In this week’s Extra! Extra! we honour International Workers’ Day, take a hard look at the federal judiciary and the social safety net, examine the political and personal aftermath of gun violence, and more.
In times like these, when people don’t understand us and decide that this means we shouldn’t live at all, we need to connect with the people that do understand, even if just a little bit, even if peripherally.
Bankrupt guns, the physical toll of leading a movement, documentaries for you, Trump’s latest trans military ban, Cameron Post gets a distributor, a queer podcast from the south, straight people are wrong, and so much more!
Yesterday’s National School Walkout, Ellen, the Pennsylvania special election upset, National Geographic’s racism, Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty, not ready for the 90s comeback, and so much more!
Last night’s CNN town hall, gun control, that roommate story, Chani Nicholas, androgynous fashion is too skinny, Gabby Rivera, drag kings, and so much more!
“Our country’s relationship to guns is totally out of control. Our legislators, the gun lobby, and our nation’s lack of fighting it are creating an environment where mass shootings are the norm. The rhetoric around it is designed to win votes and money at the expense of lives and safety.”
The Parkland shooting sparks a teenage-led gun control movement, a queer feminist bookstore in Mississippi, Mister Rogers, Russian propaganda is pretty insane, Amy Sherald’s art, and so much more.
“I was in the military for four years, military police, and I never once experienced something like that.”
Long live the group chat, STIs are so high right now, SCOTUS back in session, the sports bra, the shooting in Las Vegas, loads of disappointing queer news but also some good stuff, I wish our president really was a plant, and more.
We usually post a roundtable on Mondays but we decided that this Monday we could really use the space to be together as a family and process some of our grief and anger as we continue to empower each other to take action.
Shanique Sanders, a 23-year-old black lesbian, is the latest QTPOC victim of gun violence in Pittsburgh.
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were both killed by police in the last 24 hours, and it’s a time for mourning and organizing.
So much news today! The Democrats’ sit-in in the House over gun legislation, SCOTUS rulings on affirmative action, the status of many undocumented people in the US, the Dollar General case, as well as rulings related to Freddie Gray’s death and trans kids using bathrooms at school, and more.
Votes on gun control and a failure to vote on LGBT employment protections, more news in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, reading the Stanford rape victim’s letter in Congress, and more.
Escúchame for Orlando is “a place for queer Latinxs to come together and let our voices be heard about the massacre in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This is an anonymous space because whether you’re out to the whole world, or just to yourself, you deserve to be heard.”
“The morning after the horrific shooting, and the days that followed, I understood part of my father’s fear. Animosity towards LGBTQ people has not gone the way of black and white T.V. sets, phone booths, or travel by horse and carriage. It was and is very much alive.”
Here are just a few of the many, many LGBTQ Latinxs in our community who are speaking up and speaking out to make sure that queer Latinxs are not erased.
If we allow gun violence to continue blighting communities of color, we have failed. But if we enact gun control measures that aid the police state in criminalizing Black and brown bodies, we have also failed.
Links, updates, and further reading on the Pulse shooting, the aftermath, the victims, the gunman, gun control, politics, some resources and centering queer Latinx voices.
“If Mara’s coming out helps even one more Kinsey 2 realize they have the right to support and love among other queers, then that is the rich fruit borne of a celebrity making herself visible.”
One thing is clear — this was a homophobic attack.