Friday Links (Remembrance edition)

International Transgender Day of Remembrance  (Click to embiggen)

International Transgender Day of Remembrance (Click to embiggen)

Thank goodness it’s Friday. November is moving along! It’s already the 20th, which means that today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance

NaNoWriMo is taking up a lot of my time, so I’m not doing as much online news reading as usual. 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

Former ISIS hostage, French reporter tortured for 10 months: They *want* us to retaliate.

This Week in Diversity

Russian Witch Baba Yaga’s Guide To Feminism.

The history of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

This week in People Doing Good Things

Paris attacks: Restaurant worker who saved two women.

Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins.

This week in Evil, Greedy People

The company that raised the price of a drug by 5,000% posted a $14.6 million net loss in the third quarter.

News for queers and our allies:

3 Powerful Ways to Observe Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Moschino Barbie Boys. “It’s wonderful that we live in a world where conventionally masculine pro basketball players and soccer players can be out, as well as Olympic skiers and ass-kicking/porn-making boxers. But little boys who play with barbies—and grow up to be iconic fashion-house-reviving designers—aren’t a “harmful stereotype.” Those boys exist and there’s nothing wrong with them. And those boys came out first (because they couldn’t hide) and they came out swinging. It was little girly boys who made it safe for masculine gay dudes to come out and not the other way around.”

Starbucks Turns 97 Seattle Locations Into LGBT Safe Spaces.

GLAAD launches trans microaggressions photo project #transwk.


The Hidden History of Gay Purges at Colleges.

This Is What Happens At A Formal For LGBT Teens.


Article: Apollo 12: A Giant Leap for Trolldom.

Canada Opens the Door for Science Once Again.

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Resist All Antibiotics. It’s a slightly misleading headline. This bacteria can resist the so-called “last resort” antibiotic. It does NOT have the mutations necessary to resist other antibiotics. However, as the article points out, it is only a matter of time.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Being a Superhero Isn’t Helping Thor Fight Cancer.

Science-fiction, fantasy, and all the things in between.

Culture war news:

Dalai Lama: Stop Praying for Paris — Humans Created This Problem and Humans Must Solve It.

Reviving the ‘Liberal Media’ Myth.

Arrest Pastor Kevin Swanson?

At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Performed Their Own Abortions.

“No evidence” to support “unfounded allegations” against Planned Parenthood: Attorney General Ferguson. That’s my attorney general (we elect the state attorney general here in Washington)

This is America in the age of decay: How we became a civilization dominated by racism & rage. What America and the world now face isn’t a clash of civilizations. It’s a struggle against our darkest impulses

This Week in the Clown Car

This is why Ben Carson lies: The dark, disturbing reality of race, religion and today’s right-wing.

Donald Trump Won’t Rule Out Special ID Cards For Muslim Americans.

“Syria-ously hot!” The right responds to Paris with Bible-thumping, scientific illiteracy, frat boy antics.

Stephen Colbert’s scathing Bobby Jindal farewell: GOP still party of stupid, Trump “offensive” and Carson “bizarre”.

Chris Christie can’t believe that the Paris attackers weren’t Syrian refugees.

Why Won’t People Just Call Ben Carson the Idiot He Clearly Is? Come on. The guy is as dumb as a bag of rocks. How does he get away with it? Because our society craves his narrative.

GOP Candidates Really Don’t Want To Talk About ‘Kill The Gays’ Conference.

This week in Other Politics:

Ignore The Freakout: Here’s What Obama Really Said About ‘America Winning’.

Observers Push Back Against Anti-Refugee Ugliness: “No Exaggeration to Call This Un-American.”

The National Association of Evangelicals Calls for Continued Resettlement of Refugees.

Inslee says Washington state will continue to welcome refugees. That’s my governor!

Now the Truth Emerges: How the US Fuelled the Rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Things I wrote:

When bad things happen look for the heroes.

The red cup is already silly old news, but it’s more than a joke.

Meta-labels and Sub-genres – loving sf/f in all its forms.


Trans women tell GLAAD about their experiences in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance:

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Use the iPad Pro like a Wacom Cintiq:

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Elton John – Looking Up:

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Panic! At The Disco: Victorious [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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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. For more than 20 years I edited and published 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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