Take a Break from the Apocalypse and Soak Up Some Good Gay News This Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Funday, quilted blankets of my love which drape over the world softly and keep it safe from harm! It’s great to see you again. This week was very dark, especially for me. This week was absolute bullshit. This week fucking sucked. And guess what! It’s over. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives as the end of times approach and we find each other in grief and rise like the phoenix through our compulsion to act.

I am here today with a spin on the typical “batch of good gay news” thing I’ve been doing as a professional optimist for like, six years. I am here today to bring you as much joy and levity and as many silver linings as possible to help you cope with a world which, quite frankly, makes no sense and feels incredibly unfair! My dreams are dead, I’ve been home for a funeral, and I dropped 400 bucks on a fucking locksmith so I dunno about you but I’m definitely in need of a fucking pick-me-up and a goddamn cigarette. So let’s roll!

The Good News You Might’ve Missed During the Coming of the Apocalypse on CNN

+ “Lesbian incumbents had a good election night in Alameda County.” Who knew! Now you do!

+ Kamala Harris, California’s new African American Senator-Elect, has promised to protect undocumented immigrants in the wake of the end times that are surely upon us.

via CA OAG

via CA OAG

+ Meet Catherine Cortez Masto, the first-ever Latina elected to the Senate. She’s not fucking with that dude who may or may not be our President IDK I blacked it out.

Bill Clark/Getty Images

Bill Clark/Getty Images

+ Kate Brown made history Tuesday as the first openly LGBT person to ever be elected Governor.

Steve Dykes/AP

Steve Dykes/AP

Hey Look, Obama’s Dogs Are Still Perfect

Always remember. Never forget. 

Obama will remain as president until today’s winner is officially inaugurated in January. Then, Obama and his family — wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha — will vacate the White House for the next First Family. But it will also be moving day for two more beloved American icons; Obama’s excellent dogs, Sunny and Bo.

The pair of Portuguese water dogs have been much-loved fixtures of the Obama administration. Just look at them. What fantastic doggos.



Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright

It’s been a dark week, but people are coming together to show support and spread love.

+ I will not invoke his name, but since some shitty dude won a bunch of electoral votes on Tuesday Planned Parenthood has seen record donations coming in. 

+ Some lawyers are offering up #TransLawHelp for free to help you prepare for the inevitable crumbling of our nation.

+ Get married in Philly before the Inauguration and this photographer will document your everlasting love for free.

Singer-songwriter Mitski is offering free guest spots to her shows to LGBT folks in red states. She also wants to help them get to and from the shows safely.

94 Photos of 106 Lesbians Getting Married

Did I stutter.


These High Schoolers Are Bigger People Than Millions of Americans

Students at a Nashville school were not pleased with Tuesday’s electoral map. So they fought back with love and kindness. Now I’m crying.

For many of us, it was hard to wake up this morning. For the Upper Elementary and Middle School students at Abintra Montessori School in Nashville, Tennessee, scary news turned into immediate action, and it’s the kind of inspiration you definitely need to see right now. Students who arrived at school early began making signs that read “Not Afraid,” “Stronger Together,” and “Love and respect for all. We love you LGBTQ! Women! Immigrants!” They greeted everyone who pulled up in the drop-off line with hugs and cries of love, a beautiful surprise on a historically tragic day. Office and Communications Manager Emily Allen — who also takes photos for the school and leads diversity discussions with older elementary students — had no idea she’d be greeted this way this morning, but with this school’s amazing gender and sexuality education programs for kids, it’s no surprise these students were so ready to spread love.


Canada and Denmark Are All Of Us

Just a casual reminder that some nations settle world affairs by marking land with booze bottles.


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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. made me teary. Kamala Harris’ face makes me feel safe looking at her and I want to trust her and shun all those who disrespect her and Kate Brown looks like an adorkable lady who I wish was my boss in my early 20s who would have to tell me things like that I have to wear nicer shoes to meetings but in really kind ways because professional development + shine theory.

    also, what good fluffy doggos.

  2. Carmen Rios, you’re the best.

    Andrea Gibson, queer poet, posted this morning on their fb page:

    “For my friends feeling hopeless and certain nothing will change I’m sharing this photo of me and my perm.”

    And there’s a pic of them from way back in high school that’s pretty great.

  3. Carmen, everything about that second paragraph made me want to give you a giant hug. I’m sorry your week has somehow been even worse than most people’s. We love you!

  4. Just a heads-up, #TransLawHelp is a scam by the same scammers who cheated loads of young lgbtq tumblr users out of thousands of dollars with a bogus video game called The Arkh Project a few years back. There are legit people using the hashtag, but please make sure they’re licensed legitimate lawyers before giving them any money.

    Please spread the word, and consider instead sending money to Trans Lifeline, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, or The Mazzoni Center.

  5. Every time I read something about Kamala Harris I feel very proud that I voted for her.

    It’s going to be a time to hang on to the little things.

  6. Don’t mind me, just doing my best to be a lesbian sponge and soak up all the good gay news.
    Yup. This is my happy place, my spongy place to be. I never want to leave.

  7. I judge everyone over a certain age based on how they react to Yoko Ono. If they don’t know her, I think they might be ok; more study is necessary. If they hate her, they probably hate women, especially the strong ones. Those people must leave. Few people openly love her the way I do. When I find those people, I try to keep them. For, like, ever.

    Fuck The Beatles; John wasn’t anything til he met Yoko.

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