Sunday Funday Endorses Lily Tomlin’s Love for Congress

Hello, dungaroos! I got way too drunk at brunch yesterday and kind of embarrassed myself both in life and on the Internet. But that’s okay because it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s SUNDAY FUNDAY!

Gloria Steinem Endorses Autostraddle Romance

Kathryn Xian, famous Autostraddle romantic, is running for Congress.

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And Gloria Steinem thinks she’s damn good:

“Kathryn Xian has been a constant champion of women’s rights in Hawaii,” said Steinem. “As Executive Director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, she has helped dozens of women overcome the oppression of sex-trafficking. As founder of Girl Fest Hawaii, she has highlighted the power of education and art to fight violence of all kinds against women of all ages..

“While Kathryn embraces the political goals necessary to further women’s interests, her candidacy also paves the road for future female leaders,” said Steinem. “We need leaders in Washington, like Kathryn, who will not only vote for social justice, but inspire others to speak about their own struggles, as well.”

A (Small) Victory for Utah and One Proud Utahn Child

+ The federal government will recognize gay marriages from Utah! The ones made before the SCOTUS issued its stupid stay, that is.

+ This 12-year-old boy gives a damn good speech.

While the rally was full of impassioned pleas for equality, one 12-year-old’s speech made arguably the strongest, most heartfelt case for equality in the Beehive state.

With his little brother at his side, Riley Hackford-Peer delivered a poignant, emotional speech that garnered several enthusiastic rounds of applause.

“Some people do not believe that I am from a loving family, because my moms are gay,” said Hackford-Peer. “They are wrong. … And come on, think about it — gay means happy, so it only makes sense that we’re a loving, happy family!”

Congratulations, Lily Tomlin!

Lily Tomlin tied the knot and everyone’s heart melted.

Lily Tomlin and her new WIFE!,  Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin and her new WIFE!, Jane Wagner

An Old-Timey Gay Marriage Anthem

Yes, here’s to all the lovers
Down with those who hate
Down with all that censure
So biased and irate
But once there’s acceptance
Here comes that dove
With peace to all the lovers
And peace to all who love.

via The Advocate:

Marsha Hunt was an in-demand film actress in the 1930s and 40s, appearing in 54 films in just 17 years. But when she began speaking out for causes she believed in like freedom of expression, she was labeled a communist and blacklisted, according to a forthcoming documentary about the 96-year-old actress and activist’s life.

And though Hunt is now well into her twilight years, she’s still fighting to take a stand and make a difference — this time with a touching marriage equality anthem that she hopes will be sung at weddings around the globe.

Cats Makin’ It Through Their Twenties

I know you can relate.


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  1. When I heard Lily Tomlin had finally got married, I was so ecstatically happy. As a one-time Magic School Bus addict whose 7 year old nephew is a current fan, I am just thrilled that Ms Frizzle gets the happiness she deserves – and my nephew is happy for her too!

    • How have I never realized Miss Frizzle is Lily Tomlin?!?! Mind Blown.

      Time to go throw some time away re-living my childhood!

  2. Riley Hackford-Peer…MY HEART. Also, I’m fairly sure that one of his moms teaches in the Gender Studies department at my university (the University of Utah)? So that’s pretty cool.

    So damn amazing. This makes my heart sing.

    Also, you go Kathryn!!!! What a badass.

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