It’s Pride Weekend! This Sunday is the 52nd Anniversary of that fateful night in Greenwich Village. Time to celebrate!
I’m on vacation to both attend the virtual Locus Awards Weekend and celebrate virtual Pride. I worked Monday through Wednesday, and as usually happens when I’m going to take some time off, they were extremely busy days. So I was exhausted, and have been sleeping in a lot. Add to that the heat wave that was been roasting most of the country finally hitting us, and well, I’ve been having trouble being productive. Which is why this post is a day late and will be a bit different than usual.
So here is this week’s day late Friday Five: one headline I felt needed it’s own topic, the top five stories about Pride, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer milestones, and five stories about everything else (plus some things I wrote plus a notable obituaries).
This Week in It’s About Time:
‘Sesame Street’ features 2 gay fathers for 1st time in 51-year history – "Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family."
This Week in Pride:
The Untold Truth Of The Stonewall Riots I’m not sure "untold" really belongs in the headline. I’ve linked to similar stories that do their best to sort out the myth from the verifiable regarding the riots over the years, but still a good story.
Military tells off trolls complaining about Air Force Pride event starring ‘Drag Race’ queens – Critics said the show was proof that the U.S. military will soon be dominated by Russia, China and North Korea
Biden declares “Pride is back at the White House” after designating Pulse a national monument – Biden signed historic legislation as he was surrounded by the victims’ families and other modern-day trailblazers. He then spoke about his administration’s pro-LGBTQ record and his son Beau’s desire to advocate for LGBTQ people
British, Canadian and US embassies fly Pride flag in Russia, where ‘gay propaganda’ is illegal
This is America: ‘If your Pride isn’t intersectional, it’s not Pride’
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Louisiana Governor Vetoes Anti-Trans Sports Bill
Study: Most LGBTQ+ Adults Have Faced Threats of Violence
Stonewall Inn Says No to Anheuser-Busch After GOP Donations
A principal tries cutting off a student’s graduation speech. He finished it anyway – School administrators also allegedly tried to get the graduate to remove his Pride flag. He refused
America’s Got Talent auditions “the world’s gayest boy band”
This Week in Milestones:
Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters hits a milestone! 7,500,00 hits and counting! But what comes next?
Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing Memorialized on New British £50 Note; ‘A Celebration of His Remarkable Life’
Carl Nassib’s Coming-Out Is a Gay NFL Fan’s Wish Come True
International soccer star Kumi Yokoyuma comes out as transgender – One of Japan’s most recognized soccer players didn’t feel safe to come out until they were in America: “I had to explain to them what Japanese culture is like and why I felt the need to hide.”
Valley athlete to be first female LGBTQ wrestler in Olympic history
Other Stuff This Week:
Chauvin sentenced to 22½ years for the murder of George Floyd – Chauvin briefly spoke before sentence was handed down and expressed his condolences to the George Floyd family
Scientists hail stunning ‘Dragon Man’ discovery
WA State health officer Dr. Scott Lindquist is "raising the flag" about the gamma variant, which is causing "more breakthrough cases proportionately, and hospitalizations"
Justice Alito’s Massive Concurrence in Favor of Expanded Religious Freedom May Have Scared Off Two Conservative Justices
Police search for clues after body of missing local artist was found in popular Seattle park
Joanne Linville Dead: ‘Star Trek’ Romulan Commander Was 93
Things I Wrote:
Loki is Set on the Trail of ‘The Variant’
The Vaccine is Free – Let people know!
Why Coming Out and Being Out Matters, or, Homophobes react to Carl Nassib’s coming out