Happy Sunday! This week I celebrated liberation all alone by making Alison Roman’s Passover menu (everything except the chopped liver because I really just could not justify another grocery store run for something there was a high chance I wouldn’t even wanna try). Then I celebrated liberation with my friends and watched the Rugrats‘ Passover special. And today I’m making the same meal as my mom as she celebrates Easter and I jam out to gospel music and think about how no matter what religious tradition I find myself in, they all know deeply that there is another world possible.
To quote Oprah, “let’s celebrate that!!” with some good news!
+ Whether Jewish or Gentile, spending your Sunday morning watching a Saturday evening Passover Seder from all your faves is a great way to pass some time.
+ Rachel offered up some words about Phyllis Lyon’s life and impact earlier this week, and here’s another tribute to this lesbian civil rights’ activist.
+ This is a bit older, but it’s never too late to talk about The Color Purple!!
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it,” Shug says in the novel. The color purple has also historically been associated with lesbian desire. Through the emergence of lesbian love comes the emergence of Celie’s self-love and ultimate liberation, which leads to a “happy resolution,” even though it isn’t entirely clear whether Celie and Shug’s final reunion means they’re reunited as lovers or as friends.
If Walker teaches us anything through the poignancy of her writing, it is that these different themes do not take away from each other, but rather, are necessary to talk about as a collective. “The Color Purple,” in all its complexities, is a singular gem of sublime lesbian representation in a century-long tradition of Pulitzer prestige.
+ With “Todxs Nosotrxs”, a new eight-episode Portuguese-language series from HBO Latin America focusing on the lives of three different queer friends in São Paulo, HBO is committing to increasing its queer latinx representation.
+ Glamour finally added a queer element to their “exes” series!!!
Happy Spring babes. I just looked directly at the Sun as some clouds rolled in front of it because it looked so beautiful! The birds are chirping! Everything is GREEN and coming alive around us! In Texas, the wildflowers are blooming and weather at night is perfect for keeping your windows open. There is panic and scary contagion spreading across the globe, but also, Mother Nature knows what she is doing! She will survive. Turn off all your technology and listen to her for a little bit, if you need some influence this week. I love you and you’re doing so dang great!