Friday Five (they aren’t phony rights edition)

Welcome to the first Friday of May!

Our weather isn’t quite ready to become fully spring here. Given how bad the weather is many other places I suppose I should be grateful.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about the destruction of fundamental rights, five stories that generally aren’t about awful things, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about what’s going on with the destruction of fundamental rights, and five stories sedition traitors. Plus some notable obituaries.

This Week in We Told You This Would Happen:

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court Every person who told me I was over-reacting when Trump won needs to offer us all abject apology. Not that I expect any of them to have that much integrity…

‘Betrayal’: Furious Chief Justice Confirms Leaked Draft Is Authentic – John Roberts said he’s directed the Marshal of the Court to hunt down the source of the Supreme Court leak

Stories of the Week:

Things Straight Men Were Told Not To Do Because It’s Gay

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of a Speech That Changed LGBTQ+ History

The ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Trailer Revealed My New Villain Crush

US provided intelligence that helped Ukraine target Russian warship

U.S. takes unprecedented steps to replenish Colorado River’s Lake Powell – Water levels at Lake Powell are so low as to endanger the production of hydroelectric power for seven Western states

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lawmakers in 19 states want legal refuge for transgender youth

University of Maryland students march for LGBTQ rights on ‘Maryland Day’

Anti-LGBTQ laws inspire many LGBTQ people to seek public office

Justice Department challenges Alabama law criminalizing transgender health care for minors

Don’t Say Gay copycat bill shut down in Louisiana

This Week in The Supreme Court Leak:

In A Post-Roe America, Expect More Births In A Country Where Maternal Mortality Continues To Rise

How the leak might have happened Most important bit: "Start from the premise that there were actually (at least) two leakers, and three leaks. The first leak was to the Wall Street Journal editorial board last week… The second leak was to Politico… The third leak was also to Politico."

Legal Expert Reveals Two Reasons Why Conservatives Might Have Leaked Roe Draft — Not the Court’s ‘Outraged Liberals

Leaked decision to overturn abortion rights shows that marriage equality & sodomy laws are next

Roberts investigation could make the Supreme Court very uncomfortable

This Week in Seditious Treason and Related Crimes:

Sobbing Oath Keeper Pleads Guilty, Rats Out Leader

Third Oath Keeper Pleads Guilty: Seditious Conspiracy – Leader of North Carolina Chapter of Oath Keepers Pleads Guilty to Seditious Conspiracy and Obstruction of Congress

Federal judge rejects RNC lawsuit against Jan. 6 panel – RNC Can’t Hide Its Email List From Riot Panel

Jury Finds “Eye-Gouger” Ex-Cop Guilty On All Counts – Thomas Webster: Ex-NYPD officer guilty of assaulting police officer at US Capitol riot

Ex-Marine Gets 27 Months In Assault On Capitol Police

In Memoriam:

Neal Adams Dead: Batman Comics Artist Was 80

Bob Krueger, the last Democrat to represent Texas in the Senate, dies at 86

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