Also.Also.Also: Sue Bird Announces Retirement After 19 Seasons, the Most in WNBA History

Feature image of Sue Bird, who announced her retirement from the WNBA today, by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

This heatwave is murder and also my lights have now flickered three times, and despite being warned by multiple queer people in my life — I have never built an emergency preparedness kit, so everyone… ummm… keep good thoughts?

(Thank you all for the strawberry recipe recommendations! We’re going with Smitten Kitchen’s Red and Black cocktails from Hester and How Sweet Eat’s Strawberry Cobbler Bars from Linnea. Y’all are the best, and I really mean that. 🍓)

Queer as in F*ck You

This is huge news alone, but also the way that Sue Bird announced her retirement has stayed with me all day.

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Saw This, Thought of You

Bimbo Feminism!?!?

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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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  1. lol I love chrissy chlapecka (from the bimbo feminism nyt article and tiktok). as a trans masc person, she doesn’t represent my gender fantasy per se but I still love her whole vibe.

  2. I gotta be honest, I have not been able to get that red & black cocktail out of my mind this week. Black pepper simple syrup!! 🍓

    I haven’t made those cobbler bars yet myself, Carmen but I’m considering giving it a go this weekend. 🤗

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