fran's joy digest

Fran Tirado
Recommendations and writing on joy, sex, and how queer culture shapes the world.
Created 29 Dec 2020
  • Everyone Is Having a Really Hard Time Right Now
    22 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 6 1
    My little loves, I’ve had the roughest week ever — like, so rough it’s too TMI to even share — and so many different kinds of roughness, too. Family roughness, body roughness, interpersonal roughness,...
  • Add This New Pop Culture Podcast to Your Queer Digest
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Hallo poppets, When I set out to make this Substack, I did warn you there would be occasional shameless promotion. Honestly, I’m shocked I’ve gone almost a full year without fully detonating this open...
  • Great British Bake Off Is the Mood Stabilizer You Need Right Now
    13 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    Soggy bottoms, When I first sat down to write this letter, I was composing some lengthy diatribe about the trials and tribulations of casual dating, and it was going to be very raw, emotional, and res...
  • The Gay Cold Makes It's Second Wave
    21 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    Babes, I’ve been sick for literally two weeks and am finally coming out of a Sudafed-and-Gatorade haze. Got many covid tests and it turned out to be a second wave of the Gay Cold, which was of course ...
  • How to Crack Your Creative Process
    02 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    A sun wearing beautiful boots pushing two clouds away - art by Lauren Martin I’ve been thinking a lot about the creative process. In large part because I am working on a book, and in small part becaus...
  • Take Your Darknesses With You
    14 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Babes, Sorry, I can’t stop writing about Jennifer Coolidge. Actually, I’m not sorry!! I was listening to an interview with her the other week and can’t stop thinking about something she said. You see,...
  • 14 Anal Sex Essentials For Any Gender
    03 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 7 0
    image description: a black hole Good morning holes, It’s come to my attention that this week commences “Anal August.” Where I find social media-sanctioned calendar holidays/months to be quite asinine ...
  • 11 Things That Brought Me Joy This Week
    22 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 7 0
    Hello again, Let me cut right to the chase. I am depressed! It is a vague and boring depression, one with a definite catalyst. But what I thought would be more of a depressive episode has lingered unw...
  • Give Yourself 30 Days to Believe Anything Is Possible
    12 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 8 1
    There’s this kind of cliché conversation prompt that I often return to: If you could do anything with your life — regardless of money, location, or skillset — what would you do? The answers always fas...
  • How to Survive Pride With Your Dignity in Tact
    25 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Babes, It’s been a minute — can you ever forgive me? JK, I’m not asking for forgiveness because I have had a taxing few weeks with little time in between to do literally anything — eat, rest, workout,...
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