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I went bowling yesterday, and I bowled a turkey!!!! We played several games, and my highest score was 168, which I tried SO HARD TO BEAT but ended up matching in a later game. Next time, I’ll get that 169 (nice).
Queer as in F*ck You
Come Join the Party! Lessons from Visiting Every Gay and Lesbian Bar in the Country. I was delighted by this conversation in Lit Hub between two different queer writers who traveled all over the country to visit LGBTQ+ bars for their respective book projects. It includes Krista Burton, who wrote Moby Dyke, and Greggor Mattson, who wrote Who Needs Gay Bars?: Bar-Hopping Through America’s Endangered LGBTQ+ Places. Mattson traveled 10,000 miles for the book, visiting 300 queer bars in 39 states. Burton specifically visited every remaining lesbian bar in the U.S. The convo gets into not just the positive aspects of queer bars but the negative parts as well, Mattson particularly aware of the racism, misogyny, and transphobia that can exist in these spaces. While she says she liked every place she visited, Burton specified the following watering holes as some of her favorite dyke bars throughout her travels: The Back Door in Bloomington, IN; Herz in Mobile, AL (which has closed 😩); Sue Ellen’s in Dallas; Alibi’s in Oklahoma City. I myself recently visited a new lesbian bar in Largo, Florida — the only one in the state!
Chicago’s Labor Movement Is Looking Very Queer These Days. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Queer resistance and the labor movement go hand in hand!
Keke Palmer Reminds People That Yes, She’s Queer. WHO ARE PEOPLE? WHO FORGETS THIS?
This is unconventional as it’s a throwback piece, but I think in the wake of the tragic death of Sinead O’Connor that this 2021 NYT profile is a necessary read: Sinead O’Connor Remembers Things Differently. Also read The New Republic‘s piece from yesterday: The Iconic Moment Sinead O’Connor Was Banned From SNL for Calling Out the Pope.
Suddenly Everyone Wants Allan. I’m actually very interested in the Allanaissance. Related: An Ode to Allan, The Quietly Queer Heart of Barbie.
Get your daily dose of serotonin: Lesbian-Owned Doggy Daycare Cultivates Community.
Saw This, Thought of You
It’s still Disability Pride Month! Read these gems:
- Newly Disabled People Aren’t Given a ‘How-To’ Guide. Disability Doulas Are Closing Those Gaps.
- Activists with Disabilities Want to Lead the Climate Fight Despite Barriers in Their Way.
- As Groups Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary, COVID Still Looms Large.
The show didn’t give me nightmares, but THIS WILL: “The Last of Uswp_postsIs Fictional, but Scary Fungi Are Real.
One More Thing
You know what time it is!!!!! Poem o’clock.
Also, this is simply way too goofy of a topic and headline to actually include in the regular sections of Also.Also.Also, but I do personally just have to give a shoutout to bisexual Vanderpump Rules star Ariana Madix for her surprise appearance on Love Island USA: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Ariana Madix Enters ‘Love Island USA’ Villa To “Deliver The Dramawp_posts& Gets Slow-Mo Bombshell Treatment. I hope to one day get a slow-mo bombshell treatment.