Also.Also.Also: You’ll Think This Is an Exaggeration, But They Are Literally Banning the Pride Flag Now

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Queer as in F*ck You

School Districts Have Begun Banning Pride Flags as Political Speech

Miss Piggy Opens Up About Why Her LGBTQ+ Fans Love Her So Much

The Book Club That Helped Spark the Gay-Rights Movement (also in today’s Lez.Liberty.Lit, but i want to make sure you don’t miss it!)

Trans Showrunner Says Goodbye to Netflix Over Dave Chappelle Special

Here’s Where to Stream Halsey’s Film If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

Rachel Maddow Undergoes Surgery For Skin Cancer: ‘Going To Be Totally Fine’

Saw This, Thought of You

Americans Throw Away Too Many Clothes. Poorer Countries Are Left With the Waste.

How to Break a Phone Addiction

A New Book for the “Abolition Curious”

Political Snacks

What We Talk About When We Talk About Politics: A Case for a New Political Language

There’s an Epidemic of Missing Indigenous Women.

Alexandra Hunt Was a Stripper During College. Now She’s Running for Congress and Sharing Her Story.

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  1. It’s partially banned at my school. It’s still in my office, on my lanyard, in random places around my classroom. It does not make the school feel like a safe place for my students. Or for me.

  2. thank you as always Carmen for filtering the internet for us!

    I want to lift up Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s voice
    – she is a queer anishinabekwe – about how murdering and taking indigenous women about ongoing taking of LAND and has been going on since colonizers arrived. this is something i would not have understood without her explanation. She writes about it in many layers, but a quick intro is here

    • I believe in free speech and being critical of popular things or people. However, I do not condone cancelling or bullying someone because you disagree with them.

      This constant cancelling of people for their “problematic views” is annoying, useless and wrong.

      You don’t like the jokes that a comedian is telling? Don’t watch his or her show.

      “You have the right to be offended. That doesn’t make you right” – Ricky Gervais.

        • LOL

          There are many things that I find offensive but I don’t go out of my way to insult threaten or abuse people because said person said an offensive statement, or just something I don’t agree with.

          I am absolutely right.

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