Friday Links (abused privilege edition)

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It’s Friday! The second Friday in June already. Happy Queer Pride Month!

I haven’t quite gotten my 2016 Pride playlist where I want it yet. One problem has been that I’ve worked a lot of long days this week, having been pulled into a project barely days before the deadline. Don’t you just love planning? I’ve also had my usual pair of headphones having sudden battery problems, seriously cutting into some of my prime listening time. But I’ll get it sorted!

Meanwhile, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week, sorted into various topic areas.

Links of the Week

The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back. “Yes, we worked together for women’s suffrage—only to find that the white women at the front of the movement would use the fear of the black vote to get it. Yes, we marched on Washington together—but when the marching was over, it became clear that many white liberals would turn on us the moment we asked for changes in their actions and in their communities.”

John Oliver buys up $15 million in medical debt, then pays off the debt for 9,000 people in hardship.

This week in tech

Your Shitty Password Hygiene Is Spreading Hacks Like a Contagion.

Stop the Bots From Killing Broadway.

This week in History

6 Ways You Didn’t Realize Ronald Reagan Ruined The Country.

This Week in Diversity

No, That Wasn’t A Lesbian Couple In The ‘Finding Dory’ Trailer.

A blog post I never thought I’d be writing on book release day….

This week in Difficult to Classify


News for queers and our allies:

Air Force Cadets Describe Life After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

Dear Media: Ronan Farrow Models How to Cover Trans People.

Lea DeLaria: Get rid of ‘LGBTQ’ in favor of ‘queer’. Gee, didn’t I just write something about a few days ago?

Fourth Circuit Court Lifts Stay On Order Granting Transgender Student Restroom Rights.

Gay Democrat Bob Poe Seeks To Become First Openly HIV+ Member Of Congress.

White House Issues Track Record On LGBT Rights: DOMA, DADT, Hate Crimes Law, HIV/AIDS, And More. “The “fact sheet” – which I’ve posted in its entirety below – serves both as a very well-earned bragging point and as a stark reminder of how tenuous many of these advances remain with the specter of a Republican administration looming before us.”


Say Hello To Your Four Newly Named Elements Of The Periodic Table.

The deepest image of a galaxy from Earth.

Tiny hobbit-like humans were victims of island dwarfing.

The Very Long War Between Snakes and Newts.

Why don’t birds get lost? They may have mastered quantum mechanics.

The Earth’s magnetic field is weakening ten times faster than expected.

Ice age bison fossils shed light on early human migrations in North America.

Everything We Know About Drug Addiction Is Wrong.

This serpent’s venom could one day save your life: Snake toxin, not snake oil, might be next miracle drug.

‘Compelling’ science reveals Indigenous people the first Australians.

Simple blood test could stop doctors using ‘trial and error’ to prescribe antidepressants, scientists claim.

Stephen Hawking’s finally published a solution to the black hole information paradox.

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free.

Science Says Stop Doing This to Eliminate Self-Doubt.

Stroke survivors walk again after Stanford injects stem cells into brain.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Defending fandom is exhausting. Let’s start celebrating it instead.

Announcement: The Lemonade Award.

2016 Mythopoeic Award Finalists.

Strange Opinion: Bob Gale Of ‘Back To The Future’ Is Not Happy About ‘Doctor Strange’. Not only did he write Back to the Future, but he’s been trying to get a Dr. Strange film made for years, and may be the characters’ biggest fan…

This week in Writing

Irish Bards Could Kill Rats With Their Magical Poetry Powers.


De-Gendering Stories: A Challenge. It’s a contest, by the way!

Culture war news:

“Supergirl” star fights to save his cousin from “pray away the gay” therapy that harms kids.

Jeremy Jordan’s Cousin Sarah Released From ‘Ex-Gay’ Boarding School.

Small bomb damages Target bathroom as company faces criticism for transgender policy.

Transgender activists don’t share Pentagon ‘pride’.

Why Equality Is Toxic to the Transgender Movement.

Co-founder of border-watch group Minuteman found guilty of molesting 5-year-old girl .

A Reminder: People Are Going to Have Different Worldviews. That Doesn’t Make Them Assholes. I would retitle it, “That ALONE Doesn’t Make Them Assholes.”

Mormon Church Finds a New Target for Its Homophobia.

This week in rape culture


This Judge Sentenced Brock Turner To 6 Months In Jail. Now 200,000 People Want Him Recalled.

When Peak White Privilege And Peak Rape Culture Create The Perfect Fuckshit Soufflé.

The Stanford Rapist’s Father Offers An Impossibly Offensive Defense Of His Son.

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker.

This week in Politics:

Here Is Every Bogus Claim in Donald Trump’s Defense of Trump University.

Trump’s fundraisers see no chance of hitting $1 billion.

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills. “The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.”

Donald Trump Doesn’t Employ Many Women on His Campaign Staff, and He Pays Them Less.

The Puzzling Vilification of Hillary, A Psychoanalyst’s Perspective.

Clinton and Sanders and the End of the Road.

“It’s the REAL HILLARY coming out”. Many cheers for Hillary taking on Trump head on.

The Sanders Campaign Is Dead, Long Live the Sanders Revolution.

Hillary’s amazing achievement: Understanding the magnitude of Clinton’s historic win.

Obama Has Waited Longer For Cabinet Confirmations Than Any Other Recent President.

Behind the Gold Curtain of Donald Trump’s Résumé. “Based on his read of Trump’s election filings, which showed only $165 million in liquid assets, Cuban harbors doubts about whether Trump is even a billionaire as he claims.”


Amadeus writer Sir Peter Shaffer dies aged 90.

Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest,’ dies at 74.

Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century.

‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali.

Father of Slain Journalist Daniel Pearl Recalls Muhammad Ali’s Kind Gesture.

Muhammad Ali’s bouts outside the ring: Embrace of Islam and refusal to fight in Vietnam.

The Best Stories Ever Written About Muhammad Ali.

When Muhammad Ali met Prince.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/4/2016: “My conscience won’t let me…”.

Who’s offended? Why?

You need to pick your dragons….

Nostalgia for a Time that Never Was – more of why I love sf/f.


Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:

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Britney and the Beast by Todrick Hall:

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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 18 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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