Outsourced Issue Four: News for Bimbos, Himbos, and Thembos only

It's okay if you just don't feel like thinking today 😎

I’ve been thinking about bimbo culture. Why are LGBTQ folks, especially Gen Z queers, so compelled by the concept of bimbos, himbos, and thembos? I find myself increasingly drawn to dumbness, personally. After hours of reading news, puzzling through legal verdicts and purposefully obtuse legislation, and absorbing up all of the rage and fearmongering that social media has to offer like a sponge, nothing is more attractive than the idea of, well, having zero ideas. Zero thoughts. Blissfully liberated from the weight of intellect. Imagine the freedom of plain old stupidity, the quality of sleep that can only be attained by the truly airheaded. My friend and former Daily Dot colleague EJ Dickson wrote about the bimbo resurgence for Rolling Stone this week. I didn’t read it, because I can’t read. 💅🏼But you totally should!

Identifying as a thembo means that I can cut someone off in my best Valley girl accent as soon as they start to talk about art theory or Foucault: “sorry, I don’t speak German or whatever.” Why would I do that? Because too many words make my brain hurt. It means getting a free pass from whatever challenging queer politics are tearing our friend circle apart this month, just by saying “haha lol I’m too dumb to understand all that.” We’re drawn to the bimbo identity because we are so tired of mentally processing stuff. We’re tired of being smart and capable, of being superhumans who manage to hold together careers and relationships and households. We’re tired of chasing promotions and awards and goals when it has started to seem like the world might actually just end at any moment. We’re tired of thinking, periodt. It’s been an especially long, confusing, bewildering four years and we’re barely surviving in a global pandemic. Let’s all be bimbos. At least until January. And only after all our work has been filed by deadline.

With the spirit of bimbohood in mind, I’m keeping this week’s intro short. I have to go spend three hours laying on my couch looking at before-and-after pics of Brazilian Butt Lift surgeries on Instagram, so I can’t be writing words rn haha sorry.


THIS WEEK’S TEA 🍵

Trump-Appointed Judges Overturn Conversion Therapy Ban

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that banning therapists from practicing anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy violates the free speech rights of the therapists. And the reason for that ruling? Two judges appointed by Trump, Britt Grant and Barbara Lagoa, both of whom were also considered for SCOTUS seats. The case involves two local Florida ordinances (in Palm Beach County and Boca Raton) that ban torturing kids by trying to force them to be straight, but it’s likely that it will move up to the Supreme Court now. Rewire’s smart legal experts wrote it up.

Trump Admin Fights to Kick Trans Kids Out of Sports

And y’all wonder why queer bimbo culture is on the rise after four years of trying to keep up with this administration’s constant attacks on our community. Anyway, on Thursday Trump’s Justice Department filed a 40-page brief arguing that transgender kids shouldn’t be allowed to participate in sports. The brief said, “Separating sports by biological sex ensures that biological females are not forced to compete against biological males, who have inherent athletic advantages.” The Washington Blade reported in-depth.

Trans Georgia Inmate in Men’s Prison Files Second Lawsuit

Ashley Diamond settled her first lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections, and was released in 2015 after years of abuse, sexual assault, and being denied hormone treatment. But she was sent back—to a men’s prison, again—for a parole violation, and as a result says she has been sexually assaulted 14 times in the past year. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights are suing the state on Diamond’s behalf. Read more at Planet Transgender.

The First LGBTQ Digital Bank Opens for Business

Didn’t know you needed a queer bank? It’s actually a really cool idea. Daylight offers prepaid credit cards in preferred names, a safer option for trans people that only Mastercard’s True Name project had managed to tackle previously. The new digital bank told Openly that it will help customers save for community-specific goals, like transition surgeries or surrogacy, with financial coaches who are knowledgable about those issues. Check it out at Openly.

A Trans Teen is Suing Blue Cross Blue Shield

A new lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of a 15-year-old Tacoma, Washington resident argues that Blue Cross Blue Shield’s exclusion of transgender healthcare violates federal law—specifically, the Affordable Care Act. Read all about how the teen and their supportive mom are fighting one of the nation’s biggest insurers at Them.

Who Owns The Word ‘Enby?’

The battle of the sex toys continued this week on Instagram. Shop Enby, a Black-owned and trans-owned online sex toy store, posted receipts to its Instagram account in response to legal threats made by another sex toy company. The backstory: Wildflower Sex apparently convinced a trademark court to allow them to trademark the word enby—short for nonbinary, or NB—to market a sex toy. After Shop Enby opened its doors, Wildflower attorneys served them with papers and had their Instagram and Shopify taken down for trademark violations. There’s just one problem: Shop Enby argued that you can’t trademark an identity or an entire community. It would be like me trademarking the word “dyke” and then threatening to sue all of the lesbians on the internet. I haven’t seen this story get any news coverage, but it’s fascinating and I recommend keeping an eye on it.

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Scotland Becomes the First Nation to Make Menstrual Products Free

For years, advocates have argued that people shouldn’t have to pay for tampons and pads—and in Scotland, they no longer will. The country with the hardest accent to imitate officially passed a law on Tuesday that makes all period products free of charge and available to whoever needs them. Read about it at Axios.

Congressman Want State Dept to Review ‘Lavender Scare’ Firings

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro (not the presidential candidate, that’s his twin brother Julian) and openly gay Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline introduced a bill in Congress on Tuesday that asks the State Department to investigate the over 1,000 employees it fired due to their sexual orientation in the 1950s and 1960s. The Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration (LOVE) Act of 2020 seeks to increase public awareness of the U.S. government’s gay purge, which Castro said “harmed far more people” than the more well-known Red Scare in which people were persecuted for having Communist political leanings. Washington Blade has the scoop.

Where Did All These Anti-Gay Laws Come From, Anyway?

I am j’obsessed with Zing Tsjeng’s VICE UK series Empires of Dirt, which is basically about how Britain fucked up the entire world in an endless exploration for money and power. By now, most of us know that the history we’re taught in school isn’t exactly accurate, and I’m a sucker for history reframed from different points of view, which is what this series does so very well. And as a person with mostly Northern Irish Catholic ancestry, hating the British government is basically entwined in my DNA. Tsjeng, who grew up in Singapore, looks at how British colonial rule imported its homophobic laws not just to Singapore, but to all ~30 of its colonies. From Uganda to Barbados, those British anti-sodomy laws (etc.) brought hatred and prosecution to LGBTQ people all over the world. Most importantly, most of those colonial-era laws are still on the books. Bless Tsjeng for digging into this crazy legacy.

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QUEER MEDIA NEWS

Remembering Jan Morris

British journalist, travel writer, and groundbreaking memoirist Jan Morris died on Friday. Her 1974 book Conundrum was one of the early great gender transition memoirs, published during a time when trans people were still largely shunned from society. The book also explored unconventional open relationships, as Morris lived polyamorously in her lifelong marriage to wife Elizabeth Tuckniss. Morris had already established herself previously as a prolific travel writer of the highest regard, starting with her coverage of Sir Edmund Hillary’s first Mount Everest ascent in 1953, and her titles garnered glowing reviews in the literary press. After transition, she wrote another, oh, couple dozen books. The New York Times wrote a really beautiful obituary of Jan Morris last week after she passed at age 94.

This Isn’t *Technically* Queer Media News…OR IS IT

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Megan Thee Stallion made media—and newsprint—fashionable and hot. We stan a bisexual icon that supports journalism. 🙌🏼


QUEER MEME OF THE WEEK

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Because if this isn’t bimbo culture, I don’t know what is. (Pro tip: add a Harbor Freight to this mini-mall and it’s confirmed thembo culture.)

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