Despite the world working as hard as ever to prevent us from doing so, black women — especially queer black women — did a whole lot of slaying in 2017.
Whether you’re Mexican, Puerto Rican, Costa Rican, Cuban, Panamanian or Argentinian, there were great examples of queer Latinidad for you.
Autostraddle Staff Writers Carmen and Alaina in a conversation about the TV series, the legacy of Spike Lee’s work, black female representation on film, polyamory, and pansexuality.
Kerry Washington will produce, and Rashida Jones will adapt and direct this into a franchise of movies.
Everyone in the film is Mexican. Everything in the film is Mexican. Everyone and everything is me.
What I can say, with the utmost love, is that this series feels like Brooklyn. It feels like the Brooklyn that raised me and protected me as a young woman. It feels like Sisterhood. It’s funny and smart and bright and challenging.
From makeup and skincare products to statement tees and accessories, I’m confident that you’ll find more than a few items on this list to love. Also, almost everything is under $45.
The conversation of multi-dimensional black thought, and questions of isolation or not feeling “black enough”, is one that a lot black people are familiar with. It’s smart and nuanced. It’s also a conversation that fundamentally could not be filtered through a white lens. It could not exist on a television show that wasn’t like this.
“Her first step into her first floor apartment was into a puddle of water. Everything was wet: furniture, photos, poems, journals, her shoes. The water lines on her walls marked the flood waters at a foot and a half.”
To me, magic means resilience and connecting to ancestors who survived the tragedy of the Middle Passage. Magic runs through my veins and feels like my birthright. It’s stronger than white supremacy will ever be.
When I look at this list, I’m fortified knowing that increasingly we are not being asked to choose between our blackness and our queerness as the movement moves forward. We are no longer being asked to do the work, but keep our faces in the shadows.
There’s just some songs that make you want to shout and dance and that make you feel proud to be queer.
These podcasts are for the chingonas, the jotxs, and the baddass Latinxs who need some audio magic in their lives.
“Jessi showed me that it was cool to focus on my ambitions and to form deep relationships with other girls instead of being boy-obsessed.”
“I couldn’t afford to go home, but it was common knowledge among the many international students that, technically, one could remain in the country beyond the visa validity period as long as you were still enrolled in school. So I did.”
“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.”
Shraya’s lyrics tease apart the ways in which trans girls’ emotional lives are drawings rendered in chiaroscuro, the play of light and shadow: The power and relief of discovering one’s identity in private intertwined with the pain of objectification and sexual violence.
Boy? Girl? BOY OR GIRL?
Defeating this bill is a matter of life and death to the transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people of color who depend on Medicaid to survive.
“Soft butches everywhere? I don’t know what your heaven looks like, but this is mine.”