Sunday Funday Is Between You and Me and Betty Who

Happy Sunday lemon drops! We’re are in the FINAL COUNTDOWN! In less than a month, we will be in another fucking year. How did this happen? How does time keep passing? I don’t know because I’m not a scientist, but here we are! So since we’re here, let’s get cracking with some good news, shall we?


Everything is Awesome

+ Just a reminder, Hayley Kiyoko had a great year.

+ Betty Who played both of the people in a couple in her newest music video for “Taste”

+ Florida lawmakers are seeking to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors.

+ A different kind of ‘fat camp’ is celebrating fat bodies, not weight loss.

This Fat Camp Is Celebrating Body Positivity

We visited the first annual Fat Camp focused on self-love instead of weight loss and shame.

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Artsy Lesbians Love Laughing

Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon are a Muslim and Jewish couple of Israeli and Palestinian descent who perform stand up together.

+ These lesbian artists of the 1990s reclaimed lesbophobic language through posters.

+ An oral history of “San Junipero”.

+ If you’re in the UK, check out “Still I Rise”, an exhibition on feminism, gender, and resistance at Nottingham Contemporary, on display until January. Here are some artists’ favorite pieces from the exhibit.

These Will Warm Your Cold December Heart Right Up

+ Some teachers in Colorado are fundraising to bring LGBTQ training to their schools.

+ A kindergarten teacher in Oakland, Lourdes Rivas, has written a bilingual children’s book on how to use gender neutral pronouns.

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still in shock. this is really happening. not just a distant dream. im holding it now – this labor of love. this gift to my inner child & all the transkids & adults who may read this. feeling especially grateful to Maya & Matthew @mzmayagonzalez who have been mentoring me through this process. Major love to @breenache for their amazing art & @el.carozon for their visioning and layout skillz. Also, thanks mami @alpe53 for comin’ through with the Spanish translation editing ?? ? ? ? ((This is a hardcopy proof. Still got some edits to do before placing major order & fulfilling kickstarter pledges & making available to public)) #TheyCallMeMix #qtpocbooks #qtpoc #kindergarten #kinderdays #qtpocteachers #transgender #bookrecommendation #maestrx

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+ Raquel Willis talks about how she built a strong and supportive relationship with her mom as a trans woman.

There must be a major cultural shift on how Black parents approach their queer and trans children. That begins with us having more real conversations about the complexity of gender. It means our understanding and articulating that Blackness is expansive and that our Blackness is inherently gender nonconforming. The gender scripts we have, particularly in the United States, are the byproducts of a restrictive white supremacist history and system. We must resist the idea that we could or should ever want to fit the flawed, limited concepts of womanhood and manhood that have damaged our own views of ourselves, our families and our community.

+ These queer and trans personal trainers are deadlifting more than frat bros could ever, and dismantling heteronormativity to boot.

+ These gorgeous dark-skinned babes made the content they wanted, but couldn’t find on Youtube.


Bye friends! See you soon! Also, have you heard the good news, A-Camp 2019 is happening during my birthday week!!! I get to turn 29 in front of hundreds of my favorite people, and hopefully you! Mark your calendars, the gemini energy will be strong, and the oranges in Ojai are so, so good.

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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