Sunday Funday Supports Your Big Gay Romantic Gesture and Your Revolution

Happy Sunday Funday and happy holigays, crushed red pepper flakes! I know it doesn’t feel like the most wonderful time of the year, but I’ve come bearing some good gay news and other warm and fuzzy links to try and make it all better. If this doesn’t help, probably a healthy serving of time spent in our Holigay Open Thread will! And if all of that still fails, my best advice is to text your exact location to the person you’re in love with and tell them to come thru. What more can you lose? We’re all about to die! If I’ve learned anything from doing The Desire Map a second time three years after the first, it’s that everything we want is possible if we want it enough and holding back is garbage. Just saying.

Now let’s get to the good stuff.

Meet Avery, NatGeo’s Historic Cover Girl

9-year-old Avery Jackson is the first trans person to appear on National Geographic in the magazine’s 128 year history. She’s amazing. Also, their issue on gender is similarly amazing, go buy it.

One day when they were walking through Target on a holiday shopping trip, Jackson said Avery turned to her and said: “You call me a boy, you think I’m a boy, but you know I’m a girl on the inside, right?”

What followed were pediatrician visits, sessions with a genetic therapist and the decision to let Avery dress as a girl on the weekends.

And then came another pivotal moment, Jackson said. Avery was going to a birthday party on a Sunday afternoon and her mom asked her to put on boy clothes for a few hours. “No,” Avery said. “I don’t want to pretend to be a boy.” Avery dressed as a girl and none of her friends “batted an eye,” Jackson said.

On Monday morning, she dressed for school “in pink head to toe,” Jackson said. “And she was excited about going to school for the first time in months.”

We Are All This Woman

Queer women, I’mma let you finish your adorable proposal and your whole “being in love” thing, but this woman’s reaction to your love is the greatest thing of all time.

Drag Queen Story Hour Has Begun

Grab a seat, y’all. This is about to be magical as fuck.

Remember That Time 2016 Didn’t Suck

These are reminders of thirteen not-shitty things that happened in Australia for LGBT folks this year. Were we ever so young or full of hope and excitement? Probably not, since I am now aged and preparing to die in a nuclear winter.

Overwatch Revealed Their Lesbian Character

Tracer from Overwatch is gay and in love with her partner, Emily. I don’t know what Overwatch is, but I know that now it’s banned in Russia!

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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. Tracer confirmed as a lesbian is such an awesome move by Blizzard. This is the cover character of what is probably the biggest game of the year!

    Also, it’s great fun, especially in quick game mode the game is really focussed on team play rather than individual accomplishments such as k/d ratio’s or whatnot. Definitely worth buying if you’re considering it!

  2. Yes, please consider giving it a go, especially if you are yourself or have a group of friends who are at all into first person shooters. The characters all have a different feel to them and the community in itself is in general really fun and chilled. So if that is kind of your jam do give it a try.
    P.S. : Some of the fanart floating around on the internet is amazing.

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