Today is officially Nunes Day in Los Angeles, named in the honor of out UFC fighting champ Amanda Nunes. “Amanda Nunes is an example to young women, women of color and LGBTQ people,” said LA Councilwoman Nury Martinez. “Amanda’s passion, drive, determination and perseverance have shown our young people that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to, if they work hard enough.”
This weekend was huge for lesbian sports stars getting hitched. WNBA player Diana Taurasi married her former Phoenix Mercury teammate Penny Taylor, just one day before the Mercury started their 21st season. “Just an amazing day, one of the happiest days we’ve ever had,” Taurasi said of the ceremony. “It would have been nice to follow it up with a win, but we’re just really happy. It was one of the times where all our families were together, all the people we love and care for in the city that we met and evolved as teammates and wives now. It’s been pretty cool.”
Abby Wambach married author/blogger/Oprah BFF Glennon Doyle Melton on Saturday and looked so ridiculously happy doing it.
When I fell in love with Abby, I was scared. I thought that my fear might be bigger than my courage, and that because of that size difference, I might miss out on my chance at happiness. This was so painful. One day, I was talking to my dear friend Martha Beck. I told her that losing this love would be painful, but that I was used to learning from pain. And Martha said: “Honey. It’s true that God teaches us through pain. But it is also true that God tries to teach us through joy first. You can keep choosing heartbreak and pain, Glennon. But you can also choose joy. God can use that choice too. And I actually believe that God prefers to use joy to teach us.” And so, for once, I chose joy. I have lived a long while learning from pain and God, it’s been a good teacher. I’m forty one, now. And I’m graduating to joy. I choose joy. You can, too. First the pain. Then the rising. Your courage is bigger than your fear. Love, G (Ms. Doyle-Wambach if you’re nasty) @abbywambach @elizabeth_gilbert_writer @marthabeckauthor
So it appears love is in the air for all athletes. On that tip, wives Angela and Electra Viveros coach basketball and raise triplets together. “People wondered ‘Are they sisters? They do look alike,’ and that was our first year,” Electra said of first dating while working together. “I wanted people to see what I’m about without any preconceived notions. This is me and what I’m trying to do with the program and what I’m about. All the parents could see that I genuinely cared about the program and the school.” The lengthy profile is a cool read about two women who love each other, their children and basketball.
Photographer Sophie Cook is the first out transgender woman in professional football (aka soccer). When she came out to the team, she said, the players were respectful and “the conversations were easy and interesting. It was not always the players you expected who were most talkative. I told them about the self-harming and suicide. There was a lot of love and support, telling me they were proud. One player said, ‘Can I ask you a question? And tell me if it’s too personal.’ I said, ‘No. whatever’. He said, ‘So does this mean you like guys or girls?’ I said, ‘That’s a brilliant question because it’s what everyone else is thinking’. I then had to explain that sexuality and gender identity were totally different and, while to them my gender had changed, my sexuality hadn’t.”
More sports? OK FINE! The trailer for “Battle of the Sexes” is here with Emma Stone playing Billie Jean King and I can’t wait to see Bobby Riggs go down again.
So E!’s new reality series “What Happens at the Abbey” is fucking terrible and I hate it already. I’m glad someone/everyone agrees with me. There are lesbians on the show, but the focus is mostly on straight people who work at the biggest gay bar in L.A., and so the series is not nearly as queer as you might think it would be. Anyway, it’s full of misogynist straight guys slut-shaming women and is making me rethink going to the Abbey if that’s who is behind the bar. (For the record, I don’t recognize any of these people so I’m like, do they even work there?!)
You can now sit at the desk of “intellectual, philosophical, literary, rebellious… atheist, bisexual, pioneer feminist” Simone de Beauvoir at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Also, you can feel really secure in knowing that her work space was just as unorganized and cluttered as yours is.
Ne-Yo’s new track with protégées Candice and Ravaugn, “More Than I Should,” is about a love triangle that has the two women involved with one another on the low. “She let me kiss it,” Candice sings. “I know we agreed not to tell / But given the circumstances, oh well / Is it me, is it him? Tell me what’s good / Because I find myself here, liking you way more than I should.” Spoiler: It ends unresolved.
Stephanie Beatriz thinks her “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character, Rosa,” should be bisexual just like the actress is IRL. “I personally think it would be really fun to see her date a girl,” Beatriz said. “It’s been dropped quite a few times in the series that she is attracted to girls. It’s not a problem for her.” From your lips to the goddess’s ears!
A trans man shares his story of being married three times (“as a woman to a man, as a woman to a woman and now as a man to the same woman”) in a new book with his wife, “Transitioning Together.” It’s a very interesting story, to be sure.
If you’re into fabrics, fibers and textiles, then “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” might be the coffee table book of your dreams.
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