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Here we go, lots of fun stuff today.

First up, need a name for your hipsterish/foody bar/restaurant you're opening.  Check this web app out.  And I'll see you at "Bitters and Trough"

This looks like a lot of fun:

Even though it's not accurate to the map of the (Star Wars) galaxy, it's a cool art project.

Joss Whedon just released another movie, which is available to rent on Vimeo.

XKCD nails it on the head.  Yes, yes, a million times yes:

Um, so powdered alcohol (think pixie stix) is now a thing.  This will not end well for teenagers.

Hey look, crazy right-wingers are are calling for a celebration on my birthday!  And by celebration, the start of a 40-day fast against marriage equality, because, you know, Jesus.

Physics has created a new ax.  Kind of crazy!

That's it for today, have a great one!

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Big update, and mostly LGBT related, but I'm trying to catch up on my newsfeeds, and this was what I had.  Not all though, so read on:

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, probably for the Rio Olympics.  My mom totally called this.

A hate group leader went to a school who was ready for them.  They all grabbed tickets to his talk just to walk out on him and humiliate him.

Some kind of sorcery allows these jeans to "come out" the more you wear them:

A new bit of Papyrus tells that Jesus may have had a wife.  I'm sure there will be all kinds of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, but I really don't think it makes much difference (except maybe to the Catholics who use that as part of the reason priests can't marry).

A PA lawmaker will introduce legislation to allow same-sex divorce, which is actually a good thing.  Right now, married couples (From other states, obviously), that move to Pa, have no way of ever divorcing, usually without moving back to where they got married for years of residency, which is usually not really an option.

A gay Scoutmaster in Seattle, now has the support of the city council and mayor, which is actually kind of a big deal.  He's continuing to lead the Troop (although he's on vacation at the moment, with his husband) and their Chartering Partner couldn't be happier with him, he's the reason they even have a Troop.

And the BSA "alternative," Trail Life?  Yeah, they're not only discriminating against gays, but also Jews.

I didn't talk about the Mozilla flap, because if you noticed, the boycott wasn't organized by the glitterati (Dan Savage, Andrew Sullivan, Evan Wolfson, Joe Jervis, Andy Towle, Michelangelo Singorelli, Box Turtle Bulletin, etc), but rather by straight supporters.  Do I think he should have resigned, probably, especially since the facts that surfaced made so many of his employees distinctly uncomfortable.  But just remember, when the gays and our allies call for boycotts, it's fascism.  When the far-right does, it's good and apple pie and Jesus and America!

The other big story is the discriminatory bill in Mississippi.  It's the same bill as what was defeated in Arizona, we just really didn't have a chance of winning in Mississippi.  Basically, segregation has returned, but this time instead of based on race, it's based on perceived sexual orientation.  I can be denied by any business in Mississippi, and all they have to do is claim it would violate their religion to serve me.

And just as a reminder, although sadly this happened here in Pittsburgh, gay men can't donate blood, or organs apparently.  Because you know, we all have AIDS according to the government, even though everything is tested and anyone can have HIV/AIDS.

A new book is due out about the lives of gay steelworkers, although sadly in Indiana, not Pittsburgh.

Okay, that's enough for this depressing update.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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One of my yearly posts, just remember, if you can't laugh with your religion, you're doing it wrong.

 

Happy Easter everyone!

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Alright, fairly big update, let's see what we have today.

A heartwarming story from Sweden, a man facing deportation was saved by the other passengers on the plane, who refused to buckle their seatbelts.

Here's the trailer for the spiritual sequel to "Garden State:"

It's nice when people come around to support marriage equality, it just sucks that they can't figure out how to tap into their own empathy before it personally affects them.

The case before the Supreme Court with Hobby Lobby...is kind of a crock of shit.  They are suing to not provide birth control to their employees...the same birth control they invest in...so yeah, just trying to regulate to their own standard of morality and misogyny.

The Supreme Court also declined to hear a case about a photographer refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding.  Again: if you operate a public business, you cannot discriminate.  Just like you can't have a sign that says you won't serve African Americans, women or the Irish, you can't refuse to serve the LGBT community.  Not a difficult concept.  When you open a public business, you are agreeing to play by the rules of dignity and equality that makes our society function.

The viral campaign for the next X-Men movie is gearing up.  And here's the final trailer:

The stabbings at Franklin Regional are sad from all angles.  A lot of people online jumped to criticize the student who took a selfie from the hospital after pulling the fire alarm that is credited with saving lives.  The Good Men Project and Slog cover it very well, by calling that student the hero that he is.

Honey Maid had an ad showing interracial and gay couples, and they got some hate-mail.  Here is what they did with it:

Just a reminder, if their ideas aren't good enough to win, the far-right will make sure that you can't vote.

And here is the new trailer for Season 2 of "Orange of the New Black:"

A tongue-in-cheek list why it's awesome for straight men to be friends with gay guys.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, there is an ATM in NYC that dispenses cupcakes!

A new trailer is out for the next X-Men movie:

Here's a cool movie about...movie trailers.

When I talk about fighting for gay youth rights, (especially in the BSA so they have a place they feel welcomed and accepted), this is one of the reasons why.  Have some tissues.

A theory proposed by Alan Turing has been proven correct!  It's called Morphogensis and (if I understand it) is that the shape of organisms is in our DNA.

And the new trailer for Disney's Maleficent:

The Mozilla Foundation's new president supported Prop 8 in California, and while the foundation is trying to backpedal, outrage has taken over and developers are pulling out.

There is a church in Harlem that usually posts homophobic signs on their marquee, usually about stoning gays.  And they got spray painted, but now they're claiming gays are the bullies.

The next American Horror Story has been confirmed as Freak Show.  Some of the cast has been announced here.

Earlier this week, World Vision (a charity) announced that they would not have a problem hiring legally married gay couples.  The right lost their shit, and less than two days later, they've reversed course, because it's more important to hate the gays than help starving children around the world, or something like that.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, fun update today.

You may have seen the video of strangers kissing.  This is a much better version:

 

First up, a GOP lobbyist was trying to write a bill making it illegal for gay men to play in the NFL, specifically targeting Michael Sam.

And a Republican from South Dakota thinks business should be able to refuse to serve gays...and racial minorities.  While many Republicans feel that way, they aren't dumb enough to add the second part to the sentence and expose their bigotry.

Coco Peru plays the new Grand Theft Auto, and her commentary is hilarious:

A bar in South Carolina put up a sign saying no conceal weapons.  Funny, but insulting.  But I like it.

An asshole teacher in West Virginia was suspended after mocking the Gay-Straight Alliance in his school on Facebook.

Randy Rainbow does a great song dedicated to "Adel Dazeem:"

It's weird to think that a Catholic website is giving away guns to entice more people to join.  But hey, maybe Jesus would have wanted us to have semi-automatic guns. 

A man looked at the birds on the wires outside his home and translated it into music, and it's beautiful:

Robbie Roger's team captain made sure to include him in the locker room message, and it's awesome:

The St. Patrick's Day Parade has for years not allowed LGBT groups to march.  In response this year, Sam Adams, Guinness and Heineken all pulled their sponsorships.  The leader of the hate-group, The Catholic League, decided he wanted to test it and applied to march in the NYC Pride parade.  He was granted a space, but like every other group, is required to attend a training session about safety and logistics, which he is now claiming is "gay training" and refusing to attend but blaming it on the gays.  Sigh.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, over the weekend Sam Adams and Heineken both pulled out of South Boston's iconic St. Patrick's day parade, due to the organizers continued insistence that no LGBT groups may march.  Guinness has not, and so many bars, including the Stonewall Inn are now boycotting the Irish beer.

Pentatonix is back with a version of "Say Something"

For all the Star Wars fans out there, this is kind of awesome, Sarlacc decals to put in your toilet bowl.

The Good Men Project has a great article about what it's like to get engaged more that once: once when you're in love, and once when it's legal.

HBO's new movie, "The Normal Heart" has a new trailer, and holy crap:

Oh People of Public Transit, it's funny and sad because it's true.

The Episcopal Church of Pittsburgh went through a long legal battle over parishes leaving and property rights, now it looks like Virginia is doing the same.  But the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, now your goldfish can finally tour the house:

Seven things gay guys are sick of hearing.  Yeah, especially the first one when it comes from politicians.

Holy crap!  We're really close to getting nuclear fusion.

A Lego figure captures his vacation photos:

The actor that played Rufio is back...recreating scenes from Hook.

Funny how the state with the highest minimum wage has the best job growth.  Who would have thought.

Jason Collins, the first openly gay man to play professional sports in the "big 4" got a standing ovation the first time he took the court at home:

The proceeds from Collin's jersey, which has become a best-seller, are being donated to GLSEN and the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, and Jason even met Matthew's parents (he took the number 98 in honor of Matthew).

You can play Tetris on a business card now!

Also in news that everyone knew, anti-gay bigotry drives people away from religion.

This may be my favorite Sochi video:

Privilege is tough, we oftentimes don't realize how lucky we are.  Give this infographic a quick look, you'll be a better person for it.

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Alright, pretty sizable update, let's see what we have today.

The car crash was horrific, but there's some sort of cosmic karma for the man who was campaigning so hard against Obamacare is now loving it, since he lost his insurance.

This is really awesome, NYC public schools will get Muslim holidays off.  I always wondered why we didn't, since we got Christian holidays off.

fun.'s new project called "Bleachers" has its first single, and it's awesome:

In case you haven't heard, the Ugandan President signed into a law a horrific bill making it illegal to be LGBT in the country.  The bill is so extreme, you can be locked up for life just for opposing the law.  Their ethics minister is even quoted as saying that they show "tolerance" to gays by "not slaughtering them."  The Center for Constitutional Rights is suing US evangelical pastor Scott Lively, citing that he is directly responsible for the bill coming into existence (he has also been linked to the anti-LGBT bill in Russia).  So yeah, it's all disheartening and tragic and infuriating that a US citizen is partially responsible for these crimes against humanity.

Also in crazy anti-LGBT news, Arizona is inching closer (the Governor can still veto it) enshrining discrimination into law.  In response, a pizza shop put up this amazing sign.  The bill, at its worst, can lead to public servants refusing service to gay citizens.  So say I live in Arizona and my house is burning down.  The firefighters see a HRC flag, they could legally let it burn by refusing me service.  Andrew Sullivan reminds us that Catholics should be more concerned with divorce than gays, if they really want to be able to legally discriminate, considering Jesus specifically mentioned the divorced.

And Boehner is still refusing to bring ENDA up for a vote, even though it would probably pass.  No real surprise, but still sad to hear.

In the last bit of bad LGBT news, members of the LGBT community who live in anti-equality areas, die 12 years earlier than LGBT citizens in safer places.  But, being homophobic takes two and a half years off the hater's life.  So that's something at least.

A music video staring 3D printed stars:

 An awesome back tattoo that gets colored in as he visits countries around the world.

 Guys.  We're running out of clowns.

An awesome compilation of pop culture from the New York Times:

A troll on Twitter took on Dan Savage, and he and his husband hosted an impromptu fundraiser for Planned Parenthood to fight back.

 

And just as a reminder, a mere three percent of Planned Parenthood's budget is for abortion services.  The rest is basic reproductive and medical care, they are a great resource for the community, both men and women.  And speaking of, the abortion rate is at the lowest levels since 1973.  That comes from more access to comprehensive sex education and access to contraception.  The crazy draconian laws that have come onto the books the last few years aren't in this study, as there isn't data for those years yet.

 

I think it's a cool campaign, but it took some flack.  Either way, it makes the point that we tend to donate towards breast cancer, while we forget the brutal forces of other types of cancer, especially pancreatic.

 

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, this amazing series of Post-It notes from a new father.

The Mars Rover Opportunity celebrates its 10 year anniversary!  Not bad, considering it was supposed to be a 90-day mission!

Putin wants to "cleanse Russia of homosexuality"  But he TOTALLY HAS GAY FRIENDS.

Harry Potter World is expanding, which means now I really have to go!

And finally, Lust for Love, which pretty much features the cast of Dollhouse, finally has a trailer:

That's it for now, have a great one!

 

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