Friday Five (that’s not freedom edition)

Welcome to the fourth Friday of March!

It is officially spring–and I have had the hay fever symptoms to prove it all week long![^1]

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week[^2], five stories of interest to queers and our allies[^3], five stories about haters, and five stories about traitors. Plus some things I posted and some notable obituaries.

This Week in Crocodile Tears:

Dr. Jill Biden went on ‘Sesame Street’ to promote kindness and conservatives are PISSED

This Week in Things We Should Do More Often:

Seattle Pride Cut Ties With Amazon Over Anti-LGBTQ+ Donations We have to find ways to push back at hypocritical corporations that claim to be pro-LGBT every June, while donated millions to anti-gay politicians.

Stories of the Week:

Why Can’t the West Admit That Ukraine Is Winning? – America has become too accustomed to thinking of its side as stymied, ineffective, or incompetent

Dr. Fauci Isn’t Going Anywhere Until There’s a Cure for HIV

Christianity Today publishes a shocking exposé – about itself

The bodies of Russian soldiers are piling up in Ukraine, as Kremlin conceals true toll of war

On The Money — Unemployment claims at lowest level since late 1960s

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Utah governor cites suicide rates for transgender youth in vetoing sports ban bill: ‘I want them to live’

Joe Biden helps LGBTQ Ukrainian refugees with fast-tracked US resettlement – LGBTQ people in Ukraine are especially at risk during the invasion

Republicans were obsessed with LGBTQ people at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing – Republican Senators should have been asking Judge Jackson about the law. Instead they aired their own hateful beliefs.

The Crosses We Bear: The Butch Martyr in Science Fiction/Fantasy

Out Judge Alison Nathan Appointed to Court of Appeals

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

Attacks on transgender kids and their families prove that Republicans don’t give a d@mn about ‘parental rights’

More Than One-Third of Trans Kids Are at Risk of Losing Care

Even Alan Dershowitz Thinks Ted Cruz’s Questions Were ‘Bigotry’

Jan 6 pre-riot rally speaker and Texas Attorney General ‪Ken Paxton‬ who is still facing felony securities fraud charges plus an FBI corruption investigation instigated by AG staff (that also involves an affair) accuses school district of breaking the law over Pride Week curriculum

15-Year-Old Florida Teen Arrested Over Antigay Attack on Another Boy

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Watergate Reporter Calls Ginni Thomas-Mark Meadows Bombshell ‘Unprecedented Entanglement’

Derrick Evans pleads guilty to civil disorder after Jan. 6 involvement – Ex-West Virginia Rep Pleads Guilty To Felony In Riot

Pro-Trump group sent armed members door-to-door in Colorado to “intimidate” voters

MI Gov Kidnap Plotter: We Wanted To Help Trump – Whitmer kidnapping aimed at stopping Biden win

U.S. Capitol Riot Suspect Granted Asylum in Belarus After Fleeing America

In Memoriam:

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and feminist icon, dies at 84

John Roach, Pioneer of the Personal Computer, Is Dead at 83

Things I Wrote:

Star Trek Picard Tries to Avoid “Assimilation”

[^1]: This is a footnote.

[^2]: In my opinion. And this is my blog, so why not?

[^3]: Even those so-called allies who object to the term queer.

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