Sunday Funday is Sneaking Out With Michelle Obama to Rally Around the Gays

Hello, little turkeys! I hope your week was exactly what you needed it to be. I had last week off because of a conference (that got cancelled) and got absolutely nothing done, and that’s exactly what I needed! Now I’m making list after list for my pre-Thanksgiving dinner party (fuck you, Christopher Columbus!) and praying that it gets cold enough for me to take my trash to the dumpster without being accosted by flies. I really hate trash dumpsters, y’all. Anyway, even though I was useless this past week, it doesn’t mean that there wasn’t great stuff happening all over this little weirdo planet we call home. Let’s learn all about it, shall we?

Feel Good Stories for Your Tender Heart

+ Same-gender couples in Costa Rica will have marriage equality in 2020!

+ In this episode of Ellen Degeneres’ new show, “Fearless”, this trans man meets Laverne Cox, the first trans person he’s ever met in real life!!! Get those tissues!!!

+ Michelle Obama, owner of beautiful arms, better half of former U.S. President Obama, and true ally, snuck out of the White House to celebrate marriage equality in 2015. If you want to start a Mommi Book Club, her memoir just came out and would be a great first book to read.

+ This Rapid City, South Dakota trans woman talks about her experience coming out as an older adult.

+ RAICES played a large role in helping the LGBTQ+ refugees walking from Central America to get to the US. Now (and always) is a great time to donate to them if you’ve got the means!

TV and Music

The Real Thing is a short film about a trans girl and her father, a soldier.

The Real Thing from Brandon Kelley on Vimeo.

+ You can now binge the entire series of the Australian lesbian comedy/drama Same Same.

+ India aired their first ever LGBTQ episode of a popular dating show.

+ This LGBTQ+ mariachi has become an outlet for advocacy.

“We represent ourselves as the first LGBT mariachi because it is not only the way we identify in our personal lives, or public lives, but it’s a big part of who we are as people, just like a big part of me being Mexican,” Samaniego says. “My parents are from Mexico. My family lives in Mexico. A lot of my customs and my culture and my traditions are Mexican. And that’s a part of me as well as being a gay man.”

More Things to Make You Smile!

+ Beyoncé finally owns all of Ivy Park, so feel great about getting your thotty sportswear from her.

+ Sue Bird has a desk job, y’all.

Not long after Bird led the Seattle Storm past the Washington Mystics in the WNBA finals, Connelly reached out to her through a mutual friend — longtime NBA forward Caron Butler, a contemporary of Bird’s at the University of Connecticut who played for Connelly with the Wizards before Connelly’s move to Denver.

Bird, who plans to return for her 17th WNBA season at age 38, was quickly sold on the fit.

“It was really a perfect match, because here they are giving me this amazing opportunity but also understanding that I’m still a player,” said Bird, the WNBA’s all-time assists leader. “I still have a season, and I’m still preparing for that. It’s just, for me personally, the best of both worlds.”

+ This rap for Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. Also, how are her ribs? Does she still need some because mine are always up for the taking. I do nothing useful with them.

+ Brandi Carlile learning that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore from her small child Evangeline is honestly, everything I need.

Okie doke beauties, can’t wait to talk to you next week again post-turkey comas and forced time with our relatives! Hope you’re staying warm and happy. I love you so much!! Light a candle for RBG and all women in politics tonight, maybe!

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Ari is a 20-something artist and educator. They are a mom to two cats, they love domesticity, ritual, and porch time. They have studied, loved, and learned in CT, Greensboro, NC, and ATX.

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    • I agree. I don’t know enough about cinematography to say exactly why it felt invasive, but something about the closeness of the camera and the tight editing felt… forced? Emotionally manipulative? Idk.

      It felt like they were having a real moment and I shouldn’t be there. I know big, emotional reactions are catnip for reality TV, but maybe give the subject a little space, too?

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