Welcome lezzies from near and far, to this week’s round up. It was a tough one this week. So as we’re heading into the weekend, I advise, because I care about you, that you sit back, make yourself a drink, alcoholic or otherwise, and take in all this glorious gay content.
The lesbian community suffered a hard loss this week with the passing of activist Edie Windsor.
Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and eventually led the way for the federal recognition of same-sex marriage. After working for IBM well into the 70s, she became a full time gay activist in New York and all over the country. She marched and protested and increased visibility for lesbians by living a quintessential out and proud life.
After decades of activism, in 2013, the case that bore her name was ruled in her favor and she walked down the Supreme Court steps in a pink and orange scarf, hands in the air, coated with a glow of victory. She gave us so much and her memory will always serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. Stand up comic Rhea Butcher wrote a beautiful and heartfelt piece about Windsor for the New York Times which you should read with a hefty box of Kleenex. I think I speak for most out and proud lesbians when I say that we are eternally grateful for Ms Windsor’s dedication to advocating and fighting for equality. Rest in peace to a true revolutionary woman.
In music news, Tegan and Sara announced this week that there will be a tribute cover album of their fifth and frankly best record, The Con, for its tenth year anniversary.
The Con X: Covers includes a myriad of artists who are both allies and part of the LGBTQ community, including Hayley Williams of Paramore, PVRIS, MUNA and Bleachers. The bonus tracks feature a little known singer that goes by Cyndi Lauper.
This comes after the band already announced an anniversary tour for the album which I am elated for. And in true Tegan and Sara fashion, the net album profits of the cover album will go to the Tegan and Sara Foundation which is an advocacy organization for mental health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ women. Keep an eye out for the project which will be released on October 20th.