Friday Links (Kids who need our help edition)

COKz1u2WcAQn8KHIt’s the second Friday in September. September, ah, that most blessèd month!

And thank goodnees it’s 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. This is not all of the links I meant to share, because there was a problem with the system I use to save them and I lost a couple days worth. But I probably collect too many most weeks, anyway, so enjoy:

Link of the Week

Rallying to Help a Homeschooled Christian Kid Who Got Thrown Out After He Came Out.

There are lots of other kids who need our help. Here are a few places you can help:

The True Colors Fund.

BUILDING A MOVEMENT TO END HOMELESSNESS.

The Ali Forney Center.

And the local one I give to regularly: Youth Care.

This week in Difficult to Classify

Why did the FBI show up at this Globalist youth reporter’s house?

Twitter Done Wrong.

Science!

Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa.

NASA Releases New Image of Mysterious ‘Bright Spots’ on Ceres.

BEHOLD PLUTO IN ALL ITS MAJESTY.

Earth’s magnetic mystery forces scientists to get creative.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

People are talking about a Best Series Hugo proposal...

On the same topic: The format is political.

How gay rights got its start in science fiction.

NO MORE DIVERSITY PANELS, IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON.

Queer Sci-fi/Fantasy Anthology Beyond Goes Above and [Review].

2015 Hugo Analysis: Nominating Stats, Part 1.

SIZE MATTERS: THE EVOLUTION OF UNICORN HORNS.

This week in Geek

The queer masculinity of stealth games. “In games, men’s bodies often represent brute strength. Stealth games are the focal point for an alternative masculinity: sleek, illusory, sensitive, and self-reflective.”

Culture war news:

We’re getting Kim Davis all wrong: What she reveals about the right’s true motivations.

Let Go of the Fig Leaf.

That’s Me in the Corner, Losing My Religion.

Boss Who Asked Transgender Woman ‘What Are You?’ Agrees To Significant Settlement.

Kim Davis Is Just the Beginning.

This Week in the Clown Car

Ben Carson’s theocratic lie: The pernicious myth of America the “Christian nation.”

Emasculated white men love Donald Trump: The real reason a billionaire bozo rules the GOP.

The secret hidden inside Bush’s tax plan.

Cruz’s second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans.

Huckabee: Dred Scott Decision “Remains To This Day The Law Of The Land.” The Dred Scott decision was overturned by the 14th Amendment.

This week in Other Politics:

Bernie Sanders stood up for gay soldiers — 16 years before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ended.

RUSSIA SAID TO GET IRAN’S CLEARANCE FOR SYRIA-BOUND FLIGHTS.

The Biggest And Boldest Ideas For How To Stop Rising Inequality.

Reporter Says He Was Fired For Asking If Sen. Vitter Still Hires Prostitutes.

This Week in Racism

Her Name Was Natasha McKenna & No One Will Be Held Responsible For Her Death.

Culture war news:

How Religious Liberty has been used to justify racism, sexism, and slavery throughout history.

The Problem With Religious Exemptions to Gay Rights.

Readers React: Issuing marriage licenses isn’t God’s work.

‘A fag is still a fag’: Texas tent revival uses loud speakers to flood city park with anti-gay hate speech.

This Week in Sexism

Does the Tech Industry Even Deserve Women?

News for queers and our allies:

Are GOP Donors the Key to Passing a Nondiscrimination Bill?

Gay Marriage Is Legal, but We’re Still Not Equal.

Inside the Seattle Clinic That Survived the Darkest Days of AIDS. Being an out gay man in Seattle in the ‘90s myself, I know more than a few of those names in Dr. Shalit’s card file…

In the heat of our nationwide marriage equality victory, can LGBT and allied Americans resist a hate group’s bait?

Things I wrote:

Semi-Precious Stone, Helical or Otherwise: more of why I love sf/f.

We’ve always been here, even in a galaxy far, far away….

Things I wish I could post to Facebook without causing relatives to go bananas….

Storytelling should not be preaching, part 2.

Videos!

Tiger plays with bamboo like a kitten with string:

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[Official Video] Can’t Sleep Love – Pentatonix:

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HELL’S CLUB. NEW MASHUP AMDSFILMS (watch it all the way to the end of the credits…):

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Gareth Thomas: Never Alone tells the story of how the former Wales captain’s greatest fear wasn’t the opposition he faced on the pitch, but the fear of rejection from everything he had known, because of his sexuality:

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Troye Sivan – WILD (Blue Neighbourhood Part 1/3):

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My Heart Will Go On – Vintage ’50s Jackie Wilson – Style Celine / Titanic Cover ft. Mykal Kilgore:

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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 used to 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 near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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