Listen to Cardi B’s New Track “Bardier Carti” (If You Haven’t Already Bopped)

Rap princess and multiple Grammy nominee Cardi B is back with the second single from her still upcoming album, “Bartier Cardi.” Unlike on her monster smash “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B is not alone this timeshe teamed up with rapper 21 Savage.

Like most Cardi tracks, the song is a feel-good banger about cars, clothes, and moolah. Though not as thrilling as “Bodak Yellow,” which turned us into Cardi B stans, or “Motorsport,” the song featuring Cardi and Nicki Minaj, the song has some pretty good rhymes.

These singles are great and all, but the real question is: Where is the album?

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Refresh Yourself, Not Their Instagram: Tech Tips for a Clean Break From Your Stalkable Ex

Each morning started the same. As my alarm clock went off, I’d reach out with confidence in semi-waking routine for my now ex-girlfriend who had moved out weeks before. Suddenly and painfully wide awake, with another 15 minutes until I really had to get up, I started my daily ritual of self-flagellation: checking all of her social media, despite my better judgement.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchateven LinkedIn. I would see if she posted anything, if she’d been tagged by someone in a new picture, commented anywhere,desperately searching for threads to unravel. After a preliminary sweep, I’d move on to her family members’ and friends’ accounts, and daily contemplated creating fake profiles so I could watch her stories without revealing myself as the pathetic “not over it yet” ex-girlfriend that I was.

Before I knew it, I was running late for work again. Not that it mattered: my work days consisted primarily of refreshing her social media over and over, interspersed with small windows of actual work.

The end of each workday was no different. The evening rituals of my subway commute, eating my feelings and wallowing in my filthy bedroom were punctuated by the refresh button or worse: looking back at old pictures, trying to pinpoint the moment things shifted from we were so happy to I thought we were happy.

Sound familiar?

After the end of a five-year relationship with a man and then the end of a three-year relationship with a woman, I’m convinced that same-sex breakups have an added layer of loss.

At its best, a lesbian relationship is a never-ending sexy slumber party with your best friend. And even if you didn’t work as compatible friends or lovers or partners, there’s at least a piece of the relationship that did work, and it worked really well. Which is why, all too often, staying friends or friends-with-benefits after a breakup provides temporary relief without actually allowing actual progress in the grieving process.

After my breakup, I found myself suddenly unable to talk to the only other person who knew what I was going through. The person who was always the first one I called, my secret-keeper, bullshit-caller-outer, button pusher, and favorite person was out of my life. To add to the pile, my wardrobe was suddenly cut in half. And it looked like she was doing fine (better than fine) whenever I looked her up online, which was roughly 25-40 times a day.

The good news is, these obsessive habits are completely normal, and part of the process. In 2014, the Facebook Data Science Team released a study showing that when people make the switch to a “single” status, they immediately increase their interactions on the site 225 percent. That’s 225 percent more stalking.

The even better news is, these habits won’t last forever. As annoying as it is to hear, these feelings will pass. The Journal of Social Psychology found it takes an average of 66 days to change a habit. So in a couple months, you probably won’t be 100 percent over your ex, but at least will have cut down your stalking time to, say, five minutes a day.

The BEST news is that, given this data, chances are your ex is pathologically checking your social media just as often as you’re checking hers.

And although there’s no way to “win” a breakup or speed up the healing process, I’ve learned the hard way that there are some small tech steps you can take to set yourself up for success.

Unfollow, Unfollow, Unfollow

Although the hardest, this is the most important. Pick a date to unfollow your ex, and stick to it. Given how incestuous the queer community is, do you really want to risk seeing her on a date with that bitch who hit on her right in front of you that one time, or hanging with your ex’s ex? Will you benefit from reading her passive aggressive hashtags? (#lovinglife #happierme #movinonup) The sooner you unfollow, the better.

Pro Tip: Ask a friend or two to send you screenshots of anything really juicy (come on, we’re all human). Did she get a hideous haircut? Write a politically incompetent diatribe with grammatical errors? Get tagged in an unflattering drunk pic? Make sure that at least one friend in your life will send it to you, accompanied by a snarky comment to help you remember why you broke up in the first place.

Do a Hard Reset

I can’t emphasize enough how much changing the little things helped. Setting a new alarm tone, choosing new phone wallpapers and computer backgrounds, and changing my login passwords to something different tricked my brain into associating my post-breakup days with a new start. That’s not to say that everything should become aspirational mantras and cut-up photographs, but if we’re spending at least 10 hours a day online, a new desktop image can’t hurt.

Prep for Unexpected Reminders

An unexpected digital run-in with an ex can completely floor me. In the beginning, every time her name popped up on autofill or I was prompted with her login credentials, I completely lost it. Avoid this trap by going through your Chrome settings to avoid that sudden lump in your throat in the midst of retail therapy. Clear your cookies, delete your browser history, and empty out your bookmarks so your computer’s squeaky-clean.

I’d love to be able to write that I deleted all my social media apps from my phone and started meditating every day, but I’m a bad liar. What I can endorse is making some small tech changes (that actually work). I stopped checking social media first thing in the morning, which not only keeps me from stalking my ex, but also from seeing my racist uncle’s rants online before I’ve had my first cup of coffee.

I know from experience that I can’t prevent running into an ex in my sweats, being forced to fake a smile through a mutual friend’s birthday dinner, or learning I have a new eskimo sister. But by erasing all the tech clutter, it’s easier to focus instead on the good memories of the past and look ahead to the future.

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Roy Moore Is Joanne the Scammer, Wants $1000 from Voters for “Election Integrity Fund”

She’s a real scammer and she lives for drama. We’re talking, of course, about removed Alabama judge and Senate election loser, Roy Moore.

According to the Anniston Star, a local Alabama newspaper, Moore is begging Alabama voters to fill his coffers with donations of up to $2,700 even though he already lost.

“Please chip in a donation of $1,000, $500, $250, $150, $100, $75, $50, $35 or $25 immediately to my campaign’s ‘Election Integrity Fund’ to help make sure all votes are accurately counted,” the emails read. According to the Star, the emails say that Moore’s campaign needs the money to “chase down reports of fraud and irregularities’ and legal fees.”

Moore says he needs $75,000 by midnight on December 27 for his “election integrity fund.” There’s been no evidence of voter fraud in the Alabama election.

OK, we see you, Moore. Scam away, Roy. Scam away. But here’s some advice from the original scammer herself:


Kentucky Judge Found Guilty of Misconduct After Refusing to Hear Gay Adoption Cases

The door just hit W. Mitchell Nance on the way out.

The Kentucky judge announced his resignation from the bench in October after refusing to hear adoption cases involving “homosexual parties,” as he believes being raised by same-sex parents is harmful to children. An ethics investigation against Nance by the Judicial Conduct Commission has subsequently found Nance guilty of misconduct.

“Due to Respondent’s retirement, a public reprimand is warranted, and is the only public sanction available,” the Frankfort-based board ruled on Tuesday.

The panel’s verdict was unanimous: 5-0.

The Judicial Conduct Commission charged Nance in September “with multiple violations of judicial ethics rules, including those banning bias or prejudice based on sexual orientation,” theLouisville’s Courier-Journal reports.

The board claimed in its decision that the position of afamily court judge serving Barren and Metcalfe Counties in Central Kentucky required Nance to hear cases “fairly and impartially according to the law.” The committee ruled that his “refusal to hear and decide adoption cases involving homosexuals” violates those standards, as well as nondiscrimination codes judges agree to as a condition of their employment.

Those prohibit bias on the basis of “race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, among others,” according to the Courier-Journal.

The Judicial Conduct Commission noted that Nance, who was first appointed to Kentucky’s 43rd Judicial Circuit 14 years ago, skipped a Dec. 15 hearing to defend his position. His attorneys previously argued that the situation presence a “unique crisis of conscience” for the judge, due to his “sincerely held religious belief that the divinely created order of nature is that each human being has a male parent and a female parent.”

Nance’s legal team has declined to comment on this week’s verdict.

The judge’s case is similar to religious hardliners like Roy Moore and Kim Davis, both of whom faced disciplinary action for their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Davis, also from Kentucky, spent five days in jail after refusing to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples in 2015. Moore, who was recently defeated in the Alabama Senate race, was removed from the bench after attempting to prevent gay marriages in his state following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges.

Like Nance, contravening the law cost Moore his job. The state found him guilty on several counts of judicial misconduct.

Davis, however, remains a clerk in Rowan County.

Lenses on Queerness: Photographer Justin French

Every day this week we’ll be celebrating a different photographer who is using their social media to tell queer stories.

Meet Justin French, a photographic artist based in New York who creates a euphoric environment that evokes a timelessness. A space where politicized bodies are allowed to flourish and autonomously define their identities. Justin has been featured in I-D, GUP, Dazed, Vogue Italia, The Creators Project, and has exhibited with Red Hook Labs.

What made you want to shoot film?

I started out on film and have been using it increasingly. I like the variation in how different cameras produce color, grain, and texture. Those additional analog attributes add rich detail that help propel the image much furthe, emotionally.

Who or what inspires your work the most?

I am inspired so much by music, lore, and really just living life as normal as possible. When things are very calm and peaceful, that is when my inspiration pours in from all angles.

Why is LGBTQ visibility important to you / your work?

I think it’s so important. Everyone benefits, especially youth who may not have access and visibility into individuals who may identify in similar ways that they do. I met so many young LGBTQ youth this year, all very vibrant, beautiful, creative and talented., but their communities were not the most nurturing to their development and progress. I’d ideally like my work to be inspiring to LGBTQ youth and encourage them.

What’s on the horizon for you in 2018?

As of current, I am planning a solo exhibition focusing on photo/video/installations and hoping to do more brand work.

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Additional research and curation for this series provided by Hadas.

Read about yesterday’s featured photographer:Fabian Guerrero.

Donations To LGBTQ Non-Profits Are Up Because 2017 Is Terrible

LGBTQ people may be facing the fight of a lifetime in this political climate, but they have money in the bank.

Donations to LGBTQ organizations are on the rise. That’s according to a report released by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) Tuesday.

“Despite changing priorities and shifting political landscape, we see a very well-resourced and stable movement,” says Alex Sheldon, a data and policy research associate at MAP.

MAP reports that donations to LGBTQ organizations have increased over the past five years. That may come as a surprise to some who worried that the passage of marriage equality in 2015 would lead to complacency. Those numbers also reflect giving before President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Across 39 national LGBTQ organizations MAP tracked from 2012-2016, groups saw a 26 percent increase in funding. From 2015 to 2016 alone, they reported an 11 percent funding increase. Donations from individuals jumped by a staggering 16 percent.

Those numbers do not include the past year when attacks on LGBTQ rights may have fueled additional giving.

“Overall, it just reflects an increase in investment in LGBT equality over the last five years,” Sheldon says.

Lyle Matthew Kan, Director of Research and Communications at Funders for LGBTQ issues, tells INTO that while it’s too early to tally 2016-2017, it’s clear that giving is on the rise.

For 2016, he said, “a large part of that is going to be in response to the Pulse Nightclub massacre.There was a lot of giving from LGBTQ corportations.”

Specifically, they gave to assist victims and their families in the wake of the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub shooting that left 49 dead.

And while some might assume that winning marriage equality left funders complacent, Kan said, it may have had the reverse effect. Some foundations and corporations were hesitant to funnel money into the marriage equality movement, Kan noted, because it was a politicized issue.

Now, he says, “There is an opening for some of these foundations to get involved” Corporations and foundations increasingly invest in issues like LGBTQ poverty, homelessness and health.

“Trans funding has continued to increase exponentially,” Kan says.

Donations have not been limited to LGBTQ organizations either. Increasingly, foundations, corporations, and individuals give money to advocacy organizations that are not explicitly LGBTQ to fight for LGBTQ equality, such as the American Civil Liberties Union. According to Funders for LGBTQ issues, 36 percent of LGBTQ donations went to non-LGBTQ issues in 2015.

Network for Good, a nonprofit fundraising software company, analyzed data from their 125,000 nonprofits over 2016 and 2017. Of the organizations included, 229 that were LGBTQ-related saw dramatic increases in funding in 2017. Whereas in 2016, the groups reported less than $4,000 dollars in donations in January, LGBTQ groups tripled their intake in January 2017, the same month that President Trump took office.

In April of 2016, LGBTQ groups reported $5,000 in donations. In April 2017, that jumped above $20,000, “perhaps in response to Day of Silence,” notes Network for Good’s Vice President of Digital Marketing Lisa Bonanno.

November again saw dramatic differences between 2016 and 2017, a year when LGBTQ people were facing repeated attacks. That month typically sees high donation rates due to Giving Tuesday.

Still, Network for Good’s data may suggest that LGBTQ organizations are trailing other advocacy groups. With the exception of November 2017, fundraising across the other 125,000 nonprofits critically outpaces LGBTQ groups.

Those numbers may simply reflect different types of organizations, Sheldon says. National LGBTQ advocacy organizations may pull in far higher numbers than smaller LGBTQ organizations such as community centers, arts organizations, health groups, and local entities that don’t always have fundraising staff.

“We cannot speak to the size of each of the 229 organizations in our sample,” Bonanno says, “but rather how the sample compares to the overall data on the Network for Good platform.”

And while LGBTQ organizations brought in far fewer donations than the overall sample, they saw an increase in giving over the last year at a far higher rate than the others. From January 2016 to 2017, the LGBTQ organizations tracked increased giving by 286 percent, with the overall sample seeing only an increase of 74 percent. In May, LGBTQ groups saw a 452 percent compared to a 243 percent increase overall.

Fundraising numbers for 2017 are likely to reflect strategic thinking from LGBTQ groups, Sheldon says, and the trend puts them further in the black.

“What I can say anecdotally,” she says, “is that many organizations use the election and the coordinated attacks on LGBT people as a call to action.”

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Conservatives Protest Tunisia’s First LGBTQ Radio Station Following Numerous Death Threats

Conservatives opposed to the launch of Tunisia’s first LGBTQ radio station are marching against equality in the nation’s capital this weekend.

On Saturday, protesters will be marching down Avenue Habib-Bourguiba in the middle of downtown Tunis to demonstrate against Radio Shams, which launched on Dec. 15 to heated backlash in the majority Muslim nation. Association Shams, the non-governmental organization behind the station, has reportedly received more than 4,000 hate messages and death threats in the past week.

Senda Ben Jebara, a board member with the LGBTQ advocacy group Mawjoudin We Exist, says public reaction to the announcement was overwhelmingly negative.

“A lot of people started writing articles and Facebook posts about how this is not acceptable,” she tells INTO in an exclusive interview. “Instead of accepting people having their own radio station, they said, ‘We need to persecute these people. They have no right to exist. They are sick. They are the devil.’”

People often fear and loathe what they don’t understand in the conservative nation, Ben Jebara says. Death threats against LGBTQ groups have been common since advocates began to lobby for equality in the wake of the 2011 revolution.

Despite frequent challenges, local activists have made significant strides in recent year.

Mehdi Ben Gharbia, Tunisia’s minister of relations with constitutional bodies, civil society and human rights, announced in September that the country would be ending the practice of forced anal examinations.

A widely condemned practice international human rights groups have likened to torture, the procedure is used to “prove” the homosexuality of someone accused of same-sex relations, which remain a crime in Tunisia. Article 230 of the Penal Code, a remnant of French colonial rule, mandates up to three years in prison for anyone declared guilty of homosexuality.

These tests often serve as the smoking gun in those cases, even despite the fact that they aren’t scientifically sound. Critics point out that those subjected to the test could have a loosened sphincter for a number of other reasons, including constipation and Parkinson’s disease.

But Ben Gharbia claimed it would be four years before the ban, which resulted from U.N. recommendations, is implemented.

In the meantime, he said authorities will be educating members of the LGBTQ community about their rights, should they be apprehended by police. The government minister claimed the tests are “optional.” The problem is that gay men aren’t given a choice: Human Rights Watch claimed in a 2017 report that a detainee was beaten repeatedly by law enforcement officers in the town of Kairouan until he submitted to the anal test.

Mawjoudin We Exist has begun meeting with doctors, advocacy groups, and even government leaders to stop the tortureand ensure the tests are outlawed immediately.

Ben Jebara says these conversations are a major step forward.

“People at least now are willing to listen to us,” she claims. “People are willing to meet with us who did not really care that much about LGBTQ rights before. The country doesn’t really accept us yet, but they know we are here. They are no longer in denial about the existence of LGBTQ people in the country.”

As counterintuitive as it seems, even this weekend’s protests are an indication of progress in Tunisia, where two-thirds of the population is in favor of its prohibition on sodomy.

Members of the country’s LGBTQ community will be coming out on Saturday to counterprotest the right-wing rally, a rare moment of public visibility for queer and trans people. Although Ben Jebara says that LGBTQ advocates reguarly march for gender equality and human rights, they seldom get the chance to picket for “something that is threatening their own existence.”

“We want to find our space within societyin our communities, our families, and our workplaces,” she claims. “That seems very normal, but we don’t even have that.”

Ben Jebara fears, however, there could be violence this weekend between LGBTQ groups and conservative forces. An May 2016 event scheduled to raise awareness about rising hate crimes in Tunisia was met with violent opposition from right-wing extremists. An event called “Beat the Gays” was scheduled in response, and on Facebook, organizers with the gathering called for gays to be thrown off buildings.

But advocates believe that resources like Radio Shams are worth fighting for.

“Since our media doesn’t even give us space to talk about our issues, it’s important to create our own,” Ben Jebara says. “I think it’s important to talk about our issuesfirst, for people to understand them and second, for people to relate to them. [LGBTQ people are] not alone. There are so many people like them.”

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How LGBTQ Organizations Are Thwarting The Tax Bill’s Threats To The Community

Enjoy todaywe’re not going anywhere.

That’s the message LGBTQ leaders are sending to Republican lawmakers for passing a tax bill that undermines the Affordable Care Act and gives a break to corporations.

LGBTQ and HIV/ AIDS organizations roundly condemned the bill, which the House passed Wednesday, as distrous for LGBTQ health. And they said they’re ready for a fight.

“Congressional leadership may be cheering today, but Whoville has midterm elections in less than a year, and voters–including those living with HIVwill be looking to hold them accountable when it does,” says William McColl, AIDS United’s Vice President for Policy & Advocacy.

The bill repeals the ACA’s individual mandate which requires most enroll in an insurance plan. That move will increase insurance premiums by about 10 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Advocates add that the deficit created by the bill will automatically result in devastating cuts programs disproportonately impacting LGBTQ people.

“If the Trump-Pence tax scam becomes law, programs crucial to the LGBTQ community like Medicare, Medicaid, global HIV/AIDS programs, and the Ryan White Care Act will surely face future efforts to cut their benefits,” says David Stacy, director of government affairs for the Human Right Campaign, in a statement.

But some groups are already looking ahead.

“Not on our watch,” Tyrone Hanley of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Policy Counsel tells INTO. “In solidarity with struggling LGBTQ people across the country, NCLR will fight alongside diverse movements to reject this war on the poor and middle class and our country’s values.”

Corinne Corinne Green, policy coordinator for the Transgender Law Center (TLC), said her organization is focused on section 1557 of the ACA, better known as nondiscrimination protections. The ACA currently prohibits anti-trans discrimination and denial of care. Transgender advocates anticipate that the Trump administration is taking aim that those next year.

“We’re focused on informing people that that’s happening, that that’s a possibility, that that’s coming down the pipeline,” Green tells INTO, adding that LGBTQ need to be fighting now to keep those protections.

“They should be calling their representatives,” she says. “I know folks are tired of hearing that. But they should be calling their congresspeople.”

Anti-LGBTQ lawmakers may also be facing another kind of pressure come midterm elections. Elliot Imse, Director of Communications for the Victory Fund, says more than 150 LGBTQ candidates will be on ballots across the country in 2018.

“In 2018, we expect more LGBTQ people to run for congress than ever before,” he says. “We have the potential to double our representation the House of Representatives and to double our representation in the U.S. Senate.”

Doubling representation in the Senate won’t be hard. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin remains the only out senator and The Victory Fund hopes to change that by electing Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate in Arizona.

LGBTQ lawmakers, Imse argues, not only advance equality but protect the community. In times like these, he said, that matters.

The tax bill does have at least one bright spot for LGBTQ families: On the chopping block was the adoption tax credit. In an unexpected turn, LGBTQ organizations joined with a coalition of 150 groups, including pro-life and Evangelical organizations, to save it.

“The engagement of the LGBT community on this issue along with the other diverse groups I think really put us over the top and I think saved the credit because we were told this was over,” says Chuck Johnson, President and CEO of the National Council for Adoption.

LGBTQ families, he says, would have been hard-hit by the loss of the credit, which totals $13,840 for 2018.

Of course, not everyone is ready for a fight.

Desert AIDS Project (DAP) in Palm Springs, California asked their clients and supporters ahead of the tax bill vote to call their legislators. Now that it’s passed, they’re focused on continuing their day-to-day work advocating for LGBTQs.

“Everyone is going to be talking about fighting and the election,” says Jack Bunting, public relations specialist. “But we at Desert AIDS Project are going to be doing what we’ve been doing for the last 30 years, and we are going to be taking care of those most vulnerable in our community.”

Bunting notes that DAP has approximately 4,000 clients. If ACA were repealed, more than half of them would lose coverage. “But,” he says, “we would find ways to keep taking care of them.”

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The Best and Worst of Queer Women On The Big Screen in 2017

This year in film has been quite queer if you count how many times Call Me By Your Name has been included on Best Of lists, but as we’ve seen in past awards seasons, one gay-themed film does not ensure equal-footing, nor does it indicate we’ll see a plethora of copycats in the years to come. Brokeback Mountain broke down a few barriers, Carol opened up some opportunities, and Moonlight managed to defy expectations by most mainstream standards, but by and large, Hollywood has maintained its heteronormativity, especially in a year of #MeToos and continued misogyny on behalf of its male gatekeepers, straight and gay alike.

When it comes to how queer women were portrayed on the big screen this year, there were no Call Me By Your Names to call our own, but there were other smaller scale offerings that varied in their watch-worthiness. Still, some highlighted small amounts of progress in their own respective ways, and others proved that new queer cinema is still a genre of indie gems that won’t win accolades from the typical male-dominated critics circle, but could fare better with the communities they are attempting to represent if given the opportunities to be unearthed.

There were few mainstream films released in nationwide theaters that had positive portrayals of LGBTQ women, but they were notable nonetheless.

Focus Features’ Atomic Blonde gave Charlize Theron’s protagonist a short-lived woman love interest (Sofia Boutella), making her a bisexual James Bond of sorts. The film’s lack of plot development and (spoiler!) murder of said female lover did not ultimately deliver satisfaction. Still, it was distinctive in that it allowed the lead to have same-sex attraction beyond flirtation or subtext, which has too often been the case.

In the musical-themed film Song to Song, Rooney Mara takes a female lover for a while, too, an although said lover (Bérénice Marlohe) does not perish, she receives the same amount of weight as Theron’s own gal palwhich is to say, less than her male counterparts. More explicit w4w duets take place in Hello Again, the highly queer adaptation of the off-Broadway show.

Rough Night not only featured out superstar Kate McKinnon, but had two queer women as central characters in its female-led film. The comedy wasn’t as successful as Girls Trip, and received well-placed criticism for its “We murdered a sex worker!” storyline, but Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz’s central love story and respected place in their core friend group was one of the first times a major comedy has given a lesbian and bisexual woman that kind of development in a wide release.

As Adele Wolff in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, out actress Ruby Rose is visibly and openly queer, but in a stereotypical, misogynistic and womanizing way. While it’s rare that an action film have this kind of inclusion, the representation left a lot to be desired, especially as Adele never got the girl. That might have been too much for a global franchise led by Vin Diesel.

Rose also had a role in Pitch Perfect 3, though she wasn’t the problematic element of this trilogy. Instead, it’s the treatment of sole lesbian character, Cynthia Rose, and the queerbaiting of Beca and Chloe’s close but not explicitly queer friendship.

And while Wonder Woman is canonically a queer character, Patty Jenkin’s adaptation left any trace of gayness or bisexuality out of her big screen adaptation, a fact that was great fodder for an entertaining SNL sketch. Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women had a much more Sapphic spin, telling the story of the superhero’s creator and the polyamorous relationship he and his wife shared with their girlfriend.

It was full of kink, too, even more than Fifty Shades Darker, which had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them black lesbian coupleone of Christian’s co-workers (Robinne Lee) and her wife who can be seen holding each other toward the end of the film.

Similarly in Get Out, the insinuation is that Allison Williams’ character had a relationship with ‘s Georgina, whom she’s seen in a photograph with hinting they had a romantic connection similar to Williams’ with the men that she brought home to eventually be brainwashed and held captive.

It’s also worth noting that Frida Kahlo’s cameo in Coco gave the animated film a hint of queer inclusion, alongside some possibly gay uncles.

The winner for best large-scale lesbian representation in 2017 would be Battle of the Sexes, the not-quite biopic about Billie Jean King centering on one specific moment in the legendary tennis player’s life when she won a highly-watched match against the misogynistic men’s player Bobby Riggs. Battle of the Sexes had star power with Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs alongside supporters Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Bill Pullman, and Elisabeth Shue. While it was a sweet snapshot of King’s huge win for women, it was a little bit of revisionist history when it came to her relationship with her first girlfriend, Marilyn Barnett, who would eventually out King to the public.

Some of the best queer-themed cinema of the year flew under the radar, despite opening to critical acclaim at festivals. One such film was Sundance’s Lovesong, which was released in theaters and On Demand in early 2017. This love story between college friends-turned-lovers (Riley Keough and Jena Malone) is bittersweet, but so well done. It’ll leave you with an insatiable ache.

Norwegian coming-of-age thrillerThelma is another can’t miss, with several Best Foreign Film nods and truly stunning cinematography to accompany its at times horrific tale. The titular character comes into her own after falling for another woman, but finds love is not without its complications.

The campy comedy Catfight has Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone as girlfriends, and girl-on-girlviolence, that is, involving Sandra Oh. Almost as painful to watch is 3 Generations, the well-intentioned but poorly executed story of a transitioning teen (Elle Fanning) whose biggest struggle is getting his parents and lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon) to understand and support him properly.

If Wonder Woman wasn’t offering the queer feminist utopia we wanted, then Bruce La Bruce provided it in The Misandrists. The satire takes place in a lesbian separatist commune where the women are part of the Female Liberation Army. When a man stumbles onto their land, chaos ensues.

Chicago-shot indies Princess Cyd and Signature Move have both won accolades from critics and viewers for coming out narratives and female-centric love stories. The latter was also praised for its unconventional pairing of a Pakistani Muslim woman with a Mexican lesbian in a nuanced romance set amongst lucha libre wrestling.

Fans of the web series Carmilla got their due in The Carmilla Movie, sinking their teeth into a longer, more in-depth scenario with out actress Natasha Negovanlis and co-star Elise Bauman fully committing to their on-screen partnership for perhaps the last time.

Three documentaries also helped to enrich lesbian cinema this year: Chavela, a telling tale of the late Mexican ranchera singer, Chavela Vargas; This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, an unabashed look at the life of the trans/queer YouTube star; and Small Talk, in which Taiwanese director Huang Hui-chen attempts to get her lesbian mother to open up to her.The latter was an Oscar hopeful for Best Foreign Film, but didn’t get the nod.

In 2018, we have a lot more queer women-themed films to look forward to, including some star-studded indies like My Days of Mercy (Ellen Page and Kate Mara), A Worthy Companion (Evan Rachel Wood), Disobedience (Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz), and Lizzie (Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny). In February, the ensemble dark comedy The Party features out actress Cherry Jones as a “a first-rate lesbian and a second-rate thinker,” according to co-star Patricia Clarkson’s character. And at some point, Vita & Virginia should make its long-awaited premiere, as should the Anna Paquin-starrer Tell it to the Bees.

Still, these films are all about queer white women, and the only hint that 2018 will have some QWOC-focused alternatives is Israeli director ‘s debut, Montana, which premiered at TIFF this fall.

We might have more hope for television in the next year than in theaters, as Hollywood is still coming to terms with its lack of diversity and self-awareness. But here’s hoping that projects conceived of for 2019 will fare much better, and then we might, too.

Someone Call S.O.S. on This ‘Mamma Mia 2’ Trailer

What in the Meryl Streep is this?

On Thursday morning, Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to Mamma Mia!.

Mostly, we have questions.

First of all, Meryl Streep is dead?



Is this a sequel or a prequel?
Why is Lily James a young Meryl Streep?
Are you going to reuse all the same ABBA songs?
Have you heard of all the other ABBA songs?
Will Christine Baranski get another solo number?
Will Christine Baranski get two solo numbers?
Did we need a Mamma Mia! origin story?
Why is Cher playing Meryl Streep’s mother, given that she is only three years older than her?

When is it coming out? (The trailer only says 2018 as of right now.)