Also.Also.Also: Have You Seen the Indigo Girls Tiny Desk Concert Yet?

It’s 9pm my time and I am just now publishing this link round up. So ummmm, yeah. That’s how my day went.

Queer as in F*ck You

Indigo Girls Tiny Desk Concert!! DID YOU HEAR ME!?!? INDIGO GIRLS TINY DESK CONCERT!!! I have to be honest here, I am not usually the biggest* fan of the specific kind of music that I usually casually refer to as “lesbian folk lite ballad rock with a guitar” (is this actually rock music? no? but do you know exactly what I mean? yes) — there are two exceptions: One is obviously Brandi Carlile, and the second is the Indigo Girls, who I have loved since before I was gay.

There is quite nothing like listening to Emily Saliers and Amy Ray while you’re drinking a glass of lemonade and writing in your journal during the summer with sunburnt shoulders and scrapped knees (as 16-year-old me can attest), but the adult version of that experience, listening along while you wash dishes tonight, or an end of day glass of wine curled on your couch, or maybe with your morning coffee and a scone tomorrow morning? Yeah, that’s pretty damn good, too.

I’ll let NPR take it from here:

“In politically purposeful T-shirts — Emily Saliers wore one reading PROTECT TRANS KIDS, while Amy Ray’s was from the environmental justice-oriented Water is Life Festival — the two shared space as only they can, trading off songs each had written while becoming one through their trademark harmonies.”

Turns Out Shel Silverstein Made the Perfect Cartoon for Queer Jews

When You Were Here: A Series Centering the Humanity of Trans Lives Stolen by Violence. “When You Were Here is a series commemorating trans people whose lives were taken. Rather than centering their murders, our stories incorporate memories from people who loved them to illuminate the times when they were alive—when they were here.”

I’m In A Polyamorous Throuple — Here’s How We Divide Our Finances

12 Global Queer Art Shows Worth Traveling for in 2023

Saw This, Thought of You

Did you hear about the new 90s themed American Girl dolls? Because honestly, they look extremely gay in the exact same way of this list we made of 90s sitcom leads ranked by their lesbian energy a few years ago. (A birdie has told me we have a post about this coming soon, so get ready!)

hahaaa probably related, The Puzzling Gap Between How Old You Are and How Old You Think You Are

Asteroids Are The Spice Your Horoscope Needs. Does this make sense to me? No? But does anything related to astrology make sense to me?

Political Snacks

(Usually, I’d put these under “Queer as in Fuck You” but damn I didn’t want to sour the Indigo Girls Vibes, you know??)

Colorado Springs Club Shooter Ran Neo-Nazi Site. I am not surprised. (Related, and equally not surprising: U.S. Mass Killings Linked to Extremism Spiked Over Last Decade)

Also, Suspect in Attack on LGBTQ Club Will Stand Trial on Murder and Hate Crime Charges

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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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    • “Look Long,” the title track from the Girls’ 15th studio album, released in 2020, featured Saliers in a tenderly contemplative mood, calling for perspective in the midst of struggle. The duo’s sole accompanist, Lyris Hung, seized the room’s attention on the fiery Ray rocker “Go,” and then came “Kid Fears,” one of the Girls’s most beloved ballads, a dose of compassion that feels as necessary now as it did in 1989. The love in the room at that moment flowed both ways. “I’m always quoting NPR, so thank you all for your work — all of y’all, collectively,” Ray said near the set’s end. And then as the music began again, the smiles on the Girls’ faces showed that they were feeling that wave of gratitude for noble work returned. watched this content on

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