Also.Also.Also: Why Do Queer Women Love “Love & Basketball”? An Investigation

I’m probably going to be working all night, but I’m having my favorite tacos for dinner! And that’s not nothing!

Queer as in F*ck You

Seimone Augustus Found Her Voice Long Before Coaching (And a happy WNBA Playoffs Day to all who celebrate!)

Students at a Catholic High School in Illinois Rally to Get Lacrosse Coach Rehired After She Listed Her Wife as an Emergency Contact

Jamie Clayton did an interview with The Cut that’s going around and if you’re going to read it, I simply must implore you to pair it with this piece from Drew for us last year. Trust me on this.

Saw This, Thought of You

In a still from Love and Basketball, Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps smile and play basketball.

Monica: I’ll play you.
Quincy: For what?
Monica: Your heart.

“Yes, it’s something of a fairy-tale ending, but we could use a lot more of such fairy tales, where a woman ends up having it all without having to compromise herself, where she, above all, becomes her own happy ending.”

Love and Basketball is one of my top 10 favorite films and if you follow me at all then you know that Roxane Gay is a top 10 favorite writer and when you combine those things together? 💥 Love & Basketball: For Your Heart by Roxane Gay for Criterion

NYC Set to Pass Food Delivery App Laws Securing Workers Minimum Pay, Bathrooms and More. “New York City is slated to approve landmark food delivery workers protections, reining in app-based delivery companies and setting minimum work standards for couriers — the first major U.S. city to do so.”

Sounds Like Britney Is Indeed Getting a Prenup!!

Political Snacks

Almost half of current ICE detainees are Haitian. The United States has consistently detained more Haitian families in 2020 than any other nationality. Black Immigrant Lives Are Under Attack

“There are images of American border patrol agents riding horses, whipping at the Haitian migrants, trying to send them back across the Rio Grande, trying to keep them as far away as possible from our imaginary borders. The images are horrifying, surreal. They are echoes of 400 years of white supremacy and a centuries long American project to hoard as much wealth and privilege as possible in the hands of a very few powerful people. The administration has issued standard denials, feigned disgust. They have said that this is not who we are when this is precisely who we are. What they haven’t done is come up with a solution that transcends politics. Certainly, solutions may take time, but this manufactured border crisis is not new. And the administration has found planes to deport hundreds of Haitian migrants at a time, in no time at all. Time, like borders, is arbitrary.”

What an honor it is to have Roxane Gay twice in this round up, this time on The Delusion of Borders for her substack The Audacity. It’s my recommended must read of the day.

Would you like to donate today to Haitian organizers on the ground in Texas & Mexico? Great, you should do that. The Haitian Bridge Alliance has been recommended to me by quite a few folks I trust.

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Carmen Phillips

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 682 articles for us.


  1. The fact the L-Word still does not portray any transfeminine characters on the show at all is pretty shitty. This “well they could be trans or cis” is not representation and Im sick of trans women just being excluded from shows like this. Jamie Clayton being trans does not change the fact that for a show about queer people, there are no transfeminine characters.

  2. Thank you (and Roxane Gay) for finally explaining to me my college roommate (the tongue piercing I figured out all on my own) or at least her obsession with Love & Basketball. I still don’t understand why she needed to nuke her granola bars on a paper plate…

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