Friday Five (don’t fall for the bunk edition)

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

I haven’t written as much about Pride so far as I meant to. Part of this the that so very much is going on in the world, and I feel a bit like a broken record pointed out that the Stonewall Riots were also a protest against police brutality and the leaders of that first rebellion were people of color and trans or gender nonconforming… but I do need to write some more and I will.

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 the pandemic, five stories about science fiction, five stories about police misconduct and related injustice, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Queensland researchers using drone for turtle survey capture spectacular pictures.

A Long Childhood May Be How Crows and Jays Evolved Their Smarts .

How Apples Go Bad.

Even Southern Baptists Are Celebrating the Removal of Confederate Monuments.

Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop – Officer A. Cab.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Alex Sanchez’s New Gay Y.A. Novel Reimagines a DC Comic Superhero.

How do we celebrate Pride when police are still beating & killing us? – LGBTQ civil rights and black civil rights histories intersect on many issues — with violence and police brutality among them.

Top Latin music star Raymix came out as his song hit #1 on the charts. Here’s why.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Offers Advice for Closeted Gay Metalheads.

Crowds turn out to protest outside Ketchikan shop that reportedly refused service for same-sex wedding.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Study: 100% face mask use could crush second, third COVID-19 wave.

Covid-19 Patient Gets Double Lung Transplant – The operation is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. The patient, a woman in her 20s, had been healthy, but the coronavirus devastated her lungs.

These Factors Will Determine What The Next COVID Outbreak Will Look Like.

Coronavirus: more than a dozen US states see record high of new cases.

Trump rally attendees must agree not to sue campaign over potential coronavirus exposure.

This Week in Science Fiction:

Fresh off a Nebula Award and kicking off a book deal, West Seattle writer Cat Rambo speaks about craft, George Floyd protests and more.

The Story of Us, or, Read a Fucking Book Once In Awhile, Why Don’t You?: Empathy, Crisis, and the Function of Art Right Now.

Rogue One Revisited.

Five SFF Works Inspired by RPGs.

How JK Rowling Betrayed the World She Created – Gabrielle Bellot on Transphobia and Growing Up with the Harry Potter Universe.

This Week in the Police Brutality and Other Injustice:

This New Jersey City Disbanded Their Police in 2013.

Chicago police made coffee and popcorn in US Rep. Bobby Rush’s office while shopping plaza was being looted, he says.

‘Preposterous’: Court-appointed lawyer in Michael Flynn case slams DOJ attempt to drop it.

Police union loses fight to keep identity of cop who killed Black trans man Tony McDade a secret.

Opinion | It’s Time to Judge Cops by Their Actions .

In Memoriam:

He Left Us Better Than He Found Us: Remembering Activist Ron Simmons.

Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters Dead at 69.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/6/2020: Zooming asteroids! And less fun things.

The Cabal That Wasn’t or, SF/F award numbers don’t mean what you think they mean.

Tuesday Tidbits 6/9/2020: Not quite a tinpot dictator, yet.

A white homo devil reflects on years of so-called free speech.

None of those statues mean what you think they mean—bless your heart.


Trump Defends the Confederacy, Complains About Polls: A Closer Look:

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Voter Suppression Plagues Georgia’s Primary Election While Trump Sues CNN Over Low Poll Numbers:

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Bill & Ted Face the Music – Teaser Trailer – Warner Bros. UK:

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Doom Patrol | Season 2 Official Trailer :

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THE BUNKER BOY – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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