Hi there, you happy little clouds! I have a question for you! Did you ever play that parachute game, as a kid?
It goes like this: the teachers unfurl the rainbow parachute that elementary schools sometimes mysteriously acquire. Standing in a circular around the perimeter, each child takes up their own little bit of it. On the count of three, everyone lifts it up up up! As high as it can go! And it catches the air, and creates this great big warm covered space, and everyone runs in towards the center, as the parachute drifts gently down towards their heads.
Let’s do that now. I know it’s a lot to ask, to get sappy and childlike with me, but here we are! And here’s your little bit of parachute, and here’s mine, and on the count of three, we’re going to lift it up! And just like that, we’re going to make space for the joy of our friendships, and the giddy rush of our crushes, and the miraculousness of being in this time and space together. We’re going to make space for every single one of us who is stubbornly thriving in this weary world. Are you ready? Are you ready for all of the things that are going to be possible if we forget, for just a moment, how very tired we are?
One. Two. Three!
This week, Reneice made apple spice bread, which I want to eat RIGHT NOW.
Love was not a lie on a very special episode of Great Bats! And speaking of Grease Bats, THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN BOOK FORM! YOU CAN BUY IT EVERYWHERE BOOKS ARE SOLD! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
The TV team wrote about all of the nine (!) women of color couples who fell in love this summer, and how they changed our queer tv landscape forever.
In this week’s horoscope, Corina told me I get to be a work-in-progress. Thank goodness!
This was so lovely: When I Was 16 I Won a Drag Show in Florence.
Samira Wiley dressed up for Stef’s very last No Filter.
Vanessa wrote about learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse at A-Camp, with folks from REI as our guides!
And then there were your comments.
On Grease Bats: The Engagement:
The LOVE LIVES Award to RoseEsq:
On Sunday Funday, Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett Welcome Our Alien Overladies:
The Cats (2019) Award to Erica:
And the Cara Mia, Here We Go Again Award to Caitlin:
On Queer Horoscopes for September 2019: Learning (and Unlearning) How We Love Each Other:
The Growing Pains Award to Maria:
On No Filter: So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Here’s Samira Wiley in a Bowtie:
The Paparazzi Award to Sally:
And the Scorpio, Scorchio Award to Snaelle:
And on How REI Prepared Us for the Zombie Apocalypse and Built Community in the Woods at A-Camp:
The Staff Perks Award to Amanda ling:
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Hands up who wishes Queer Girl had been their elementary teacher 🙋
I WOULD BE HONORED
Now hands up who wishes Queer Girl could be the US President 🙋
Thank you for bringing joy and bringing out the love every week 💜
NO THANK YOU, rofl
Love you too Snaelle!
Lol altho I would vastly prefer you as President in that vast place South of where I live, I actually would not wish that horror of a job upon you. Enthusing kiddos seems a much better fit for you 😄
Applause for the Cara Mia, Here We Go Again Award
THANK YOU CARMS :-*
QG the Comment Awards intro is not supposed to give me teary eyes tyvm
<3 <3 <3
I had to go into rapid scan mode just in case emotions happened
It’s a minefield out there Sally
I mean, the number of campers who already call A-camp a work/networking conference on their calendars is a non zero number, might as well make honest humans out of SOMEBODY
Also, I have nothing at all but time for parachute games and comic proposals😍
on fridays we wear optimism!!!!
If it wasn’t for the continuous stream of rock music I have running at the moment I would be aghast to see the words Cara Mia because that song is an ear worm I’ll have to sing along with to properly banish it.
I do feel so very tired. My wife suggested that I try just not being tired. I do often believe in the power of positive thinking, but this afternoon I decided that I just need a bit of a rest. And so I have been.
rest is so important! positive thinking can only take us so far without any fuel in our tanks. (or something!)
Literally opening a baby bottle of champagne right now!!! THANK YOU AUSTEN! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
i know this comment popped up in the wrong post but i’m still gonna say that i just ordered the grease bats book today and i am v e r y excited! <3
I remember the parachute game! I remember it as a gym exercise.
thank you for Cara Mia! as i type this my beloved Car Meryl is recovering from a fender bender in which a driver that i can only assume has never had the fortune to see Devil Wears Prada crunched into her
Aaaaw thanks! Can happily report that the “pains” part of growing pains hasn’t started yet.