’t touched or influenced by Dr Luke.

  2. I find it odd that Starbucks is letting people use whatever bathrooms they want as most starbucks I have been too offer unisex bathrooms. However, more importantly I saw a news story over the weekend Starbucks is thinking about take away the bathroom, for even paying customers. It seems that a transient, who was a paying customer, was caught using the bathroom as a shower, and it’s becoming more of a common thing at Starbucks, so it may lead to the revoking bathroom privileges for all.

  3. I know I should be more cynical, but Hillary’s message to Pearl made me cry like a baby. A sentiment like that from someone in such power is so meaningful when lots of us get so emotionally beaten up day after day after day.

  4. i’m thankful for 2016 being the year when we get barack, hillary, and obama at their most liberal AND jlo in a powersuit. #blessed

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