Friday Links (just came to dance edition)

Ck0UFiFWkAAZQVHFriday has finally arrived. I have been wrestling with this post for a bit. Since I’ve already written a few times about the big story of the week—and everyone else has been blogging, re-blogging, tweeting and otherwise talking about the big story—I started to break this into two posts. One would have had all the shooting related posts, the other none. But that was weird and there are a few links that are kind of a tough call on that. And, I’ve always had a lot of links related to queer rights issues and such, anyway. So I opted to just put all the links I’ve gathered in here, and let you decide whether to scroll past.

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

This week in History

Women guitar makers scratched from Gibson history.

This week in Restoring Your Faith in Humanity

ORLANDO: Hundreds Form Human Chain Links To Block Westboro Baptist From Funerals For Pulse Victims.

Jetblue passengers write letters to Orlando victim’s grandmother.

On rap, Hollywood, and sport—and black male affection, friendship, and love.

And other news:

Why I Quit Twitter — and Left Behind 35,000 Followers.

This week in I can’t even…

Orlando Nightclub Shooting: ‘Absolute Devastation’ Among LGBTQ Community.

Florida Catholic bishop: ‘It is religion, including our own,’ that targets LGBT people.

Easy weapon access, LGBT hate made Orlando massacre possible. “The Legislature has repeatedly failed to extend the protection of the state’s civil rights law to LGBT Michiganders. And now, as the state board of education is working to develop a set of voluntary guidelines for schools to provide a safe environment for LGBT kids, some state lawmakers are working diligently to demonize LGBT Michiganders. Make no mistake: The violent acts in Orlando are rooted in this rhetoric.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Fights Back Tears Reading Orlando Victim Names.

After Orlando, some grieve, others buy guns. “…it’s not until I’m holding a heavy-duty firearm that the disconnect between the power of this tool and the ease of its purchase hits home. Transferring the title of a car, filing taxes — these are much more challenging than getting this gun. Why, I wonder, would I need this in ten to fifteen minutes? I have made many bad decisions in the course of ten or fifteen minutes”

When I Told My Gay Son 49 People Died For Being Just Like Him.


It’s not enough to #PrayForOrlando. People of faith must fight homophobia.

Here’s How Long It Will Take America To Forget About The Orlando Massacre.

This week in We won’t give up:


Gay Space Cannot Be Straight Women’s Safe Space Until It’s Safe For Those Who Are Gay.

The road to murder is paved with microaggressions.

At Los Angeles Pride, Music Trumped Fear.

Please Don’t Stop the Music: The Orlando shooter violated a sanctuary, but his desecration will not defeat us.

Some Thoughts and Facts, in No Particular Order.


This Week in Diversity

The “Me Before You” Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected.

#SayNoToHYDRACap: What You Can Do.

IN YOUR FACE JAM: Marvel, DC and the Current State of LGBT Superheroes.

24 THINGS WOMEN OVER 30 SHOULD WEAR. This is not what you think – go read it!

This week in awful news

Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack.

This week in war crimes

Detainees Describe C.I.A. Torture in Declassified Transcripts.

News for queers and our allies:

Straight guy worries he’s being homophobic to gay roommate, realizes he’s fallen in love with him.

Love in the time of terrorism: A new TV documentary looks at the flight of two young lovers from fearsome persecution in Iraq to Seattle.

I am Muslim, I am queer, and I exist.

Twitter Users Celebrate LGBTQIA Identities With #QueerSelfLove.

‘Nonbinary’ is now a legal gender, Oregon court rules.

Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Was Founded by a Woman Whose Brother Died from AIDS: The name refers to his heartbeat.

What We Find in Gay Bars and Queer Clubs.

Scottish Episcopal Church votes for marriage equality.


Astronomers find building blocks of life near newborn star.

The most under-loved planet in our solar system.

Surprise! Newfound Asteroid Is ‘Quasi-Moon’ of Earth.

Pre and post testing show reversal of memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease in 10 patients.

Science Finally Figured Out How to Make Coffee Even Better.

Mineral from wet, hot volcano lava found on Mars, baffling scientists.

Gluttonous Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation.


Mystery object breaks Saturn’s weirdest ring.

Ancient Swedish space rock may be a whole new kind of meteorite.

To stop Earth’s sixth extinction, a biologist says we must give up half the planet.

This Scary Animation Shows How Glacier National Park Is Losing Its Glaciers.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Dialogue You’d Sell Your Firstborn For: Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies.

Mentoring in the Afterlife.

Culture war news:

The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights. There have been 254 anti-LGBT bills introduced across the nation since the ACLU began tracking legislation in 2013…

Reflecting on the Complicated and Painful History of Anti-LGBTQ Violence in the US. “On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the stairway leading to the popular men’s club that burned down under mysterious circumstances. The tragedy claimed the lives of 32 men, and until this week it was the largest mass murder of LGBTQ people in the United States…”

The Second Amendment Hoax: How the NRA and conservatives have perverted the meaning of the right to bear arms.

Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Race To Condemn Islam While Ignoring Their Own Roles In Anti-LGBT Violence.

4 Pro-Gun Arguments We’re Sick of Hearing.

Oh no – NOM: “The March For Marriage is On”.


The Campaign:

Donald Trump tells people to ‘ask the gays’ about how great he is. ‘The gays’ respond—and it is EPIC.

David Cay Johnston: New Evidence Donald Trump Didn’t Pay Taxes (With Update).

This week in Politics:

What Gun Control Advocates Can Learn From the Marriage Equality Movement.

Republican Senator Inadvertently Calls for President Obama’s Death in Speech to Christian Audience. I don’t think it was that inadvertent…

This Week in (other) Hate Crimes

LA Pride Suspect’s Ex-Boyfriend Says He Once Threatened To Shoot Up Workplace.

Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies.


The Stories of the Victims of the Pulse Gay Nightclub Massacre in Orlando – The mother of 12 who beat cancer twice. The brother whose sister drove 12 hours to say goodbye. The couples who died together….

Margaret Heldt, creator of beehive hairdo, dies at age 98.

Jo Cox: The Labour MP who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.

Author Lois Duncan Has Passed Away.

This Couple Killed in the Orlando Shooting Hoped to Get Married. Now They Will Have a Joint Funeral.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/11/2016: His idea of ethics is disobeying the law.

They used to insist that drunk driving couldn’t be reduced, either.

There is so much to be pedantic about amidst this horrible news.

#TwoMenKissing and why Orlando was a punch in my gut.

Dancing with my pride.


Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:

I Have A Tribe – Buddy Holly:

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Hozier – Better Love (From The Legend of Tarzan – Film Version):

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Official HD Trailer #1 | 2016:

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John Grant & Kylie Minogue at Royal Albert Hall 15/06/2016 singing Glacier:

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