Also.Also.Also: 13 Reasons Why’s Tommy Dorfman Is Trans, And We Love This for Her!

Feature image via Tommy Dorfman on Instagram

We are going to keep it lean and mean tonight because I am exhausted. Love you!

Queer as in F*ck You

13 Reasons Why’s Tommy Dorfman Came Out as Trans. And as always, we love to see it!!


A Queer Fairy Godmother Revamps “Cinderella” for Our Time. “There is no tale of Cinderella without her Fairy Godmother.”

Value Judgments: on Trying to Develop a Different Relationship to Food by Roxane Gay for her newsletter, The Audacity (seriously, I’ve been thinking about this one for two days. It’s straight forward simplicity really masks how nuanced it is and how its gonna cut into the marrow of your bones)

Saw This, Thought of You

It’s a Dog’s Market. “Adopting used to be a good thing that good people could do. These days, you’re probably not good enough.” (OK I find “you’re probably not good enough” to be harsh, but this read fascinated me as an extreme allergy-haver who has recently been thinking about getting the shots to have a poodle. Finding an hypoallergenic dog who is also a rescue, because I do believe in the importance of rescuing — you would not believe how difficult it is!)

From Macy’s to Albertsons, Facial Recognition Is Already Everywhere

Should Vaccinated People Start Wearing Masks Again? I found this practical and useful without being alarmist, a difficult balance to pull off!

Smartphones Are Great, But Have You Ever Held A Pink Motorola RAZR? I c o n i c.

Revisiting Malibu Barbie’s Sinister History On Her 50th Anniversary

Not Vax Kids’ Summer by Aubrey Hirsch for Roxane Gay’s The Audacity (yes, this is our second Audacity link in today’s round up. Yes the newsletter is that good and you should sign up! Thank me later.)

Political Snacks

Republicans Hate Voting Rights Because They Threaten White Power. You know this and I know this, but I won’t stop including links about it until the Democrats stop fucking around like cowards and voting rights in this country get protected.

And finally, some good news!

Louisiana House Sustains Veto of Anti-Trans Sports Ban Bill and Two Anti-Trans Laws Blocked by Federal Judges in Arkansas and West Virginia. In Arkansas, Miss Major was in the house! 💜

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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.

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  1. The dog thing is so true. I had to euthanize my elderly dog in November, and it’s been impossible to find a new pet. All of the city shelters in the region have been basically empty (occasionally one will get a single dog/cat/rabbit or a litter, but they’re all adopted virtually the same day).

    There are some private rescues here bringing dogs in from the US, Russia, Turkey and Greece, and all of them are wildly picky on who they’ll allow to adopt now. Which is great for the dogs in need for homes, of course! We’re still in partial lockdown where I am though, so I do wonder how many of those newly adopted (or bought) dogs are going to be given up once people are back at in-person work/school once we get back to that…

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