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Friday Five (nobody should be poor edition)


OMG, it’s the first Friday in August!

I don’t want to talk about work. It’s been weird. Our weather had also been weird. Earlier this week I started to freak out because the squirrel who was very obviously pregnant a week and a half ago (and has clearly given birth since) has continued to insist on ignoring the squirrel feeder on our deck and jump up on the bird feeder to the point that I saw birds flying toward the feeder the seeing the squirrel and veer away–but the point is one day she ate birdseed so fast that she was out there hanging on the perch choking for air and for about a minute or maybe two I thought I would have to go out there and try to perform a tiny squirrel heimlich manuever… anyway, after she coughed up and started breeding again and left the feeder, while I was checking it I realized that it was nearly four years old and the main plastic tube had cracks in it. So I ordered a different feeder whose design is supposedly squirrel proof. It arrived late Thursday. I filled it and put it out on the veranda and also cleaned out and refilled the squirrel feeder with fresh food. So over the next few days we will see if the new feeder is, indeed, squirrel proof.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about deplorables (plus a post I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

After a DNA test, he told a stranger: ‘I think you might be my father’

Poll Shows Many Seniors Would Switch Parties For Lower Drug Prices

2 dads say teachers at a New York school blamed their gay son for the ‘horrific’ homophobic bullying he endured and now they are suing for ‘justice’

‘Nobody’s ever seen a number like this!’ New data reveals just how bad the Trump economy actually was

Covid Booster Shots Likely Offered Soon To People With Compromised Immune Systems — Fauci ; Priority Include People With HIV

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lawsuit: Tennessee Anti-Trans School Restroom Law Is Unconstitutional

Megan Rapinoe leads Team USA to Olympic bronze medal in incredible comeback – Rapinoe scored twice, including a rare "olimpico" goal, and teammate Carli Lloyd broke a record for the most career Olympic goals

Teen punished for saying she’s a lesbian on the school bus gets actual justice – The bus driver and the school’s principal lost their jobs

Olympic Diver Jordan Windle Credits & Thanks Gay Dad For His Success

From ‘kiss of death’ to competitive edge: Out athletes finally score big endorsements – Coming out as gay in the ’90s was referred to as the “kiss of death” for sports endorsements, but LGBTQ athletes are slowly starting to snag some of the lucrative sponsorship market

This Week in Deplorable People:

Trolls harass drag queen & call her “pedo” for helping gay bar employees get vaccine – Vandals spray-painted "pedo bar" near her bar because she is giving her employees more time to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Federal judge tells Capitol riot defendant what he did was ‘not patriotism’

‘It doesn’t leave you’: the toxic toll of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy

Tucker Carlson praises murderous regime

Bi man ordered to pay ex-wife “emotional damages” for coming out… but that got overturned – She said she wouldn’t have married him if she’d known he was bisexual – and she somehow won her case. And then lost again

Things I Wrote:

Tuesday Tidbits 8/3/2021: Some thoughts on masks

Friday Five (nobody should be poor edition)


OMG, it’s the first Friday in August!

I don’t want to talk about work. It’s been weird. Our weather had also been weird. Earlier this week I started to freak out because the squirrel who was very obviously pregnant a week and a half ago (and has clearly given birth since) has continued to insist on ignoring the squirrel feeder on our deck and jump up on the bird feeder to the point that I saw birds flying toward the feeder the seeing the squirrel and veer away–but the point is one day she ate birdseed so fast that she was out there hanging on the perch choking for air and for about a minute or maybe two I thought I would have to go out there and try to perform a tiny squirrel heimlich manuever… anyway, after she coughed up and started breeding again and left the feeder, while I was checking it I realized that it was nearly four years old and the main plastic tube had cracks in it. So I ordered a different feeder whose design is supposedly squirrel proof. It arrived late Thursday. I filled it and put it out on the veranda and also cleaned out and refilled the squirrel feeder with fresh food. So over the next few days we will see if the new feeder is, indeed, squirrel proof.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about deplorables (plus a post I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

After a DNA test, he told a stranger: ‘I think you might be my father’

Poll Shows Many Seniors Would Switch Parties For Lower Drug Prices

2 dads say teachers at a New York school blamed their gay son for the ‘horrific’ homophobic bullying he endured and now they are suing for ‘justice’

‘Nobody’s ever seen a number like this!’ New data reveals just how bad the Trump economy actually was

Covid Booster Shots Likely Offered Soon To People With Compromised Immune Systems — Fauci ; Priority Include People With HIV

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Lawsuit: Tennessee Anti-Trans School Restroom Law Is Unconstitutional

Megan Rapinoe leads Team USA to Olympic bronze medal in incredible comeback – Rapinoe scored twice, including a rare "olimpico" goal, and teammate Carli Lloyd broke a record for the most career Olympic goals

Teen punished for saying she’s a lesbian on the school bus gets actual justice – The bus driver and the school’s principal lost their jobs

Olympic Diver Jordan Windle Credits & Thanks Gay Dad For His Success

From ‘kiss of death’ to competitive edge: Out athletes finally score big endorsements – Coming out as gay in the ’90s was referred to as the “kiss of death” for sports endorsements, but LGBTQ athletes are slowly starting to snag some of the lucrative sponsorship market

This Week in Deplorable People:

Trolls harass drag queen & call her “pedo” for helping gay bar employees get vaccine – Vandals spray-painted "pedo bar" near her bar because she is giving her employees more time to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Federal judge tells Capitol riot defendant what he did was ‘not patriotism’

‘It doesn’t leave you’: the toxic toll of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy

Tucker Carlson praises murderous regime

Bi man ordered to pay ex-wife “emotional damages” for coming out… but that got overturned – She said she wouldn’t have married him if she’d known he was bisexual – and she somehow won her case. And then lost again

Things I Wrote:

Tuesday Tidbits 8/3/2021: Some thoughts on masks

Friday Five (COVID hot spots edition)


We have reached the fifth and final Friday in July!

I feel as if I’ve just been playing catch-up at work all week. Our region has mostly avoided the heat this week, for which I am grateful.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a headline I felt needed its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about people who aren’t thinking, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus two posts I wrote plus some notable obituaries).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

CDC wants vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in Covid hot spots – The announcement marks a sharp change in policy for the nation’s leading health agency

Stories of the Week:

Mysterious ‘Jetpack Man’ may have been spotted again in the skies near LAX – Air traffic controllers warned pilots that a person in a jetpack was spotted flying near LAX

This Man Does Not Make Poppers – For decades, poppers have been the go-to sex drug for gay men. But where do they come from? This is a very odd tale…

Some people in Missouri are getting vaccinated in secret to avoid backlash from loved ones, doctor says

These kids had questions about trans athletes. So they asked one. – Sometimes, the power of a simple conversation is all it takes to understand something you didn’t before

Lil Nas X’s New Video Is More Than a Homoerotic Prison Romp

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Stephanie Dolson is first out American athlete to win Olympic gold medal – With over 160 out athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics, Dolson isn’t the first member of "Team LGBTQ" to win a gold medal, but she’s still a trailblazer

Illinois Decriminalizes HIV Exposure, Adds Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate Option And More As Pritzker Signs LGBTQ-Affirming Laws

Gay athletes more comfortable living their lives openly — and that’s a good thing – It’s not as though gay athletes suddenly appeared out of the blue. They’ve always been here, just hidden, fearful, living closeted lives while playing the games they love

Atlanta mayor hosts job fair for LGBTQ applicants

A Chicago suburb is finally repealing a law that bans people from wearing opposite sex clothing – The ordinance governed "obscene and immoral acts." And relics of old anti-LGBTQ laws like it are still on the books nationwide

This Week in What Were They Thinking:

Woman Charged After Viral Close Call With Grizzly – The woman videoed approaching within 15 feet of a Grizzly sow and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park in May of this year has been charged with two citations. Investigators used tips and an investigation of social media posts to identify the Illinois tourist

Elizabeth Warren Schools Billionaire Over Social Security – Billionaire thinks he’s gonna get one over on Sen. Elizabeth Warren with "easy" question

Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousands of cases

Florida Man Hospitalized After Jumping Into Jaguar Exhibit at Zoo

Punk’d: Fox Airs Deep-Faked Story Stoking White Resentment – Fox should air a retraction since the "letter" they whine about turns out to be from a right-wing astroturf organization.

This Week in Deplorable People:

Trump Family Loses Big Appeals Court Fight to Force Fraud and Deceptive Practices Lawsuit into Secret Arbitration

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Charged With Sexually Assaulting A Teen

Former Virginia policeman charged in Capitol riot to stay in jail after buying guns – A federal judge called his purchases "a remarkable shopping spree for high-powered assault weapons."

11th Circuit strikes down Florida megachurch challenge to hate group label – An evangelical Christian ministry listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center was not discriminated against when its application to fundraise through Amazon’s charitable website was denied, the court ruled

Gaetz Hastily Escorted Out of Press Conference as Reporter Repeatedly Asks: ‘Are You a Pedophile?’

In Memoriam:

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dead At Age 72

Ron Popeil, ‘Set it and forget it’ infomercial star, dead at 86

Things I Wrote:

Miss Piggy was aggressively straight, yet it took decades to acknowledge the existence of Muppets who aren’t straight

Mid-week Update: Scared little boys playing soldier

Friday Five (fire clouds edition)


And here we are at the fourth Friday in July!

The middle of my work week was once again stressful and frantic, though this week the day after we had two releases things were very quiet, rather than having a lot of drama. So, I guess that’s better.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a pair of headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about traitors, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus two posts I wrote plus some notable obituaries).

This Week in Trans Health Care:

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Arkansas Transgender Youth Health Care Ban, Arguing It Causes ‘Irreparable Harm’

This Week in You Tell Him, Dr Fauci!:

‘You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About’: Fauci Destroys ‘Lying’ Rand Paul Over COVID Conspiracy Theory

Stories of the Week:

‘Fire clouds’ explode more than a mile high in Oregon wildfire now bigger than New York City – “The fire will continue to be extremely active with unstable air conditions and extremely dry fuels.”

Report: NFL Warns Teams of Possible Forfeits, More Penalties for COVID-19 Outbreaks in Unvaccinated Players – The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding This is a very good thing and I hope sets an example. There is more.

Tenn. Man Died After He Was ‘Swatted’ by People Targeting Twitter Handle

U.S. Attorney General Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters’ records

Superbowl Champion Tom Brady trolls Trump – Jokes at White House: 40% of people "still don’t think we won" – Axios

This Week in the Pandemic:

Why fully vaccinated people get breakthrough COVID infections

Alabama Doctor: Dying Patients Beg For The Vaccine – ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients

Fox has quietly implemented its own version of a vaccine passport while its top personalities attack them

Indiana University Can Require Covid-19 Vaccines, Federal Judge Says – Ruling by Trump=appointed judge deals setback to growing legal effort against compulsory inoculation at public educational institutions

How Republican Vaccine Opposition Got to This Point – In recent months, Republican skepticism of Covid vaccines and their rollout has grown louder: One recent poll found that 47 percent said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Louisiana lawmakers fail to overturn veto of transgender ban

How Two ‘High School Musical’ Actors Brought Disney’s First Queer Love Song to Life

Here’s all the actions taken so far by the Biden-Harris administration to advance equality – We are officially halfway through the first year of the Biden-Harris administration. Here’s what they’ve done for LGBTQ rights

Judge orders West Virginia to allow transgender girl to join girls cross-country team – "Forcing a girl to compete on the boys’ team when there is a girls’ team available would cause her unnecessary distress and stigma."

Political Pundits Can Now Be Gay Black Men Who Wear Nail Polish

This Week in Haters, Hate Crimes, and Discrimination:

A high-ranking Alaska official called for a drag queen to be burned alive – State attorney Matthias Cicotte allegedly called a drag queen a "demon" who should "be burned to death" and called for "the death penalty" for people who support trans youth.

Liberty University ‘enabled on-campus rapes:’ 12 women file lawsuit

Guilty Plea In 2019 California Synagogue Mass Shooting

A Christian teacher demanded a religious exemption to using trans students’ names. A judge said no. – Music teacher John Kluge sued the school he used to work for, claiming that as a Christian he couldn’t be required to call trans students by their names. The judge was not impressed with his argument

2 LGBTQ Books Pulled From Elmbrook Schools After Daily Wire Story – Elmbrook Schools removed two LGBTQ resource books after the publication lied about children had access to sexual content

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

New Ad Hits Senator Ron Johnson Squarely In His Treasonous Face

Liz Cheney Spells Out Why Kevin McCarthy Is A Danger To Democracy – She said anyone who wanted to become speaker should show a commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, and he has not done that

Pelosi: Jordan, Banks’ Actions ‘Made It Ridiculous’ To Be On 1/6 Commission Jordan and Banks are among the traitors, so…

Proud Boys Leader Guilty Of Burning Church’s Banner

Capitol rioter who breached Senate sentenced to 8 months in first riot felony sentencing

In Memoriam:

Gary Corbett Dies: Touring Keyboardist With KISS & Cinderella Also Co-Wrote Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She Bop’

Jerry Granelli, Vince Guaraldi Trio Drummer Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dies at 80

Robby Steinhardt — Whose Group Kansas Notched Hits Like ‘Dust In The Wind’ — Has Died

William F. Nolan, Iconic Sci-Fi Author Who Co-Penned ‘Logan’s Run’, Dies at 93

‘She Rates Dogs’ podcast co-host Mat George dies at 26 after hit-and-run in LA

Civil Rights Pioneer Gloria Richardson Dies at 99: ‘She Was Born a Leader’

Charlie Robinson, ‘Night Court’ Star, Dies at 75

Things I Wrote:

A look at the latest Apple Remote

Again with the pastors sexually abusing people under their care

Friday Five (tree DNA conviction edition)


And here we are at the third Friday in July!

It was a very busy and frantic work week, and I am so glad to have today off!

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a headline I felt needed its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the climate, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

Pedophile Youth Pastor Denied Appeal Of 1008-Year Sentence – The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a former youth pastor sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for sex crimes against young boys

Stories of the Week:

Tree DNA Helped Convict Washington Man Who Set Forest Fire – Prosecutors say the case marked the first time tree DNA had been introduced in a federal trial

Some U.S. politicians voice support for Cuba protesters as State Department calls for "calm"

Gay political donor Ed Buck finally goes on trial for deadly drug fetish after years of injustice – Buck allegedly got off on injecting other men with methamphetamine. Two Black men died at his hands, but the wealthy white Democrat kept escaping justice. Until now.

People With HIV Have Higher Death Risk From COVID-19

Black Teen Barred From Skating Rink After Facial Recognition Camera Misidentified Her

This Week in Climate:

Florida’s manatees are dying in record numbers, officials say

Extreme heat cooked mussels, clams and other shellfish alive on beaches in Western Canada

Power Up: Progressives ramp up climate demands as Manchin draws red line on eliminating fossil fuels

The moon’s natural wobble alters Earth’s tides. With climate change, that’s bad news

West on fire, East under water as climate change fuels extremes

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

The Emmy Nominations Are Out, and They Are Super Gay and Trans

Nick Wagman, headed to the Tokyo Olympics, talks for the first time about being a gay athlete, married to his husband

Joyful new documentary “Senior Prom” is a revolutionary portrayal of aging while queer – Senior Prom is about queer elders finding happiness, confidence, and desire in a world "where they just don’t feel that there’s room for them," filmmaker Luisa Conlon told LGBTQ Nation.

Hungary Gay and LGBTQ Activists Protest Latest Anti-LGBTQ Law with 30-Foot Rainbow Heart

More young people than ever identify as LGBT, and 1 in 4 are nonbinary

This Week in Haters and Seditious Traitors:

A federal judge skewered ‘Kraken’ lawyers for making ‘fantastical’ allegations of election fraud and failing to do the most basic due diligence

‘Absolutely Bizarre’: Lindsey Graham Torched for Declaring He Will ‘Go to War’ for What ‘Chick-fil-A Stands For’

Gaetz Hires Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Defense Lawyer

16 Members of Florida White Supremacist Group Hit With Major Charges

Rioter Who Rappelled Into Senate Pleads Guilty, Flips

In Memoriam:

Sally Gearhart, Veteran Activist and Academic, Dead at 90

Things I Wrote:

Loki “For All Times. Always.”

Friday Five (that’s rock and roll edition)


And here we are at the second Friday in July!

We’ve had a week of warm but not scorching weather, which is better. It’s still warmer than it used to be before July 12-ish. There are some smoke advisories but so far nothing close to us. Knock wood.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s day late Friday Five in which I bring you: two headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters and deplorables, and five stories about seditious traitors (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

‘LOVE always wins’: Boise community steps up to replace stolen, damaged Pride flags – Boise Police have arrested someone suspected of stealing Pride flags in the Boise North End

Stories of the Week:

The amazing Hubble Telescope has suddenly stopped working

Higher Education Should Be a Fundamental Right

July 4th weekend shootings: More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend

Black on Both Sides, Vol. 1– Thoughts on Black Personhood |

Trump is suing Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. Here’s why they shouldn’t worry

This Week in the Pandemic:

Five undervaccinated clusters put the entire United States at risk

Pfizer says it’s time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast

Olympics Bans Spectators From Tokyo Events After State of Emergency Declaration – The Delta variant has spurred new COVID-19 concerns for the Olympics

Coronavirus FAQ: What’s The Latest Advice To Protect Kids In School And On Vacation?

24-year-old urges people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 after undergoing double lung transplant – He contracted COVID in April of this year after attending an indoor concert

In Memoriam:

Richard Donner, Director of ‘Superman,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘The Lost Boys,’ and ‘Lethal Weapon,’ Dies at 91

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Lethal Weapon’ Director Richard Donner: “Gifted Across So Many Genres” – ‘The Goonies’ star Sean Astin, Steven Spielberg, Edgar Wright, Ben Stiller and James Mangold were among the first to share tributes to the iconic filmmaker

Things I Wrote:

Following Loki through his “Journey Into Mystery”

Friday Five (online sleuth edition)


And here we are at the first Friday in July!

My vacation was less relaxing than it ought to have been, what with the reaching breaking all time high temperature records for several days in a row. For most of my adult life you didn’t really need air conditioning in your home in the Seattle region, because our usual definition of "hot day" was if the temperature got up in the 80s, and we seldom had more than three such days in a row. I personally have gotten by in most previous summers by owning a small roll out a/c unit that lived in the closet most of the year, keeping one room in the house cool giving us a place to retreat to. Those units aren’t really able to deal with outside temps in the upper 90s and higher. At least our a/c didn’t catch fire. A friend of ours reported two co-workers whose home a/c units overheated and caught fire–one burning down the entire house.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s day late Friday Five in which I bring you: two headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters and deplorables, and five stories about seditious traitors (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).

This Week in Ha-Ha!:

The Trump Team’s New Social Media Platform Is Already Flooded With Hentai

This Week in Climate:

Blistering heat wave demolishes all-time records in northwestern US, Canada

Stories of the Week:

‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI’s Capitol Manhunt – Six months and 500 arrests into the Jan. 6 probe, a motley crew of online sleuths is generating leads, making connections, and keeping the feds on their toes

Rep. Adam Smith pushes back against private funding for National Guard deployment – The chair of the House Armed Services Committee criticized the move by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and said the Guard shouldn’t be treated like a “private militia.”

Missouri Hospitals Straining Under Delta Variant Surge – Health care ‘breaking point’: Cox confirms some Springfield COVID-19 patients transferred to St. Louis, Kansas City

YouTube Bans and Then Unbans Right Wing Watch, a Media Watchdog Devoted to Exposing Right-Wing Conspiracies

NYT Issues Astounding Minute-By-Minute Video Analysis Of The Cultist Insurrection At The US Capitol

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

U.K. Methodist Church allows same-sex marriages in historic vote – Marriage for the church is now also defined as “a lifelong union in mind, body and spirit of two people who freely enter into it."

Win For Trans Students As SCOTUS Rejects Appeal

Pride means knowing LGBTQ history — including that of Indigenous Two-Spirit people

Biden’s pro-LGBTQ stance comes with a surge of anti-LGBTQ misinformation

Court overturns gay bias verdict against ex-Iowa governor – The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official — overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict

This Week in Haters, Hate Crimes, and Discrimination:

Georgia boy who had ‘gay’ shaved into head by family placed in protective custody

Queer valedictorian’s silenced LGBTQ identity speech may see federal civil rights review

Conservatives want to ban transgender athletes from girls sports. Their evidence is shaky

Catholic & Southern Baptist leaders are making faith more about their politics than God – America has become more secular and less religious. So religion has responded by becoming more political, and conservative causes are used as the litmus test

Marjorie Taylor Greene claims that learning about LGBTQ people is child abuse

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Manhattan DA charges Trump’s company, CFO with tax fraud

An Oath Keeper Admitted His Group Stashed Guns Outside DC For Jan. 6 – Mark Grods testified before the grand jury as part of his plea deal

‘LIKE TWITTER BUT SH*TTIER’ – New MAGA Social Media Gets Less Than Warm Reception, Even From Trump

Brian Williams On Trump’s Flop Of A Rally – "You can still hear his voice in the background there as the president relitigated his loss in Arizona. As you saw, people’s thoughts turned to ‘where did we park?’" said Williams in his usual laconic style.

‘It’s a failure’: Arizona audit appears to be backfiring on Republicans – and could come back to haunt them at the ballot box

In Memoriam:

Mike Gravel, former Alaska senator and anti-war campaigner, dies aged 91

Things I Wrote:

Happy Freedom Day!

Saturday Five (community, truth, strength, love edition)


It’s Pride Weekend! This Sunday is the 52nd Anniversary of that fateful night in Greenwich Village. Time to celebrate!

I’m on vacation to both attend the virtual Locus Awards Weekend and celebrate virtual Pride. I worked Monday through Wednesday, and as usually happens when I’m going to take some time off, they were extremely busy days. So I was exhausted, and have been sleeping in a lot. Add to that the heat wave that was been roasting most of the country finally hitting us, and well, I’ve been having trouble being productive. Which is why this post is a day late and will be a bit different than usual.

So here is this week’s day late Friday Five: one headline I felt needed it’s own topic, the top five stories about Pride, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about queer milestones, and five stories about everything else (plus some things I wrote plus a notable obituaries).

This Week in It’s About Time:

‘Sesame Street’ features 2 gay fathers for 1st time in 51-year history – "Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family."

This Week in Pride:

The Untold Truth Of The Stonewall Riots I’m not sure "untold" really belongs in the headline. I’ve linked to similar stories that do their best to sort out the myth from the verifiable regarding the riots over the years, but still a good story.

Military tells off trolls complaining about Air Force Pride event starring ‘Drag Race’ queens – Critics said the show was proof that the U.S. military will soon be dominated by Russia, China and North Korea

Biden declares “Pride is back at the White House” after designating Pulse a national monument – Biden signed historic legislation as he was surrounded by the victims’ families and other modern-day trailblazers. He then spoke about his administration’s pro-LGBTQ record and his son Beau’s desire to advocate for LGBTQ people

British, Canadian and US embassies fly Pride flag in Russia, where ‘gay propaganda’ is illegal

This is America: ‘If your Pride isn’t intersectional, it’s not Pride’

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Louisiana Governor Vetoes Anti-Trans Sports Bill

Study: Most LGBTQ+ Adults Have Faced Threats of Violence

Stonewall Inn Says No to Anheuser-Busch After GOP Donations

A principal tries cutting off a student’s graduation speech. He finished it anyway – School administrators also allegedly tried to get the graduate to remove his Pride flag. He refused

America’s Got Talent auditions “the world’s gayest boy band”

This Week in Milestones:

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters hits a milestone! 7,500,00 hits and counting! But what comes next?

Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing Memorialized on New British £50 Note; ‘A Celebration of His Remarkable Life’

Carl Nassib’s Coming-Out Is a Gay NFL Fan’s Wish Come True

International soccer star Kumi Yokoyuma comes out as transgender – One of Japan’s most recognized soccer players didn’t feel safe to come out until they were in America: “I had to explain to them what Japanese culture is like and why I felt the need to hide.”

Valley athlete to be first female LGBTQ wrestler in Olympic history

Other Stuff This Week:

Chauvin sentenced to 22½ years for the murder of George Floyd – Chauvin briefly spoke before sentence was handed down and expressed his condolences to the George Floyd family

Scientists hail stunning ‘Dragon Man’ discovery

WA State health officer Dr. Scott Lindquist is "raising the flag" about the gamma variant, which is causing "more breakthrough cases proportionately, and hospitalizations"

Justice Alito’s Massive Concurrence in Favor of Expanded Religious Freedom May Have Scared Off Two Conservative Justices

Police search for clues after body of missing local artist was found in popular Seattle park

In Memoriam:

Joanne Linville Dead: ‘Star Trek’ Romulan Commander Was 93

Things I Wrote:

Loki is Set on the Trail of ‘The Variant’

The Vaccine is Free – Let people know!

Why Coming Out and Being Out Matters, or, Homophobes react to Carl Nassib’s coming out

Friday Five (Juneteenth edition)

And I add, “cross-dressing” was a crime defined as men wearing any clothes that looked feminine, and women could be arrested just for wearing pants.

It’s Pride Month, y’all! We’re at the third Friday in June. Happy Pride Month!

I went into the office for the first time in 16 months this week. The place was almost completely deserted. The corporate overlords are limiting us to coming in no more than every other day. I’m a member of team "B" by the way. It was very strange to ride the bus for the first time in so long. My current plan is to go in about one day a week just to start getting used to being out and about. Before the pandemic I worked from home two days a week. I might eventually work back to that schedule. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, we have this week’s Friday Five. This week I bring you: one headline that brought tears to my eyes, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about Pride Month, five stories about seditious traitors, five stories about deplorables, and five videos (plus some things I wrote plus a notable obituaries).

This Week’s Headline That Made Me Tear Up:

Single gay man who ‘always dreamed’ of a big family adopts six children with disabilities

Stories of the Week:

Supreme Court Rejects GOP Challenge to Affordable Care Act

Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

Most top hospitals charge a more than 5x markup

Defiant male teachers wear skirts to school after student cruelly sent to psychologist for wearing a skirt

What the Supreme Court Ruling on Foster Care Means for LGBTQ+ Parents

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Biden administration extends Title IX protections to LGBTQ students – Experts warn that schools could just defy the federal government and discriminate against transgender student-athletes. Will the Biden administration take them to court?

Congresswoman is shredding companies celebrating “Pride” while supporting anti-LGBTQ politicians – Companies that change their logo to include a rainbow are finding out that isn’t good enough when they’re funding the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ legislation we’ve faced over the past years Not just any Congresswoman, but my Congresswoman. I’m so proud.

Nearly 1 in 5 young adults say they’re not straight, global survey finds – The survey, conducted in 27 countries, also found that 4 percent of those in Generation Z identify as transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming or gender-fluid

Lesbian couple crowned prom queens after surprise win – The couple didn’t even think they’d make it on the ballot, let alone win, at their rural school in a small Pennsylvania town. Now they’ve made history

Charles M. Blow on Bi Visibility and the Debt We Owe as Queer People

This Week in Pride:

The very first rainbow Pride flags were thought to be gone. Until now – Gilbert Baker had saved one of his two original Pride flags. No one knew, even when it was used for another historic occasion. Now it’s on display in San Francisco

Opinion | Pride offers LGBTQ youth opportunities for community – Whether out or not, everyone benefits from annual celebrations

Before Stonewall, LGBTQ history was made at Bucks County Community College — and then forgotten. Until now – When the school abruptly cancelled a 1968 gay rights advocate’s talk at the school, up to 200 students protested. That history is now being celebrated

Kamala Harris Becomes First Sitting V.P. to March in Pride Event

‘The Colors of Pride’ Is a Celebration Beyond Parades and Parties

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

Capitol riot suspect used charity to promote violence, feds say – Alan Hostetter, a former California police chief, used his charity as a platform to protest that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, according to an indictment

Showing D.C. How It’s Done: Oregon Boots Lawmaker Who Aided State Capitol Incursion – State representative Mike Nearman was caught on video opening the door of the state capitol to an armed incursion, completing what he’d referred to as “Operation Hall Pass”

Watching Biden meet Putin was ‘the real moment’ Trump realized he wasn’t president anymore: NYT’s Haberman

Riot Suspect Collared After Boasting Post: I’m On TV

Ted Cruz Talks to Flag While Texans Don’t Have Air Conditioning

This Week in Deplorables, Haters, and Hate Crimes:

A gay couple endured years of anonymous hate mail. Then they found out who was sending it

High court rejects 2 Virginia white nationalist rally cases

‘Alito was just pissed’: Trump’s Supreme Court breaks down along surprising lines – Thursday’s decisions laid bare an emerging rift within the court’s conservative majority.

Muslim family in Canada killed in ‘premeditated’ truck attack

Leaked Messages Implicate White Nationalist Rep. Paul Gosar in Plot to Disrupt Biden Arizona Win Using Proud Boys

In Memoriam:

Seattle Loses Bill Kennedy, The Best Friend a Movie Lover Could Ever Have – Bill never found a movie, any movie, to be a waste of time

Things I Wrote:

Five years after the Pulse massacre, what can we do?

Loki Loses His “Glorious Purpose”

Videos

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Friday Five (over abundance edition)


It’s Pride Month, y’all! We’re at the second Friday in June. Happy Pride Month!

I reached full vaccination last week, and now my husband is fully vaccinated, as well. That means I’m starting to try to clean up the house that we’ve let get taken over by piles of things so that we could invite some fully vaccinated friends to visit in the near future. I am quite happy with that development!

Meanwhile, we have this week’s Friday Five. This week I bring you: one headline that is extremely sobering, one headline that should have made me laugh instead of cry, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about Pride Month, five stories about seditious traitors, five stories about deplorables, and five videos (plus some notable obituaries).

The Story of the Year, Perhaps:

Service Workers Aren’t Lazy – Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.

This Week’s Headline That Made Me Cry But Not In A Good Way:

Lunar New Deal: GOP Rep. Gohmert suggests altering moon’s orbit to combat climate change – The Texas congressman asked whether there was anything the U.S. Forest Service could do "to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun."

Stories of the Week:

Joy Reid Delivers History Lesson About U.S. Exploitation in the Countries of Central and South America Everyone Needs To See

Forty years after first documented AIDS cases, survivors reckon with ‘dichotomy of feelings’

Treasure Trove Of Secret IRS Files Reveals How Rich Avoid Taxes – Pro Publica has obtained a vast trove of never-before-seen tax data on thousands of the richest Americans covering more than 15 years

What My Covid-19 Vaccine Saga Taught Me About the U.S. Health Care System – I had to change Covid-19 vaccines midstream. Two months, five doctors and multiple Benadryls later, it was very clear the system isn’t set up to help non-cookie-cutter patients like me

The rise and fall of Chrissy Teigen shows how drastically Twitter changed in 10 years

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Candidate Biden said he’d overturn the Pentagon ban on Pride flags. Will President Biden do it?

Depicting LGBTQ+ People in the Media, Without Stereotypes

Biden Recognizes 40th Year of HIV, Calls for Billions to End It

11-year-old trans girl sues her state because they’re banning her from cross-country

10’s Across the Board: Why ‘Pose’ Deserves Every 2021 Emmy Nomination

This Week in Pride:

It matters that (almost) all of baseball is embracing Pride now. It changes the game – The activism happening in baseball, on the corporate and individual level, sends a clear message to everyone in sports: do something more than change your logos or send social media posts

Secretary of Defense celebrates LGBTQ+ military members at Pentagon Pride Month celebration

Texas Bakery’s Pride Cookies Sparked Backlash, Now Customers Are Lined Up Down the Block

Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage

Tiresome debate around kink at Pride sends worrying message about sex and sex workers

This Week in Seditious Treason:

Feds obtain another conspiracy indictment against six militia members in Jan. 6 riot – Six men connected to a California-based “Three Percenter” group are hit with charges over unrest at the Capitol

Judge Finds Proud Boy’s Pleas to Get Out of Jail ‘Without Merit,’ Highlighting Vulgar Threats He Made Against People Who ‘Ratted’ Him Out

Capitol Rioter Pleads Guilty In Plot To Bomb Amazon Servers – He brought a sawed-off rifle to the Capitol on Jan. 6. Then he plotted to bomb Amazon data centers

Trump Appointee Riot Suspect Rejects Plea Deal Offer

Riot Suspect Collared After Mom Shares Boasting Posts

This Week in Deplorables, Haters, and Other Evil People:

Even Joe Scarborough Knows This Lafayette Park IG Report Is A Complete Joke – He called it "laughable on its face."

Trump’s PAC, Save America, repeats scam – PAC is opting supporters into extra ‘surprise’ donations for Trump’s birthday

The 45th president was in bed financially with foreign governments, a precedent for America’s enemies to wield influence over the Oval Office. Lawmakers and voters must prevent this from becoming common practice

‘Ex-Gay’ Organization Gathers Paltry Group for Sad D.C. Rally

State GOPs Can’t Explain Millions in ‘Trump Victory’ Cash

In Memoriam:

Honoring Chief Crow Dog, His Many Gifts, and Wishing Him A Peaceful Journey

Lakota Spiritual Leader Leonard Crow Dog Walked On at 78

Videos

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