Tonight’s stir fry is eggplant with garlic and I am beside myself, I am so excited. Should I have a mango popsicle for desert? Happy late summer days to you, xoxo.
Queer as in F*ck You
Mermaiding Is the Queer Subculture Promoting Self-Acceptance, I am my happiest and most peaceful when I am swimming laps and I am therefore excited to promote the mermaiding as queer culture agenda. Immaculate summer vibes. Be your own siren. Eat the heads of sailors. Swim away in bliss. IYKYK.
“While its popularity may have recently spiked, mermaiding in fact has a proud history. It’s been a key part of cosplay culture for decades, and as far back as 1983, Coney Island USA has hosted an annual artists’ gathering dubbed the Mermaid Parade, where members of the LGBTQIA+ community dress up as more-is-more, glitterbombed mermaids. More recently, mermaid conventions like MerMagic Con, which happens annually in Washington DC, and competitions like the World Mermaid Championship – last held pre-pandemic in 2019 – have acted as hubs for the geographically dispersed community. While mermaiding’s IRL tailprint may seem modest, it’s another story entirely online: the TikTok hashtag #mermaiding has over 79 million views.”
We Can’t Fight Monkeypox “Ourselves.” “Legacy media has reintroduced shame-based conversations from the AIDS era centering on behavioral change to contain an epidemic without mentioning vaccines. Have we learned nothing?”
Gender Dysphoria Covered by Disability Law, Court Rules. “A federal ruling that gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act could help block conservative political efforts to restrict access to gender-affirming care, advocates and experts say.”
The anti-queer culture war happening in American public schools is not by itself new news, but it has been swirling in my brain the last few days: Missouri High School Asks Teachers to Remove Gay Pride Flags and Conservative Activists Want to Ban 400 Books From a Library — But They Aren’t Even on Shelves
And this is actually from earlier in the month, but I’m just now seeing it, and I love Josephine Baker with the entire depths of my heart and soul and spirit, so here: Josephine Baker Was the Star France Wanted—and the Spy It Needed
Saw This, Thought of You
“Mumia Abu-Jamal was the face of the anti-death penalty movement in the U.S. for years. Now his personal archive, which filled his cell on death row, will help chronicle the carceral system as one of the most pervasive aspects of American life.” Brown University Acquires the Papers of Mumia Abu-Jamal
This was solid advice for a salary range that feels relatable: ‘I’m Finally Making $55K, But I’m Scared It Won’t Last.’ “The best antidote to that anxiety… is to create a safety net.”
Poletic Justice Instructor Mona Marie Is De-Gentrifying Pole Dance. To be honest, I am here for anything that includes “de-gentrifying” + “pole dance.”
I don’t keep up like that with the kids of Euphoria High, but this felt like big news: Barbie Ferreira will not be returning to Euphoria
I’m sorry, I saw this and I still haven’t stopped laughing: What Does Jennifer Lopez Have Against Virgos: A story that involves Jennifer Lopez, astrology, and somehow also Heather Morris/Brittany from Glee???
I’m sure you’ve heard by now about Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, following that, this Twitter thread from Tech4Aboltion gets into some of the plan’s fine print (and how it will effect you or other regular schmegular people) in straightforward plain language. I found it very helpful!