Friday Five (debunking lies edition)

We’ve reached the fifth Friday of November! The year is winding down!

I really needed this holiday break. It was nice having just a few quiet days at work to focus on thing and then jump into pie making.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about certain types of deplorable people, five stories about politics, five videos, and the five MORE videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

United Nations to Honor Cyndi Lauper for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy – Award Recognizes Lauper’s Work to End Teen Homelessness and Promote Human Rights, Kesha to Present.

Le Guin’s Subversive Imagination.

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories – Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit. *Ahem* for 24 years I have been writing a new ghost story for Christmas and reading it at our annual Christmas party… the practice is not dead!

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World.

You Can Join the Effort to Expose Twitter Bots.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Anglican church elects gay, black, immigrant man in a same-sex marriage as bishop.

Meet the LGBTQ Bloggers Debunking Right-Wing Lies.

UTAH: Activists and Mormon Church Leadership Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban.

There are approximately a million same-sex households in America…That the government knows about.

Dolly Parton has an unreleased ‘uplifting and fun’ dance song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay’, and we need it right now.

This Week in Deplorables of the Particular Type:

Eric Dudley, St. Peter’s founder and outspoken LGBT critic, subjected men to sexual misconduct.

Donald Trump Jr. insinuates HIV+ people offer nothing but death – The son of the President went out of his way to promote stigma around HIV-positive people which has long been false.

Devin Nunes blasted as ‘total traitor garbage’ by victim of his ‘illegal’ lawsuits against critics.

Penn State child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky to seek reduced sentence.

Trump Goes To Fantasyland, Claims He Beat Barack Obama In Mystery Election.

This Week in Politics:

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF – Pete Buttigieg Lies About Education Disparities. Almost didn’t include this since it was viral earlier this week… but then I kept running into otherwise informed people who missed it, so…

Queer Like Pete – Buttigieg is getting slammed for being a type of gay man America doesn’t understand. I understand where the author thinks he’s coming from, but speaking as a queer person myself, no, we aren’t questioning these aspects of Mayor Pete’s personality because we don’t understand it; we’re challenging them because we very much DO understand that nearly every single type-A “best little boy in the world” we’ve ever known, both gay and straight, have been the same empathy-deficient libertarians hiding their lack of understanding of (or caring about) their own privilege behind that carefully constructed mask of affability. Also, speaking to the final paragraph: there are tens of thousands of queer men who don’t have his problems equally capable and eager to talk about those political issues. Like me, for instance.

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan – The president gave his thanks to the troops in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves.

GOP Lies Are ‘Morally Treasonable’ To The American Public, Berman Suggests.

‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A.

In Memoriam:

Founder of Integrity and LGBT+ advocate Louie Crew Clay has died. Many, many years ago, before I ever owned my own domain and when I was posting my essays (I didn’t think of them as blog posts back then) on Geocities, I got this very nice comment on an entry I wrote called “Pansies!” where I talked about my love for flowers, my struggles with accepting myself as a queer man, and related thoughts. Over the next couple of weeks, I got a LOT more comments from people who had never commented on my posts before, and that post got many more clicks than most of mine had before. And I found out it was because Louie had posted a link to it. And so I had to figure out who this guy was. Over the years since, I have always felt an extra warm fuzzy if I got a comment from Louie or saw there were clicks on my blog that were referred from his. Rise in glory, Louie.

LOUIE CREW CLAY.

Groundbreaking Cartoonist Howard Cruse, 75, has Died.

William Ruckelshaus, first EPA chief, dies at 87 – He twice served as the EPA chief – quit Justice Department job rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor.

Gahan Wilson, Macabre Cartoonist, Dead at 89.

Things I wrote:

They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense.

Let’s think about what we’re putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise.

Being thankful for a peaceful day and other thing.

Videos!

How Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys got into character for Mister Rogers movie:

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Daniel Craig And Rami Malek Shared A Kiss After A Long “James Bond” Writing Session:

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Dolly Parton Didn’t Let Elvis Sing “I Will Always Love You” (bonus, new Jolene verse):

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Alternative John Lewis Christmas Advert 2019:

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Fascinating Aïda’s Christmas Message (warning: naughty language):

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More Videos!

All The Doctor’s Regenerations (UPDATED) | Doctor Who:

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BD – gay – comic book – Howard Cruse interview – Stuck Rubber Baby – Wendel – gay comicsber baby:

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He’s Just a GURL Who’ll QUID PRO QUO! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “Fate” TV Spot:

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Official Trailer (HD):

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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. For more than 20 years I edited and published 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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