Friday Five (rhymes with yahtzee edition)

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We have reached the first Friday in June, aka Pride Month.

I’ve posted numerous times recently reminding folks that the first Pride was a riot, and specifically a riot about police brutality, and specifically a riot instigated by black and latinx queer people, and therefore no white gay people have a moral or ethical leg to stand on opposing the current protests and should all join wholeheartedly in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. If you know any white cis gay men who aren’t supporting the resistance, shame them and if that doesn’t work, shun them. Because they don’t belong in any community other than the Nazis…

According to one of the priests present, the Reverend Gini Gerbasi, said, “We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear,” Gerbasi said. “We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually - with SO MANY concussion grenades - back to K street.”

According to one of the priests present, the Reverend Gini Gerbasi, said, “We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear,” Gerbasi said. “We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually – with SO MANY concussion grenades – back to K street.”

Meanwhile, 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 demanding justice, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about the criminal pretending to be president, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

The libertarian right is not now and never has been opposed to the government using violence against its own people in general and the only people under any illusion about that are gun-owning American libertarians. I would have just left out the qualification of “right” — I’ve only met two kinds of libertarians: full on neo-Nazis who cloud their rhetoric under multiple layers of misdirection on order to recruit, and neo-Nazi sympathzers who are in deep denial and fool themselves more than they fool anyone else.

Belgian man has been receiving pizzas he never ordered for years.

Judge Invalidates One of the Last Vestiges of Federal Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples.

Washington state officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Scorching-hot hacked computer burned my hand’.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

What Is Operation Pridefall? 4chan’s Anti-Gay Pride 2020 Troll Campaign.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month: How you can celebrate even if you can’t travel.

Country Singer Ty Herndon Changes The Pronouns In His 1995 Hit.

Pride Month moves online.

Same-sex marriages have contributed $3.8 billion to the US economy – 45,000 jobs were supported by same-sex unions and they generated an additional $244 million in state and local taxes.

This Week in Demanding Justice:

Research Says Violent Cops Cause Violent Protests.

White women in Louisville line up to protect Black protesters.

The Protests for George Floyd’s Killing Turned Into a Police Riot.

Queer protester’s skull fractured after police shot rubber bullets into crowd.

Live Updates: Another Night of Nationwide, Largely Peaceful Protests.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count.

Coronavirus may not be mutating, but experts say there is still potential for danger.

California: rise in Covid-19 cases raises fears over reopening and protests.

Workers Fearful of the Coronavirus Are Getting Fired and Losing Their Benefits.

Preparing For A Triple Whammy: Hurricanes, Pandemic And A Loss Of Public Confidence.

In Memoriam:

Steve Priest (1948 -2020), Sweet bassist and vocalist.

George Floyd.

At George Floyd Memorial, an Anguished Call for Change.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update: A riot is the language of the unheard.

We’ve got a lovely bunch of Nebulas!

Tuesday Tidbits 6/2/2020: Pride begins in an actual police state.

The First Pride Was a Riot —Don’t Forget Who Got Us Here.

Videos!

Jimmy Kimmel Does A Great Job Explaining White Privilege:

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Trump’s Deranged Response to the George Floyd Protests: A Closer Look:

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Dictator Fanboy Donald Trump Gets His Wish As Military Vehicles Roll Down The Streets Of Washington:

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Orville Peck – No Glory in the West (Official Video):

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Ricky Martin, Farruko – Tiburones (Remix – Official Video):

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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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