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.
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
Gov. Reeves of Mississippi has signed the bill intended to target trans girls in sports. It will open the door to discrimination against all athletes in women’s and girls’ sports. His glee in signing the bill while Jackson is without water is the exact perversity of this moment.
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 11, 2021
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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Disappointing representation in government is so frustrating (as is politicians trotting out fear mongering tactics now aimed at trans folks and kids just trying to exist)
& the people hurt the most are trans kids & their families.
I love my Tomboyx. I could try others, but being a Leo, I really cannot.
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.