This piece was co-written by Natalie, Reneice, Alexis, and Carmen. We’re four of the black members of The Speakeasy, Autostraddle’s collective for its writers of color.
An attack on a black gay celebrity like Jussie Smollet is also a message sent to his black and gay fans. So today, for all our queer fam out there, but especially for my black queer family, feel the love and strength of our community. Our kinship is a gift. Please, fortify yourself in that gift today.
Unpacking internalized homophobia (and lesbophobia, and biphobia, and transphobia, and misogyny, and MORE) is hard, but for you we did our best!
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has come under fire from LGBTQ activists and community members for discriminating against LGBTQ people in their processes.
Two Black lesbian friends, who were on their way to Dallas Pride, suffered stab wounds from a homophobic attack earlier this month and a Black lesbian couple were verbally assaulted on the train in New York.
Heather Matarazzo, Kate McKinnon has some tips, St. Vincent is a nun?, more from Charlottesville, a game you will like, millennials are just fucking up capitalism like whoa, dissolving your dead body in the future, and so much more!
On the White Supremacist “rally” in Charlottesville
Enormous gummy bear pyramid, Agatha Christie hot takes, Republicans wow so stupid, Bulleit can we seriously not have this one thing, Solange, how your brain sees faces, donut news, and so much more!
These numbers could make a serious difference for the LGBTQ community and now we’re not gonna get ’em.
Like the time we got kicked out of a restaurant mid-meal by the owner because of a kiss.
The story that keeps giving.
A lesbian couple wins their lawsuit for being wrongfully arrested; Purvi Patel, the woman convicted for feticide, appeals her case; three men are wanted in the attack of a trans woman in Brooklyn; Bill Cosby is set to go on trial for sexual assault and more news.
A cat is skiing, abortions are happening or not, Uggs still, this radical doula I love, eat these things before you drink alcohol, we are buying so very much legal weed wow, Murder House could be yours, Laura Jane Grace talks about titles, Mallory Ortberg writes relatable perfect things, I’m afraid of panthers maiming me and so very much more!
A queer plus-size woman of color in cosplay that will make your whole heart sing, The Golden Girls, it’s National Cereal Day, a man said something smart and measured, female truckers and armwrestlers, women who mapped the universe, a podcast rec, a story about my foot, and so very much more!
This jerk Dick Jones in Kansas, last night’s GOP town hall, a lesbian high schooler wins the right to wear a gay t-shirt to school, women making moves in state and federal government, and more!
Oklahoma introduces a bunch of anti-gay bills which can potentially be really dangerous, Hillary Clinton officially wins the Iowa Caucus, 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen wasn’t given CPR until 11 minutes after she was found “cold” in her cell, a father in Tennessee was arrested for chasing his daughter with a knife after she came out to him, Germany opens its first LGBT refugee shelter and more news stories!
Indiana’s tourism took a hit after last year’s RFRA law was passed and they have six new anti-gay bills up for debate tomorrow, a grand jury indicts anti-choice activists who shot undercover video of Planned Parenthood, Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles, a bisexual Jamaican receives asylum and more news!
Psychic and homophobic landlord refused to rent to a lesbian couple, HRC endorses Hillary Clinton, it’s harder for queer women to get a job interview call-back, Montana’s Governor signed a new executive order to protect LGBT state employees and more news!
A Virginia Beach judge ruled a lesbian parent has the right to custody of her non-biological child, California’s got a lot of LGBT-friendly laws going into effect this year, more “religious freedom” bills in Georgia, Creating Change un-invites ICE from speaking at the conference, and more!
A federal judge ruled a lesbian couple can move forward with their lawsuit against Pepperdine University for discrimination, a grand jury in Texas decided not to indict anyone in connection with the death of Sandra Bland but the case isn’t closed yet, Ty Underwood’s murderer was sentenced to life in prison and more news.
A gay deaf woman was attacked in anti-gay crime in the UK, an NBA player apologizes for calling a ref an anti-gay slur, a hung jury in the first case in connection to Freddie Gray’s death, a leading center for ex-trans therapy is finally being shut down and more news!