Friday Five (homophobes self-own edition)

“The Alliance Defending Freedom is once again misleading people about the financial impacts of our case. They claim the state’s lawsuit is ‘putting all her personal assets, including her life savings, at risk.’ That’s false. The sum total financial impact of the state’s lawsuit: A $1,000 court-ordered penalty, and $1 in attorney fees. We asked for no costs before either the state or U.S. Supreme Court. None. My office presented Mrs. Stutzman with multiple options, including delegating responsibilities for same-sex weddings to her employees, or simply declining to provide flowers for weddings aside from friends and family.”
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It’s Friday! Not only that, it is the first Friday of Pride Month! Happy Pride Month!

I’ve had sinus headaches and bad to awful hay fever for about three weeks, now. Not great. On the other hand, I’ve been getting many more birds at the bird feeder, so the local small bird population seems to be recovering from last fall’s obliteration at the talons of the young Cooper’s Hawk that was hanging out in the area. New species spotted this week at the feeder: a Savannah Sparrow!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top two stories of the week, the top five stories of interest to queer folks, and five stories about homophobes and hate, five science stories, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Veteran, 97, parachutes into Normandy.

Former Parkland school deputy arrested on 11 charges tied to shooting.

How the ‘&’ Came by its Name.

I Didn’t Want to Go to Hell .

Half of LGBTQ employees say they have experienced verbal discrimination at work.

Queer stories of the Week:

Editorial: My Stonewall Is Black – It wasn’t just a queer rights movement, but a civil rights movement.

Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut Is Changing The Game For Queer Teen Movies.

17 Pictures That Changed The Course Of LGBT History.

Gay dads adopt six siblings to stop them being separated – The children had been in foster care for five years.

50 years later, NYPD finally apologizes for raiding Stonewall Inn. If ever a headline deserved the word finally… also, I’d be happier about this if there weren’t also frequently stories about current NYPD cops harassing trans people, you know?

This Week in Homophobes and Hate:

WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Upholds Previous Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Florist Barronelle Stutzman.

AG Ferguson statement on misleading claims about the financial impact of Arlene’s Flowers case. More on today’s ruling here.

An HIV+ man was refused service at a barbershop. He just won $75,000 in damages.

Brad Pitt Warns the Alt-Right Homophobes Behind Straight Pride: Stop Using My Image.

Transgender woman’s body pulled from Texas lake is latest in string of deaths.

This Week in Science:

Dinosaur Bones Shimmering With Opal Reveal a New Species in Australia.

Researchers solve mystery of the galaxy with no dark matter.

See the funky double asteroid that zipped by Earth.

There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written.

The Weird Science of Homophobes Who Turn Out to Be Gay – There is some research suggesting a link between being closeted and being anti-gay. But while the notion feeds many jokes, it also obscures very real homophobia.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Trump is angry he can’t watch Fox News in the UK. Fox News was de-licensed in the UK because it was ruled to be propoganda, not news.

Kushner’s Peace Plan Is Racist .

LISTEN: Here’s Trump’s Lawyer Telling Flynn if He ‘Implicates the President Then We’ve Got a National Security Issue’.

DOJ, Commerce reject Congressional subpoenas for census docs.

Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate..

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/1/2019: Love is an action, not a feeling.

Sunday Funnies, part 34: Murphy’s Manor & the 30-year Wedding.

If he talks like a bigot, acts like a bigot, is loved and supported by the other bigots….

It’s okay to like things that make you happy: my review of Good Omens.

Midweek Update 6/5/2019: Images of Words.

Oppressed Oppressors: Angry straight white men.


A Mysterious Object Punched a Hole in the Milky Way:

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Teaser | Netflix:

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Stephen Colbert – Trump Praised for Behaving with Queen, Plus Meets Irish Prime Minister in Airport Lounge, Rather than Castle as Irish Gov Suggested:

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Trump Hits the U.K., Beefs with London’s Mayor & Gets Negged by Buckingham Palace:

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Manila Luzon – “Gay Man” Official Music Video:

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