Friday Five (trans lives are precious edition)

We have reached the third Friday in November, and I am well into my project for this year’s National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo

I know I said last week was rainy, but I spoke too soon. During the period from Saturday evening through Monday western Washington was inundated with about as much rainfall as we typically get in the entire month of November. Wow. In more personal news, on Thursday during what was supposed to be a routine checkup, my general practitioner told me that instead of waiting for my scheduled appointed a few weeks out for my COVID booster, that he could give me the shot that day. So, I got my booster! Woo!

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about vaccines, two stories about a lying jerk, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about the pandemic (plus some notable obituaries and things I wrote).

This Week in I Couldn’t Have Put It Better Myself:

Dan Savage doesn’t hold back in his warning to straight guys flirting with gay guys


This Week in Ways You Can Help:

Here’s where you can honor trans lives on the Transgender Day of Remembrance this Saturday – For those looking for a space to honor the lives that have been lost, we’ve compiled some events taking place around the country

Stories of the Week:

Mrs. Betty Bowers explains why they think America is a theocracy

CDC: No trace of virus causing smallpox found in lab vials, despite labels

Science Discovers Another Avenue That Could Lead to an HIV Cure

Biden administration will invest billions to expand coronavirus vaccine manufacturing

‘Let’s get it done’: House moves to vote on Build Back Better Act after CBO score is released

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

A Landmark Year for U.S. Cities in Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality

Trucks are driving around in Texas with huge signs that declare “Trans lives are precious” – "We need to go beyond awareness. Most people are ‘aware’ that trans people exist. We must take action and continue to fight for our trans family."

High school students clap back at school board protestors claiming book “teaches kids how to be gay” – One student pointed out the irony in all the "Free Speech" Trump supporters draped in American flags and calling for government censorship and book burning

GOP politicians tried to shut down a smalltown LGBTQ support group. It backfired spectacularly – The LGBTQ community is a "hate group" because they "make people upset," according to the elected officials

She-Ra creator Noelle Stevenson on life after Princesses of Power and telling TERFs to ‘get f**ked’

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

He Raped Four Girls. He’s White, And His Parents Are Wealthy – So you will not be that surprised by how this turned out

Nicolle Wallace Performs Live Autopsy On Pathetic Gasbag Chris Christie

Trump Fanatic Who Electroshocked D.C. Cop On Jan. 6 Tries To Get His Confession Tossed – The Trump supporter, who electroshocked Officer Mike Fanone at the Capitol on Jan. 6, is trying to argue that he wasn’t properly advised of his rights

‘QAnon Shaman’ is sentenced to over 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot – Jacob Chansley had pleaded guilty in September to a single count of felony obstruction of an official proceeding

Unmasking Moms for Liberty

This Week in the Pandemic:

Fauci Warns Of Uptick In Hospitalizations Among Fully Vaccinated, Touts Boosters – Hospital Stays Rising Among People Who Didn’t Get Boosters

More than a million Americans may have long-term loss of smell due to COVID-19, new research says

State officials from California to Maine are already giving out Covid boosters to all adults

Pediatricians warn of virus’ impact on kids, urge parents to vaccinate them; weekly new infections again surpass 600,000: COVID-19 updates

Army to Begin Forcing Out Soldiers Who Refuse COVID Vaccine, Including Guardsmen

Things I Wrote:

Weekend Update: Dishonored Wounded Troops Given Second Chance

Confessions of a Reluctant Tent Pole, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make the Perfect Martini

Confessions of a Child Abuse Survivor, or, why forgiving and forgetting isn’t an option for some of us

Confessions of a rain-worshiper, or, why isn’t it called non-standard time?

1 thought on “Friday Five (trans lives are precious edition)

  1. Thank you for this post. I am the proud parent of a beautiful trans little girl. I think I will ask my fellow parents to attend the service in D.C. Living in a rural community the world has been heavy. The insanity happening surrounding Boards of Education and anti-transgender agendas is horrific. We had a doctor’s appointment for a rash and I was asked what “it” is? They were asking gender and still misgendered her in her medical record, I changed it and they changed it back again. Through it all our trans community continues to band together and push forward. Hopefully, with persistence, we can create change in systems, not just awareness.

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