Friday Five (indict them all edition)

Welcome to the first Friday of 2022!

The snow finally melted in our neighborhood. I have not yet taken down the Christmas tree (ever since figuring out many years ago that having a cut tree in the house made my winter hay fever {in Seattle’s climate hay fever season is at least ten months out of every year} much much worse, I’ve always had artificial trees). I often leave it up until Twelfth Night/Three Kings Day/Epiphany… but that was earlier this week, so I definitely need to get put the decorations away this weekend.

Anyway, it’s time for the first Friday Five on the year, in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, and five stories about what we ought to do with the seditious traitors. Plus one very unwelcome death and a couple of things I wrote.

Stories of the Week:

Report: The exploding meteor over Pittsburgh produced blast equal to 30 tons of TNT

Is That a Burning Bush? Is This Mt. Sinai? Solstice Bolsters a Claim

Meteorologist says transportation officials ignored forecasts, leading to I-95 disaster

Opinion | Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy

A Day that Will Live in Infamy

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Out Democrat forced to pull bill that would ban genital surgery on minors that actually happens

Elvira lost thousands of “horny old men” fans after coming out

Judge rules trans inmate with severe dysphoria can’t be denied surgery in historic decision

Gay kiss-a-thon forced Six Flags to drop its homophobic anti-kissing policy

How a music video about a gay teen may have saved hundreds of lives

This Week in How Do We Handle Seditious Treason:

Stonekettle Station: Insurrection, One Year On

Jan. 6 Didn’t Set Off A Wave of Right-Wing Terrorism. Here’s What Happened Instead

One Year After 1/6, Media Still Refuse to Recognize Authoritarian Christianity

Why DOJ is avoiding domestic terrorism sentences for Jan. 6 defendants

Jan. 6 tracker: Analyzing Capitol riot guilty pleas and sentences

In Memoriam:

Betty White, ‘Golden Girls’ Star and TV Legend, Dies at 99

Longtime LGBTQ+ Ally Betty White has died at 99 – The beloved actress who was set to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022 died overnight in Los Angeles

Betty White Understood Gay Men, and We Loved Her for It – I never felt ‘handsome,’ but when I met Betty, she made me feel like I was

Betty White defied racist demands with her 1954 variety show – Betty White Once Helped Launch the Career of a Black Tap Dancer by Hiring Him for Her Variety Show

Things I Wrote:

Good-bye Betty

My New Year’s Wish for You for 2022

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