Pop Culture Fix: Last Night’s Sports Games Winners Were The Puppies

+ Even the Puppy Bowl had COVID-induced changes in 2021, but was still THE BEST THING ON TV! There were even six dogs with disabilities this year! The winner of my heart was Xena Warrior Pup, a Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever from Team Ruff!

+ Niecy Nash is taking over for Nick Cannon on The Masked Singer after he tested positive for COVID, meaning that I will now have to acknowledge that The Masked Singer is a real thing that exists.

+ Trixie Mattel is now the co-owner of Wisconsin’s oldest gay bar.

+ SNL’s LGBTQ+ performers assure youth that, yes, it will get better—then incrementally worse.

+ Dan Levy can’t keep his promise to the lesbian M&M’s.

+ Julien Baker gets the band back together.

+ Oh, you want a white history month, do you? Okay then, Amber Ruffin is ready to kick that right off for you.

+ Lilly Singh discussing queerness with Alok Vaid-Menon won late night last week.

+ 185 LGBTQ German actors came out together and called for more diversity on-screen.

+ How Captain Marvel helped WWE star Tegan Nox come out as bisexual.

+ Why Mia Healey feels her lesbian love story on The Wilds is so important.

+ Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie talks about the important legacy of her lesbian character Bill Potts. 

+ Rebecca Hall’s Sundance directorial debut, Passing, starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as two childhood friends, has been picked up by Netflix.

+ JoJo Siwa is making a live-action musical about her life for Nickelodeon.

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. The It Gets Better sketch was hilarious and so accurate.

    “I finally stopped getting bullied. By straight people. Then I pretty much immediately started getting tormented by gay people, for…my taste in music? I think is why?”

    “It’s scarier when gay people are mean because they’re so organized. I tweeted one vague opinion about Chromatica and I had to move. Not just apartments. Like, cities.”

    This is really not that big of an exaggeration !!!!!!!

  2. “meaning that I will now have to acknowledge that The Masked Singer is a real thing that exists.” 😂

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