F/r/i/d/a/y/ Saturday Five (not losing is better than nothing edition)

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It’s the second weekend of Pride Month. If you don’t celebrate Pride (or at least understand why we do), maybe you should re-read this post from earlier this week.

Anyway, here I am posting the Friday Five on Saturday. I’ve been sick at least Monday, though I didn’t recognize the signs until after waking up with the cover and fever Tuesday morning. I felt much better Thursday morning, thought I was getting over it, and went into the office after sleeping through two sick days. Then Thursday night I was very scattered and the Friday Five assembly (which usually takes about an hour) drug on and I started dozing off at the keyboard so I went to bed. I figured it would only take fifteen minutes or in the morning to finish it and post; since I was going to be working from home anyway, it would be a good thing to do for a break, right?

I got up when the alarm went off, feeling worse than the day before, got my meds, set up the work computer, was logging into the work network… and I fell asleep for two hours. My fever was back and my brain was just sluggish. I had unmovable end of the day deadlines that were already behind because of the two sick days, so I was scrambling the rest of the day.

So this week it’s a Saturday Five: This week you get the top five (IMHO) stories of the week of interest to queer people, top five stories about people who are less-than-wonderful, top five general interest stories, and top five videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Queer stories of the Week:

Court upholds Phoenix law over same-sex wedding invitations.
The ruling that the anti-gay folks were crowing about as a victory wasn’t; it wasn’t a victory for our side, either, but it contained some good things.

Sexual Assault and Silence Among Men in the Military During Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: My boyfriend was sexually assaulted when we were in the navy. Then I made the mistake of speaking up.

Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week on Stage. Then He Came Out for Real.

Where Are The Trans Men In Politics? Transgender visibility is on the rise — but not for all trans people.

Sam Smith helped me accept my queer and Catholic identities.

Stories about horrible people:

The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots.

Head of Illinois NRA affiliate accidentally admits gun restrictions stop mass shootings.

Missouri governor’s lawyers and prosecutors struck an unusual deal: A resignation in exchange for a dropped felony charge.

Authors Guild and RWA Prevail in Court Defending Authors in “Cocky” Trademark Dispute.

Good Riddance Joseph Backholm, Washington’s Ultimate Anti-Gay Dipshit.

Other stories of the Week:

‘Sherlock’ Star Benedict Cumberbatch Saves Cyclist From Muggers.

Out of 52,179 homicides in 50 cities over the past decade, 51 percent did not result in an arrest.
The Washington Post is mapping unsolved murders, and updating their interactive database as they get more information from more cities.

The Quiet Rage Of Mazie Hirono.
I have a new hero: Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono is the only U.S. Senator who asks every nominee if they have ever been accused of sexual misconduct and whether they have ever signed a non-disclosure agreement.

The case for massively expanding the US House of Representatives, in one chart.

How the media ignored Puerto Rico, in one chart.

In Memoriam:

Jerry Maren, Last Surviving Adult Munchkin From ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Dies at 98.

William Phipps, Voice of Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ and Sci-Fi Movie Star, Dies at 96.

Anthony Bourdain saw the humanity in all of us.

Things I wrote:

Ode to the MacGuffin, or, moving the plot and subplots along.

Too much coffee, you say? Here, have some nice black tea….

Who will judge the judges?

That’s Dr. Freak to you — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Consumer Identity = Cultivated Identity (VERY IMPORTANT DOCS №11):

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Eli Lieb covers Celine Dion’s Ashes (from Deadpool 2):

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How We Met by Anthony Bowens [Official Audio]:

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MNEK – Colour (Lyric Video) ft. Hailee Steinfeld:

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Troye Sivan – Bloom:

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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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