Also, trans men on competing in school sports, those Helen Keller conspiracy theories are ableist, even more love for Amanda Gorman, and yes — helping you afford the therapy you need.
Dr. Rachel Levine makes trans history, vaccine analysis that is actually helpful, and is anything as powerful as “Gossip Girl” was in 2008? Plus, the healing power of queer friendships in a personal essay you don’t want to miss.
Also: here’s some legit great queer newsletters for your inbox, honoring Monica Roberts and Margot St. James, post-impeachment burn out, meet the most serious astrologer on TikTok, and more.
Also, Tracy Chapman got PAID, vintage vapid fluff starring Tallulah Bankhead, Aretha Franklin’s queer sister, and celebrating Mary J Blige’s 50th birthday in style.
I absolutely could not bring myself to do our “traditional” twice-a-week link roundup. Instead, today we are going to talk about white power and white supremacy.
Vintage Vapid Fluff: Never forget that Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt skipped the White House for a lil date night in the skies! Also, Roxane Gay on the New Year, engaged soccer stars, the best vibrators of 2021, and why we love squishy dogs and cats the most.
15 things that prove queer women won 2020, the fight to include HIV-positive people in COVID-19 vaccine trials, women undoubtedly ran rap music this year, and Christine Baranski knows you love her. It’s the last link roundup of the year so I made it MAXIMUM sized, let’s do this!
Congratulations to trans lesbian Kate Freeman, making book girls everywhere very proud. Also: an oral history of fashion’s response to the AIDS epidemic and 8 holiday horror movies to stream when you wish 2020 would just end already.
It’s Nancy Meyers Week somewhere in the world! Also: James Baldwin’s magnificent friendships, throples making history, and will 2020 be the year we lost forever?
A love letter to queer fan fiction that you don’t want to miss. Also: the legendary Dionne Warwick, giving trans kids everything they want this Christmas, Ellen Degeneres has the Coronavirus, “Black Swan” is now a Hanukkah movie, and are pandemic cats keeping their own secrets?
Water is joining gold and oil in being traded on Wall Street, so that’s bad. Also: an all-Muslim girls’ basketball team is kicking ass and an ad hoc awards show for the weird internet culture of quarantine.
Ding Dong! The Witch (Might Be) Dead! Also: some judgement free advice on how to keep everyone around you safe if you traveled home last week for Thanksgiving, and mourning all of our “almost” romantic relationships.
Was Josh Hartnett a millennial gay stepping-stone? What’s next for the #Resistance if Trump isn’t there to kick around anymore? Also: readings from both Kristen Arnett and Roxane Gay, the public libraries that shaped Octavia Butler, and dreams of a Black utopia.
How Much Bisexual Energy Do You Radiate? It’s time to find out! Also: searching for the “Ethereal Bisexual” woman in Barack Obama’s memoir, Cara Delevingne is now co-owner of a sex technology brand, and Stacey Abrams on finishing the job in Georgia.
How to spend Thanksgiving alone & love every minute, how to help with the two Georgia Senate runoff elections immediately (49 days left!), how to have personalized selected sex toys delivered to your home, and yes — get in loser, we’re making Daria-themed Avatars for all our accounts.
The Squad is keeping it real about the fashion limitations of working class women of color in the halls of Congress, President Obama on not “abandoning the possibility of America,” Megan Thee Stallion said get ready for a Hot Girl XXXMas, and yes — be proud you learned how to masturbate from a book.
Scientists warn that the climate crisis could kill off great tits, how to break it to your family if you’re not comfortable risking coronavirus to come home for the holidays, and a fundraiser to save the 15 U.S. lesbian bars left standing.
Here’s some smart stuff you can read in between obsessively refreshing those result maps, including: Judith Butler on Donald Trump, memes galore because we’re never getting out of this hell, and why your therapist was right — you really can’t plan for uncertainty.
Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson are baiting us for Democracy this Election Day… and I’m not mad at it? Also: Lots of good, thoughtful election reads that (mostly) won’t piss you off and concrete, actionable ways to distract yourself right now if you need it.
Also: the perfect cheese pairings for your Halloween pairings, Whitney Houston keeps right on proving that Black femmes simply cannot lose, and that AOC longread profile that everyone’s talking about!
Fortune Feimster got married, Laverne Cox is on the cover of Paper Magazine, women making pizza are hot — pun not intended, and links for all your big post-Amy Coney Barrett is on The Supreme Court rage feelings.