Wave of 2023 Payments Units a Political ‘Conflict Towards LGBTQ+ Folks’

I gained’t lie, at this time’s been kinda bizarre for my anxiousness. However I’m very a lot wanting ahead to the mango-cashew stir fry that’s on the opposite finish of this submit and due to this fact my work day. So lez get to it, my loves!

Don’t neglect to deal with your self with some kindness at this time.

Queer as in F*ck You

2023 Wave of Bills Is Fueling a Political ‘War Against LGBTQ+ People,’ New Report Shows. Okay so my first response to this title was “that is concern primarily based clickbait, and I can’t succumb to it” — however truthfully, I belief the nineteenth to provide clear, facts-based reporting, and so they as soon as once more come by right here. In a brand new report, the Motion Development Venture (MAP), which tracks LGBTQ+ coverage, describes 2023 legislations on the state-level a “conflict in opposition to LGBTQ folks in America and their very proper and skill to overtly exist.” This consists of: gender-affirming care bans for trans youth changing into legislation in states the place such payments had been beforehand blocked, rising efforts to limit how college students find out about queer and trans topics in faculties, a rise in dehumanizing rhetoric nationwide. The HRC signaled comparable alarms earlier within the week, having tracked 240 launched anti-LGBTQ+ payments, together with essentially the most anti-trans payments ever filed that they’ve ever seen.

“I’ve been working within the motion for 15 years,” stated Naomi Goldberg, deputy director and LGBTQ program director at MAP. “To me, it is a totally different second. … It’s laborious to see this as something however a full-out assault and full-out conflict on LGBTQ+ folks while you have a look at all the areas of life, at all the components of our communities which might be being attacked.”

I don’t have a solution to any of this — as a result of, discuss overwhelming!!! — however I undoubtedly don’t suppose burying our head within the sand goes to get us wherever. It’s going to be a protracted yr of fights, on high of what has already been numerous lengthy years of fights, and it’s not going to be simpler any time quickly. However we do have one another, we are able to hold preventing. And that could be a begin.

And perhaps, holding all of this, there’s no higher time to honor Monica Roberts this Black Historical past Month.  Monica Roberts Chronicled the Lives — And Deaths — Of Trans People as Only She Could

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“The New York Times” Is Repeating One of Its Most Notorious Mistakes. “The paper’s anti-trans protection parallels its failings over homosexual rights and AIDS. However the Occasions seems decided to not study from its personal historical past.”

Shocking nobody! Meta Has Profited From Over 200 Ads Using the Anti-lgbtq “Groomer” Slur, Even Though the Platform Claims It Prohibits the Term

Spain Gives Final Approval to Law Making It Easier to Legally Change Gender. “It should now be simpler for folks 16 and over in Spain to vary gender on authorities paperwork.” (Spain additionally grew to become the primary nation in Europe to entitle employees to paid menstrual go away!)

Noticed This, Considered You

Oh I suppose it’s a double Vanessa kind of day! Did you hear that she was quoted in Vogue final week?? The Enduring (and Quietly Romantic) Appeal of Sharing a Show With Your Partner

We’ll see. Rihanna Agrees ‘It’d Be Ridiculous’ to Not Drop an Album This Year.

As a child who watched lots of Y2K-era Hype Williams bubble digicam music movies, is so fascinating! From the author, Elspeth Michaels, “What did the longer term appear to be to us 20 years in the past? And the way does it match up now? I wrote about my favourite Y2K-era Hype Williams music movies, futuristic aesthetics as impressed by Japan, and what ⁦Janet Jackson⁩ means to me.” The Aesthetics of Hope & Anxiety

I’ll admit, I didn’t know who Marvel Cooke was earlier than at this time — however the Harlem Renaissance-era author and labor organizer helped manage the primary journalist labor union, and was the primary Black girl to jot down for a white-owned paper. Badass! You can learn more here!

Political Snacks

Ohio’s Toxic Train Disaster Follows ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Cuts, Deregulation. “A poisonous, fiery prepare derailment in rural Ohio [puts] the railroad trade’s historical past of cuts and deregulation within the highlight.

And likewise, There’s No Toxic Spill Conspiracy. This Happens Constantly in America. “The East Palestine catastrophe raised public consciousness of poisonous spills, that are a disturbingly fixed function of U.S. capitalism. ”

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