Friday Five (mass anomaly edition)

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It’s only the second Friday of Pride Month, and yet this weekend is the third Saturday. Wow.

We had record-breaking heat on Wednesday. The official National Weather Service temperature for Seattle was 90 degrees, which may not seem like too hot, until you find out that the previous record for June 12 was 78 degrees. That’s quite a jump!

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

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Americans’ perception of LGBT+ rights under federal law largely incorrect: poll. For instance, 45% Wrongly Believe LGBT Americans Already Have Federal Anti-Discrimination Protections.

Not All Queer People Feel Like They Were “Born This Way”.

In ‘Love Calls Back,’ LGBTQ People Find Acceptance Doesn’t Come Easy.

It will take more than apologies to ease the tension between LGBTQ people & the police.

Embassies worldwide are defying Trump & flying the Pride flag without permission.

Stories of the Week:

The FBI Lost Track Of 62 Foreign Cooperators In The US, According To An Inspector General Report.

Vancouver grocery store shames customers with embarrassing plastic bags.

U.S. firearms distributor files bankruptcy as gun sales fall under Trump. As on old friend used to say, “My heart bleeds purple peanut butter for them.”

Opinion: Why do rich people lie, cheat and steal more than those on low incomes?

YouTube continues screwing up its own policies on racist content & anti-gay harassment.

This Week in Fantasy and Science:

A very modern divine comedy.

Good Omens’ Production Designer Reveals a Hidden Message He Built Into the Set.

‘Lucifer’ Renewed for Fifth and Final Season at Netflix.

It doesn’t take the end of the world to kill you – Even if some of us survive climate change, it won’t be pretty.

Mass anomaly detected under the moon’s largest crater.

This Week in Homophobes and Hate:

Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Death Threats, Vandalized Home Over Rainbow Porch.

Chicago White Sox To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Homophobic And Racist “Disco Demolition”.

Franklin Graham Goes on Anti-Gay Rant, Says ‘Gay Pride Flag Is Offensive to Christians’.

Preachers are having a ‘Make America Straight Again’ event in Orlando & they’re praying for violence, but it isn’t call bad news: Florida Cops Refuse To Provide Security For “Death To Gays” Christian Conference Celebrating Pulse Massacre.

TENNESSEE: Sheriff’s Deputy On Leave After Sermon Calling For Police To Execute LGBT People For Jesus.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

How Trump Snookered His Cultist Base On Mexico.

Trump’s Current Average: 12 Lies Every Single Day. I’m frankly surprised it’s this low…

Democrats need to get past impeachment jitters. It’s not 1998 and Trump is no Clinton. – If Democrats think Trump committed impeachable acts, launch the process and stop assuming it will be a political loser. That misreads history.

Impeach Trump and don’t worry (much) about President Mike Pence. We already have him.

Republicans lash Trump for being open to foreign oppo.

In Memoriam:

Dr. John, Legend of New Orleans, Dead At 77.

Sylvia Miles, flamboyant scene-stealer with two Oscar nominations, dies at 94.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/8/2019: Hate is an ugly look.

Sunday Funnies, part 35: Casey at the Bat.

Confessions of a packrat-haunted packrat.

Competing narratives, or, how can we tell the good guys from the bad guys?

Reminder: colors don’t have gender.


Frozen 2 Official Trailer:

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Elton John & Taron Egerton – Your Song (Brighton & Hove 2019):

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Kevin McHale – James Dean (Official Video):

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Legion | Season 3: Official Trailer:

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Alfie Arcuri – Same:

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2 thoughts on “Friday Five (mass anomaly edition)

  1. Re: climate change, that sounds a lot like something I wrote in early November (with apologies for the shameless plug). Guess the immediate consequences are just that obvious to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. Reason enough to be furious at everyone who refused to for so many years.

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