Also.Also.Also: Santa Really Said 🗣 Stonewall Was a Riot, Never Be Quiet

Hello!! I hope you have hot chocolate today if it moves you. Or a cookie. Whatever floats your boat.


Queer as in F*ck You

When Santas Stormed Macy’s. “At the height of the AIDS crisis, Mark Woodley disclosed his HIV status and lost his job as a Macy’s Santa Claus.”

For those of us spending the holigays with our chosen families: I Found A Queer Community On The Road — & It Reshaped My Concept Of “Family” Forever.

The 21 Best Sapphic Bops of 2021. And while we are here, it’s a great time to look at Autostraddle’s End of Year Music lists, 23 of the Best Songs by Queer Artists in 2021 by Dani (it includes a playlist!) and Queer Your Ears: Ten of the Best Albums Released by Queer and Trans Artists in 2021 by Abeni

It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to feature some good ol’ gay wedding photos in this link round up, and honestly this one feels like a family celebration. Congratulations to Autostraddle alum (and editor I hope to grow up to be like one day!) Gabrielle Korn! OMG Exclusive: Gabrielle Korn and Wallace May’s Eclectic Brooklyn Elopement


Saw This, Thought of You

You know I had to do it. Why Puerto Rican Christmas Carols Are So Patriotic

The Cure for Holiday Blues. No worries if you’re there, I’m there too.

Why “Being Professional” Can Feel So Humiliating

The Year in Charts. The 10 Charts that defined our year, as picked out by the New York Times (I will confirm that they are gorgeous to look out, if charts are your thing.)

Well worth the reminder! Six Pandemic Mistakes We’re Repeating With Omicron


Political Snacks

Biden Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Payment Pause Until May. I won’t lie, the relief I felt when I saw this headline last night was palpable. (Also if we can go 26 months without them, then we can just go ahead cancel them at this point, right?)


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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.

Carmen has written 498 articles for us.

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