Friday Five (trailblazing edition)


Welcome to the first Friday of August!

After a streak of record-breaking hot, humid days, we’re getting a couple of days of relief including some light rain! If the forecast is correct, the heat will be back soon, alas.

It’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two bonus stories about people f-ers facing consequences, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about elections, five stories about haters and traitors, five stories about another epidemic, and some notable obituaries.

This Week in F-ing Around and Finding Out:

MAGA Influencer’s Social Media Blabbing Leads to Jan. 6 Charges

74-year-old Long Island man sentenced to prison for dozens of anti-LGBTQ death threats – Sentenced to 30 months in prison for mailing more than 60 letters containing death threats

Stories of the Week:

Biden’s long-game economic success story

How Kansas women ‘surprised’ America – The math never changed. But the mainstream media failed to note just what a paradigm shift the loss of Roe was — and will continue to be.

Randy Rainbow Torches GOP’s ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Response to Mass Shootings in New Parody Song (Video)

Go Ask Alice: why a Mormon mom made up stories of teen drug life that swept America

The Founder of GeoCities on What Killed the ‘Old’ Internet

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Study argues that “social contagion” isn’t making the kids today transgender – The "social contagion" claim has long been repeated by right-wing politicians and activists who support laws criminalizing gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth.

West Virginia Medicaid Must Cover Trans Surgery, Judge Rules

House Dems seek IRS review of anti-LGBTQ organization’s tax status – Family Research Council designated ‘association of churches’

Michigan Supreme Court rules sex discrimination ban includes sexual orientation

Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill – As the Senate contemplates legislation to protect same-sex marriages, there has been a sharp shift in Republican support for the issue

Elections and Related:

‘Kansas will not be our last fight’: Abortion rights victory gives Democrats new hope for midterms

Recount confirms Tina Peters lost her Secretary of State primary – Recount Confirms Election Denier Lost Big

A Georgia district attorney opposes Lindsey Graham’s attempt to quash a subpoena in a probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election

The Republicans Who Want Election Laws to ‘Stay Broken’ – MAGA-Land is trying to make sure the FEC is never able to function again

Florida Republican candidate may be ineligible after canceling registration in fit of rage in January 2021: ‘Thank you communists’

This Week in Liars, Homophobes, and Other Deplorables:

Alex Jones’ spontaneous cell death

How a Child-Killer Set the Stage for Today’s Republicans to Revel in Cruelty

The backlash to Christianity: Republicans are now panicked — but they only have themselves to blame

Records tied to $600,000 money transfer subpoenaed in Miami ‘ghost’ candidate case – Probe Widens In Republican “Ghost Candidates” Scheme

Town votes to defund library after claims it was “grooming” kids – "They are trying to groom our children to believe that it’s OK to have these sinful desires," a defund activist said. "It’s not a political issue, it’s a Biblical issue."

This Week in the Other Epidemic:

Monkeypox Declared Public Health Emergency by Biden Administration

Monkeypox is not a "gay disease" but it is being painted that way worldwide

Here’s What You Should Know About Monkeypox In Children – Although there have been at least five cases of monkeypox in kids in the US, public health officials say that they believe the chance of widespread infections in youngsters is remote, even with a new school year just around the corner

It May Be Too Late to Stop Monkeypox Becoming Endemic in the U.S. and Europe

The smallpox vaccine stockpile isn’t the monkeypox solution we need — yet – Public health leaders are weighing significant trade-offs to ACAM2000, including the vaccine’s side effects

In Memoriam:

Nichelle Nichols Dead: Uhura in Original ‘Star Trek’ Series Was 89

Nichelle Nichols’ Death Sparks Tributes From ‘Star Trek’ Stars

Nichelle Nichols completed her "Star Trek" mission so that I’d never know a world without Lt. Uhura – Nichols’ career was mainly related to "Star Trek." But if she’d quit, a galaxy of talent may never have emerged

Nichelle Nichols, trailblazing ‘Star Trek’ actress, dies at 89

Pat Carroll Dead: Actress and Voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid

R.I.P. Pat Carroll, staple on classic television and Ursula’s voice in The Little Mermaid – The Emmy award-winning actress was 95

Celtics legend Bill Russell, towering champion in Boston, dies at 88

Bill Russell’s Lifelong Fight Against Racism

Obama on Bill Russell: ‘Today we lost a giant’

Friday Five (not nearly angry enough edition)


Welcome to the fifth and final Friday of July!

The weather has been unpleasantly hot. And it’s a very humid hot. Nuff said.

It’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about an insult that backfired, two stories about the other epidemic, two stories about a previously reported death threat, the top five stories of the week, five election-related stories, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, and four notable obituaries.

This Week in Making Lemonade Out of Douche-bag Comments:

Matt Gaetz body-shamed a queer teen. She used the publicity to raise $168K for abortion funds – Olivia Julianna, 19, parlayed the congressman’s attack into an opportunity to do some good

Teen Activist Won’t Stop Making Gaetz Pay For Abortions Across The U.S. That last update I saw, the fund was above 1 million…

This Week in the Other Infectious Disease Emergency:

Here’s Why We Should Stop Calling It ‘Monkeypox’

New HHS reg seeks non-discrimination in health care as monkeypox spreads

This Week Following Up on News About a Death Threat:

Man accused in threats to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal charged

Jayapal blames Trump for violence after threats against her

Stories of the Week:

Jackie Robinson Museum opens in New York after 14 years of planning

The colloquial definition of a recession isn’t actually the correct one, no matter what the financial press or Fox News says

Two decades of Alzheimer’s research may be based on deliberate fraud that has cost millions of lives

Bioluminescent backlighting illuminates the complex visual signals of a social squid in the deep sea

Brooklyn Public Library Offers Free eCards to Teens Nationwide Facing Book Bans in Local Communities

Elections and Related:

She ran the Nevada Republican Party. She just endorsed Democrats for the next election

Judge: Wisconsin probe found ‘absolutely no’ election fraud – Liberal Group Awarded Legal Fees In WI Election Suit

The Forgotten Constitutional Weapon Against Voter Restrictions

Georgia GOP chair appears before Atlanta-area grand jury in election probe

Democrats are finally bringing the rage. More of this, please – Democrats participating in civil disobedience for abortion rights is a good thing

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Whoopi Goldberg destroys Jim Jones’ same-sex marriage argument

Bakery refuses to back down after receiving threats over family-friendly drag performance

LGBTQ people, keep voting against anyone who votes against you

Record-setting college athlete says coming out as gay was the best thing he did for his career – Kade McCall has excelled at the hammer throw at Kansas State. Since coming out, he feels completely free

Indiana Judge Allows Trans Girl to Rejoin Softball Team – The girl’s school had told her parents she couldn’t play on the team anymore after the passage of the state’s anti-trans sports bill

This Week in Liars, Homophobes, and Other Deplorables:

Former Covington Catholic Student Nick Sandmann Loses Defamation Lawsuits Against CBS, ABC, NYT, and Others

Twitter is letting anti-trans account Libs of TikTok target Pride events, including those that right-wing extremists disrupted

They Don’t Know Us. But They Hate Us.

Why did the GOP reject a bill to help veterans exposed to toxins? – If there’s a defense for Senate Republicans rejecting a bill to help sick veterans, after having already voted for a similar bill, it’s hiding well

QAnon Rioter Pleads Guilty To Felony, Faces 20 Years – Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge for Actions in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

In Memoriam:

Paul Sorvino Dead: ‘Goodfellas,’ Law & Order’ Actor Was 83

Tony Dow, Who Played Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ Dies a Day After Erroneous Announcement

Doctor Who’s Bernard Cribbins Dead at 93

David Warner Dead: ‘Titanic,’ ‘Time Bandits,’ And ‘The Omen’ Star Was 80

Friday Five (too much suffering edition)


Welcome to the fourth Friday of July!

It’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, five stories about traitors, and two notable obituaries.

Stories of the Week:

While All Eyes Were on Covid, HIV Researchers Were Making Progress on “The Holy Grail of Vaccines”

US recovers more than half a million dollars in ransom payments to North Korea

‘Normal Family’ author Chrysta Bilton has a sperm donor dad and 35 siblings

Wild Bison Now Roam the UK for First Time in Thousands of Years

Guard Rails Around the Bottomless Pit – The Villain, Considered as Safety Tool

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

This little-known “unabashedly gay” doo-wop duo ran the ’50s club circuit

Penguin Random House erects billboards displaying work from LGBTQ+ writers in response to recent book bans

My Daughter Is Trans. I’m Done Debating Whether She Has a Right to Exist

Gender-Affirming Care Improves Mental Health—and May Save Lives

House passes marriage equality for same-sex couples bill. 157 Republicans voted against it

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

White supremacists destroyed a Pride mural. The video they made got them arrested

2022 is already a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, ACLU data shows

Why Republicans support abortion bans with no exception for rape, incest, or health of the mother

What’s Happening With The Vinton Public Library

Anti-LGBTQ Alabama pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting boys – “He will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.”

This Week in Liars, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

There is a gap in the evidence we’ve seen against Trump. We have to rely on the DOJ to fill it

Stephen Colbert Spots Exact Moment Steve Bannon Spilled The Beans On Trump

National Archives demands Secret Service probe into ‘erased’ text messages

DHS inspector general meets with House select committee regarding Secret Service erasing text messages from January 6

Trump Is Going Down and He Is Taking Evangelicals with Him

In Memoriam:

Eric Flint (1947-2022)

Herbert W. Franke Dead: Pioneering Digital Artist and Science Fiction Author Dies at 95

Friday Five (chaotic f–ing mess edition)


And here we are at the third Friday of July!

When I mentioned how difficult a time I was having trying to sift through the stories I thought important this week to get into a few categories, a friend commented, "I’m constantly amazed that you haven’t had a ‘The Friday Five – The World is a Chaotic Fucking Mess, and the 5 by 5’s is now 3125’" and I decided at least part of that could be this week’s title. Anyway…

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about a rightwingnut making death threats, two stories about how both-sidism enables the badguys, two stories about consequences, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, five stories about deplorables of many kinds, and two notable obituaries.

This Week in Death Threats:

‘I’m Going to Kill You’: Congresswoman Jayapal Targeted in Alleged Hate Crime – "The right-wingers crying over protesters often won’t talk about their deranged supporters threatening to kill lawmakers with an ounce of care or concern," said Rep. Ilhan Omar in response to the attack on her colleague

Man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Jayapal released after prosecutors fail to file charges in time

This Week in Neutrality Enables the Baddies:

Social media networks fail to protect LGBTQ users

There’s a Strong Chance a Conservative Will Try to Kill Me Because of My Writing – In America, you’re not even allowed to acknowledge the Civil War was an act of treason

This Week in Just Desserts:

ABBA used to drown out anti-LGBTQ+ ‘bigots’ in ‘Nazi regalia’ protesting drag brunch

There Is No Constitutional Right to Eat Dinner – Claims that Justice Brett Kavanaugh had his rights violated by protesters outside a D.C. restaurant fail on originalist grounds

Stories of the Week:

‘Extinct’ Tree Is Still Alive in a Texas Park—but Barely

Far out: NASA space telescope’s 1st cosmic view goes deep

How the January 6 committee has already succeeded

Abortion Rights Supporters Are in Step With the Mainstream – Taking shots at the Democratic Party regulars who do the work is very unhelpful

Walgreens Clerk Refuses To Sell Condoms To Whore Of Babylon – Just kidding, she was a nice married lady on vacation with her husband. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a whore of Babylon!

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Summer of love: LGBTQ people across sports tie the knot and get engaged – People across sports, and the Outsports community, are expressing their love this summer

14 LGBTQ+ Pride Celebrations Held in Rural or Small-Town America

Most Texas, Florida voters say transgender youth should have access to gender-affirming care

Lynda Carter on Supporting Trans Community, New Music and Why ‘Wonder Woman’ is a Queer Icon

DC drag queens sprang into action as soon as abortion was overturned & they’re making a difference – The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade set off a flurry of political organizing in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ elders are bracing for a protracted battle while gender-nonconforming queers lead the fight

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

Florida school axes anti-LGBTQ bullying prevention measure because of Don’t Say Gay law – The Don’t Say Gay law says education about sexual orientation has to be "age appropriate." This school is worried that an anti-bullying video could get them sued

Man sues library board over LGBTQ & antiracism books. He has the nuttiest argument possible – He hasn’t even read the 50 books he wants banned, but he’s sure that reading Allison Bechdel’s books is the same as having sex in front of kids

Canadian LGBTQ+ youth centre attacked by extremist Libs of Tik-Tok – The hateful messaging targeting the LGBTQ+ youth centre includes death threats and other violent comments on social media

Conservative Texas Lawyer Targets PrEP Access After Abortion Rights

Republicans have ‘plans’ for the LGBTQ – especially the transgender – community if they take over Congress

This Week in Liars, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Conservatives Called an Ohio Rape Case Fake News. Now an Arrest Has Been Made – Right-wing commentators and politicians cast doubt on a report that a 10-year-old girl who traveled to get an abortion was raped. Law enforcement says the alleged perpetrator has confessed … and it gets worse: Conservatives Respond to Child Rape Arrest by Vilifying the Doctors Who Cared For Her – Todd Rokita, Indiana’s Republican attorney general, is trying to smear a doctor for not reporting an abortion given to a 10-year-old who was raped. The doctor did, however, report it

Arrest sought of Colorado clerk in voting tampering case – Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and her chief deputy are being prosecuted for allegedly allowing a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in May 2021

Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 — after oversight officials asked for them, watchdog says

Former US Attorney Says ‘Strong Case’ That ‘Trump Committed 5 Counts of Manslaughter’

Judge orders Sen. Lindsey Graham to testify for special grand jury in Trump election probe

In Memoriam:

R.I.P. Monty Norman, songwriter behind the James Bond theme

Larry Storch of TV’s ‘F Troop’ dies at 99

Friday Five (for who, exactly, edition)


And here we are at the second Friday of July!

In the post I published on Wednesday I commented upon the fact that I have been doing virtually no blogging for months other than Friday Five. And I plan to continue to publish the weekly Friday Five. But I have to admit that we are all living in what more and more appears to be the absolute worst timeline, and looking back on what categories have been appearing again and again in the Friday Five these last several months makes me feel as if all I’m doing is contributing to everyone else’s Doom Scrolling.

I know I can’t prevent Doom Scrolling. And I’m not going to try to limit myself only to feel-good stories (for various reasons that I ought to write a real blog post about). What I’m going to do this week, at least, is limit further the numer of links posted.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, a link to the other post I made this week, and two notable obituary.

Stories of the Week:

This couldn’t happen anywhere: How coverage of the shooting failed Highland Park – Mass shootings are seemingly disparate, but almost all mass shooters are motivated by bigoted extremism that festers online

Meet Meraxes Giga, a Ferocious Dinosaur With Teeny Arms Like T. Rex

The Myth of ‘I’m Bad at Math’

Wonder Woman stands up for trans people in wake of Bette Midler’s & Macy Gray’s attacks

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill ending “walking while trans” law

In Memoriam:

The Godfather star James Caan dies aged 82

Joe Turkel Dead: The Shining Bartender, Tyrell in Blade Runner Was 94

Things I Wrote:

Midweek Update: Gullibility at its worst?

Midweek Update: Gullibility at its worst?


I know I’ve been really bad about posting anything other than the weekly Friday Five and today’s post barely counts, since it is mostly linking to some news stories. Specifically some news stories that can’t wait until Friday.

First, there is this nugget: Extremists Bomb “Georgia Guidestones” Monument – Explosion at Historic Georgia Guidestones Prompts Bomb Team Response

You’re probably asking: what are the Georgia Guidestones and why would extremists bomb them? Those are very good questions, but John Oliver has already done a much better (and quite funny while still being very informative) job of explaining what the Guidestones are and why some people hate them:

John Oliver’s deep dive into ‘rocks’ is far more interesting than it sounds – Also featuring: Politics, furries, and conspiracy theories Rocks: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Click on the image to go watch it on Youtube. It really is worth it!

The sum-up is: back in 1980 a man paid a lot of money to have this granite monument erected in Georgia, and ever since then whacko conspiracy theories have revolved around it. The slabs of granite are engraved with some sayings in six different languages which, viewed out of context, seem like fairly generic advice about making the world a better place. Except that one of them calls for limiting the total human population to only 500,000,000 (less than 10 percent of the current world population), and a couple of others have a more than slight eugenics vibe to them.

A lot of rightwing people in Georgia believe that the monument is Satanic. Of course they also claim the monument was built by druids thousands of years ago, despite the fact that one of the six languages the vague sayings are engraved in is modern English. And the fact that the building permits issued in 1980 for the construction are on record.

The person who had them built did so under an assumed name and tried to keep his identity secret. John Oliver’s bit includes information from a documentary where the builder, who had promised to keep the guy who financed and designed the thing secret, seems to accidentally name the guy. If this documentary is correct, then the person who built the guidestones was a supporter of former Klan-leader and racist far-right politician David Duke. Which makes the sayings engraved on the granite about population and "reproducing wisely" take on a decidedly more nasty connotation.

The rightwing nutjob parts of the internet are all a flutter with how this bombing is a great victory over Satan and so forth. It’s probably safe to infer that whoever planted the bomb is a rightwing person–a person none of us would be surprised to learn has their pickup truck plastered with pro-Trump stickers. The sort of person who would not be able to appreciate the humorous idea that if they knew the identity of the person who built the monument and how his white supremacist ideas informs the engraved sayings on the stones they would actually be holding these objects in great reverence.

Of course, the rightwing nutjobs have never been terribly discerning, as demonstrated here: Why superhero satire The Boys turned off its rightwing fanbase – Amazon’s subversive smash hit has irked some fans with a more overtly political season that dares to position the show’s villain as a Donald Trump stand-in

I have several quibbles with that headline. First, you would have to be completely braindead to have watched the very first episode of the very first season of this show and not see the political commentary going on. I can agree that they got a little bit more blatant in this (the third), but it was so blatant already! And the reason the rightwing fanboys (as opposed to other fans) are upset isn’t the trump comparison. No, if you go read some of the angry posts of these dipshits on line you’ll see that what they are upset about is that they didn’t realize until this season that the character The Homelander is a villain. Murdering an entire passenger jet full of innocent people (including a child in the arms of a mother pleading for her child’s life) just to protect his reputation in the first season didn’t tip them off that he’s the baddest of the bad guys.

I need to digress for a moment here to point out that there are almost no characters in this series who are good guys. Which shouldn’t be a surprise since the comic books the series is based on was full of edgelord cliches about how everyone cheats, everyone steals, no one does anything out of the goodness of their own hearts, et cetera. If you are inferring from this that I wasn’t a fan of those comics, you are correct. I ended up watching the series because friends I trust (including my husband) told me that the show was worth looking at. Also, since one of the main characters is played by Karl Urban, I had to give at least one episode a shot.

Anyway, the political commentary of The Boys has never been subtle. But we have seen in real life that a significant fraction of the population is unable to perceive satire and parody. Remember all those folks who got upset when they found out that Stephen Colbert was joking the entire time he was pretending to be a rightwing pundit on first The Daily Show and its spin-off The Colbert Report?

sigh

Some people…

Friday Five (we’re not overreacting edition)


Welcome to the first Friday of July!

We finally rolled the portable a/c units out of the closet last week. It’s been hot and the pollen count is high. That has not resulted in a pleasant week.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the christianist-nazis who are destroying freedom, two stories about not giving up, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about homophobes/transphobes, five stories about deplorable/treasonous people, and one notable obituary.

This Week in Fascism Destroying Our Nation:

How the Christian right took over the judiciary and changed America – Leaders of the movement understood very well that if you can capture the courts, you can change society The Nazis have control of the Supreme Court.

Anti-Abortion Activists Will Aim Viciousness at Marriage Equality

This Week in Not Giving Up:

How To Support Abortion Rights After Supreme Court Opinion

Lori Lightfoot doesn’t give AF if you were offended by her comments about Clarence Thomas

Stories of the Week:

In about-face, Biden backs filibuster change for U.S. abortion rights

Many Pakistanis dig the cultural nods on ‘Ms. Marvel’ but are mixed on casting

The U.S. to offer nearly 300,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine in coming weeks

Pride Supporters Drown Out Proud Boys At Texas Library Event

Early human fossils found in cave are a million years older than expected

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Democrats introduce Transgender Bill of Rights to fight Republican anti-LGBTQ attacks One of those introducing this bill is my own Representative.

LGBTQ lawmakers win primaries in 3 states

The GOP Is Terrorizing LGBTQ+ Youth, But the Kids Are Fighting Back

World’s oldest Methodist church to allow gay marriage

The New York City Queer Liberation March proves “We’re still here. And we’re still fighting.” – Is joy the queer community’s greatest weapon?

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

New Documents On Foiled Patriot Front Attack Of Idaho LGBTQ Pride Event Show FBI Monitored Multiple Hate Groups A Year Prior

Are LGBTQ Republicans similar to Jews for Hitler? – As history has clearly shown, LGBTQ people who support the far-right Republican agenda are on a one-way path to self-destruction

Oregon School’s Ridiculous Battle Over ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Ends With Book Ban

Why Is Chris Pratt Lying About His Religious Past? And why does he think anyone is stupid enough to believe it?

Safe-space clubs for LGBTQ students increasingly targeted by right-wing activists

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Conservative lays out 5 reasons why Cassidy Hutchinson’s ‘stunning’ testimony was so damning for Trump and his allies

SCOTUS term: what this court is saying about men’s rights versus women’s

Proud Boys Terrorize Drag Queen Story Hour in Nevada

Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state

Trump Is in Trouble and He Knows It – The two big stories of this week are more closely linked than meets the eye

In Memoriam:

Marlin Briscoe, the 1st Black starting quarterback in the AFL, dies at 76

Friday Five (the first pride was a riot edition)


Welcome to the fourth Friday of June! Happy Pride Month!

I don’t feel like going into all of the reasons this has been a weird week and why I didn’t finish this post before falling asleep Thursday night. I’ll just say, I’m really glad that I scheduled today for a vacation day.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the christianist-nazis who have taken over the supreme court, one story about the nazi sympathizers who don’t understand why the nazis turne on them, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer history and pride, five stories about homophobes/transphobes, and five stories about deplorable people, and one notable obituary.

This Week in We Knew It Was Coming:

Roe v Wade is dead. Ending marriage equality & bringing back sodomy laws are next – In an open invitation to right-wing lawyers looking for their next target, Clarence Thomas says it’s time to correct "the errors" that resulted in marriage equality and the end of sodomy laws

Jim Obergefell slams Supreme Court’s threat to overturn same-sex marriage rights after Roe – "If you want to see an error in judgment, Clarence Thomas, look in the mirror," said the lead plaintiff in the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide

This Week in Shooting Themself in the Foot:

Gay Republicans whine that GOP doesn’t accept them even though they oppose LGBTQ rights too – They hate transgender civil rights just as much as the Party does. So why can’t they play in the sandbox too?

Stories of the Week:

Supreme Court gives states green light to ban abortion, overturning Roe – The bombshell 5-4 decision is set to upend races across the country as governors, attorneys general, and other state and local leaders gain new powers to determine when abortion will be permitted

Mary Trump just threw ice cold water on the “Mike Pence is a hero” storyline

A search for solutions as Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 found to escape antibodies – New coronavirus subvariants escape antibodies from vaccination and prior Omicron infection, studies suggest

Is It Last Call for Lauren Boebert’s Gun Restaurant? – The Colorado GOP congresswoman ascended into the political spotlight partially because of her gun-themed restaurant. It may now be closing its doors soon

Giant Bacteria Visible to the Naked Eye Discovered in Mangrove Swamp

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

We’ve had a gay superhero all along thanks to Kevin Conroy

NY library reverses decision to ban LGBTQ children’s books after outcry – After the Governor weighed in and condemned the move, the board quickly held an emergency meeting to overturn their decision

Darren Hayes’ recent Pride post was too gay for Instagram

House Votes to Clarify That LGBTQ+ People, Women Can be President – Dated federal language included the words “wife” and “widow” that assumed a male U.S. president

House Votes to Clarify That LGBTQ+ People, Women Can be President – The Department of Education released the proposal as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the landmark civil rights law.

Roe v Wade is dead. Ending marriage equality & bringing back sodomy laws are next – In an open invitation to right-wing lawyers looking for their next target, Clarence Thomas says it’s time to correct "the errors" that resulted in marriage equality and the end of sodomy laws

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it

The perpetual discourse over LGBTQ Pride, explained – The fights over Pride are really about whether Pride is even political anymore

The First Pride Was a Riot: The Origins of Pride Month

The first pride was a riot – We should honor the trans women of color behind it

Inside the first Pride parade—a raucous protest for gay liberation

This Week in Homophobia, Transphobia, and Other Deplorables:

Trans kids and advocates blame culture war for debate over adolescent health care – Upcoming guidance from the leading professional association for transgender health care perpetuates problematic ideas about transgender youth, some advocates say

BUSTED! Far right caught spreading false story that a drag queen exposed self to children

Texas GOP adopts shockingly explicit anti-LGBTQ party platform – The state party calls homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice" and accuses LGBTQ people of "grooming" children.

Why are white nationalist groups targeting LGBTQ groups? Do you really have to ask?

Right-wing media furious over Biden administration effort to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination

In Memoriam:

PBS NewsHour commentator Mark Shields dies at age 85

Friday Five (you’re not being forced edition)


Welcome to the third Friday of June! Happy Pride Month!

My hay fever has not let up. Whether the weather was rainy, overcast, or sunny this week, the pollen count has remained high.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one story of interest to my fellow nerd, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer history and pride, five stories about homophobes/transphobes, and five stories about deplorable people.

This Week in I Will Always Be a Nerd:

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Redefines Padmé Amidala’s Star Wars Legacy Through Leia

Stories of the Week:

Florida abortion ban violates Jews’ religious freedom, lawsuit says

The Jan. 6 select committee makes a criminal referral — its own way – For all the quibbling over whether they should ask DOJ to investigate Donald Trump, panel members effectively did so on Thursday

Triumph Over a Pushy Tesla

13,000-Year-Old Tusk Reveals Life of ‘Fred,’ a Mastodon Who Died in Battle

Strange tsunami-like quakes shake some of the stars in our galaxy, Gaia spacecraft reveals

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

How to get smarter & fight harder for LGBTQ rights

David Archuleta talks of struggle to replace feelings of shame with pride

Joe Biden issues executive order to fight conversion therapy & LGBTQ fostering discrimination

Mass. commission recommends LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, anti-bullying protections and training

Graduating students hand school president rainbow flags in protest of anti-LGBTQ staff policies – University students at a private Christian college are part of a sit-in outside of the interim president’s office that has lasted for three weeks This, by the way, is my alma mater…

This Week in Pride and Queer History:

This fabulous docuseries shows that queer history will not be denied

A League of Their Own Inspiration Maybelle Blair Comes Out at 95

How Pride organizers are responding to increased threats to LGBTQ events

This bank has supported Pride for three decades. Here’s how it happened – The multinational banking giant has been supporting LGBTQ rights since before some of you were born

Pride and the police: A complicated history for the LGBTQ community

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

A New York teen and his family seek state help amid a national tipping point on LGBTQ rights

Diary of a Queer Kid – My experience as a child with an “odd” gender identity makes me very afraid for kids facing malicious transphobia in Texas.

High school students get threatened with machine gun while rallying for bullied trans classmate

Targeting of Pride events follow months of escalating anti-LGBTQ rhetoric from right-wing media

Candace Owens can’t even tell a good lie. Far right personality busted using fake photo of ‘drag queen’

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

Police: 31 members of white nationalist group arrested near Coeur d’Alene pride event

Patriot Front Member’s Mother After His Arrest At Idaho Pride: “Pack Up Your Stuff And Get Out Of My House”

"Death To LGBTQs" Pastor Trounced In US House Bid

Anti-Vax Leader Gets 60 Days On Capitol Riot Charges

Another Proud Boy Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Cooperate – Johnson County Proud Boy is second in Kansas City group to plead guilty in Capitol riot

In Memoriam:

Mama Gloria Allen Dies at 76: Listen to Her Last Known Interview