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This week’s link round-up is so good that sharing these stories with you sends a little bolt of joy into my heart.


Image: Bjork.

There is a gap between victories relevant to the lives of gay men and the rest of the LGBT community, and it is threatening to become a chasm. Ask a white gay man living in West Hollywood, a latino transgender man in Albuquerque, and a black lesbian in Dallas the same question: Does America love you yet?" (Buzzfeed)

"I worry about the kids who don’t win. Because — and I can report this first-hand — not everyone gets a trophy.” (The New Inquiry) 

Somewhere along the lines, society taught me to stop being drawn to others for who they were and instead… what they were." (Alexis Belon)

Which wedding traditions should be tossed? (NYTimes)

How your Instagram sausage gets made. (Bustle)

Sex without fear. Will PrEP revolutionize gay life? (New York Magazine)

"Celebrity and traditional brand engagement is a dying breed compared to the allure of the normal girl." Oh, how I wish I had written this article. (The Daily Beast)

Radical feminists now find themselves in a position that few would have imagined when the conflict began: shunned as reactionaries on the wrong side of a sexual-rights issue.” Michelle Goldberg is probably my favourite journalist right now, and this article is fascinating. I wish that it had had a stronger trans voice, though; I kept waiting for it to come into the article, but it never really did. (New Yorker)

Why does the conversation about Having It All begin and end with white women? On balancing career and family as a woman of color.(National Journal)

In defense of women’s magazines. (Cosmopolitan) 

"As it turns out, I am only a people person with people I already know." I’m not sure if this piece by Sloane Crosley is short fiction or a personal essay, but either way, it is very funny. (McSweeney’s)

"By opting to build her celebrity on a carefully chosen set of proprietary symbols — in this case, smile and hair and body (and voice, of course) — as opposed to a carefully constructed, apparel-related look, Beyoncé & Company have ensured that the only brand that really has any real staying power is brand Beyoncé; that everything she is selling comes back to her." (NYTimes)

I never really bought into the whole “raunch culture” narrative, but I did buy into the idea that sex was something very important. That it said something about the kind of person you were: how liberal you were; how desirable you were; how pure you were; how well you fit in with the people around you.

Two years ago, I interviewed the lovely Luann Algoso for my book. Now, she is interviewing me for Persephone Magazine. And reminding me that apparently we sang Hanson songs together in a public place. Totes professional. 

You can read the interview here.