Welcome to the second Friday of 2022!
It has been a very exhausting week–for reasons that are way too complicated to go into at this juncture.
Anyway, it’s time for another Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about so-called adults acting like spoiled toddlers, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and out allies, five stories about sex traffickers and similar criminals, and five stories about deplorables and traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.
This Week in Angry Toddlers:
Trump Rage-Quits NPR Interview After He’s Grilled on Election-Fraud Lies
Capitol rioter storms out of hearing after judge orders him back behind bars: ‘I’m done with this’
Stories of the Week:
Takeaways from the landmark sedition indictment against the Oath Keepers and why DOJ acted now
Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses, allows health-care worker rule
UCLA-led team may have found way to kill HIV-infected cells
Stiffed Bartender Fingers Key West Landmark Arsonists – Bartender’s tip leads to arrest in Key West buoy burning
Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick wins Florida congressional seat, padding House Democrats’ slim majority
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Anti-trans legislation negatively impacted mental health of LGBTQ+ youth
As high court signals Roe v. Wade reversal, states eye same-sex marriage protections
Murder of gay, math genius finally solved after man admits guilt 34 years later
Early access to gender-affirming hormones linked to better mental health, study finds – Trans people who had access to hormones in their early teens had less than half the odds of past-year suicidal thoughts than those who didn’t.
Biden administration to officially recognize trans & non-binary veterans’ genders – Patients can also indicate a preferred name to be used on their medical records
This Week in Sex Traffickers and Abusers:
Jeffrey Epstein-Related Cases to Watch After Ghislaine Guilty Verdict
How Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate Shielded Ghislaine Maxwell From Lawsuits
Prince Andrew to face civil sex assault case after US ruling
Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe
Anti-LGBT Ex-Michigan House Speaker Accused Of Molestation – Chatfield under criminal investigation for allegedly molesting a teenager
This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:
Armed Michigan woman who ‘wanted to talk’ to Capitol Police about Jan. 6 riot arrested in D.C. It was the stockpile of illegal weapons she had in her car that was the problem… and why do you bring a pile of loaded guns to a talk?
Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes, Ten Oath Keepers Arrested On Seditious Conspiracy Charges
Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Sentenced for Plot to Target Journalists and Advocates
He wants to burn books about LGBTQ topics. He just got elected school board president
Neo-Nazi group leader sentenced to 7 years in prison
Sidney Poitier, Oscar-Winning Icon, Dies at 94
When Sidney Poitier risked his life for civil rights
Ronettes Singer Ronnie Spector Dead at 78
Ronnie Spector made hit songs that were built to last
Bob Saget was both wholesome and transgressive