Issue 9

Gal Pal Week

Usually, our queer identities are discussed in three contexts: relationships, family, and politics. But our queerness plays a role in our friendships, too, and this week is all about that. We’re celebrating gals who are genuinely pals (not girlfriends labeled “gal pals” by weirdo mass media.)

The 10 Best Gal Pals In TV History

It’s Gal Pal Week on Autostraddle.com! Let’s kick it off by counting down television friendships we adore!

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New Merch: “Gal Pal” Crop Tops and T-Shirts Are Finally Here!

Now you can wear your fancy new gal pal crop top or t-shirt while hanging out with all your gal pals!

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Carmen Interviews Soph

“There was a deep sharing of emotion and feelings and we planned the future and organized and then shared opinions about finger-fucking and chlorine you know, very loudly, next to some children. “

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo

“That’s when we slept in a bed together and when I woke up I said I missed you while I was sleeping.”

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Gal Pal Chronicles: Rachel and Lizz Have Been Obsessed With Each Other Since Roughly 2008

Rachel: “The writing & philosophy class I was required to take freshman year mostly sucked. But there was this one girl, Lizz, who seemed cool. She wore comic book tshirts and had beautiful shiny hair. One day after class, I announced to a friend, ‘Lizz is not straight. I can just tell.'”
Lizz: “There was something about Rachel that I just couldn’t shake. She spent a lot of time quoting feminist theorists who I’d never heard of and she had what I would later come to call ‘Congenital Gay Face.'”

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Rebel Girls: 10 Feminist Gal Pals Who Made This World a More Awesome Place Together

As a follow-up to the time I used “gal pals” sarcastically and taught you all about the queer suffragists, and in honor of Gal Pal Week, this week’s Rebel Girls lesson is going to be about good, old-fashioned friendship.

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Chloe Interviews Abby (and Riese)

“If we were straight girls, I feel like we’d be THOSE annoying straight girls, like ‘look at me and my girlfriend!'”

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It’s A War Out There: How Queer Female Friendships Can Save Us All

“I’m not sure if there was anything specific that made me feel like I needed other women. Maybe it was moving to LA with no prospects. Maybe it was breaking up with one terrible person for another terrible person. Maybe those two forms of loneliness converged into motivation. Maybe I was just tired. I can tell you this though: Befriending other queer women will save your life.”

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Interview with My Queer BFF: Maddie Interviews Zoe

You were my queer spirit guide. You gave me a bunch of queer YA books over the first year of our best friendship. You said, “You didn’t have a queer adolescence, this is happening.”

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The Speakeasy Presents the Magic of These Revolutionary QTPOC Friendships

Our QTPOC besties are vital to our existence so we wanted to create a list filled with our stories to celebrate just how magical they are.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: Gaga for Our Gal Pals

I wanna know all about your gal pals! How you met! What you do for fun! Your embarrassing stories! Tell me all about it!

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Laura Interviews Kate

“We were like, no, that’s just what people think! Like, very few boys are attractive, and lots of girls are. That’s just how the world is. ‘Isn’t that sad, that there are so few attractive men, and the ones who are just happen to be famous.'”

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Rachel Interviews Laneia and Riese About Their Friendship

“I’m really good at just torching a bridge and not looking back. And you are the only fucking person who has forced me to build the bridge back.”

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Playlist: A Song For Your Gal Pal

We hope you and your gal pals enjoy these songs on your Thelma and Louise-esque roadtrip, wherein you play by your own rules, take no prisoners and bring out the best in each other.

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Yvonne Interviews Mary

“Yup, we were just lesbians in a library. You know, just hanging out.”

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Crystal Interviews Desiree

“We both shipped Castle and Beckett. That was a strange time in my life, god. Beckett, what a babe.”

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Interview With My Queer BFF: Audrey Interviews Dana

“Even when we would get really drunk and make out to Ke$ha in front of hundreds of people in our own house, it was never a romantic thing.”

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