Sunday Funday Is An Out Gay Olympian

Happy Sunday Funday, cigarillos and hand-rolled cigarettes! (Or maybe a nicotine patch, I dunno your life, however you identify is fine honestly I just love you deeply.) I’ve had A WEEK and I am thrilled that it’s a long weekend so I have 72 full hours to be culpable to no one and beholden to no concern tweet. I hope you get some sun this weekend! If not, you can drink milk, I heard it has Vitamin D in it, I wouldn’t know because milk horrifies me. Regardless, here’s some good news to relish instead of dreading a Tuesday that feels like a Monday.

Very Important People Who Decided To Come Out

+ SO many Olympians were either out before this year’s olympics started or came out during/after, like “Judo champion, Rafaela Silva, who won the gold medal at the Olympics, came out as a lesbian in an interview with Globo Sports.” She initially came out in August but there’s a new piece on it! BOOM.


+ An out lesbian wants to be Miss America!

Pride: Still Not Over

+ This is pride around the world in a weirdo slideshow. Enjoy!

+ SC Pride was apparently “loud and proud.” Sounds like my scene, TBH.

+ Seems like Duluth’s 30th Pride Festival was lit.

Groups That Want Gay People to Adopt More Babies

Hey look! Community groups that are encouraging the gays to adopt and foster kids!

Child holds a drawn house with family

“Across the country and especially in Illinois, we just don’t have enough people who have stepped forward, and we think that in the (LGBT) community there are people who would be good parents,” said Susan McConnell, founder and director of Let It Be Us, a local nonprofit adoption and foster care advocacy group.

Let It Be Us and other adoption and foster agencies have joined forces with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to hold workshops that provide encouragement and advice to potential gay and lesbian parents.

Very Important People

+ Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr made a statement asking people not to attack LGBT couples.

In a rare, unexpected statement on July 7 about the LGBT community, the leader of the Sadrist movement declared, “[You] must disassociate from them and provide them advice [but] not attack them.” His comment was in response to a letter by a Sadrist supporter who complained about men “acting like women” and “suspicious relations between people of the same gender,” referring to homosexual relationships.

HRW has documented “serious abuses” by various Iraqi groups, including Sadrists, against LGBT people, who have become a social community in the country. The human rights organization said, “We hope this [new stance by Sadr] will change behavior in successors to the Mahdi Army and other ranks and spur the government to hold accountable those who commit these crimes.”

+ The King of Norway just delivered a kickass speech in support of LGBT people. My fave part: “Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other.” RETWEET.

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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. Speaking of out athletes, the Washington Spirit clinched a spot in the NWSL playoffs. So we’ll see at least 2 out athletes (Joanna Lohman and Stephanie Labbé) in the post-season. :)

  2. love the King of Norway, hate his security detail. He and his royal posse came to my HNU (historically norwegian university) and my ambiguous brown ass got followed all day by his scandinavian cronies with walkie talkies.
    just another day

  3. “Groups That Want Gay People to Adopt More Babies” is kind of misleading. There are plenty of people who want to adopt infants, it’s older children who are waiting and waiting to be adopted.

  4. Yeah! Rafaela!
    Team LGBT won 5 gol 6 silver and 3 bronze medals in the Rio games.
    The Rainbow flag would have been 16th on the medal tables.

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