Hey! Holy SMOKES has the past week been long! I was writing this and thought “It’s been at least 3 weeks since I did a Sunday Funday,” but friends, it’s only been seven days! So much has happened to me in the past week, including the fact that Twitter put me on a timeout for talking about TERFs! I also got to volunteer with the Junior League twice, so I’m definitely feeling like I’m on my Emily Gilmore shit. I hope you also had a great week, but even if you didn’t, pal I’ve got some great news lined up for us today.
Queer Women Are Taking Over The Grammy Awards (And Other Music Awards)
+ Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, SZA, Meshell Ndegeocello, Teddy Geiger, Lady Gaga and St. Vincent are among the queer women nominees, which also includes our (unfortunately heterosexual) faves like Barbra Streisand and Ariana Grande. Check out the full list here!
+ Janelle Monáe’s reaction to finding out she’s nominated is the most touching thing you’ll see today.
Being a young Black queer woman in America, there was something I had to say and there was a group of people that I wanted to celebrate, and I’m happy to be representing them. I hope they feel seen; I hope they feel heard; I hope they feel loved, and I hope they feel celebrated.This is for you!
+ Our favorite jumpsuit-wearing, rural land-loving, yodeling, perfect-voiced lesbian mom Brandi Carlile is the most nominated woman of the 2019 Grammy Awards.
+ In even more music news, Dirty Computer was also awarded NPR’s 2018 album of the year!
Trans Folks Speak Out
+ Some trans-masculine and non-binary folks spoke to Teen Vogue about what transition means to them.
+ Righting a wrong, Jessica Sunderland, a trans woman, has finally been awarded punitive damages against the Suffolk County Jail.
+ This commercial by Pantene in the Philippines will definitely make you teary!!!
HAVE Y’ALL SEEN THE PANTENE PHILIPPINES COMMERCIAL IN HONOR OF TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK I’M IN TEARS pic.twitter.com/XXz0EIcK2I
— maxine (@BATANGZEST0) December 7, 2018
+ Speaking of the Philippines, here’s a video series from Closeup Philippines that a reader sent us:
Angie and Joey, in particular, are highly publicised because Joey Mead King is a model and TV host while her wife, Angelina King, is an heiress who came out as a transwoman in 2016 (they are such Instagram couple goals). We’ve got a long way to go for LGBTQ representation on TV, especially for women (a number of our most famous television personalities are gay men), but there’s definitely been a recent uptick in LGBTQ content in commercials and billboards, which I think means corporations see Filipino millennials as gay as hell.
Your Source for Lesbian Pop Culture
+ Two Game of Thrones actors are a couple in the new movie Anchor and Hope.
+ If you ever wondered, “what will happen after Ellen leaves stand up?” you don’t have to wonder anymore, because she is back! With a new Netflix special!
+ Now that the planned Oscar host stepped down, Lena Waithe has some suggestions.
+ This couple that met during the “murky days of dial up” talk about same-sex marriage in Australia.
I’m so happy that Kacey Musgraves is nominated. I hope she wins all of them, because Golden Hour is simply lovely!
WAIT!! SZA IS QUEER??
That Pantene video was great. Just a little confused, is Kevin a lesbian? Was that her wife and kids?
That Pantene commercial did leave me teary. And now I have an excuse to buy more hair products.
Natalie Tena’s character in About a Boy is my root, so the fact that she’s playing a grown up lesbian now really brings things full circle for me!