Friday Five (too much suffering edition)

Welcome to the fourth Friday of July!

It’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, five stories about traitors, and two notable obituaries.

Stories of the Week:

While All Eyes Were on Covid, HIV Researchers Were Making Progress on “The Holy Grail of Vaccines”

US recovers more than half a million dollars in ransom payments to North Korea

‘Normal Family’ author Chrysta Bilton has a sperm donor dad and 35 siblings

Wild Bison Now Roam the UK for First Time in Thousands of Years

Guard Rails Around the Bottomless Pit – The Villain, Considered as Safety Tool

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

This little-known “unabashedly gay” doo-wop duo ran the ’50s club circuit

Penguin Random House erects billboards displaying work from LGBTQ+ writers in response to recent book bans

My Daughter Is Trans. I’m Done Debating Whether She Has a Right to Exist

Gender-Affirming Care Improves Mental Health—and May Save Lives

House passes marriage equality for same-sex couples bill. 157 Republicans voted against it

This Week in Homophobia and Transphobia:

White supremacists destroyed a Pride mural. The video they made got them arrested

2022 is already a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, ACLU data shows

Why Republicans support abortion bans with no exception for rape, incest, or health of the mother

What’s Happening With The Vinton Public Library

Anti-LGBTQ Alabama pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting boys – “He will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.”

This Week in Liars, Deplorables, and Seditious Traitors:

There is a gap in the evidence we’ve seen against Trump. We have to rely on the DOJ to fill it

Stephen Colbert Spots Exact Moment Steve Bannon Spilled The Beans On Trump

National Archives demands Secret Service probe into ‘erased’ text messages

DHS inspector general meets with House select committee regarding Secret Service erasing text messages from January 6

Trump Is Going Down and He Is Taking Evangelicals with Him

In Memoriam:

Eric Flint (1947-2022)

Herbert W. Franke Dead: Pioneering Digital Artist and Science Fiction Author Dies at 95

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