It’s that time again — the time of year when I gather a tiny handful of mystical elderberry juice, the innards of an antique clock, five bottles of discontinued nail polish, a quart of dirt from my “backyard,” a well-preserved two-ounce serving of Crystal Clear Pepsi and from this magical combination of ingredients, I produce your May A-Camp CABIN ASSIGNMENTS! (ETA: Within the next two weeks)
This year, as in last year, I gave you a chance to describe yourself when you registered so that I could try to put you in a cabin with other humans who are exactly as weird or loud as you are. It’s an unrefined process, but I think over time I’ve established at least a 65% success rate, which is a lot more than I can say for my counselors at labor zionist youth camp. Stay tuned for my follow-up list, “25 Special Ways A-Campers Used The Personal Description Box To Explain What It Means To Be An “Outgoing Introvert.”
Here are some sentences from your descriptions of yourselves, ripped mercilessly out of context and placed here, in this list, for our communal entertainment and delight.
Last week, I wrote about Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the former Icelandic prime minister who was the first out LGBT person in the world to be elected a nation’s head of state. When I was writing it, I realized that Sigurðardóttir had had this whole fascinating political career I never knew about, both before and after she came out a decade ago. That made me curious how many other awesome LGBT women have come out and been successful politicians, only to go unnoticed by most people outside their home country. So I did some digging, and it turns out there are a lot of them! Here are 10 who were the first out women to hold their particular seat, and just a few of the cool things they’ve done since then.
Hello, sunshines! This week I made avocado banana bread (a gem from Rachel and Hansen’s avocado roundup) and it came out really well! Here are the stories we missed while my oven was pre-heating.Queer People Sure Do Dress Well
Project ROSE is a program in the city of Phoenix, AZ that claims to help sex workers. In the name of rescuing them, police officers handcuff alleged sex workers and take them off the street and into a church to meet with prosecutors and Project ROSE representatives, who offer them “diversion programs.” Sex workers who aren’t interested in the diversion programs face jail time. These sex workers aren’t technically arrested, just made “contact” with; conveniently, if they’re not arrested, then they don’t need to be offered the chance to speak to a lawyer. In May of 2013, Monica Jones became one of the people arrested by Project ROSE; the charge was “manifesting prostitution” for accepting a ride home to her neighborhood from men who turned out to be undercover cops. This week, Jones was found guilty, and faces the possibility of serving time in a men’s prison as a trans woman.
We were the first to report on the real identity of the woman who inspired “Alex Vause” in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, and today Vanity Fair became the first news outlet to publish an interviewwith the lady in question, 51-year-old Catherine Cleary Wolters. Vanity Fair reports that Wolters is currently working on her PhD in information technology, assurance and security, has written three unpublished novels and “exhibits a flair for the philosophical.”
Tavi Gevinson, the 17 year-old fashion blogger, Rookie Mag founder and editor-in-chief, TED Talker, Broadway actress and Miley Cyrus interviewer, is adding Queer Primetime TV Character to her already dizzyingly impressive resume. This Thursday on NBC’s, Parenthood, Haddie Braverman, played by actress Sarah Ramos, is coming home with blonde hair and a new girlfriend, played by the aforementioned Gevinson.
Thing Makers! Oh, how I have missed you so much these long winter days. I have taken to hermiting away and not crafting much, but now I feel like we can finally get back into the swing of Making Things.
Senior Editor Rachel recently sent me this adorable tutorial about making a two-liter bottle into a cat-shaped pot planter, and ever since, I’ve been hoarding two-liters in order to make a few. However, when I went to the nursery to buy myself a little succulent, I fell right in love with these textured pot planters: This gave me the idea on making my new little succulent pot planter textured with hot glue. Initially, I was so worried that my lack of being able to use hot glue like an adult (whoa there shaky hands) but it turned out adorable! I’m super happy with it and now I’m going to make a million of them.
On April 21, Reina Gossett, CeCe McDonald, and Dean Spade will be at Barnard College for an event called “I Use My Love to Guide Me”: Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Impossible Situations. It will take place at 7:30 pm at The Auditorium at the New School and admission is free. This event is a part of the No One is Disposable series, where Gossett has conversations for the Barnard Center for Research on Women about trans activism and prison abolition.
Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian and author. Her memoir, “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom”, recount her battles with agoraphobia and depression. In “Great“, her modern retelling of “The Great Gatsby“, Naomi Rye finds herself drawn to her next-door neighbor and becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a Hamptons social circle. To cut to the chase, it’s a gender swapped, queered out version of “Gatsby.” When Benincasa isn’t churning out jokes, books or one-woman shows, she travels to colleges to talk to students about mental health awareness. If you wanna get the vibe of her stylings before you get your hands on the book, her piece “High School is Forever” is over on Medium now.
Ever since I first heard that our very own Intern Grace, along with the group of other super talented comic creators Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Waters and Brooke Allen, I have been pacing back and forth waiting for comic to actually come out. When I finally got my hands on a copy of it last week, I was not let down. Lumberjanes#1 is easily my favorite debut issue of any comic in at least two years. So often I’m worried that a lot of my friends won’t like the comics that I’m into, whether it’s because they’re too full of sci-fi weirdness, you have to know too much about the world, they have too much fighting or they’re too niche. This comic is completely without that problem.
Denice Frohman‘s poems aren’t just beautiful, powerful words — though they certainly are that. They are her history, her politics, her pain, her love and her future. In putting all that into words, Frohman shares tools, ideas and empowerment with all who hear her. Her poem “Dear Straight People” went viral on the internet right when I started dating my first girlfriend. As I navigated being visibly queer for the first time, the poem gave me hope and strength, as did knowing so many other people were hearing it too.