This Sunday Funday Gabby Rivera and Jennifer Holliday Are Crying Happy Gay Tears With You

This is the last Sunday Funday before Donald Trump becomes the fucking president. Drink it in, kids.

This Is What Lady Liberty Looks Like

The 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin will make history with its portrayal of an African-American Lady Liberty.

We Are Everywhere

There are more LGBT people in America than ever! 

About 10 million Americans — or 4.6 percent of the U.S. population — identified as LGBT in 2016.

A new Gallup poll released the findings, which show a rise in 1.75 million people since 2012. To determine these numbers, pollsters conducted interviews with random sample of 1.6 million U.S. adults (over age 18) for the past five years, asking, “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” Nearly 50,000 responded in the affirmative.

Jennifer Holliday Apologizes, Says She’ll Stand With You

Jennifer Holliday is really sorry she ever agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. She’d rather stand with the LGBT community.

“In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!,” she declared.

“I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans. Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain…”

Read This Story About Gabby’s Rainbow Blanket Immediately

Thank me later. I’m very busy crying happy tears.

In a series of follow-up tweets, Rivera explained that her mom kept hounding her about a package. “I was internally like, ‘wtf mom chill, it’s fine,” she wrote. “But every day, she was like, ‘Nena, did you get my package?’ Had me going to every post office in the Financial District. Me all sort of annoyed.”

When she finally received the package, the sweet gesture made her feel overcome with emotion. Her mom, who at one point didn’t feel comfortable say the term lesbian out loud, now crocheted a “gay ass beautiful blanket” just to make Gabby smile. “Sometimes this city is so intense,” she added. “I feel lost and how did she know I needed a rainbow blanket made of baby yarn? I cry about my mom.”

Last year – after being attending her mother’s retirement party – Rivera described the evolution of their relationship through a series of tweets. At the end of a night that already focused so much on Gabby, Rivera’s mom hit her in the feels. “She just grabbed my hand and said, ‘Nena, I tell the world about you. I’m sorry it took me so long,'” Rivera wrote.


Did you watch this? I heard rave reviews.

Local News That Doesn’t Suck

+ Local police in Providence are going to take courses to do better by LGBT people.

+ The Virginia Attorney General wants the state’s definition of “hate crimes” to include LGBT and disabled folks.

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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. “Jennifer Holliday is really sorry she ever agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. She’d rather stand with the LGBT community.”

    Honestly I just had to take a step back when I read this, like, we have reached the point where mainstream, non-LGBT celebrities would turn down an honor like performing at a presidential inauguration to defend the LGBT community. That’s incredible. Just a couple decades ago, or even more recently than that, it would have been unthinkable. I know everything is usually awful (and will get more awful very shortly) but when you look at where we have been and where we are now, it’s hard to not feel hopeful.

  2. That article on Virginia’s hate crimes definition reminded me of how much I take for granted now that I’ve spent over a decade living in a very supportive state. I found this site with a bunch of Equality Maps that shows data across the country for different issues affecting the LGBT community.

  3. I hope when Carmen says “drink it in”, she meant literally….because as soon as I read that sentence I went straight for the wine bottle.

  4. I also have a gay ass blanket!

    My grandma made it for me when I was a kid, it’s this massive thing with skinny rainbow rows on a black background and tassles. I love it to excess.

  5. How did she NOT KNOW though? Even if you are unaware of his or his administrations policies towards the LGBT community, there are still a shitload of awful things he’s said and done regarding literally everything else. The racism, sexism, xenophobia, sexual assault lawsuits, etc wasn’t enough to make you pause? I’m glad she pulled out of doing it. I just don’t understand the cluelessness.

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