Also.Also.Also: Liv Hewson Says Top Surgery Is the Best Thing They’ve Ever Done for Themselves

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There’s only one more day left of Pride month 😭 although, I do personally think we can still claim Pride through July 3, because that marks the last day of the Stonewall Riots, so rage on my friends.

Queer as in F*ck You

In a really great Teen Vogue profile and interview with Liv Hewson — Who’s Afraid of Liv Hewson? — the Yellowjackets star opens up about their nonbinary identity, top surgery, and the bullshit of TERF talking points about trans bodies. It’s so rare in mainstream media to read an interview like this, in which both the subject and the journalist are nonbinary and can speak with equal candor about their lived experiences. When asked if they have experienced gender euphoria post-top surgery, Hewson replies emphatically in the affirmative. They say they actually had the clinic’s website open on their laptop for five years, long wanting the surgery and fearful they’d never be able to actually do it. Now, post-surgery, here’s what they have to say:

I stand differently, I walk differently, I carry myself differently. It feels different in my body than it ever has. I have just never been happier. I’ve never been more centered. I’ve never felt more stable and present and alive. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. It’s taught me a lot.

The recovery process taught me about rest, accepting help, and caring for my body as something connected to me rather than separate from me, that I’m in opposition to: This is mine and I want to take care of it. I feel good in it and good about it.

The Secret Queer History of Flowers. This supports my deeply held belief that the act of arranging flowers is gay.

These Trans Latinas Are Making Beauty Pageant History.

Life Is Drag. THEE Alexander Chee on the vast and powerful impact of drag on art? Yes, pls!

I could not agree more: Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam” Is the Gay Nonsense Bop We Needed This Pride

What To Read When You Want To Reimagine Family. I’ve been thinking a lot about queer reimaginings of family after watching all of The Lake a couple weekends ago, and this book list on the topic is fantastic!

What It Is Like To Teach in the Cross Hairs of Ron DeSantis. First of all, I’m going to say you should read Stef Rubino on this topic, because they are on the ground here in Florida as a queer educator. Second of all, I am gonna go ahead and warn you right now that me taking over this column in place of Carmen probably means a slight increase in Florida-specific coverage, as I live in Orlando, but I strongly believe that the entire country should be paying attention to Florida and similar states at the forefront of the culture wars.

On that note: The War on LGBTQ People Being Waged in Rural America.

Saw This, Thought of You

I’ve Been in Monogamous and Non-Monogamous Relationships. Both Have Their Own Complications.

How To Escape ‘The Worst Possible Timeline’.

Writers Strike 2023, Explained: What Happens Now?.

Political Snacks

The Christian Right Is Making Up Wedding Websites to Attack LGBTQ People.

Democrats Introduce Federal Conversion Therapy Ban.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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