Also.Also.Also: Homophobia and Hate Are Returning Back to the Original Recipes

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There’s a lot of hard news in today’s rounds up, but also I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! (Especially if its a long weekend where you are!)

Queer as in F*ck You

Congratulations to 3x Platinum singer-songwriter, Grammy, and Oscar winner Tiara Thomas! We love to see it!

Old-School Homophobia Is Back. “Why anti-LGBTQ laws and accusations of “grooming” children seem to be everywhere now.”

Very related! How Junk Science Is Being Used against Trans Kids

‘Danger Everywhere’: War and Transphobia Create Perfect Storm for Trans Ukrainians

Saw This, Thought of You

From Heather, about my favorite TV shows of the moment: “This isn’t gay but it’s a really fun read! Highlights include that they let the kids accessorize themselves and also Quinta picks out one special item from the costume designer the day shooting starts and there’s a writer on set to write day-of jokes about it.” ‘Abbott Elementary’ Costume Designer Breaks Down Her Favorite Season 1 Looks, Including Janine’s Jelly Bean Belt

I’ve Worked in Porn for Years. I Have Some News for Shows Like Bridgerton. “A strange moral panic seems to accompany each new audience-cheered sex scene.”

The Great Fracturing of American Attention. “Why resisting distraction is one of the foundational challenges of this moment.”

How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Full-Time Job

Political Snacks

The Woke Corporation Is Dead. Good. “Workers are showing that a benevolent dictator is still a dictator.”

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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. ““Why anti-LGBTQ laws and accusations of “grooming” children seem to be everywhere now.” – Because TERFs. Let’s not beat around the proverbial bush here. They took money from and colluded with evangelicals, used recycled homophobic tropes to attack trans people, and helped normalise this sort of rhetoric in the 21st century. JK Rowling’s Top Ten TERF Tropes essay has been cited by Republicans to support anti-gay laws.

    Back in 2017, evangelicals openly announced they’d be using TERFs to help ‘separate the T from the rest of the alphabet’. They outlined a strategy to depict trans rights as “anti-feminist, hostile to minorities and even disrespectful to LGB individuals”, and thanks to the malice and stupidity of those involved in the disgusting ‘gender critical’ movement, they’ve been partly successful.

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