Feature image of Simone Biles by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images and Naomi Osaka by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
I’m know I usually use this intro space to meditate on what I’m having for dinner (tonight it’s eggplant fries and shrimp in a garlic butter sauce), but I’m going to be vulnerable with you.
The news about Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka both having such difficult ends to their Olympics yesterday (Simone might still compete in the individuals, I believe) has weighed on me. I’m a Black girl who wakes up every day and comes to work on this ‘lil website we love while fighting depression and anxiety — some days I do better than others. I am so grateful and proud that Naomi and Simone centered and prioritized their mental health. I also know what it feels like when your mental health keeps you from obtaining the goals you put your everything into, what it feels like when it seems the world is crumbling and your dreams were right there on the horizon, but in the end you have to stop to take care of yourself because if you don’t, who will? I keep thinking about Sha’Carri Richardson today, and how she self-medicated her grief and it cost her so much, but Megan Rapinoe is at the Olympics right now and using its platform to promote her sister’s cannabis/CBD company. It’s all related. I wish I had something more profound to say — but mostly I just feel really soft. And a little sad.
Sending all my love today to Black girls who deserve a little softness in a world that gives them everything but.
Queer as in F*ck You
Coming Out in the Year of Staying In. “I never felt like I could claim the label ‘queer.’ Quarantine gave me the opportunity.”
They Saved Chicago’s Last Lesbian Bar and Infused It with Black Queer Culture. “The new owners of Nobody’s Darling, which was previously known as Joie De Vine, have remodeled the space into an inclusive cocktail bar for queer women.”
Nonbinary Olympic Skateboarder Alana Smith Was Misgendered on TV. That goes with Unapologetically Themself: Nonbinary Olympian Shares Powerful Message and All the LGBTQ+ Olympians Who’ve Won Medals at the Tokyo Games (So Far)
Saw This, Thought of You
Heather actually found this one over the weekend, but whew is it related to today: Black Women on Team USA Have to Play Two Games. “Seven Olympians—including Gwen Berry, Keturah Orji, and Natalie Hinds—reflect on the overwhelming month before Tokyo.”
And all of this brings us to The Ambivalence Olympics — “Can you still love the Games with so many reasons to loathe them?”
As Infections Rise, C.D.C. Urges Some Vaccinated Americans to Wear Masks Again. The pandemic is not over. Please stay safe.
Today was the first day of the hearings on the January 6th Capitol Riots, here’s live updates. I found this one to be particularly harrowing: ‘I Have Kids,’ Capitol Officer Says He Pleaded as Rioters Beat Him