Also.Also.Also: “If You a Bad B*tch, You Just a Bad B*tch!” Happy Pride From Megan Thee Stallion

I’m going to be honest with everyone, I’ve been fighting off a cold since Saturday and it’s awful, summer colds suck, and I hope if nothing else that you’re out there fairing a little better than I am at the moment! 💗

Today’s link round up is going to be a little to the point, so I can wrap up for the day and make myself a pot of tea/pass out for the night.


Queer as in F*ck You

“‘It don’t motherfucking matter what nobody else think about you. If you a bad bitch, you just a bad bitch,’ [Meg] said.’You don’t need a title, you don’t need a label.'” Megan Thee Stallion Made a Great Point About Trans Self-Love on Stage at LA Pride. I have a lot of feelings about Megan Thee Stallion hosting a Pride event (including feelings about the amount of outlets who’ve labeled her as an “ally” despite the fact that she’s been open about her queerness for years at this point). But there’s something so beautiful about seeing her in front of a Pride flag, you know? Yes, I’m being extremely corny, I know. But my overwhelming sensation is just… joy? Meg brought out her Middle School classmate, whom Meg defended when he was bullied for being gay when they were both kids. She also told trans fans in the audience to be themselves because a hottie is always motherfucking hottie and that’s the kind of energy I’m taking into the rest of my June.

And speaking of Meg’s LA Pride performance, this?? I mean just!! JUST!!!

Absolutely adored this one: The Fight for Queer Nightlife in an Era of Political Violence

OL Reign’s Jess Fishlock, Tziarra King Use Visibility as Couple to ‘Stand up’ for LGBTQ+ Community

Why Conservatives Are Losing Their Minds Over Biden’s Pride Flag — and Ignoring Pro-DeSantis Neo-Nazis. “Some on the political right see only authoritarian goals in the power of the state.”

Pride Flags Vandalized at Stonewall National Monument

OK LETS HAVE SOME GOOD F*CKING NEWS OKAYYY!??? From Autostraddle writer Stef Rubino (and yes I already got on in pink! Don’t miss your opportunity before they’re gone!)

No seriously, these shirts are so cute and this graphic is dope and I love supporting TransSocial. Here’s where you can pre-order yours.


Saw This, Thought of You

Sing it! The Truth Is, Many Americans Just Don’t Want Black People to Get Ahead

“How typical, how American, to focus our collective klieg lights on the infectious, feel-good parts of Tina Turner’s story while turning away from the dark circumstances that haunted her.” Yes I know it’s been three weeks since Tina Turner’s passing, but this writing by Soraya McDonald on not only Ms. Tina, but the ways we’ve grieved her as a country, is exquisite and you should absolutely read it: America Loved Tina Turner. But It Wasn’t Good to Her.

I appreciated this writer’s strike update! How Are Black Women Writers Surviving The WGA Strike? Together by Alanna Bennett for Refinery29.


Political Snacks

Not gonna lie — this one kinda messed with me a bit: The Pandemic’s Gun Surge Offers a Frightening Glimpse of the Future

Trump Pleads Not Guilty in Documents Case, up to the minute updates.


And One More Thing

Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of the Pulse shooting.

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Martin Benitez Torres
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Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández
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Cory James Connell
Tevin Eugene Crosby
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Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz
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Frank Hernandez
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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.

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