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.
“How much do I need to engage with my serious girlfriend’s racist immediate family members? She is close with them, and I’ve spent time with them in the past, but put simply I no longer have the energy or inclination to do so, even though I love my gf.”
Bergdorf was recently fired by L’Oreal over a Facebook post about white supremacy.
White silence = violence, and it is well past the time to stand up.
On the White Supremacist “rally” in Charlottesville
The step from “good ol’ boy” to “armed white supremacist mob member” is as simple as believing you have to protect a way of life that’s under attack by an “other.”
In the middle of a truly banner week for the White House, it seems one of their priorities is… opposing affirmative action programs at universities.
Lots of people are talking about gentrification, but who’s actually doing something about it? Queer and trans people of color, of course. In Oakland and Seattle, QTPOC are creating visionary solutions to combat gentrification and reclaim land for communities of color.
Pay black women, South Dakota queers take a stand, Dyke and Fats, anti-choice men are fucking idiots infinity, you have something in common with John McCain though, come on giraffes, updates from The Hellmouth, and so much more!
Molly went to North Carolina to expose a KKK rally disguised as a Trump victory party and found a counter protest that sent the cowards scurrying.
Why not bring the fight to them? Wear your heart and your guts and your politics on your sleeve. And across your chest, and on your head.
A post-election processing and planning podcast! You sent your questions and we’ve got some answers, and feelings.
Is there enough room to practice compassion at the same time that we notice we’re being manipulated and dehumanized? How much of our own humanity is taken away from us when we don’t allow ourselves the emotional space to practice love in any circumstance?
Why is that people of colour have to bear the brunt of speaking out about racism while white people enjoy the privilege of remaining silent? What happens when the tables are turned?
I truly pity people who aren’t evolved enough to celebrate their heritage beyond that of a mass-raping, slave-trading, sex-trafficking murderer with a bad sense of direction.
#NoDAPL, Megan Rapino joins Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem, 100 bad girls throughout history, Leslie Jones is back on the twitter, and so much more!
How deep does Donald Trump’s preoccupation with Mexico go, and how did we get to his meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto?
A photo of a mountain range from space made me cry, where’s the porn in sex ed, Gina Rodriguez overload, Sarah Paulson might be doing a thing MAYBE ok no one knows yet, Gaycation Season 2, and so much more!
Some things to read on Korryn Gaines’ death, occupation movements in Chicago, New York and elsewhere, courts striking down voter ID laws and more.