Friday Links (hot dancing cops edition)

IMG_3781It’s Friday! Although for some of us, yesterday was “virtual friday” since my office is closed today so I have a holiday. My husband doesn’t get the holiday until Monday. So I’m taking a vacation day Monday. Because the Founding Fathers would have wanted me to have a four-day weekend, right?

For those of you who are reading this in the U.S., happy Independence Day! If you’re in the UK you’d probably not like to talk about it any further. Everyone else: Happy Friday!

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. Sorted into categories with headings so you can skip more easily:

Link of the Week

President Obama Took Me To Church Today.

This week in Justice:

I Challenge You To Support and Signal-Boost Marginalized Voices.

Supreme Court Rejects Kansas And Arizona Voter Suppression Efforts.

Political/culture war news:

Judge Richard A. Posner: The chief justice’s dissent is heartless.

The Real Reason Why Conservatives Like Ross Douthat Oppose The Gay Marriage Ruling. This is not snark. It’s a serious analysis you should read if you care about women’s rights or gay rights.

Bristol Palin and the failure of abstinence. This is also not snark – it’s about the very serious issue of teaching kids in a way that give them the real tools they need to protect their health, not ruin their lives, and maybe have a happy sex life with the person they love.

Why Dred Scott Is the Dumbest Analogy You Could Use Right Now.

The Time Has Come to Recognize President Obama’s Game-Changing Liberal Legacy.

Conservatives Explain Why They Lost On Marriage.

Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Important Pro-LGBT Surrogacy Bill.

Obama To Unveil Plan To Bring Overtime Pay To 5 Million More Workers.

Watch megachurch pastor’s creepy ‘pray the gay away’ event: ‘Somebody fondled you, somebody raped you’.

Ann Coulter has fallen from grace — and the reason why is terrifying.

The real reason marijuana is illegal in the United States.

Entire Tenn. County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses.

Science!

150629_BAD_nokisses.png.CROP.original-originalThis Biker HAD To Pull Over And Start Filming… viral video shows a rare event where sunlight shines on ice crystals guided by electric fields during a thunderstorm.

Helium Leaking from Earth in Southern California.

Measles kills first patient in 12 years.

Big Bang Nixed –“Our Universe Evolved from the Black Hole of a Collapsed 4-D Star.”

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Phones Home after Conjunction Healthy, Ready to Rove.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Dear Storytellers: Gay Characters Aren’t Going to Show Up ‘Organically’ In Your Stories, You Have to Put Them There.

Infographic: The History of Science Fiction.

Five Things Epic Fantasy Writers Could Learn from Dorothy Dunnett.

This Week in Racism

String of Nighttime Fires Hit Predominately Black Churches in Four Southern States.FBI Reportedly Investigating String of Arsons at Black Churches. They may be, but the media is acting like nothing is happening…

FBI Reportedly Investigating String of Arsons at Black Churches.

South Carolina Black Church, Once Torched by KKK, Burns Again.

Another Black Church Burns in the South, the 8th in 10 Days.

Is any checking out this guy? White supremacist who inspired Dylann Roof calls Charleston ‘a preview of coming attractions’.

Before you mourn them Duke Boys….

This Week in Sexism

Female pastors in Clarendon County receive letters threatening their safety.

News for queers and our allies:

Gurl, it ain’t over: 10 LGBT fights the Supreme Court could hear next.

Change Doesn’t Usually Come This Fast.

Colbert: ‘Hard To Believe Gays Achieved Personhood Just 5 Years After Corporations Did’.

micnews_2015-Jun-29Infographic: The Discrimination that Remains Beyond Marriage.

From Televangelists to Transgender TV: The Family Channel ain’t what it used to be.

When Going to the Store With Your 10-Year-Old Gay Son Is a Political Act.

Most Americans now say learning their child is gay wouldn’t upset them.

Ranking religions on acceptance of homosexuality and reactions to SCOTUS ruling.

Girl Scouts Return $100K When Donor Demands It ‘Not Be Used’ For Trans Girls.

But, all was not lost, because, Girl Scouts News: Western Washington Troop Launches Successful Indiegogo Campaign After Rejecting Transphobic Donation. Over $247,000 raised!

Poll: Majorities back Supreme Court rulings on marriage, Obamacare. Warning: auto playing video on the page!

Will Marriage Equality Cause a Spike in Homeless LGBT Youth?

Texas State Senator Asks The DOJ To Protect The Marriage Rights Of Texas Gay Couples.

Covering gay marriage when it’s really, really personal.

Equality for All: Tolerance in a new world.

Gay Pride Version of Famed Iwo Jima Flag Photo Elicits Controversy, Death Threats.

How Gay Men Used To Speak.

The obligatory Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards update:

How a hate-mongering group gamed the Hugos.

The Whiteness of Science Fiction: From the Hugo Awards’ ‘Sad Puppies’ to Dylann Roof and Harold Covington.

Farewells:

Holocaust ‘hero’ Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106.

Things I wrote:

Hired hate.

Videos!

Confederate Flag Parade – Wait for it..:

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Transgender Rights (HBO):

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NYPD gets down during NYC pride:

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Completely different video, different cop: ‘Hot Cop’ Gets Down to the Cupid Shuffle at NYC Gay Pride.

#LoveWins: A celebration of the freedom to marry:

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Eli Lieb covers Selena Gomez – Good For You:

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Robert DeLong – Don’t Wait Up:

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Years & Years – Shine:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. I publish an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live in Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

3 responses to “Friday Links (hot dancing cops edition)”

  1. Rebecca Mickley (@BeccaMickley) says :

    Thank you for listing me! I’m honored to be included. 🙂

  2. Sheryl says :

    The article, “The Real Reason Why Conservatives Like Ross Douthat Oppose The Gay Marriage Ruling,” was fascinating to me. I’ve seen studies (that I’m too lazy to properly find and cite at the moment, sorry) that find men tend to be happier when married and women unhappier. Anecdotally, I’ve seen many incidents of divorces in which the men promptly seek new (often younger and naive) replacement-wives while the women celebrate being able to prioritize themselves for the first time in years or decades. And so many wives express the wish to have a wife of their own, not another husband, and not because they are bisexual, but because they want some flipping help around the house for a change.

    If same-sex marriages inspire balancing the roles of husbands and wives, then that is one more reason for many opposite-sex couples to celebrate the SCOTUS decision. Better balance might make opposite-sex couples happier, thus keeping them together longer… and saving such “traditional” marriages.

    • fontfolly says :

      Somewhere in my giant list of unfinished draft blog posts is one that begins with an anecdote of one of the times some one asked me “which is the woman?” And talk about the many things wrong with that question.

      The assumptions that most people going into the lifelong commitment that is marriage are just scary…

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