Sunday Funday is Choppin’ Cilantro with 42 Fearless LGBTQ Texans

Howdy, dazzling fluffy white snowflakes! My favorite part of winter is the excuse to live exclusively in huge comfy sweaters and scarves and oversized sweatshirts and fleece-lined leggings. Yes, I choose to live in a place where the wind literally hurts my face this time of year, but also I get to snuggle up like a toasty marshmallow every day.

On that note, if you live in a cold place and have not tried fleece-lined leggings or fleece-lined joggers or fleece-lined pajama pants, I really must insist you do. There is nothing better in the world. Maybe coffee. Yes, coffee is better, but fleece-lined pants are almost as good. Hope you’re staying warm and healthy!

Everything’s Queerer in Texas

At least 42 openly LGBTQ candidates will be running in Texas in 2018. That’s an unprecedented number! Only six of the 42 candidates are incumbents and many are running for the first time! There are five transgender candidates in the mix. Many of the candidates cited being inspired by Trump to run for office. All but four will be running as Democrats.

Here’s a full list of the candidates as reported by OutSmart magazine.

Here, Queer, Etc.

The CW/Warner Bros. Television

‘Black Lightning’: First-Look Photo Of Nafessa Williams As Thunder In CW Series!!! Yeah, Lesbian Superheroes!

The Lost World War II Letters of Edythe Eyde, Who Started America’s First Lesbian Publication. She risked being arrested to publish and distribute her mag, Vice Versa! What a badass!

Split Britches to Tackle Aging, Anxiety & Desire in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) at La MaMa as Part of ‘Under the Radar’. These are queer feminist theatre legends, ya’ll!

Paris Lees is the First Trans Woman in British Vogue

Trans journalist Paris Lees is the first trans woman to be featured in the pages of British Vogue. Lees is included in a gallery celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage titled Meet the Suffragettes. Of the momentous opportunity, she said, “Look how far we’ve come…People at school told me I’d never be a girl, would never be pretty enough, would never be accepted…well here I am being celebrated as a woman.”

Choppin’ Cilantro Because Why Not

I’m not sure why this is the first viral video of 2018, but I’ll admit it’s weirdly relaxing to watch. 4.5 million people can’t be wrong!

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KaeLyn is a 39-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, over-caffeinating herself, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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  1. I was just doing some research about Edythe Eyde last weekend!!! Did you know she recorded a lot of really awesome gay folk songs!? I couldn’t find more than snippets of most of them, not full recordings, but there is a full recording of a gay cover of Frankie and Johnny and another song

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