Sunday Funday is Sitting in Santa’s Lap and It’s Hella Gay, Thank You Very Much

Happy Sunday Funday, frosted sugar cookies and gluten-free cupcakes! I’m writing this Sunday Funday as if it is the last Sunday Funday where I will ever have to acknowledge Donald Trump exists because I am assured enough of you have emailed your electors by now to tell them to dump him like a bad prom date and I assume if I’m wrong you now feel guilty enough about it to act. That’s how revolutions work!

Here’s some good gay news to mull over while you debate writing “fuck this” in the custom note field on the DemocrEC Take Action page.

All I Want for Christmas is for Donald Trump to Cease to Exist How About You

Finally, a holiday anthem fit for the fuckery that has been the entire year of 2016.

Make America Proud Again

Pride suddenly seems more important and pertinent than ever. And it’s marching on around the world!

+ Taichung’s fifth annual pride parade brought thousands out to the streets. There was also reportedly a lot of cute animal imagery!

+ Montenegro isn’t exactly the most tolerant of places for the LGBT community. That didn’t stop these dozens of brave activists from proudly marching there in the name of LGBT rights this week.

Something to Look Forward to in 2017: Trans Rights in Vietnam

In January, Vietnam’s amended civil code will take effect. When it does, trans folks who have undergone gender reassignment surgery will, at long last, be able to change their government documents to correspond with their real gender identity. This obviously isn’t perfect, but it’s a huge step – and could immediately help 500,000 folks in the region live their truths.

Transgender people’s personal rights will be protected by the law, which was passed by legislators in late 2015 in a breakthrough vote.

Huynh Minh Thao, an activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, said: “Transgender people will no longer be rejected at school and at work. They will be able to live the life they want.”

23 Times 2016 Didn’t Suck

It wasn’t all a bust! Between badass protests, public proposals, celebrities coming out left and right, and a string of big and small successes, 2016 has its high points for the LGBT community. Here’s 23 of them, courtesy of GayStarNews.

“Chelsea Handler Gets Frisky With Lesbian Santa Fortune Feimster”

I think that Advocate headline said it all.

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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. Thank you so much! I needed this badly, and I’m not the only one.
    I stayed up late Friday night emailing red state electors who don’t like Trump and are legally permitted to not vote for him-thanks again for the newsletter subscription list. Later today, I’ll call my congressmen again to ask that the electors be briefed on Russia’s hacking prior to voting-since two of my state’s three congressmen are Republican, I’ll use phrases like “national security” and “hostile foreign influence; and say “Merry Christmas at the end even though I usually say “Happy Holidays”. Even if it is too late to legally prevent Trump from becoming president, it is never to early to start resisting his agenda at every turn.

  2. Carmen you’re so good at what you do; just sayin’. Thanks for your wonderful ability to keep it real while being funny and uplifting. HOW. I agree, pride and inspiration are gonna be key in 2017. I emailed my electors twice using the democrEC site; thank you.

  3. totally without context, but: what should a disabled person (me) do if I am gifted Me Before You (the book) for Christmas? :D Give it a try despite knowing it’s ableist bullshit? Burn it? Throw it in the trash? Analyse it so I can write a paper about how ableist it is??


    • The only good karmic outcome for the book I can come up with off the top of my head is reading the book critically and taking copious notes and developing a lesson plan with discussion questions and posting it publicly (though maybe not free?) for teachers to use in classrooms to begin discussion on ableism…

      Kinda falls into the last category you gave?

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