Sunday Funday Loves the WNBA’s Queer Style and The First Trans Superhero on TV

Friends, it is Sunday, and it’s gonna be a fun day, you know why? I get to spend my morning with little kids, and then I’m gonna have brunch, and then I’m gonna finish cleaning my house! I’m so excited–last weekend was perfect in a different way (I saw Janelle Monáe, for one thing), but this weekend is perfect because it’s full of time and space to do what I want to do and what I need to do. I love that. I hope your weekend offers you similar possibilities! Okay, let’s go!


+ As we mentioned in our Fall TV Preview and have noted a few times in the Pop Culture Fix, Nicole Maines will be TV’s first trans superhero! Here’s an interiew with her in NYT.

Seeing yourself as a superhero is kind of the most validating thing. I hope that all people, not just trans people, fall in love with Nia and her energy and her as a superhero. And I hope it just grows and evolves from that.

+ Angelica Ross is the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises where she advocates for the rights of trans tech workers.

TransTech also partners with other companies and organizations, such as Groupon and PayPal, to host the annual TransTech Summit, this year taking place on October 20. Ross said it’s a challenge to know which companies are really committed to creating diverse work spaces and those which use it as a buzzword. She looks for allies who go beyond just hiring trans and non-binary folks—making sure the environment is one in which they can grow, have access to leadership positions, and have a supportive community.

+ If you like themed flights across the Atlantic, have I got news for you: Virgin Airlines announced their first “Pride Flight”, with all LGBTQ cabin crew and pilots! There will be speed dating, drag bingo, and Judy Garland sing-alongs, as well as other entertainment!

+ The best of both world just collided: the lesbian elders from those “Old Lesbians” videos and Hayley Kiyoko met! It was very cute!!

+ InStyle published a piece on the secret style stars of the WNBA. Please note the ratio of not-straight to straight women they profiled. (We know style.)

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“If women are doing the same job as a man, they should definitely be paid the same,” says @WNBA All-Star @de11edonne in our November issue. “I realize that we aren’t pulling in nearly as much as the NBA, but I think that falls back on the lack of media coverage and the lack of big-name companies supporting women. When you turn on any sports channel, you’re seeing all-male sports 95% [of the time]. This year’s @WNBA playoffs were some of the greatest yet, and you turn on the TV and you hardly hear about it. The coverage has to improve, and it’s got to get equal.” Read @Cristobalita’s story about how these six @WNBA All-Stars are moving the ball forward on and off the court at the link in bio. ? I Photographed by @martinschoeller; Styled by @cryoungin

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+ GREAT NEWS: Two same-sex moms had a baby in China! The moms were mice, so you know, we’ve got a while to go. But still! Great news!

+ Danielle Brooks’ collaboration with Fashion to Figure is very very very good, and just went live! Go get some clothes!

+ Despite the troubling political climate in Brazil at the national level, Afro-Brazilian activist Érica Maluguinho just became the first trans woman elected to state congress in São Paulo!


Farewell fair maidens and theydens! I hope you do something that makes you feel powerful today. I hope you smile at least once. I hope you remember that you’re so so loved, by your friends, and also by me! I love you! Happy Sunday; go enjoy it!

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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  1. My friend was telling me about Érica Maluguinho and how the majority of the community there is excited about it, but also worried that she will be a big target(because she’s openlly trans and pro lgbtq).

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