Weekend Update: 4/25/2015

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There are a few stories I linked to yesterday (or in earlier Friday Links) that have had further developments. There are also a few stories I found after posting Friday Links that I would have included if I had seen them sooner.

First, I posted about the straight high school student who, when seeing that his best friend who happens to be gay was lamenting online about the fact that once again he’s on the planning committee for a dance, but he doesn’t have a date, got together with a couple of friends to make a big banner that said, “You’re hella gay, and I’m hella Str8, but you’re like my brother, so be my D8.” Here are some more pictures. I like this because think about how far things have come. It’s been pretty amazing that so many kids are out as queer in high schools, now. And it’s cool that most of them can go to prom without hassle from fellow students, or administrators threatening to expel them (only most, there were a few of the other kind in the news earlier in the month, alas). And it’s cool that openly lesbian, gay, and trans students have been elected Prom Kings and Queens.

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But when a straight guy can do this, and nobody bats an eye (look at the grins on the faces of two of the kids taking pics/vids of Anthony and Jacob), where the straight guy doesn’t worry about what people will think… well, it’s even more amazing. And in a really good way.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a virulent anti-gay group that has been losing, and losing, and losing and refusing to admit it, is hosting their third annual March For Marriage in Washington D.C. today. Two years ago they got 2000 people, but claimed to get 15,000 (and they photoshopped a picture of the crowd from President Obama’s inauguration into one of their pictures, posted it to the web, and tried to claim it was their rally). Last year they got far less than a thousand—and half the crowd were older ladies who spoke no English who were tricked into taking “a bus ride to see the monuments in Washington DC!” by an anti-gay New York state legislator; I’m not kidding, the ladies stood around confused until all the speeches the didn’t understand were over, then they didn’t march, the left to go look at monuments on their own! Even the most conservative news sites admitted the crowd was disappointingly small. I haven’t seen numbers, yet, but Jeremy Hooper from Good As You, posted (along with a link to their livestream) “Watch live at 11:30 ET: NOM’s hilariously out of touch (and likely final) #March4Marriage.”

I listened to one of the speakers while I was catching screen caps for the first update and writing part of this post, and it is definitely out of touch. The speaker was repeating their usual claim that activist judges have forces marriage equality on all 37 states that currently have it (completely ignoring four states where the voters approved marriage equality at the polls, and the several states who have approved it at the legislature). He doubled-down on that falsehood a minute later, repeating their lie that no marriage equality measure has been approved at the ballot box and that the vast majority of americans are opposed to “gay marriage.” They’re holding the rally on Saturday this year, instead of a weekday like before. And even more hilariously, instead of Tuesday, when the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on Marriage Equality. Everyone is assuming that they’re holding it today and not Tuesday because they might get a bigger crowd to show up on their side on a weekend when fewer of their base would have to take a day off work, and because it is pretty certain that the pro-equality side will have huge crowds on Tuesday. 5 Reasons NOM Will Need Much More Than A Prayer At The March For Marriage 2015.

In much, much happier news, Nation Public Radio reports Transgender Teen Wins Case To Wear Makeup In DMV Photo. When will these state officials realize that, if nothing else, it’s a violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection before the law to impose dress codes and so forth based on a person’s gender. In many ways, this isn’t even about the fact that she’s transgender. Insisting that because they believe she’s a guy, she can’t wear makeup for her photo? Anyway, I’ve glad Chase has won, and hope she looks better in her new driver’s license picture than most of us do.

Friday Links (glass bottomed frog edition!)

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre

It’s Friday. April is nearly over! Now I’m starting to freak out just a bit about how fast the year is careening by!

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Glass frog’s organs are visible through its belly.

For more information about other species of glass frogs: Glass Frogs – The See-through Frogs.

The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can’t Use It.

Men’s Rights Activist Group Honey Badger Radio Removed From Calgary Expo For False Information, Disruption.

Dan Savage Mocks GOP Presidential Hopefuls For Their ‘Imaginary Hypothetical Gay Friends’.

Mystery of Largest Structure Ever Identified in the Universe –The Eridanus Supervoid and Cold Spot.

Ceres’ Bright Spots Come Back Into View.

Oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe found by Russian archaeologists.

In 2017, Norway will be first country to shut down FM radio. Analog radio is going away, which is why last week’s story about networks petitioning smart phone makes to turn on the FM chip in more phones is another example of skating to where the puck is…

Chemistry Ph.D. student illustrates her thesis in comic book.

Iron Age Owl Brooch Unearthed in Denmark.

A massive study of 95,000 children finds no link between MMR vaccines and autism spectrum disorders. Still and again!

Neighbors at war over feeding of crows in Portage Bay.

Iceman Already Kinda Sorta Tried to Come Out as Gay in the 1990s.

Scott Walker, forever tarnished: Republican governors have tanked the GOP brand.

Dr. Oz Can’t Afford Me.

Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity.

MONTANA FINALLY JOINS 49 OTHER STATES AS GOVERNOR SIGNS ANTI-BULLYING BILL INTO LAW.

10 egregious myths the religious perpetuate about atheists, debunked.

CNN/ORC Poll: Economic optimism hits new peak under Obama.

Finally, a Democrat who calls “bulls**t”: Martin O’Malley drops a profane truth bomb on GOP’s deranged economic policy.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Crosses Finish Line.

Hoosier Finds Inspiration, Hope at Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

Taking the Homophobia Out of Fantasy.

A young man who survived “ex-gay ministries” taught me what it means to be a Christian. “The campaign against marriage equality sent me fleeing from the church. Here’s what brought me back.”

CDEJG_3VIAALTVgChristian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us. The idea of “one nation under God” is a modern one — and does not date back to the Founding Fathers

The Tea Party will never understand the Constitution: What the right misses about its favorite document.

New WaPo/ABC News Poll: Support for Same-Sex Marriage at Record High. And opposition to state bans is ALSO had a record high!

Keeping Up With the Hugos.

Janet Porter: Gay Marriage To Blame For Noah’s Flood, Will Usher In End Times.

Why it’s legal to fire someone for being gay in 28 states.

Nevada state Assembly rejects controversial transgender ‘bathroom bill’.

“You are entitled to this”: The real reason Amy Schumer’s rape culture takedown is so perfect.

Portraits Of Lord Byron, In Order Of Lord Byron-ness.

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General After Long Delay.

Sign Of The Times: Straight High School Student Asks His Gay Best Friend To The Prom.

MR HOLMES – OFFICIAL UK TRAILER [HD] – IAN MCKELLEN:

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Kevin Kantor – “People You May Know” (CUPSI 2015 Finals) {When He Stumbled Across His Rapist’s Facebook Profile}:

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In 1966 Lucille Ball filmed a special called “Lucy in London” and Phil Spectre, wrote, produced, and sang a song about it:

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The story of an all-electric, record-shattering ’68 Mustang:

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Imperial Stormtrooper Muppets live from Star Wars Celebration VI (mute it as soon as you get there…):

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A most excellent man

We’d gathered at a friend’s place for gaming, and we were reminded not to turn on a particular light switch because the fixture needed replacing. My husband, Michael, pointed at it and said something along the lines of, “Is there a hardware store nearby?”

“We were going to get someone to come in and—” the friend began.

Michael had already pulled a multitool from his pocket and was checking the wires. “Naw, this will take me a couple minutes, tops.”

Michael and the friend walked to a nearby store while the rest of us set up food and reviewed what happened the previous gaming session. When they got back, Michael set to work.

One of the other friends there looked at me and said, “You’re married to MacGuyver!”

Before I could answer, another one of the friends there said, “You’re just now figuring that out?”

Fixing some badly mangled wires and installing a new fixture is not a super complicated task, obviously (though the number different kinds of things my husband can repair, refurbish, or build is a quite impressive). No, the extraordinary thing is how blithely and eagerly he jumps into such tasks, and the fact that he’s always got a number of tools, spare parts, et al handy.

Sometimes I think he physically feels pain when he sees a machine not functioning correctly. He certainly empathizes strongly with people who are struggling with a device that isn’t working properly. I’m constantly finding computers, phones, or other gadgets stashed around the house in various states of repair he’s got in process. When I ask, about half the time he says, “so-and-so needs a better computer/phone/iPod so I’m trying to get them something newer and more reliable.”

When he doesn’t have someone specifically in mind for a device, he says, “I figured if I get in fixed, I’ll start checking around to see if someone could benefit from the upgrade.”

And those are just a few of his more obvious sterling character traits. I’ve written a few times before about what an incredibly sweet, kind, smart, talented, knowledgeable, skilled, patient, and funny person my husband is. And I am hardly the only person who thinks he’s awesome.

I hope you have a happy birthday, Michael. You’ve more than earned it!

Why I hate hay fever #5938, plus 4312 & 3786 & 3113 & 2488 & 2149 & 1364, and don’t forget #23

a911f13ae3885462f794446568e835f9ddc0ba0b4115862e596bb0585ca7484eGo back four weeks. Find every day that I didn’t post anything on the blog. Imagine a post that begins with the phrase, “Why I hate hay fever…”

That’s been my life. More than four weeks, now, every day the pollen count is up in the red (nearly, there were two days it barely dipped into the orange, okay? But only barely).

It saps my energy. It makes it hard to even think. It is so difficult to stay in a good mood. Occasionally I get just the right combination of medicine, rest, and fluids to feel almost human for several hours.

My husband was suggesting spending hundreds of dollars on a positive air flow full face-mask filtration respirator. His thinking is that if I wear that for a few hours every night, my sinuses may clear for at least a few hours and my immune system will get a rest for those hours and it will make the rest of the misery more manageable.

“And you can scare the neighbors!”

So I replied, “You want me in a respirator like Darth Vader, where I’ll be tempted to say to random people,” and I lowered my face, “I find your lack of faith… disturbing!”

He laughed and replied, “Just the facemask and helmet!”

When I summarized this on Twitter, our friend @kehf said that if I get the mask system, the line I should be saying to scare people is, “I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.”

Of course, I know that what I really need to do is clean out the filters on the two air cleaners in the house and otherwise make sure they’re doing their utmost. It’s been a while since they were cleaned. Maybe just getting a few nights in the house with the filters going will have the effect he’s going for with the respirator.

Weekend Update

Pastor Manning and his church are at it again with  weird anti-gay messages on their church sign. (Click to embiggen)

Pastor Manning and his church are at it again with weird anti-gay messages on their church sign. (Click to embiggen)

There have been further developments of some of the stories I posted about in yesterday’s Friday Links (Hugos and movies edition), as well as some things I would have included if I had seen them earlier.

Eric Flint delivers Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards. Specifically explaining why any system of awards drifts into a subset of any large set of works. It’s a really good read if just for the information about some of the giants in the field who never won awards.

The Family Research Council is once again calling for weeks of fasting and praying to save America from the evil of homosexuality (they say it’s about other things, but just take a look at the list of prayer topics in the article). As part of this they have been publishing a suggested prayer each day. After they published one earlier this week that seemed to be suggesting that gay people raising children should be forcibly drowned, news sites started publishing stories about the other awful anti-gay things said in all of the published prayers. Suddenly, FRC has decided that the prayers needed “editing” and removed them. Fortunately, someone took screen captures each day as they were published: WHOA: FRC ‘reediting’ all those heinous fasting-for-marriage prayers I’ve been showing you!

It’s not just national anti-gay rights activists who are suddenly deleting things they were saying quite opening just a few weeks ago. The Sad Puppies (a.k.a. the anti-gay, racist, misogynist GamerGate allies who are trying to screw up science fiction awards) are suddenly trying to erase hateful things they posted, sometimes just weeks ago. Fortunately there’s Google Cache, Wayback Machine, and screen captures: since some puppies are deleting things.

As Predicted, Antigay Mechanic Says He’s Received Death Threats, Calls For Support From Fellow Christians.

The National Organization of Marriage’s (NOM) email money begs have started claiming they may have to cancel some of the buses to bring people to D.C. for this year’s anti-gay “march for marriage.” Jeremy Hooper as Good As You thinks that NOM pre-spins its likely low #March4Marriage attendance. Given how they tried to explain away the low turn-out last year, I bet he’s right.

I can’t not share these great stories about parents supporting their kids: Doubts Removed: The Day My Son’s Breasts Were Surgically Taken Off. Which lets me end this update on a positive note!

Friday Links (Hugos and movies edition)

Star Wars: TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. (Yes, Disney bought them, but this is how Disney says to attribute the trademark!)

Star Wars: TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. (Yes, Disney bought them, but this is how Disney says to attribute the trademark!)

It’s Friday. April is flying past quickly, now. Amazing how time just keeps moving forward. My NaNoWriMo word count is not flying by, but then, I’m only counting net words, so whenever I delete stuff as I’m revising, that lowers my count.

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Is Fanfiction Legal? Great summary (the answer is not what most of you think!)

Harvard prof falsified sleep data: Sleep Apnea Not Related to Weight.

4,000-Year-Old Copper Crown Found in India.

World’s oldest stone tools discovered in Kenya.

‘Pull my finger!’ say scientists who solve knuckle-cracking riddle.

The long reign of terror: he fascinating history of the Terror Birds.

Cow Milk Without the Cow Is Coming to Change Food Forever.

‘Love hormone’ turns mothers into moms.

Sasquan Replaces Two Ineligible Nominees on Hugo Ballot.

WHY I WON’T BE A PRESENTER AT THE HUGO AWARDS THIS YEAR.

Hugo Story Withdrawn.

a statement on my hugo nomination.

The Real Problem With That Chart.

Will the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Ever Stop Lying?

Marco Rubio is an empty suit.

I Will Not Be Held Hostage by This Election: Hillary or No Hillary.

Coffee Shop Gives Anti-LGBT Lawmakers A Taste Of Their Own Medicine With New ‘Ban’.

CNN host wallops Marco Rubio: On marriage equality, ‘you’re the candidate of yesterday’.

Christian Pastor Condemns Colleague for Not Wanting Gay People Put to Death.

FRC’s eighth day of fasting-for-discrimination: Uses passage about forced drowning to condemn gay parents.

FATAL SHOOTING OF GAY NC COLLEGE PRINT SHOP MANAGER UNDER INVESTIGATION AS HATE CRIME.

Michigan Mechanic Won’t Serve The Queers, Time To Crank Up The Old GoFundMe.

Meanwhile, I wrote about The stories I have to tell and Pronoun trouble.

WAS BUGS BUNNY THE FIRST TV DRAG QUEEN? (thanks to @sharpclaw for the link!):

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Marriage Equality: Bring Your Family With You (a beautiful ad about the upcoming vote in Ireland):

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Legacy Trailer – Official Warner Bros. UK:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2:

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I Really Like You Lip Sync – 23 People In One Van:

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Garbage – The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert (Official Video):

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[Official Video] Daft Punk – Pentatonix:

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Pronoun trouble

Bugs and Elmer are © and ® Warner Brothers.

Bugs and Elmer are © and ® Warner Brothers.

Unlike Bugs Bunny, I have never been terribly good at drag. Part of the problem is simply a lack of practice, to be honest. Contrary to the stereotypes that some people still hold onto, not every gay many wants to be a a woman or do drag. Another part is I’m hairier than a hobbit. The vast majority of my adult life I’ve been bearded, (and I literally don’t have much practice at shaving my own face, either).

When I was a kid people used to talk about men who had five o’clock shadow: their beards were so dense or fast growing that after shaving in the morning before going to work, by late afternoon they had a noticeable “shadow” of stubble on their face. My dad had something like 10:00am shadow, and by the time I was in my early twenties I had it, too.

Even when I have silly expressions, in person I'm almost always called "sir."

Even when I’m being silly, in person I’m almost always called “sir.”

Despite that, I am no stranger to being mis-gendered. Back in the days when people used phones to (verbally)  talk to other people in distant locations (I think it was the early Triassic), I was constantly being addressed as “ma’am” on the phone. Never mind that when I was still regularly singing that I can hit an E-flat below the bass clef and was usually stuck in the bass section (because choruses never have enough basses), I clearly talk in my upper register. It isn’t something I consciously do. In fact, because the “way” I talk was frequently the excuse for a lot of the bullying I experienced in school (and teachers and administrators were always mentioning to my parents that I’d surely get along better in school if I could just stop talking like “that”) I went through quite a long phase of trying to talk in my lower register.

And it was irritating, to say the least, to have customer service people and other strangers on the phone call my “ma’am” or “miss.” So I can barely imagine how infuriating and demeaning it must feel for trans* people when others call them the wrong pronoun.

Especially when it is being done on purpose. It’s rude and disrespectful. And it infuriates me that there are people who claim that they don’t understand why it is rude. The very same people would get upset if someone refused to address them by their preferred name, right? I’ve known many grown men whose legal name is Thomas who absolutely despise being called “Tommy” for instance. So why is it so hard to wrap your head around preferred pronouns?

Of course, just like those people who would call me “ma’am” on the phone weren’t being intentionally rude, sometimes we use the wrong pronoun because we don’t know or we forget. When a person who is trans*, agender, or gender-fluid is a good friend or close colleague or family member, it’s easy to remember their pronouns. But when it’s at best a casual acquaintance or one of a bunch of strangers you’ve just met, it’s a lot harder.

There are also pronouns that are difficult. A trans woman acquaintance who prefers she/her/hers is fairly easy to remember. A genderqueer casual acquaintance who prefers they/them/theirs is a teensy bit more awkward for some of us. And then there’s the one trans* person who preferred to be called it. That word just has so much emotional baggage for me—bigots of many stripes I’ve had to endure loved calling anyone who was gay, lesbian, in any way gender non-conforming, or otherwise not conforming to their ideas of being “it.” I’ve known racists who referred to anyone non-white and with an accent “it.” I’ve known people bigots of other kinds who call atheists “it” for goodness sake! The point is that I carry a lot of emotional baggage with that word, and can’t use it myself without feeling that I’m dehumanizing someone. 

Which is not a justification for intentionally using a non-preferred pronoun. When you can’t remember or have some other difficulty with someone’s preferred pronoun, it is perfectly okay to just call them by their name. It isn’t that difficult to phrase things without pronouns. And it’s not a bad habit to get into with everyone you interact with, because the other kind of pronoun problem still occurs with everyone. If you use people’s names, everyone is less likely to be confused, in any case.

If you don’t remember someone’s name, well, there are ways to fix this. “Hi! I know we were introduced earlier, but I’m always getting names mixed up. I’m Gene, nice to meet you!” Admit to being less than perfect, and show that you’re making an effort to get to know them.

It really can be that simple!

The stories I have to tell

"Don't forget, no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." - Charles de LintThere are lots of topics boiling away in the real world that I keep wanting to comment on. Some of them are about drama in sci fi fandom, some are about controversies in the community of writers, some are arguments about civil rights, some are arguments about police use of force, and so on. Each of varying importance in the scheme of things, to be sure, but all involving real people and real harm in one way or another; therefore all worthy of some consideration.

But I’m supposed to be working on some hefty writing goals for the month. And I’m supposed to be trying to spend less of my time and energy getting outraged and ranting about things. So I keep stopping myself form writing about them, and try to turn my attention back to my fiction writing.

But even then, I am confronted with some of those same issues. What are the stories I’m trying to tell, and why am I telling them this way?… Read More…

Sunday Funnies, part 12

Another in my series of posts recommending web comics:

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 10.16.34 AMRecently a couple of different artist friends linked to this comic: BouletCorp.Com by Boulet and I suddenly had a new web comic I had to go through! I haven’t got through all of it because there’s a lot. And it’s hard to describe, because it isn’t a single series. From the artist’s FAQ: “I’m Boulet, a french cartoonist living in Paris. I’ve had about 20 books published, most of them for young readers. I also worked on two books of the “Dungeon” series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar (available in English, ask at your local comic shop).
This blog is an attempt to translate my french blog ” bouletcorp.com “. I started in 2004 and have drawn more than 1600 entries. I’m trying to catch up but it’s a huge undertaking!”


Some of the comics I’ve previously recommended:

dm100x80I’m a big fan of “Deer Me,” by Sheryl Schopfer. This artist is also a friend. I have previously described this strip as: “Three roommates who couldn’t be more dissimilar while being surprisingly compatible.” Except in a recent story line Thomas has moved out! Eeek! Currently, the strip has traveled back in time to the high school days of one of the aforementioned roommates. In any case, if you enjoy Deer Me, you can support the artist by going to her Patreon Page!

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I’ve long been a fan of: “Mr. Cow,” by Chuck Melville… and not just because the artist is a friend! A clueless cow with Walter Cronkite dreams presides over a barnyard of a newsroom. If you like Mr. Cow, you can support the artist by going to his Patreon Page. Also, can I interest you in a Mr. Cow Mug?

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And I love this impish girl thief with a tail and her reluctant undead sorcerer/bodyguard: “Unsounded,” by Ashley Cope.

The_Young_Protectors_HALF_BANNER_OUTSIDE_234x601The Young Protectors by Alex Wolfson begins when a young, closeted teen-age superhero who has just snuck into a gay bar for the first time is seen exiting said bar by a not-so-young, very experienced, very powerful, super-villain. Trouble, of course, ensues.

3Tripping Over You by Suzana Harcum and Owen White is a strip about a pair of friends in school who just happen to fall in love… which eventually necessitates one of them coming out of the closet. Tripping Over You has several books, comics, and prints available for purchase.

12191040If you want to read a nice, long graphic-novel style story which recently published its conclusion, check-out the not quite accurately named, The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal by E.K. Weaver. I say inaccurate because I found their story quite epic (not to mention engaging, moving, surprising, fulfilling… I could go on). Some sections of the tale are Not Safe For Work, as they say, though she marks them clearly. The complete graphic novels are available for sale in both ebook and paper versions, by the way.

Friday Links (bully for brontosaurus!)

This is Officer LuKe Wilson of the Toronto Police Department, taking part in Pink Day, a day to take a stand against transphobic and homophopic bullying. His story is in the links.

This is Officer LuKe Wilson of the Toronto Police Department, taking part in Pink Day, a day to take a stand against transphobic and homophopic bullying. His story is in the links.

It’s Friday. Is it really already the second Friday in April?

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Brontosaurus is back! New analysis suggests genus might be resurrected. Despite its relegation to a subset of the Apatosaurus family in 1903, new research suggests that the Brontosaurus might be distinct enough to be a genus.

Existing Glaciers of Mars –“Could Cover the Entire Red Planet with One Meter of Ice.”

Galaxy S6 edge gets the bend test, actually fares worse than the iPhone 6 Plus (Video). And surely the tech press and mainstream media are going to give this story as much attention as they did to Apple with “Bendgate”… *crickets* Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank.

Same-Sex Marriage Is a Religious Institution Deserving Lawful Protection.

Cured Of Being Cured; The Testimony of an Ex ‘Ex-Gay’.

And Now, Political Virgins. “I’m working up to a point here. The nation is becoming more rational about gay sex and more irrational about heterosexual sex. Who would have thought?”

I Got It Wrong On Purpose: A Trans Woman On “Passing.”

How I spent 16 years in an abusive, conservative Christian cult — and finally escaped. I love how she unpacks the economic side of the quiver full movement and extreme fundamentalism: “That’s right. “Traditional Family Values” is a product and we bought it big-time…”

This Canadian cop is fighting homophobia and looking good doing it.

What to make of a gay 1916 icon? Roger Casement’s heroic status was denied.

Religious Right Leaders Continue to Insist: GOP Will Never Win Presidency if They Soften Gay Rights Stance. Demographics indicate the exact opposite, but, hey, if they want to keep losing, I’m okay with that.

This Is What Happens When You Undergo Gay Conversion Therapy.

Over $127,000 raised for homeless LGBT youths in response to Indiana pizzeria fund.

I Support Your Right to Share My Rights.

Hating LGBT people has come to define American Christianity—and that was no accident: Voters in Springfield, MO, Repeal LGBT Civil Rights Law.

on buying some hugo awards, and voting NO AWARD.

How Sci-Fi’s Hugo Awards Got Their Own Full-Blown Gamergate.

Hijacking the Hugo Awards Won’t Stifle Diversity in Science Fiction.

I wrote briefly about The stages of truth.

And about the travails of editing: Yea, though I write through the valley of the shadow of death.

The Young Professionals – All Of It But Me ft. Anna F.:

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Kadie Elder – First Time He Kissed a Boy [Official Music Video]:

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A Shred of Decency (it is adorble!!!):

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Monty Python – Theory on Brontosauruses by Anne Elk (Miss).:

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