Sunday Funday Demands a Sylvia Rivera Monument

Hello and happy rainy Sunday from Austin, TX, Straddlers! It has been overcast for two days in a row, and yesterday my weather app sent me a message that was like “these storms are dangerous to people and property please don’t leave your house” and then I walked to the grocery store. It was a good choice, because apparently 10:15 on a Saturday is actually a slow time at my neighborhood grocery store! How does that even make sense? I don’t know, but it’s a great way to get me out of my house every Saturday. I love errands!


+ Nevada banned so-called trans/gay “panic” defenses this week in court, a major win for all LGBTQ+ folks!

+ New York City demands a Sylvia Rivera monument (plus other LGBTQ pioneers who deserve them!)

+ Reebok’s Pride Collection is sending proceeds to Fenway Health to support their services to the community.

+ Here’s how you make Pride truly accessible!

“Pride started off as a riot led by trans women of color,” Bri M. told me. “Let’s take that same revolutionary spirit and make pride more accessible.” When you venture out this Pride season to celebrate another year of being queer, remember to be intentional about prioritizing accessibility for all. “Disability justice happens when we all move together,” [they] added.

+ “‘Booksmart’ and How Hollywood Stopped Fearing Lesbian Teens” 

+ Here’s a first look at Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in lesbian film Ammonite

+ Asia Kate Dillon had a powerful realization when the character Taylor came out on Billions.

When Billions star Asia Kate Dillon read the script for the pivotal scene in Season 2, Episode 2 of the Showtime series in which their character, Taylor Mason, came out as nonbinary, the actor had an emotional reaction and moment of self-realization.

“Where Taylor says to Axe, ‘You know, I’m Taylor, my pronouns are they, theirs, and them, I immediately started crying when I read that,” Dillon said on BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show AM to DM. “Because I knew that no character had ever said that on television before and no nonbinary character had ever been played by a nonbinary actor before.”

+ Some vapid fluff for your Sunday: are Lizzo and Charli XCX friends?!

+ “How a Queer Jewish Cookbook Served Comfort to a Community Coping with AIDS”

+ There’s a new Halsey video!!

+ Shirley Raines is changing how women experience homelessness for the better.

+ Here are 9 queer beauty influencers you can follow right now.

+ The first gender-neutral clothing store in Atlanta is Black-owned!!


Well, there you have it Funday babes! I hope your week is warm and your AC works! I hope someone miraculously pays your cable bill! I hope you get everything your sweet heart desires. Love you!

Alaina is a 20-something working on a PhD in Performance as Public Practice. They are a mom to three cats, they listen to a lot of NPR and musicals, and they spend a lot of time on Pinterest lusting over studio apartments. They are actively trying to build A Brand on twitter @alainamonts. One day, they will be First Lady of the United States.

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9 Comments

  1. As a meteorologist, I implore you to please listen to weather alerts! Lol Also to please get a weather app from a local source other than TWC or Accuweather. And at least check the radar before you leave to see if you can make it to the store and back safely!! (Okay, rant done.)

    I am HERE for “Nightmare.” Perfect track for patriarchy smashing.

  2. Yeah, I want to go to pride this year but I’m scared in case there’s flashing/bright lights. They’re fun for other people but for someone with light sensitivity, they hurt my eyes so bad it puts me out for days 🙁

    Also crowds but crowds are a good thing because it means a lot of people are coming to pride. I suppose the way around crowds would be to have one main march then lots of separate smaller events.

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