Dani and Shelli got together to chat about Justin Simien’s new satirical horror movie, their own relationships with their hair over the years, and being over the compulsion to make space for white audiences in Black films.
Here’s some good news: me and all my friends hate the cops! Also, a FREE Be Steadwell concert, Hawa Hassan is making lamb burgers, and Utah is celebrating women’s suffrage. Happy Sunday!
Lena Waithe’s “Twenties” on BET is historic — the first black butch lesbian to ever serve as the protagonist of a comedy in TV history! Carmen and Natalie got together to talk about the show, what’s next for black queer representation, and yes that really great sex scene.
The couple originally announced their marriage just two months ago. Today is sad.
“For a work touted as blackness for Black people, Queen & Slim ultimately offers not hope or a way forward, but more images of beautiful Black corpses added to the growing canon of Black death for consumption. And I’m simply not able to keep bearing witness.”
Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo were married in front of Harvey Milk’s bust in San Francisco! 2019 is ending as a lesbian love fest!
I don’t think there was a specific cultural inception, but rather a percolation of various feminist ideals that bubbled over during the 1980s, the decade that female masculinity went mainstream.
Plus: JR and Petra try co-parenting on Jane the Virgin, Lena Waithe smooches Halley Berry on the mouth on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Kat’s new love gets complicated on The Bold Type.
Plus: a Captain Marvel deleted scene, a new trailer for Tales of the City, Ruby Rose chattin’ about Batwoman, Tessa Thompson continuing to be a superstar, Sue Bird’s out for the 2019 WNBA season, and more.
Most people didn’t understand the theme, but last night’s Met Gala was as glamorous and queer as ever! Maybe, even more than usual this year!! Here are some of my favorite looks, paired with literal notes on camp.
Not only has Boomerang proven itself to be one of the most cutting edge black voices on television, it’s also invested in showcasing a full spectrum of young blackness, including sexuality.
Also, Ellen Page survives the mean streets and Kehlani is STILL PREGNANT SOMEHOW.
Tia’s a complete scene stealer. She’s defies so many boxes or tropes of what we’ve been programmed to expect from a black lesbian on TV.
What if “Coming To America” starred Lena Waithe instead of Eddie Murphy? What if Sanaa Lathan and Gabrielle Union made out with each other at the end of “Love & Basketball”? What if black lesbians finally got to get the girl on the big screen? I’m buying the popcorn. You coming with?
Plus: Queer food culture, Generation Z knows so many nonbinary people, King Princess on our secret history, Pride at Disneyland Paris, and New Jersey becomes the second state to require LGBT-inclusive materials in schools.
This Lena Waithe produced music video features queer (and straight) couples of all races, genders, and presentations allllll tangled up in each other.
It’s been a wild year for gay pop culture, and a great year for some very well dressed queers — enjoy it with this very subjective but deeply felt top 11 of 2018, as based on an internal Autostraddle staff survey.
Also, Sarah Paulson stunned everyone at the Emmys and Evan Rachel Wood prepares to go to goddamned outer space.
Ten thousand reader votes later…
Playing gay made Bex Taylor-Klaus realize they’re gay, news about Vida season two, Chelsea Handler’s playing a “power lesbian” on Will & Grace, Grace Choi is back, Megan Rapinoe is better than ever, Anne Lister is coming to TV again, and so much more!
Lena Waithe cut her hair and we are obsessed! Plus an unconventional story about two queer women building family, the beauty of sober queers, and Rebecca Sugar on being a non-binary woman!