Friday Five (fifth of July edition)

“Not ALL Trump supporters are overtly racist, or ableist, or misogynist, but everyone of them decided hating people with brown skin, disabilities, or women wasn't a deal-breaker. Own the decision.”
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It’s the first Friday in July, the day after a big holiday here in the U.S. and I’ve been a slacker at blogging all week.

Last weekend we attended Locus Awards Weekeend plus watched part of the Seattle Pride parade and spent a couple hours are the Pride Festival. I used vacation time to make it a four day weekend so I would have Monday as a cool-down/unpack/do laundry/etc day. Then had two days at the office, most of which were filled with me fixing things people didn’t know how to do or didn’t have permissions for during the two days I was gone (which happened to coincide with a release date). And now, between the holiday and another vacation day, I’m in the middle of another four-day weekend.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top two stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Holocaust Survivor Tells Heartwrenching Story of the Day He Was Freed. It’s a good story, though if I had been the editor, I would have refrained from using the word “heartwarming” in the headline.

Death in Life.

I’m Trans. The 2020 Candidates Don’t Know How to Pander to Me.

Here are all the celebrities who’ve come out as LGBTQ in 2019 (so far). For some reason the photo at the top of the article shows only three people, a very odd editorial choice when there are at least a dozen in the list…

HR Isn’t Stopping Workplace Sexual Harassment –.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:

Ten Favorite Flawed Books That Are Always Worth Rereading.

I Was Born To Be A Fake Fan.

This AI Gives Other AIs Names Like “Ass Federation” And “Hot Pie” Because Robots Can Be Weird Too.

Why you should not dismiss “Münchhausen” out of hand.

Pregnancy and Biology 101. “I originally titled this “Pregnancy 101 for Guys,” but given the state of sex education in the U.S., I suspect many of us need some additional learning regardless of gender. But I’m mostly looking at my fellow guys with this thing, especially with all of the recent debate and discussion. Some of this is information I wish I’d learned sooner. Hopefully it will be helpful to others.”

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:

Straight Pride organizers alert police after receiving glitter-filled letters. A glitter-filled letter that also contained Bible verses. These neo-Nazis are either more cowardly than we thought, or just really good at getting in the news.

Once Again, a Christian Health Insurance Company Won’t Cover a Couple’s Bills .

So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend.

Ted Cruz gets roasted for boycotting Nike over Betsy Ross shoes: ‘No one wants your business!’ .

Portland Police Offer No Proof That Protesters Had Milkshakes with “Quick-Dry Cement”.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/29/2019.

It’s Pride Day, 2019 — Happy Pride!

Sunday Funnies, part 38: Goodbye to Halos.

Oppressed Oppressors: getting non-fatal blowback to your genocidal policies isn’t oppression.


JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL – Official Trailer:

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Lil Nas X: ‘I am Gay’ and ‘I’m Already Getting’ Backlash :

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Pete Buttigieg Blasts Racist Attendee at Iowa Campaign Stop:

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The First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate: A Closer Look:

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I LIKE BOYS by Todrick:

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