Also.Also.Also: Even Lesbian Penguins Are Shacking Up, I Guess Everyone’s Ready For Hot Vax Summer

Consider this: Does it still count as Taco Tuesday if I’m having nachos?


Queer as in F*ck You

Police Banned from Participating in New York City Pride Events until 2025. Let’s Fucking Go!!

Branding ACT-UP, and to give you more context, here’s a note from the author Jo Livingstone: “I wrote about Sarah Schulman’s stonking new history ACT-UP, and the group’s aesthetic legacy in our own era of viral panic and co-opted imagery.” (Today’s must read!)

I love when our writers show up in places across the internet, like our very own Christina Tucker (of No Filter and So You Want To fame!) writing this sweet tribute to her desk — and grappling with imposter’s syndrome —in Catapult, Where Christina Tucker Writes

These Two Lesbian Penguin Couples Have Shacked up for Mating Season. There names are Marmalade and Chickpea! And they are the second lesbian couple at their aquarium!


Saw This, Thought of You

The Forgotten Women Reporters Who Changed the Face of Journalism

Definitely Rest in Power. Family And Friends Mourn Mistress Velvet, Activist And Dominatrix Who Made Clients Read Black Feminist Theory.

Here’s What Happened When I Told Congress The Black And Ugly Truth About Long COVID. “Educating the public on the importance of including Black people in research on long-haul COVID-19.”

Well, look at that! Your second Must Read of the day, you will not forget it: The Joy of Black Hair

Is Oral Sex More COVID-Safe Than Kissing? The Expert Guide to a Horny, Healthy Summer. Which reminds me:


Political Snacks

This is NOT a false alarm — we are facing down the end of Roe v. Wade and the right to choice in this country by summer 2022. Just a year left. Get ready. Get focused. The Supreme Court’s Conservative Supermajority Is about to Show Us Its True Colors

From Radical Activist to Senate Obstructionist: The Metamorphosis of Kyrsten Sinema


And One Last Thing…

Congratulations Naomi Campbell 😭

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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.

Carmen has written 352 articles for us.

7 Comments

  1. Oh nooooo I am so worried about Roe v Wade 😧 I was telling myself that like somehow it will be okay, but that article doesn’t seem like it.

    I think I really may have to move states. And I’m very settled. Anyone else thinking of making a drastic move if this happens?

    • No? While I’m 100% pro-choice and I hope Roe stays intact, I’ve also always thought that preventing unwanted pregnancies from even starting is preferable if possible. If you’ve got the resources, I’d be staying put and joining some kind of community effort to get every under-resourced person who could potentially get pregnant their long-term birth control method of choice. Like Colorado’s program. I know that abortion access is still preferable, but there are other ways to increase the control people have over their choice not to procreate.

  2. thank you as always carmen! my office closed yesterday in solidarity with Palestinians’ general strike. As a white American citizen with christian and jewish family and punjabi heritage, I found https://visualizingpalestine.org/ is really helpful for getting data-based and international law-based primer on why Palestinians are striking. I also found Human Rights Watch’s report from April this year helpful (the summary; it is very long!): https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution. Jewish Voice for Peace’s conversation guide from 2016 helps me understand what I’ve been seeing in mainstream media & why talking about what is happening is so hard: https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ConversationGuideNOV2016_v2.pdf. I hope these resources are helpful to others <3

    • Hello! I’d like to respectfully point out that Jewish Voice for Peace is not actually a good resource. They have a troubling history of turning a blind eye to antisemitism that turns up in their very own group, and tacitly encouraging it.

      For example, here is a just a sampling of comments on their Facebook, which they do not remove:

      – As a comment on an article about Jews in Jerusalem, a gif of scurrying rats
      – Israel did 9/11
      – Trump was in the hands of his “Zionist puppet masters”
      – Jews “exploit” the Holocaust

      Anti-Zionism is not always antisemitic, but JVP shows just how much crossover there can be.

  3. i’m so excited for Naomi Campbell & kiddo!!! and thank you for Mistress Velvet’s obituary & for the link to Chimére L. Smith’s piece. the gentoo penguin links made my day. i wouldn’t have found these without this post & I appreciate you pulling them together Carmen!

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