Also.Also.Also: Sci-Fi Stars Celebrate June 1st by Coming Out All Over the Interwebs, Happy Pride

It’s June 1st and Showtime heard that I was complaining about corporate Pride so they released the new teaser trailer of The L Word: Generation Q Season 2, so now everything is Bette Porter and nothing hurts. 🌈

Bette Porter nips at another woman's lips against an orange backlit background.

Queer as in F*ck You

Sci-Fi TV Stars really love to hit the ground running in Pride (remember it was around this time last year that Chyler Leigh — otherwise known as Supergirl’s Alex Danvers — came out) and even one day in, thus far this year is no different.

Starting bright and early this morning with Legacies’ Kaylee Bryant!

Now I am no sci-fi queer, so I brought in the expert. Here’s Valerie Anne:

“Kaylee Bryant is queer, Happy Pride! The Legacies star (see also: Santa Clarita Diet, Chasing Life) came out with a simple statement paired with an adorable picture on instagram and twitter. Kaylee has been playing queer witch Josie Saltzman on the spinoff of The Vampire Diaries for the past few years; Legacies has gotten a lot of things wrong this past season, but one thing they’ve gotten pretty consistently right is that queer people are magic, witches are queer, and no one in Gen Z is straight.”

Then just an hour or two later — came out Krys Marshall from For All Mankind and Supergirl!! Once again, I turn you to the expert-in-charge Valerie Anne:

“Joining the time-honored tradition of coming out during Pride Month, Krys Marshall has announced that she is pansexual on Instagram. I don’t THINK she’s played queer on TV (yet) but she HAS been in queer faves For All Mankind as astronaut Danielle Poole and Supergirl as the Worldkiller called Purity, so between being a sci-fi actress and an out queer woman, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until she has an on-screen gal pal.”

Congratulations to everyone! Gays for all!

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Meet the Queer Mechanics Working to Repair a ‘Toxic Industry.’ “Three LGBTQ auto shop owners tell NBC News how their businesses offer a transparent, accessible and welcoming alternative to the status quo.”

Layshia Clarendon, WNBA’s First Openly Trans Player, Signs With New Team After Being Dropped. I think this means we are all Minnesota Lynx fans now.

“One year after her passing, we remember the life and explore the legacy of Lorena Borjas, known as the mother of the trans Latina community in Queens, New York.” Lorena’s ‘Alcance’ by the Latino USA Podcast

Kimberly Drew says “If you read something today — make it this” and I always listen, ‘For My People’: A Transgender Woman Pursues an Olympic Dream. “CeCe Telfer, the first openly transgender woman to win an N.C.A.A. title, is aiming to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials in the 400-meter hurdles. Her biggest obstacle, for now, is a lack of training facilities.”

Saw This, Thought of You

X is the Best Letter in the Alphabet. “It’s now used to indicate sex and gender beyond the binary. But X has always been powerful.”

Eavesdropping on $5,000 Anti-Racist Dinner Parties. “Two entrepreneurs have built a business dredging up white women’s shame.”

Instagram Making Changes to Its Algorithm after It Was Accused of Censoring Pro-Palestinian Content. “The company says it was not suppressing certain points of view” Instagram is literally notorious for “suppressing certain points of view” (we have to spell dyke as dykê to get some of our posts published, and sex as s3x) but yeah ok 🙄 whatever they say.

I’m Not Scared to Reenter Society. I’m Just Not Sure I Want To.

THREE sports content in the same day? Who am I? What has being gay done to me? (No but seriously, I’ve also noticed this as we’ve started covering more WNBA content. It’s important.) “In more than 550 articles that ESPN, CBS Sports, and Sports Illustrated posted over the 2020 WNBA season, Black players received significantly less coverage, according to new research published by Nicole Melton and Risa Isard.” Make This the Season We End Discriminatory Sports Coverage

This is actually from 2019, but it showed up on The Atlantic’s homepage today and you know what? It’s timeless: The Secret Power of Menopause

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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. (Before you gave her bio) I had to think a sec about Krys Marshall on Supergirl. Then I remembered she was “Purity”. She was absolutely *brilliant* in a Way-Too-Small role—for me, the BEST “Worldkiller” (Sorry, Reign). Imprisoned by the DEO, her psychological takedown of Alex was *bone-chilling*. Really want to see more of her. Mazel Tov on your marriage, gurl!

  2. I’m fully admitting my ignorance here…but can someone clue me in as to what Rao meant in the article about Race2Dinner when she said “ Diana DeGette — “literally the patron saint of toxic white womanhood”?

    I truly don’t know very much about DeGette, so I’m really interested in what I’ve missed about her.

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