Welcome back, Straddlers! Carmen’s taking a well-deserved vacation and has graciously lent me the keys to Also.Also.Also kingdom in her absence. Y’all know what that means, right? Sportsball links galore!
Queer as in F*ck You: The Emmy Nominations
+ Mj Rodriguez Becomes First Trans Woman Up for Major Acting Emmy!!! We stan an EMMY NOMINEE!
It’s astounding, and it’s not just for me. I’m winning for so many people out there, so many babies out there, the generation that comes after me — that’s who it’s for, it’s not for me. I’ve always prided myself on sending love through my art, through my work, through my craft, and I feel like now the people that I’ve always wanted to see me, see me.” – Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, Emmy nominee
POSE also picked up a nomination for Best Drama Series! YAAAASSSSS!!!
+ Repeat nominations for Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
+ Bisexual actress Hannah Einbinder picked up a nod for her role in Hacks
+ Keke Palmer (Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up With the Taylors) and Paula Pell (Mapleworth Murders) were both nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.
+ Slights, snubs and surprises: Emily in Paris getting the Best Comedy Series nod over Girls5Eva? No nomination for Amber Ruffin? The Academy continues to ignore Queen Sugar which, at the very least, is the best directed show on television?! No nominations for the final season of One Day at a Time… not even the animated episode?!
Queer as in F*ck You
It’s Nonbinary Awareness Week so take some time this week to celebrate the nonbinary folks who enrich our lives and our community.
+ The Kids are Alright: Survey: 1 in 4 LGBTQ Youth Identifies As Nonbinary
+ Some of my favorite NB essays from the Autostraddle archives:
- Nursing as a Nonbinary Person Was Hard; Getting Back to my Binder Was Harder by Shelly Jay Shore
- I Stopped Tweezing in Quarantine and Realized I’m Nonbinary by Rae Nieves
- Our Luggage: A Non-Binary Ode to The Good Place‘s Janet by A.E. Osworth
- Sara Ramirez Is Non-Binary: Icon Instagrams Capacity to Be “Girlish Boy, Boyish Girl, Boyish Boy, All, Neither” by Carmen Phillips
+ This brought me so much joy: Teen Tries and Fails to Tear Down LGBT Pride Flag From Home in Viral Video
The secret to the indestructible Pride flag? Carabiners, natch.
+ In her book, Brittney Griner — perhaps Baylor’s most famous queer alum — wrote about how much pain the school’s anti-gay policies caused her so I’m wondering what she thinks about this latest development: Baylor University stirs anger and confusion as it opens the door for first LGBTQ student group
+ Hands on my knees, shakin’ ass, on my thot shit: Meet The Founder of Detroit’s Hottest Lesbian Pop-up Parties
Saw This, Thought of You
+ Disabled people have been telling us this since long before #FreeBritney: The Horror of an Unwanted Conservatorship, According to People Who Lived It
+ If you’re not a member of the Zaila Avant-garde Fan Club, what are you even doing with your life? Imagine having “winning national spelling bees” as your side hustle?!: National Spelling Bee win could be footnote to hoops career
Just don’t let Geno get to her.
Saw This, Thought of You: ⚽🏀 Sportsball Edition 🏀⚽
+ Gearing up for all the Gays at the Games: Here are 121 out LGBTQ athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, a record
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) July 10, 2021
+ The fact that Becky Hammon doesn’t have a head coaching gig right now is 100% about bigotry and, of course, she can’t admit that: Spurs’ Becky Hammon looks to her ‘next step’ in pursuit of making more NBA history
+ But when will she be back on the court, tho? Elena Delle Donne opens up about the visibility of women’s sports, long-term benefits of starting athletics at a young age
+ At what point should we start to worry about this team? Team USA falls to 0-2 in Olympic exhibitions after loss to Australia.
+ Predictable, yet disheartening: Three Black Soccer Players Are Facing Racist Abuse After England’s Euro 2020 Defeat
+ We’ll have more on this in this week’s edition of Extra! Extra! but keep your eyes on this: Texas Democrats land in Washington, D.C., and promise to stay out of Texas until after special legislative session ends Aug. 6.
+ A silver lining from the recent NYC election: Women are poised to have historic representation on New York City council. Experts credit ranked-choice voting