Sunday Funday: Megan Rapinoe and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Make a Date at the U.S. House of Representatives

Hey pals. Last week in my Passion Planner for my goal of the week, I wrote “become a daytime person again.” I’d spent the entire week staying up until the sun rose and then sleeping through the day, getting zero work done. I needed a routine. Well, the week is over and I am emphatically not a daytime person again. One of my best friends just finished exams and is now ABD, another friend’s work will be in the Matador Review and friends, we’ve been celebrating. And I love it! I love my friends, I love the abundance of love that exists between us, I love staying up until the sun comes up celebrating us.

I do miss sleeping though. My cats also miss me being on a better-for-them schedule. Compromises, you know! Anyway, here’s the news.

+ New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT to visit the House of Representatives instead of the White House after their big win this week. I can smell the fanfiction now.

+ Remember when we ranked the women of Star Trek by lesbianism? Well now you can see those women on Amazon Prime! Here are five Star Trek movies making their way to your computer screen.

+ Paris Is Burning goes global.

+ Louisville’s last lesbian bar reflects shift in LGBTQ nightlife

+ On this last day of Gay Pride Month, here’s another playlist for you to bring you into July, casually referred to as Gay Wrath Month.

+ 12 books by lesbians and bisexuals to read all year long.

+ Harmony Hammond’s work gets the praise it’s due.

Contested bodies take center stage in Material Witness, Five Decades of Art, an audacious, and long overdue, museum survey of lesbian artist and activist, Harmony Hammond at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. An impressive medley of aesthetic strategies (rips, sutures, holes, fragments, patches, stitches, wrappings, knots) combined with a startling array of painterly, handmade and found materials (repurposed fabric, linoleum, metal, charred wood, grommets, burlap, natural straw, leaves, root, hair, blood, latex rubber) characterize the visual lexicon of this pioneering artist’s work.

+ If you’re missing Gentleman Jack already, there’s a reading list for you

+ Imogen Heap has a Tiny Desk concert that I think is right up your sleeve

+ The Singular Queerness of Old Coney Island

+ Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement was interviewed for Playboy by none other than dream hampton.

Days before #MeToo happened, white women on Twitter were organizing to have a day of absence. The week before Alyssa Milano tweeted “Me too,” Rose McGowan was suspended on Twitter. People accused Twitter of putting her in Twitter jail for tweeting about Harvey Weinstein and the things she said happened to her. Women on Twitter were angry because they believed it was silencing McGowan, and the response was “We should have a day without women on Twitter. Let’s show them what it looks like blah, blah, blah.” The response of black women and women of color was “Oh, now y’all want to shut down Twitter when they bothering this white woman. What happened when Leslie Jones was being harassed on Twitter?” I was actually not a Twitter person; I had maybe 500 followers, so I was watching this from afar. Black women were like, “No, we’re not getting off Twitter for a day. That’s not for us. That’s for you. You all rally around white women, but you don’t rally around black women or women of color.”

+ On Pride, identity, and humanities infinite experiences.

+ Check out these never-before-seen pictures from early celebrations of Pride! While you’re here, maybe you’d like to check out our own Snapshots of Pride Across Time, nbd.

Okay, I love you! Can’t wait to do this again next week! Next month even! It’s almost July! Gotta go pay rent, byeeeee!!!

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Ari is a 20-something artist and educator. They are a mom to two cats, they love domesticity, ritual, and porch time. They have studied, loved, and learned in CT, Greensboro, NC, and ATX.

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  1. SHOOT now my work computer thinks I’m trying to access the Playboy website. I was not allowed.

  2. Re: Gentleman Jack– while flipping through channels my dad landed on Gentleman Jack, shook his head sadly, and said “just so you know, that show is NOT about whisky.”

  3. I am HERE for the Megan Rapinoe x AOC fanfiction… (sidenote: I’m also here for Tiffany Cabán x AOC — let me live my political fantasy, OKAY.)

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