Comedy Crush: Issa Rae Launches Color Creative TV

Comedy Crush: Issa Rae Launches Color Creative TV

Issa Rae is a producer/writer/director/actress most known for the Shorty Award winning web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Rae has made the Forbes “30 Under 30″ list, twice, and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO. She’s also slated to release a book of essays next year. Additionally, Rae just launched Color Creative TV which aims to increase opportunities for women and minority TV writers by producing and packaging low-cost TV pilots with an indie sensibility. The three pilots from the first round of this initiative: Bleach, Words With Girls, and So Jaded are online now.

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30 September 2014 ·

Girl Code’s Quinn Says Season 3 Is Super Gay, In A Good Way

Girl Code’s Quinn Says Season 3 Is Super Gay, In A Good Way

Wednesday, October 1st at 11/10c, Girl Code returns and Quinn Marcus assures us it’s going to be “super gay, in a good way.” If you’re unfamiliar with the MTV series, actresses, musicians, and comedians present their take on gender and social dynamics with a comedic tilt. Previously, we comedy crushed on castmate, Nicole Byer. Marcus promises that in addition to the talking head segments the show is well-known for, there will be more sketches including one with Marcus and Carly Aquilino.

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30 September 2014 ·

The Kind of Sex We’re Talking About Today, Part Three: Costumes

The Kind of Sex We’re Talking About Today, Part Three: Costumes

AUTOSTRADDLE OFFICE EMAIL, 9:42 AM

Lizz: Guys I’m in the most boring lecture ever. Like ever. Can we just email about sex or something? I suggest the topic of costumes. Does anyone have any really funny costumes they’ve had sex in?

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30 September 2014 ·

The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

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“In fact, the strain of hiding my illness would likely have caused me to break down with even more frequency. How would she have coped with those dysphoric, hallucination-ridden breakdowns — and how would I have dealt with her uneducated reactions?”

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30 September 2014 ·

New Merch: Get Your “Safe Space” Zip-Up Cases!

New Merch: Get Your “Safe Space” Zip-Up Cases!

It’s time for new merch y’all! If you haven’t noticed, we have some new stuff in our store and we’re excited about it. From the people that brought you the Tomboy Femme tee and the awesomely 80s band-shirt-inspired “Misandrist” v-necks comes a whole new kind of item: pencil cases!

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30 September 2014 ·

HuffPost Live Talked To Some of Your Favorite Butches and Femmes About Identity and More

HuffPost Live Talked To Some of Your Favorite Butches and Femmes About Identity and More

HuffPost Live hosted a talk with some of my favorite people, y’all. There’s my bias. I’m putting it right there in the front row. Transparency forever, right? But seriously, HuffPost invited Aja Aguirre (FitForAFemme), Anita Dolce Vita (DapperQ), Morgan Willis (Bklyn Boihood), and Mary Going (St. Harridan) to talk about the ways in which femmes and butches experience different forms of oppression for their presentations and how those experiences determine the ways we discuss privilege in our community.

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30 September 2014 ·

No Excuses: California Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defenses for Anti-LGBT Violence

No Excuses: California Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defenses for Anti-LGBT Violence

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It’s been a banner summer for progressive action in California. Just a few weeks ago, California became the first state in the US to push their state universities to adopt more rigorous standards for what constitutes sexual consent. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the “Respect After Death” law that will help ensure trans people are able to have their gender accurately reflected on their death certificate. Yesterday marked another important historic first for the state when Brown signed AB2051, a bill banning the “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses for assaulting or murdering members of the LGBTQ community.

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30 September 2014 ·

Grow Your Own Sourdough Starter, Get Prepared to Bake Delicious Fall Treats

Grow Your Own Sourdough Starter, Get Prepared to Bake Delicious Fall Treats

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I love Fall, y’all. It’s a season of pumpkin-flavored everything (candy corn, too, but I’m just going to pretend that’s not actually a thing), long scarves, crisp air, boots with tights, and power-lipsticks (my favorite is MAC’s Lady Danger, which is a particularly bitchy shade of orange). The day of the Equinox, my roommates and I set about cooking up a storm, including hen stew with figs, and a particularly incredible rosemary-cardamom apple pie with homemade sourdough crust and homemade vanilla whipped cream. I took tons of pictures for all of you, knowing you’d share in the joy of autumn apples, but then it struck me that we haven’t yet talked about how to make your own sourdough starter! So, baby steps.

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30 September 2014 ·

Drawn to Comics: Lumberjanes #6 Asks What’s Up With Jo? What’s Up With Diane? What’s Up With Everything?

Drawn to Comics: Lumberjanes #6 Asks What’s Up With Jo? What’s Up With Diane? What’s Up With Everything?

Fresh off their four Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards, Lumberjanes is back and just as great as ever. This comic is seriously on such a great roll right now. Issue #6starts off with the campers going about their daily business just shortly after dealing with a camp-wide dinosaur attack.  Now that the whole camp is dealing with the weirdness that up till now only the main girls previously have been, you might think that the camp would be on lockdown or something, and that’s definitely what Jen thinks. But no, instead they’re playing the coolest looking game of capture the flag I’ve ever seen.

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30 September 2014 ·

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29 September 2014 ·

Let It Go — For the Last Time, Trans Women Were Not “Born Boys”

Let It Go — For the Last Time, Trans Women Were Not “Born Boys”

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As an out-and-proud trans woman and activist, I find myself having a lot of the same conversations about being transgender over and over again. Some of them are pretty benign, like how I chose my name or whose writing was influential in my work. Some just come with the territory, like those about harassment, discrimination, and health care access.

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29 September 2014 ·

I Hope You Remember

I Hope You Remember

When I first came out as trans and as a lesbian, I was deeply involved in my church, they were like a second family to me. When I first tried writing about my feelings after going to church for the first time after coming out, this is what I wrote. I previously read this at the 2014 May A-Camp Staff Reading.

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29 September 2014 ·

Do You Take Sugar With That: Coffee Shop Stories and Barista Crushes

Do You Take Sugar With That: Coffee Shop Stories and Barista Crushes

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Coffee and queers go together like espresso and mocha syrup. We are forever thankful for all you baristas out there doing the goddess’ work of caffeinating us day in and day out all while looking hot in a beanie. It’s National Coffee Day and we’re celebrating by telling you our barista crush and coffee shop stories, ranging from Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps Me Warm” music video cute to being dumped at a coffee shop not-so-cute.

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29 September 2014 ·

7 Ways To Incorporate Cute Critters Into Your Professional Wear

7 Ways To Incorporate Cute Critters Into Your Professional Wear

Like Mary Lambert, I’m usually pretty content to rock “mom jeans” and “cat earrings.” My criteria for making fashion purchases are as follows: 1) Does it fit? 2) Is it comfortable? and 3) Can I wear Converse with it?  But sometimes, life requires me to wear things that are “business casual” or “business attire.” As a college kid with little money and a lot of feelings, I am hyperaware of the intersections of capitalism, queerness, and fashion (specific wardrobe components or fashion aesthetics should never be a requirement for inclusion in any community!). As a person who shops in plus sizes, things are extra challenging because the clothes that are marketed for my body are often more expensive than smaller sizes. When I’m shopping for things that might be professional attire, I think it’s less soul-crushing when said items have cute animals on them, OR when I can sneak in accessories with cute animals on them. So without further ado, here are seven exciting ways to make your workwear a little more quirky and nature-inspired.

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29 September 2014 ·

32 Reasons the Grain in Spain Falls Mainly On Your Plate

32 Reasons the Grain in Spain Falls Mainly On Your Plate

Grains! They’re the greatest. Sometimes all you have is a sad little can of beans or a head of broccoli and grains are what save the day to make it an actual meal. Whether they be rice or quinoa or any of a dozen other grains, they’re affordable, nonperishable, and serve you faithfully as side dishes, in salads, in soups, with proteins, in a box, with a fox, etc. There are approximately eight million ways to eat the grains in your pantry; here are a few ideas to get you started.

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29 September 2014 ·

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