Also.Also.Also: The Best Boxer Briefs, as Ranked by Your Girlfriend

A fun little behind-the-scenes at Autostraddle thing that I can tell you today is that… everything! is! broken! Technologically speaking I mean, today is cursed.

I hope your day has gone smoother and also maybe that there’s ice cream at the end of it! (If that’s appealing to you.)

Queer as in F*ck You

Anti-Trans Violence Is Surging. A Lack of Government Tracking Obscures How Badly. Trans murders have jumped 266 percent from last year. (Remember this fact for when you scroll down to your “political snacks”)

Bisexual Women with Straight Male Partners Least Likely to Be Out, Study Finds

American Psychological Association Condemns Conversion Therapy. They’ve also finally decided that gender dysphoria is not a mental illness.

Flat-Front Boxer Briefs I Gave My Girlfriend For Christmas, Ranked By My Girlfriend (And if you’re in the market for gay underwear, may I also recommend Boyshorts and Girltrunks 101: Your Queer Underwear Guide by your friendly crew at Autostraddle!)

DC Announces ‘DC Pride’ Anthology Comic to Arrive June 8. And here’s some analysis of that fact from the #1 lesbian nerd I trust, none other than Heather Hogan: “This is VERY cool! Especially Vita Ayala and Skylar Patridge doing Renee Montoya! But is’s disappointing they’ve gone with Kate Kane over Ryan Wilder in the first Pride after Javicia’s casting. There was plenty of time to do a Ryan Wilder book and variant cover.”

Saw This, Thought of You

Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain. “We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal.” (Today marks my ONE-YEAR lockdown anniversary. I’m having a chicken sandwich, sweet potato fries, and white wine to celebrate)

Related, This Sexless Year.

And Also(also.also): COVID Vaccine Side Effects, Everything You Need to Know. You’re more likely to have a reaction if you’re younger, AFAB, or receiving your second dose — but severe side effects are rare.

One more thing on this never ending pandemic and its effect on our lives: Millions of Parents Will Get $3,600 per Child This Year. For Working Moms, It’s a ‘Total Game Changer.’ The stimulus bill being signed tomorrow includes a historic child tax credit that offers relief to U.S. families.

How Many Movies about Billie Holiday Does It Take… to Capture Her Immense Contribution to Music? (“Apparently more than three”)

Misogynoir Nearly Killed Meghan Markle

Ain’t it funny how racism can cost you fumbling the bag. New Study Finds Undervaluing Of Black-Led Projects Costs Hollywood $10 Billion Annually.

Political Snacks

Some very smart thoughts on Kyrsten Sinema, Queer Representation in Congress Won’t Save Us.

And remember the stat about the horrific increase in violence against trans people that began this link round up? Well…

Mississippi Is 1st State to Sign 2021 Anti-trans Sports Ban into Law

We’re not done talking about this!!! So read these: Transphobic Republicans Turn LGBTQ+ Youth’s Lives Into Wedge Issue and The Coordinated Attacks on Trans Student Athletes (this last one is by the ACLU)

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 700 articles for us.


  1. I was disgusted but not entirely shocked to see Kyrsten Sinema deflecting criticism of her unconscionable refusal to support essential legislation with cynical accusations of sexism. Ugh.

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