Also.Also.Also: We Are Once Again Reminded That “Straightness” Might Be A Myth

I baked cookies!

Queer as in F*ck You

“Straight” People Might Be More Queer Than They Realize, According to a New Study. Gen-Z and Millenials are both super gay, a fact that we circle back to every few months, and yet every time it’s a breath of fresh air.

TikTok Made Me Gay. Ahem, get in line!

LGBTQ+ People of Color Face Greatest Risk From Spike in Hate Crimes. Why Doesn’t FBI Data Include Them?

Teacher Faces Backlash for Suggesting Student Pledge Allegiance to Pride Flag, and on the other end of the spectrum, Court Backs A Teacher Who Refused To Use Transgender Students’ Pronouns

Saw This, Thought of You

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World. “Eighteen months of using front-facing cameras has distorted our self-image—and a new study reveals that the effects aren’t going away easily.” I feel this so hard.

Women of Color and LGBTQ+ People Are Taking on the Invisible Work of the Vaccination Effort

It’s September, and that means FashionTM, The Cut is celebrating with a feature profile on Queen Mother Naomi Campbell, as done by none other than the impeccable and always effortless glamorous Michaela Angela Davis. It’s your must read of the night.

And since you’re reading anyway, pair the above with this like you would a cold glass of rosé on a late August evening during a sunset. You do you: They Invented the Supermodel. “These ten Black women should all be household names.” WHEN I SAY YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I MEAN IT 💅🏾

The Girlboss Is Dead.

Political Snacks

There were two absolutely gargantuan news stories that happened over the last 48 hours, the end of the United States’ 20 year war in Afghanistan and the effects of Hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast. I haven’t found pieces on either that I’ve loved enough to share, but I would have felt wrong doing a link roundup without their mention, so please if nothing else, stay up to date:

And related, Disasters Like Ida Burden Women and LGBTQ People, From Evacuation to Recovery.

The Supreme Court Says Evictions Can Resume. Here’s What That Means, and How to Get Help. (See also: How To Fight An Eviction, from your friendly neighborhood Autostraddle)

To be read together: Without Supreme Court Action, Texas Abortion Clinics Will Close Their Doors and An Alarming New Supreme Court Case Could Unravel Roe v. Wade as Soon as Tuesday Night (that’s TONIGHT) “and the loss of abortion rights in Texas may not even be the most troubling aspect of this case.”

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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.

Carmen has written 715 articles for us.


  1. I did a soft yes when I saw on the news last night that the teacher told her students say the pledge to the pride flag. Pride flag hasn’t been used to committed a war crime as far as I can tell.

  2. In Louisiana – it’s a nightmare here, though I’m lucky enough to have shelter and water, if no power, unsafe roads, and unreliable internet and cell service for the foreseeable future.

    I’m very hot and very cranky but ultimately safe, but the most marginalized are bearing the brunt of the storm’s effects. (Gee how very shocking.) I know everyone is stretched super thin right now, but if you are looking for a way to help, House of Tulip is a local org that provides direct aid to trans- and gender nonconforming folks, which is especially needed after Ida. There’s a write-up with a link to their site here –

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