Alright, let's see what we have today.
First up, pay attention because this is really important. Remember the anti-gay bakers that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple? They got sued because of they harassed the couple, drug their name through the mud and released their contact information, leading to even more harassment and death threats. They've been claiming that they're the real victims and have raised over $450,000 dollars (the fine was $135,000). Likewise, a county clerk is Kentucky is refusing to do his job (by not issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples). The governor has personally talked to him to tell him to either resign or do his job. But he's claiming religious freedom. Now we just wait to see how much money he'll raise for himself once he gets fired. The cycle just keeps repeating.
I've been on my soapbox for years about the role institutionalized discrimination plays in the epidemic of youth LGBT suicides, and a Methodist pastor, fired for being gay, says the same thing.
Awesome bookends featured by Nerdist:
Republican Senators killed a bill aimed at decreasing bullying in schools. Because they hate the gays.
A judge in Texas will follow the law and marry gay couples, but they have to sign a document saying the understand how much he hates them first.
The sculpture featured in the end credits of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was a physical prop!
Checking into the American Horror Story: Hotel:
Coke puts six men in a dark room so they can talk. It's been done before, but it's still a cool concept.
XKCD takes on the images of Pluto, and it's an awesome map!
The real price of being gay and belonging to an evangelical church. Long, but worth a read.
Now it turns out that evangelicals had a third condition for their pet gay celibates: They had to reject gay sex, gay relationships, and gay marriage not just for themselves but for all gays and lesbians.
It's been a great few weeks for LGBT rights, first marriage equality, then added protections for LGBT seniors, the final vestige of Don't Ask Don't Tell coming down by allowing transgender servicemembers, and now, what is probably the biggest victor, and set to help more people in very practical ways than even marriage: employment protections:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination—a groundbreaking decision to advance legal protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers.... The independent commission addressed the question of whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars anti-LGB discrimination in a complaint brought by a Florida-based air traffic control specialist against Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx. The ruling—approved by a 3-2 vote of the five-person commission—applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment.
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Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, this is the reel from Comic Con about Episode VII:
Earlier today I posted an article about my bishop. Want to see some awesome drone footage of my church? Of course you do!
The truth about the lawsuit against the anti-gay bakers in Oregon. The payment is because they continuously harassed and then doxed the couple. And in reality, refusing your service to a group of people is discrimination. It is no different than a woman, African American or Irish American being denied to be served. It's bigoted, and in Oregon, against the law.
The Pizza Hut box projector, genius!
My new favorite blog, Pittsburgh Cemeteries:
ESPN teamed up with Marvel to do a Superhero Body Issue!
A jury has found ex-gay "conversion therapy" to be guilty of fraud. Awesome.
The smallest country in the world (population: 48) has marriage equality. One small problem, there's no gay people.
Prepare to feel old: it's been 30 years since Clue (the movie) was released.
John Oliver takes on trans* issues. Watch this:
And in the same vein, Google launched this ad:
Attention straight people, this is puppy play (also, I'm sure the picture accompanying this story is helping it's popularity). This will take the straight world by storm in a few years. Also, appropriate since Anthrocon is in town (but they're different!)
The Girl Scouts returned a donation of $100,000 after the donor specified it not go towards any trans* girls. They then got twice as much donated from the internet.
AirBnB has a great new ad about travel issues and Pride month. But it's a great examination of straight privilege:
Remember that time Republicans in Colorado voted to increase the number of abortions? Remember, they're not anti-abortion, they're anti-sex.
Brian Sims rides a shark. Because of course he does:
Some awesome ways to get around Australia's strangely-draconian marriage laws.
It's kind of a joke, but this is an awesome meditation (not safe for work):
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Alright, quick update, let's see what we have today.
They wish we were invisible. We're not. Let's dance. Joe My God's annual Pride post, worth the read.
Speaking of Pride, here's Target's video they released for Pride this year, really awesome and includes a clip from a great wedding video I love:
Shark killed in traffic accident. Sad, but true.
Men who have sex with men are still barred from donating blood. To protest this, an artist has created "Blood Mirror" a tank filled with the blood of gay and bi men:
Philea, the lander on the comet 67P, has woken up!
Mapping where in Africa it's illegal to be gay.
The evolution of Disney:
Wall-E is going to be a Lego set! Adorable!
And finally, couples ask each other's questions in truth or drink:
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Let's see what we have today. First up, proof that we're living in the future: a knife that toasts bread as it slices!
Arrested Development is coming back for a fifth season!
Republicans in Congress have stopped benefits for veterans. Well, just the gay ones living in states without marriage equality.
Quite possibly the greatest mash-up of all time, Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black:
A look at "Midnighter" the relaunched superhero from DC. I read the first issue and loved it, although the article gets one thing wrong, the app he's on is Scruff, not Grindr.
Jason Collins calls out Tony Dungy on his homophobia, and it's perfect.
THere's now a new X-Wing drone. Awesome!
Derrick Gordon, a gay basketball player, is transferring to play for Seton Hall, and it's a big deal.
Maybe people honestly don't know this. But gay men can look at each other when they have sex. Now you know.
From before the Irish marriage vote, what would happen if we lost:
Laramie, Wyoming, home of Matthew Shepherd, finally passes LGBT protections.
Overall, the number of hate groups fell 17% last year. But the number of anti-LGBT hate groups increased 10%.
I have to admit, I thought this had already passed. The FDA is now proposing that men who have sex with men (their language), can donate blood if they abstain for a year.
And to everyone saying what Caitlyn Jenner did didn't take courage, read this post about a viral Facebook post dealing with the same. Neither form of bravery is mutually exclusive, and hate helps no one:
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Quick post, but some good stuff. First up, with June starting tomorrow, it's Pride month. Here's Dan Savage's guide to straight people enjoying pride festivals:
I think the message in Pride for straight people–and why I think straight people should go–is that there should be more than one way to be a straight person too. That there is a script written for straight people about how you’re supposed to live your life and who you’re supposed to be and that script is confining and stultifying and restricting and straight people to need to break out of that. I think what a lot of straight people leave with is ‘Wow, there’s so many ways to be queer maybe I can conceive of perhaps a different way to be straight.’
A bunch of friends built mini-houses all together, creating "Bestie Row"
Something I've always wondered, why are there so many Penn Stations? Which, coincidentally, was on my bus stop when I took it downtown!
I saw this going around those close to me in age, and it sums us up perfectly: The Oregon Trail generation. Not Gen X'ers, not Millenials. Somewhere lost in between.
And finally, we celebrated Harvey Milk Day by volunteering here in Pittsburgh. To commemorate, one of my favorite quotes:
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Quick update today, more to come later. Also, I'm not sure what's going on with the videos, I'm looking into it, hopefully I can get the embedded youtube to work again soon!
First up, Jurrasic World is doing a promotion with Barbasol Shaving Cream, which is awesome!
Get ready for all the feels, here's the trailer for "Batkid Begins"
Soooooo, Earth has a Death Star. The ISS might be getting a laser to destroy Alderaan space junk.
Magnum's (the ice cream bar, not the condom) new ad features drag queens and other gender-nonconforming members of society, and it's awesome. Points for having Willam in there!
The actor who played Neville Longbottom is the Harry Potter movies has grown up into a hunk. Seriously. And his twitter exchange with J.K. Rowling is hilarious!
A waste of life anti-gay pastor is...surprise! Actually gay himself! He's a top and loves to cuddle, by the way. But why the extra vitriol? Because in a counseling session, he told a teenage boy struggling with his own gay identity that he should kill himself. Normally, I don't think anyone should be outed, we should all be able to come out on our own terms, but when an anti-gay person uses their power to take away the rights of their own community, they deserve the full wrath of the mob. And this guy in particular with the whole suicide thing.
See also: The Catholic Church
And in awkwardly ironic news, that time Jim Bob Duggar, when running for office, after his son had already confessed molesting his sisters, called for the death penalty for those who commit incest. I guess those who rally against things that hard really are hiding something. But all in all, my heart breaks for the victims and I hope they can get some actual counselling, not whatever psycho bullshit their parents are giving them.
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Quick update, but I'll be back with something more substantial very soon. But first up, here's all the new TV that I'm excited about. First up, The Muppets:
Next up, it's not coming out until 2016, but SyFy's The Magicians looks amazing (although I don't like how Brakebills looks, but otherwise, I'm very impressed):
And lastly, the sitcom based on Dan Savage's life: The Real O'Neil's. Honestly, it looks like it could go either way, but I"m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and hope that it turns out well.
Speaking of Dan Savage, here's a great piece about his idea of the "sexual hierarchy:" What/who you think about/want to do, what/who you do, what/who you tell people you do. The more in concert those three are with each other, the happier and more comfortable you are with your sexuality.
The Good Men Project calls the GOP out on their hypocrisy.
Ireland made history yesterday by voting, in a public referendum, to amend their constitution to bring marriage equality by a 2-1 margin! And if you want to have some faith in humanity restored, this article describes #HomeToVote: Ireland does not have absentee ballots, so Irish ex-pats flew from around the world to vote Yes on the marriage question. Congrats to Ireland, hopefully the US joins you in June!
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Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, the first details about The Muppets revival coming ot ABC. Just imagine me flailing like Kermit in anticipation.
In other TV news, The Magicians got picked up for a full season! Also in news I don't have a Link (get it) for, the Myst TV show is being picked up by Hulu! White Girl Status: I literally can't even.
Study shows that sports are still a last-bastion of homophobia, to the surprise of no one.
A timeline of marriage equality in the US:
Stephen Colbert is amazing. He auctioned off his set and funded every teacher's grant request in his home state of South Carolina with the funds.
In case you hadn' theard, a woman in Nebraska was suing EVERY HOMEOSEXUAL IN THE COUNTRY. Or at least, that's what we think, her hand-written court filing was filled with misspellings. But a judge tossed it out. Looks like I won't have to testify.
Now you can visualize Westeros (Game of Thrones), Google Maps style!
Remember kids, abstitence-only sex ed totally works...and causes a massive outbreak of chlamydia at a high school.
A Russian artists takes the anti-LGBT threats posted on twitter and posts them alongside "adorable" selfies of the people making the threats
Jessica Williams hits it out of the park with this segment:
Republican hypocritical assholery part I: Texas GOP house sponsor of anti-LGBT rights bill has gay, HIV+ son.
Republican hypocritical assholery part II: Gay republican who comes out begrudgingly acknowledges the decases of fighting those on the left have done so he can have an easier and more equal life...to campaign for far-right policies.
And lastly, the German catholic church does what the US catholic church won't: have some basic human decency. They have decided that gay employees who get civilly married won't be automatically fired. This, unlike the US catholic church that has fired employees for getting married, getting engaged, or just coming out. Baby steps! But credit is due, so good for them.
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Let's see what we have today. First up, try not to act surprised: an anti-gay republican legislator was caught....sending dick pics to other guys on grindr.
There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. It doesn’t exist. There is no federal constitutional right to same sex-marriage. There isn’t such a right. You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex. There is no such constitutional right....This is not a policy against anyone. I believe, as do a significant percentage of Americans, that the institution of marriage, an institution that existed before government, that has existed before laws, that institution should remain in our laws recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
Are gay marriage opponents being bullied? No. The Freedom of Speech does not mean you can't be criticized. It means the government won't throw you in jail for non-violent-inducing language.
A 90 year old tortoise, who had his legs eaten off by rats got some awesome wheels:
The elevator for the new observation deck at 1 World Trade Center shows the history of Manhattan island. Check it out!
Think the NFL is inclusive? Think again.
A bit heavy-handed, but these are the questions gay people deal with. So now we're asking straight people.
Mika's new music video:
Straight people are apparently horrible. Because, according to far-right logic, if gay people get married, they'll abort all their babies. Unravel the mental gymnastics here.
And speaking of abortions, Republicans in Colorado love them so much they gutted funding to a program proven to not only reduce the number of abortions in the state, but also save the state money. Because they really, really don't want anyone having sex. Seriously, that's what this all comes down to.
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Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, December can't come fast enough. I've watched this and obsessed over it, but haven't posted it here yet:
Mortal Kombat gets a gay fighter for the first time!
The Too Many Cooks/Game of Thrones mashup we all needed.
Science now shows us the damage parents do their kids they bully for being non-heterosexual.
On the flip side, science also looks at the impact of pro-lgbt ad campaigns and media exposure.
Seriously, how are pandas still a thing:
The Vatican has ended its feud with an order of nuns for their focus on helping the poor (instead of fighting gay marriage and abortion. Seriously).
Check out the images of a black flamingo, the only known one in the world.
Russia has banned internet porn. This isn't going to end well.
The vote on marriage equality is coming up quick in Ireland. Check out the awesome ad that's airing right now:
A great article on straight privilege. Which is a thing that (if you're straight), you probably don't ever think about. Hence, privilege.
Aydian Dowling is in the lead to be the first trans* model on the cover of Men's Fitness.
The horrors (and live-tweeting) of sitting in on your kid's abstinence-only sex ed. Go read this!
The images from the Chilean volcano eruption are amazing:
You should also check out the article that explains volcanic lightning.
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