Welcome to the first Friday of June! Welcome to Pride Month!
We had several days of summer like weather. Then heavy rain. Meanwhile work is being down on our building and its companion, so there is a lot of pounding and power tools and voices calling to each other each day while I’m trying to work.
Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: two stories about one of the myths that fuels our county’s gun problem, two stories about an evil idiot, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about queer history and pride.
This Week in Things We Need To Unlearn:
Guns & America: The Good Guy With A Gun – Researchers at Harvard recently found that people defended themselves with their guns in less than one percent of violent crimes
This Week in Outrageously Evil Idiots:
‘An Assault On Reality, Science And The English Language’ – Chris Hayes loses it when trying to report on MTG’s peach tree dish hamburgers
‘Her Platform Is Hate’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Criticized for Claiming Heterosexuals Will Become Extinct
Stories of the Week:
‘A resounding victory’: Court rules Exxon must stand trial for lying to the public about climate change
How We Can Stop Racist, Anti-LGBTQ+ White Supremacist Rage
A Gay Oral Roberts University Graduate’s Painful Story
Did dinosaur blood run warm or cold? New study aims to settle the debate
What the Uvalde Police department is hiding: White power killed those kids
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Lynda Carter reassures fans that Wonder Woman is an LGBTQ icon
Elliot Page shares ‘biggest joy’ about transitioning in deeply personal essay
U.S. Soccer has banned anti-LGBTQ chants
Laverne Cox Is First Transgender Person To Have A Barbie Designed After Her
Same-Sex Marriage Is Supported by More Americans Than Ever Before
This Week in Pride and Queer History:
Unilever is skipping rainbow merchandise & Pride floats. They’d rather make an actual difference
LGBTQ history is repeating itself. That’s not necessarily a bad thing
Biden Welcomes Pride Month Amid ‘Unconscionable’ State-Level Attacks
Pride In Pictures: Sixty Years Old and It’s My First Pride – He may be going to Pride later in life, but he’ll keep going to make up time!