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Femme birds, butch owls, and lesbian frogs: Meet the queer animals of Instagram


In 2008, a gay penguin couple went viral for the best of reasons: They stole an egg from a straight couple in order to become parents, then replaced the missing egg with a rock. It's rare to see queerness represented in the animal world -- if you can even call it queerness, given that these are, in fact, animals who don't have human sexualities. Still, that hasn't stopped the LGBTQ community from anthropomorphizing them wherever they can. To anthropomorphize is to be human. Who doesn't want to see a lesbian earth mother frog dispensing self-care advice?

Dutch Art Sleuth Recovers Picasso Stolen 20 Years Ago

U.S. News

This image released on Tuesday March 26, 2019 by Arthur Brand, shows Dutch art detective Arthur Brand with "Buste de Femme", a recovered Picasso painting. The painting was stolen from a wealthy Saudi's yacht 20 years ago. Arthur Brand, whose previous finds include a pair of bronze horses sculpted for Adolf Hitler, said Tuesday that he took possession a couple of weeks ago of the 1938 painting "Buste de Femme" after trailing it for years through the Amsterdam underworld. He has since returned the work, which he estimates to be worth some 25 million euros ($28 million) to an insurance company.

From Aria Code: Dalila, the Femme Fatale


Slate Plus members get extended, ad-free versions of our podcasts--and much more. Sign up today and try it free for two weeks. Copy this link and add it in your podcast app. For detailed instructions, see our Slate Plus podcasts page. On this Studio 360 extra, we're sharing a great new podcast called Aria Code.

Out Magazine's latest issue celebrates women and non-binary femmes, and it's a blessing


This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Between the loss of queer publication Into and the partial closing of AfterEllen, it's been a crushing few years for queer people in media. So it was downright uplifting to see Out Magazine feature the women and non-binary femmes otherwise known as the "Mothers and Daughters of the Movement" in its latest issue. It's so rare to see this community represented in media, forget gracing a cover. Here's how the editors of the magazine describe the "Mothers and Daughters:" Queer media has long been criticized for being too white, too cis, and too closely aligned with corporations.

This documentarian is fighting back against gay culture's 'No Fats, No Femmes' mantra

Los Angeles Times

Nobody wants to be fat and men don't often want to be seen as effeminate, but for those in the gay community who live at the intersection of such identities, life can be like the worst case of double jeopardy. For Jamal Lewis however, who is also black and gender deviant, being fat and effeminate is a source of power, and a subject worthy of exploration in a documentary titled "No Fats, No Femmes." "For me, I'm just interested in the spaces that people are afraid to occupy," said Lewis, who uses "he-she" as a gender pronoun. "I think there is something to be learned from what we are most afraid of and so, if that's what I was taught to be afraid of, well [forget] that. I am the Fat Femme."