Sunday Funday Is Gay for Roxane Gay’s Book Club

Hey! It’s me! Al! Hi! You ever get so worked up over something that you need to take a run to get rid of all the anxious energy but it’s 105° and the air quality isn’t safe for asthmatics? I have.

Hope you’re surviving what seems like maybe the hottest weekend of the year! We love a heatwave, if only because I can push my AC up to 79° and have it still seem fairly cool inside. I love playing tricks on my body! Anyway, hope you’re staying cool, calm, and collected, or at least that you feel safe enough to go on a run at night to work off any hot, anxious, and scattered energy.


+ Roxane Gay’s book club talks The Nickel Boys (spoiler free!).

+ King Princess is going on tour, babes! She also released the audio for her new song “Prophet”!

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+ This weekend brought Mardi Gla to Glasgow, as they celebrated Pride.

+ Remember the lesbian tennis players who were dating and also tennis doubles? They kicked ass.

+ “India’s government on Friday presented a revised version of its transgender rights bill to parliament after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community.”

+ Take a peek at the feminist and lesbian communes of the 1980s.

+ Some more music for your gay heart with Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens.

+ The Charlotte Museum is celebrating and protecting lesbian history for New Zealanders. 

+ On the rise of lesbian period dramas (we love to see it).

+ Trans and nonbinary people are using selfies to craft our own narratives. Speaking of, here are some selfies from me from #InternationalNonbinaryDay. You’re welcome.

+ LGBTQ+ rights in Serbia!!

A lesbian couple launched a landmark bid on Thursday to win legal recognition for same-sex partners in Serbia, saying they wanted to step out and stand up for LGBT+ rights in the Balkans.

It is the first such legal challenge to be filed in Serbia, which has come under fire in the West over minority rights and widespread homophobia.

+ What if I told you even more gay music came out this week??? This time featuring Brandi Carlile dressed like a firefighter??? Someone light my house on fire so she’ll stop by.

+ Read about an upcoming documentary about the women working to preserve lesbian herstory.

he Archivettesdirected by Megan Rossman who is assistant professor and chair of communication at Purchase College and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, profiles the founding of the “non-hierarchical, collectively-run archive that preserves the various expressions of lesbian identity, love, and solidarity” and has become the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. For more than 40 years, the org has chronicled lesbian herstory through many of the major LGBTQ+ historical moments. But with the co-founders in their mid-70s, the group is now facing a new predicament: how to safeguard and transmit such invaluable materials and the stories they contain to younger and future generations. 

+ The Name Project is helping trans folks be in charge of their own lives.


Okay small fries. Stay hydrated and go tell a friend you love them. Don’t get into a fight with that person online! It’s not worth it! Play with an animal instead! I love you and cannot wait to talk to you again next week, okay bye!!!✨✨✨

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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7 Comments

  1. The Name Project is sorely needed. I was able to stumble through it on my own, and helped my friend with the same process, but it was tough and took way too long. I’m still waiting on my updated birth certificate. My passport took two tries to get right. My friend has errors on her driver’s license that need to get fixed. I got my legal name change in 2016; three years of struggle with courts, state agencies, my employer, my accounts and business records, and I still get my dead name cropping up all over the place. I’m lucky, I have resources, and it’s still been a shitty process. This project is a great idea.

  2. These are all so fantastic !!

    I’m currently debating who has the sexier voice, King Princess or Roxanne Gay. My ears can’t decide so I’ll have to listen again.

    Thanks Al(aina) for making this a very Fun Day.

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