Friday Links (straight boys in dresses edition)

Michael Milo, 16, a student at Kingsville District High in the dress he wore for photo day at the school. Link to full story below. (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)

Michael Milo, 16, a student at Kingsville District High in the dress he wore for photo day at the school. Link to full story below. (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)

We have exited September, that most blessèd month and now we’ve begun October, the month of pumpkins and falling leaves and spooks and costumes!

It is Friday, and normally I would write something silly about the end of the week and the joy of the weekend. But there was some horrible news yesterday (which I’m sure you’ve heard about, and if not, there are links below) that happened in a small community that is in my region, and through which I’ve driven a few times, and many decades ago occasionally competed against students from the school in question. So I’m having trouble coming up with anything terribly fun to say.

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

AUDIENCES HAVEN’T BECOME TOO SENSITIVE, BUT COMEDIANS HAVE.

This week in Stupid People

Lucky non-virgin gals spared marrying whiny man-children after MRA launches #NoHymenNoDiamond drive.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

Oregon shooting on college campus leaves at least 10 dead.

Another: The 45th Mass Shooting in America in 2015.

President Obama is right that guns kill more Americans than terrorism. So do lots of other things.

Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart.

President Obama Laments Mass Shootings Becoming ‘Routine’ After Oregon School Massacre.

This week in Difficult to Classify

What it means to be a great product.

This week in Heart-wrenching

Lance Sanderson Suspended From School Following Attempt To Bring Same-Sex Date To Homecoming.

Science!

GIANT KILLER LIZARD LIVED WITH AUSTRALIANS IN ICE AGE.

Human Ancestors Could Hear Frequencies Used in Speech.

Earth – Why are we the only human species still alive?

Scientists Discover First Ever Glowing Sea Turtle.

ARE VIRUSES ALIVE? NEW EVIDENCE SAYS YES.

Save the Parasites (Seriously).

No boys allowed: Snake mom has ‘virgin birth’.

NEWLY DISCOVERED SNAILS ARE SO SMALL THEY FIT IN THE EYE OF A NEEDLE.

It’s Time to Free Lolita, a Puget Sound Killer Whale That’s Been Held Captive in Florida for 45 Years.

Mars: New hypothesis on the origin of the megafloods.

Could these dull-looking fossils shake our understanding of evolution to the core? Siberian find pushes back emergence of first vertebrates by 20 MILLION years.

Researchers Devise Way to Determine Color from Fossils.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Gender Discrimination in SFF Awards. Lots of cool charts looking at the situation over many years and in may different ways!

Urban fantasy fiction: there’s more to it than sex with were-leopards.

Guest Post: A Salesman Is You!.

Writing Better Trans Characters. “I reject the idea that trans characters should only be written by trans people because cis folk are bound to get it wrong. While there are some really fine trans writers, there simply aren’t enough of us in the world to do what is needed.”

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant: Early Thoughts.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction.

Hear Ray Bradbury’s Beloved Sci-Fi Stories as Classic Radio Dramas.

Culture war news:

Missouri Finds Planned Parenthood Didn’t Mishandle Fetal Tissue.

What Pope Francis Really Said About (Gay) Marriage — and What He Did Not. “lso sitting right before Francis during his address to Congress were three of the five Supreme Court justices – a majority of the majority – who ruled for marriage equality in June: Justices Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Kennedy. The pope had his big chance to be clear and emphatic about the terrible thing they’d supposedly done and he blew it? Maybe he just didn’t care all that much.”

Rebutting “Every civilization that accepted homosexuality failed.”

Mark Levin: The Supreme Court Is Imposing Secular Sharia.

Anti-Gay Evangelist Gets Smacked Down on National TV — and It’s Beautiful.

Pope Sides With Marriage License-Denying Clerk.

Why Pope Francis’s meeting with Kim Davis isn’t surprising.

How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward.

Alabama Strips Lesbian Mother of Parental Rights.

Ore. bakers refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case.

Alabama, Where ID Is Required to Vote, Closes DMVs in Most “Black Belt” Counties.

Boy takes stance on gender identity by wearing dress to picture day.

Reminder: The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood is built on outright lies.

This Week in the Clown Car

The right-wing’s religious delusions are killing us — and them.

Carly Fiorina Makes a Lot of Stuff Up About Everything.

Rubio sides with BILL CLINTON on family and medical leave as he proposes business tax credits to pay for voluntary expansion.

Ben Carson’s Religious Beliefs Come Under Scrutiny.

Mike Huckabee Takes on Rainbow-Colored Doritos.

Trump Embraces “Operation Wetback” As Model For Mass Deportation.

Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be president — his days in the Senate are numbered, too.

Ben Carson is plain nuts: The 7 most stupefying statements by the GOP’s favorite neurosurgeon. (This article only looks at the last year or so… he’s saying stuff this crazy or worse in political speeches since 2011.)

This week in Other Politics:

Bernie Sanders writes for the Observer: Time to expand Social Security: It has paid every nickel owed, through good times and bad.

I exposed Steve Scalise’s white nationalist past — and yet he may soon become even more powerful.

Ben Carson pulls into statistical TIE with Donald Trump as Hillary Clinton ‘feels the Bern’ and sees her lead over Sanders dwindle to 7 points.

Obama defends LGBT rights, rebutting religious freedom claims.

Gay Conservative Jimmy LaSalvia on Leaving the GOP (And Why You Should, Too!) (I guess we should be glad for his escape from an abusive relationship with the political party that hates gays… If only he would also come to his senses…)

Top Indiana GOPer Resigns (And Blames Canada) After Sex Video Emerges.

It’s even worse: Republican Who Blocked Revenge-Porn Protections Is Victim of Revenge Porn.

House Republicans repudiate McCarthy comments on Benghazi probe. Video seems to play automatically.

This Week in Diversity

Open Letter to Terry Gross about Dialect, Vocal Fry, and Discrimination.

How I Found Out My Husband Is Gay.

Geena Davis: ‘After Thelma & Louise, people said things would improve for women in film. They didn’t’.

EVERYBODY’S INVITED TO MY ALL-MALE, ALL-WHITE LITERARY PANEL!

News for queers and our allies:

I was at the Stonewall riots. The movie ‘Stonewall’ gets everything wrong.

The Rise of the Two-Spirits.

Advocating for the Bisexual Community: A Reading List.

Smithers Will Get His Long-Awaited Coming Out Moment On This Season Of The Simpsons.

Transgender Inmate Wins Historic Case Against Prison Guards Who Assaulted Her.

Discharge Change Lifts Burdens for Gay Veteran.

Respecting gay rights is good for business, global companies say.

Tom Boy?

This Transgender Man’s ER Story Will Horrify You.

Ellen Page Made a Bold Statement About Religious Liberty Laws on The “Late Show”.

The obligatory Hugos post-mortems:

I wasn’t going to do any more of these, but then a friend (@jayblanc) posted this on twitter: “We made all the sad puppies cry, and then we discover salt water on Mars? This can’t be coincidence!”

Farewells:

The Rev. John J. McNeill, Jesuit priest who became famed LGBT activist, dies at 90.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/26/2015: in the land of crazy.

Sunday Funnies, part 15.

Birthday not very quizzacious.

The worst part of censorship….

Varmints in sheep’s clothing.

Changelings on Distant Worlds – more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

Troye Sivan – FOOLS (Blue Neighbourhood Part 2/3):

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Erik Hassle – Natural Born Lovers:

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I Am Karate – Elevate:

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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.

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