Sunday Funday: Sally Ride Is A U.S. Navy Ship And You Better Vote

Happy Sunday Funday, perfectly warmed croissants! It’s been a great week. In case you were interested, this week my SoulCycle instructor walked over to me, looked me deep in the eye, and said “I think you’re stronger than you think you are” while turning the resistance knob on my bike. Oh, and here’s some good gay news!

Hey The Election’s Almost Over Also Please Vote

+ Look, misandry and everything but this note from Tim Kaine’s old law school roommate has actually been my everything for days:

That year he met a fellow student, Anne Holton, who shared his commitment to social justice. She began spending more time at the house and bringing over cookies. Tim was the last to understand where their relationship was heading. We would have told him earlier but we didn’t want Anne to stop baking.

+ Chelsea Clinton talked to LGBT voters in North Carolina this week.

+ Hillary, meanwhile, talked to the Washington Blade about being an LGBTQ ally in the White House.


LGBT rights are human rights—plain and simple. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity.

Let’s Never Stop Appreciating Sally Ride

The U.S. Navy has named a ship for Sally Ride, lesbian astronaut and ruler of our hearts. It’s the first vehicle of its kind to be named after a woman, it will basically save our lives, and it’s operated by Scripps. Could it be more perfect? Probably nah.

A Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood

+ The UK’s Metro Bank is expanding gender identity options for its customers thanks to one badass nonbinary teen.

+ Mexico’s Archbishop just publicly apologized to the LGBT community for his previous “abusive language” and its impact on their lives.

+ A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that anti-gay discrimination is indeed already against the law, but like, have they tried telling Mike Pence that recently.

+ Same-sex couples can adopt now in Queensland!


+ The University of Nebraska at Omaha knows gender expectations and heteropatriarchy are, like, so last century and thus they’re scrapping “Homecoming Kings” and “Homecoming Queens” and opting instead for “Royal Homecoming Pairs.” I’m upset they’re not just called the “Homecoming Power Couple.”

Actual Winners Who Are Actual Bear Cubs Also

Happy World Series win, y’all! And if you’re not happy about that, well, here’s some bear cubs anyway.


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  1. Hey, it looks like the link for “+ A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that anti-gay discrimination is indeed already against the law, but like, have they tried telling Mike Pence that recently.” is actually also pointing to the article about Mexico’s archbishop.

  2. That note from Tim Kaine’s old roommate nearly brought me to tears. WHAT IS THIS ELECTION DOING TO ME.

    • It also made me wonder about how my roommates would describe me and whether they would bring up that time they thought the apartment was burning down because my lush shampoo bar smelled like campfire. (When they finally discovered the source of the smell they texted to ask why I kept burnt brownie in my bathtub.)

  3. Ok, now that the navy has given her a ship. I fully expect to see the new Star Trek series to do the same and give her a ship as well.

    like the USS Enterprise, USS Defiant, I expect to see a USS Sally Ride research vessel. With a kickass female captain. And of course a female second in command as well.

    • Both need to be women of color. At least one needs to be queer and I’d love to see one be Jewish. And could we get someone to have an actual disability? Geordi was always made “superior” to normal people until they wanted to snatch his VISOR and make him helpless to remind us all that he’d be nothing without technology.

  4. Holy crap Sally Ride is a lesbian?! Now I know I am a bad lesbian. No wonder I don’t have any gay friends :O

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