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Ladies First Looks Back On Queer News: June-July 2021

Today in this grab bag Ladies First discusses recent events in queer news, including politics, publishing, and big-name, blockbuster representation.

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Further Reading:

  • Kori, Taylor. “Let’s Talk About Sex! (And Queer Patriarchal Purity Culture).” The Fandomentals (2021)
  • Taylor. “Daisy Of Magical Girl Friendship Squad Brings Up Questions On ‘Good’ Queer Rep (Part 1).” The Fandomentals (2021)
  • Taylor. “Warrior Nun Struggles As A Trauma Narrative (Part 3).” The Fandomentals (2021)


  • Agence France-Presse in Tbilisi. “Georgian cameraman dies after attack by far-right, anti-LGBTQ mob.” The Guardian (2021)
  • American Booksellers Association. “An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members.” @ABAbook — Twitter (2021)
  • Associated Press. “Proud Boy-Affiliated Anti-Transgender Rally At LA Spa Turns Violent.” HuffPost (2021)
  • Bailey, Sarah Pulliam. “A new Martin Scorsese-backed documentary follows a priest who ministers to LGBT Catholics.” The Washington Post (2021)
  • Bolies, Corbin. “Guardian Journalist Attacked at Violent Anti-Trans Rally Outside Los Angeles Spa.” The Daily Beast (2021)
  • Brake, Elizabeth. “Amatonormativity.” Elizabeth Brake — Wordpress
  • Cole, Brynna. “In the Heights’ Film Adaptation Gracefully Adds Queer Representation.” CBR (2021)
  • Dry, Jude. “After Decades Tirelessly Preserving Queer Film, Jenni Olson Finally Gets Her Due.” IndieWire (2021)
  • Mackey, Robert. “As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters.” The Intercept (2021)
  • Maurice, Emma Powys. “American Booksellers Association apologises for ‘serious, violent incident’ after anti-trans push.” Pink News (2021)
  • Mitchell, Josh. “The Shedding of Yelena Belova’s Identity, in Marvel Comics 1998-2006.” Geeks (2020)
  • Morse, Ben. “Writer Devin Grayson on Natasha Romanoff, Yelena Belova, and the History of ‘Black Widow’.” Marvel (2021)
  • Newman-Bremang, Kathleen. “It Isn’t Just Gossip Girl — TV Has A Major Colorism Problem.” Refinery29 (2021)
  • Ni, Vincent and Davidson, Helen. “Outrage over shutdown of LGBTQ WeChat accounts in China.” The Guardian (2021)
  • O’Leary, Naomi and Scally, Derek. “EU sues Hungary and Poland for LGBT discrimination as legal fight escalates.” The Irish Times (2021)
  • Pfaff, Char. “Demisexuals Get Horny Too, You Know.” Salty World (2019)
  • Rose, Elle. “Stop lumping aromanticism in under asexuality when you say you support aces & say separately you also support aros for those not in the aspec communities challenge.” @scretladyspider — Twitter (2021)
  • Rothblum, Esther D. and Brehony, Kathleen A. Boston Marriages: Romantic but asexual relationships among contemporary lesbians. The University of Massachusetts (1993)
  • Rucka, Greg and Kordey, Igor. “Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #2.” Marvel (2002) (p. 9)
  • Serano, Julia. “Origins of “Social Contagion” and “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”.” Whipping Girl — Blogspot (2019)
  • Serano, Julia. “”Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”.” @JuliaSerano — Twitter (2020)
  • The Thinking Aro. “Women, Passion, and Celibacy | Introduction: Celibacy is Not Hereditary.” The Thinking Aro — Wordpress (2013)
  • “Wonder Woman #614.” D.C. Comics (2011)


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  • Taylor

    Taylor is a writer who will always jump at the chance to blur genres. So obviously she can't pick just one to fangirl over. Though if she had to choose, she would narrow it down to science fiction and fantasy. Currently, she is most interested in women-centric stories and the depiction of trauma in media. She is also an aspiring YA novelist and aspiring Taylor Swift scholar.

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