Sunday Funday is Going to Gay Prom with Barack Obama, Laverne Cox, and Dolly Parton

Happy Sunday Funday! We decided last week to skip out on the good news in the wake of, well, the terrible news — so I’m here with double the pleasure and double the fun for you with a jam-packed post full of stories that should warm your heart right up! LET’S GO.

Obama Loves Our Gay Union

At this year’s White House Pride Reception, President Barack Obama thanked the LGBT activists who “helped to make our union just a little more perfect.” Please join me in pouring out a Perrier for this man.

Dolly Parton Loves You, Hates HB2, Wants You to Pee in Peace

Dolly Parton didn’t cancel a recent show in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean she supports the state’s HB2 legislation stripping away civil rights and restricting the bathrooms trans folks can use as if it’s any of their business in the first place. To the contrary — the goddess herself posted a video to Facebook speaking out against the law and urging people to, of course, be who the fuck they want to be.

“I think everybody should be treated with respect. I don’t judge people. I try not to get too caught up in the controversy of things. I hope that everybody gets a chance to be who and what they are. I just know if I have to pee, I’m going to pee, I don’t care where it’s going to be.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly’s not the only one speaking out, in case you haven’t been keeping track. As a refresher, here’s 23 entertainers who protested North Carolina’s HB2.

All Around the World, Gender Norms Crumble for Me

In Oregon, “nonbinary” is now a legal gender. In Norway, folks can now self-determine their gender freely.

I Dunno If You Heard That It’s Pride Month But

It’s pride! Did you know it’s pride? Were you at Akbar last week, because I ran into everyone at Akbar last week and I’ll be bummed if I missed you. If you did see me there, please let me know if you liked my top and/or my jeans, both were new.

+ The rainbow flag is flying tall in San Francisco this month.

+ Laverne Cox celebrated pride in DC because of course all the cool shit happens after I leave.

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+ Welcome to Jackson’s first-ever pride parade.


+ So apparently Krewella married a lesbian couple at LA Pride and I totally missed it? Good thing there’s some video of it!

+ I fucking hate Uber, but they wanna help you get to gay stuff for free in the wake of Orlando and I’m okay with that because equity looks different than equality and you fucking deserve it.

+ When Andy Warhol went to pride, AKA the photos I’ve been waiting to hold in my heart since birth.


Get Gussied Up, It’s Time for Gay Prom

+ YAY GAY PROM: Bakersfield just held their first-ever prom for queer kids! And the party was on in Hampton Roads last week, where LGBT prom thrilled dozens of youngn’s. LOOK AT THESE SHINING FACES.

+ Aniya Wolf wasn’t allowed to wear a suit to her prom, so she’s gonna wear it on It’s Always Sunny instead like a fucking badass.


This Cat Circus as Self-Care

This week was heavy. Here’s a cat band to lighten it up just a little bit.

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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. Gay proms bring a li’l tear to my eye. I would have LOVED that in high school. <3

  2. Guys, there is a picture in my hometown newspaper and on the website of my little cousin kissing her girlfriend at Prom, and it makes me so happy. It is presented without commentary alongside all of the other pictures and it is so normal and cute and perfect and I really don’t think it would have happened 10 years ago when I was her age.

  3. Good for Aniya. Should get some recognition after what that school did to humiliate her at Prom.

  4. I saw the Acro Cats live once and it was, hands/paws down, the best live show I’ve ever been to. The best part was when the cats decided to ignore their trainers/caretakers and wandered into the audience for pets instead.

  5. In the Warhol pic, is that Keith Haring on the right or am I just imagining things? (I work with his cousin.)

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