Sunday Funday Comes Bearing Good Queer News and Parachuting Beavers

Happy Sunday Funday! My week was great until last night when I hurt myself real bad in the out of doors and the entirety of my life basically collapsed around me. BUT! The good news is, I’ve still got some awesome updates up my sleeve for all of us and especially those of us who aren’t leaving their chairs today, so.

New York’s Human Rights Law Finally Protects Trans People

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that his administration would extend protections under the New York State Human Rights Law to trans people. The new language will include gender identity, gender dysphoria, and transgender folks explicitly. “The law left out the T, so to speak,” he told reporters. “That was not right, it was not fair, and it was not legal.” DAMN STRAIGHT.

Major Corporations Are Not Having Indiana’s Asshattery

via AP's Doug Mcschooler & BuzzFeed

via AP’s Doug Mcschooler & BuzzFeed

Major corporations and business groups in Indiana are trying to “turn the tide” on the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gives business owners a license to discriminate against LGBT folks. And they’re not willing to compromise.

Chile’s Civil Union Law Took Effect This Week

And everyone had so many feelings.


“It was all very emotional. Starting today, Chile is different – Chile is for everyone,” said a visibly moved Roxana Ortiz after a ceremony at the Civil Registry’s Office formalising her 11-year relationship with her partner, Virginia Gomez. “Our families were here, everyone was shedding tears.” […]

“I feel an emotion I cannot describe,” Larrain explained earlier today after the first couples began registering their unions.

This Is “Long-Lost Parachuting Beaver Footage”

God bless NPR, y’all.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Feel better, Carmen! I’ve had more than my fair share of being incapacitated over the last couple of months, so I know how much it sucks. :(

  2. The protections will be phrased as being for gender identity and gender expression, not gender dysphoria. In other words, protecting both the inner identity and the outer manifestation. (I happened to be present at Governor Cuomo’s speech announcing the new regulations at the ESPA 25th Anniversary Dinner — someone was kind enough to give me a ticket, which I could never have afforded!)

  3. Oh, my god, it’s Payette Lake! In the beaver video! That’s in my hometown! YAY! Thank you, Autostraddle, for sharing this! Carry on…

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