Also.Also.Also: Rest in Elegance and Luxury, Andre Leon Talley

Feature image of Andre Leon Talley by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage

Taco bowls and white wine for dinner? TACO BOWLS AND WHITE WINE FOR DINNER!

Queer as in F*ck You

The passing of Andre Leon Talley has really shook me to my core. And I think, more than anything, this is really it:

I’ll let Saeed Jones take it from here:

“Andre Leon Talley’s sense of self was culture. And, I argue, it was culture at its best. One look at him and you wanted more for yourself. Another glance and you understood that “more” could look like anything as long as it was what you wanted for yourself.

‘There is a famine of beauty.’ And look at us now, trying to make something worthy from memory’s hem.”

An Ode to Andre Leon Talley by Saeed Jones for himself.

André Leon Talley Was My Possibility Model by Tre’vell Anderson for Xtra.

My favorite ALT interview is still his profile with E Alex Jung for Vulture.

NCAA to Let Each Sport Set Trans Athlete Policies. “The NCAA updated its policy on transgender athlete participation on Wednesday and will let each sport’s governing body determine eligibility requirements.”

Saw This, Thought of You

5 Latinx-Owned Stationery Brands For All Your New Year Needs

I Escaped the Trauma of Homelessness — Only to Face Your White Savior Complex

Which Ghostface Is the Best Ghostface? Ranking Each Scream Killer. Listen, a present for my horror homos!

Remembering Legend Lusia Harris, the Only Woman to Be Officially Drafted by the NBA. “Harris scored the first points in Olympic women’s basketball history and was the first Black woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, among other accolades. She turned the NBA down in 1977.”

A friend texted me about the M&Ms debacle today and my answer was literally “lol what”: Can I Eat M&M’s Without Having to Think About Their Personalities? (My “lol what” is in no way meant against anyone and their gender presentation and 100% at corporate America and the things they are spending time on these days while everything around us seemingly burns)

Political Snacks

Working Through the End Days of Roe. “The staff at the Jackson, Mississippi Women’s Health Organization is too busy to dread what’s very likely to come.”

Duh. Democratic Power Brokers Are Abandoning Kyrsten Sinema.

The editor of this piece, Michelle Garcia, who’s someone I know and trust from around the media way, had this to say, “Editing this immediately inspired me to start donating books to prisons in my state, and I hope it inspires you to do the same!”: ‘It’s Basic Human Dignity’: Groups Work to Get Books to Incarcerated People

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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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    • Yes, read it, it’s very good. Because I have stayed up way too late reading these articles, I finished that one, promptly thought “wow this is really good I bet AS would want to link it,” and submitted the link as a Hot Tip. 🤦

      Might need to dig out those old Fuzzy Fogtop books my mom read me when I was little.

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