So, I'll be back with a post about Orlando soon. Right now it's too raw, and there's still too much we don't know. And every time I think about it I break down. I spent two days a crying, sobbing mess, and right now I'm still a little numb. But I'll get to that another day. For now, here's a distraction (of which I've needed many) of some of the fun, upsetting and crazy things on the Internet.
First up, the teaser for the live action Beauty and the Beast:
Before Orlando, we were fighting over trans* people peeing. 10 states joined Texas in a federal lawsuit because they don't want trans* kids, in schools, to be able to go to the bathroom safely. And people wonder why there's anti-gay animus in this country.
And Texas also voted to keep ex-gay torture in their Republican party platform.
Titus from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" auditions for "Hamilton:"
A year later, has the Delta Foundation learned anything? Not really, but they're a little better at PR moves.
The teaser for the new Rocky Horror. Which, the guy playing RiffRaff, nails that line perfectly, which made me feel a lot better about the whole thing (and Laverne Cox looks awesome):
This Saturday is the Ball on the Bridge, bringing Ball Culture (predominantly African American drag competitions) out into the open. Looks awesome, but sadly I can't go, had I known about it sooner, I would have cleared my schedule.
The Pens won the Stanley Cup! Which was the most needed distraction Sunday night. Hockey Night Canada did an amazing job with their recap, and the music is so, so fitting, you'll be hearing it a lot I think:
Okay, that's it for now, but I'll be back with more, and an in depth look at Orlando soon.
First up today, Pascal Duquis writes for The Player's Tribune, a beautiful essay entitled "Why We Play the Game," as we head into Game 1.
Check out this beautiful new clock/bluetooth speaker that uses the night sky to help you tell time!
Also in beautiful, nerdy news, the vinyl soundtrack for Star Wars VII has holograms that display when it spins!
The teaser for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast:
The Babel Fish from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe has been created! Which means you can have a conversation with someone speaking another language!
The trailer for the latest Robert Langdon movie, Inferno, has dropped. I'm glad that they skipped The Lost Symbol, it was the weakest of the books.
Post-Modern Jukebox hits it out of the park with My Heart Will Go On:
Anti-trans* activists admit that they don't like trans* people because of religion, which is the reasoning behind their legal actions.
While I don't really like the game, it's cool to see this record setting game of Carcassonne, using over 10,000 pieces of map!
A beautiful Legend of Zelda themed desk:
Quick update, I'll most likely be back later this weekend, but for now, stay cool and enjoy what I've found today. We're heading into the Stanley Cup Finals, and it's been such a great ride. And the Penguins have been playing Mario Kart during intermission on the ice! Ride, Mario Kart, it's a pun!
The trailer for Finding Dory:
Last month marked the final issue of the latest run of DC's Midnighter, it's a causality in their new something-or-other event that is throwing most of their titles back to square one (I don't follow comics that much, so I can't explain it, sorry). But Midnighter, aside from being beautifully drawn and well written, was the gay icon we needed:
This is a book I needed when I was younger, and for people to have it now, in the next generation, is my greatest accomplishment of all.”
It is a shame, although it was not cancelled because it's led by a gay character, just economics and the reality that it's really, really hard to launch new mainstream comic books that aren't about the regulars everyone already knows about. But what I find really sad, is that it is the only comic from Marvel or DC fronted by a gay character. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (Movies and TV shows) has been going on since 2008. In that time (unless I"m missing someone) we've had one gay character who was in three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before he was written out. Not to mention we've yet to have a movie starring a woman (Captain Marvel releases in 2019, but what ever happened to the Black Widow movie? We did have two great seasons of Agent Carter, but that has been cancelled.) and we're just now getting to having one led by an actor of color (Black Panther, 2018).
Deadpool is supposed to be pansexual, and while Ryan Reynolds has said many times he'd like him to have a male love interest, the only times in the movie (which I loved by the way) they could have brought up his sexuality, they turned to tired homophobic jokes about how he didn't want to be pegged by his girlfriend. There's now a 'strong chance' we'll see an LGBT character in the MCU, but seriously, this is the best we can do?
I wrote all of that, then I was reminded of the Netflix shows, where there is a prominent lesbian couple in Jessica Jones and Daredevil (season 2), and rumor is the one character will be the first to be in all five Netflix shows. So we've got one!
We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go (I'll be writing about the Padres next time as well), but it's important to keep the pressure on for these things. Gay kids are everywhere and into a myriad of interests (sports, comic books, etc), we need to make sure that each one sees themselves and a better future in their interests, to give them hope.
Okay, one last bit on my soapbox, an amazing picture of a gay couple in Melbourne, a beautiful look at our community as we fight the tide of the world, together:
The death of David Bowie has a hit to queer and oddball white kids. Frank Ocean says (sweetly and sadly) that the death of Prince is the same, but for people of color.
Are gay men more masculine that straight men? Science (and language) say yes:
In case you missed it, Loretta Lynch's powerful speech on trans* rights in response to HB2.
And speaking of HB2, I'm not a fan of her, but Megyn Kelly does some great work here while interviewing the governor of North Carolina.
Okay, that's it for now, but I'll be back soon!
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, very important Star Wars news: my favorite vehicle (the A-Wing) will be back in Episode VIII! Yes, giant nerd, I have a favorite Star Wars vehicle.
Also in Star Wars news, sadly, the voice of Admiral Ackbar has died, but watch him say his iconic line 8 different ways.
Muggles play skydiving quidditch:
A porn site blocked access in North Carolina over HB2.
Also in response, a bunch of breweries joined together to make a "Don't be mean to people: A golden rule saison" beer. Awesome.
And in case you haven't seen it, required viewing, debunking 'bathroom bills':
Wil Wheaton looks awesome in drag with his glitter beard!
Amazing ad campaign from a gay South African rugby team:
Oh hey, big surprise, the people shouting about religious freedom, really only care about themselves. And by that, I mean that conservative Christians want to be able to discriminate against the queer community. A mosque in Virginia was blocked from opening, but there's no outrage about it from the right.
And speaking of, this is really accurate, and check out the scene with them eating lunch, it's pretty important:
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, quick update tonight. First up, photos from the most amazing Harry Potter themed wedding. Ever.
Jessica Chobot in the rarest of forms. Watch this, it's amazing:
In case you missed it, the amazing trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One.
Stephen Colbert rips American Eagle. As he should.
The new intro for Critical Role:
Jessica Williams amazing, much needed segment on trans* bathroom bills. Required viewing.
A great "Hamilton" cover which will now be on my running mix:
And finally, a heartbreaking story from the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. Seriously, have your tissues ready, this is what the queer community faces every day and why we keep fighting.
Alright, let's see what we have today.
10 examples of straight privilege. Although number five is true in practicality, not legally true. A business could decide to fire all their straight employees, but it's never happened.
Federal Court rules that Title IX protects trans* students. This is a really big and important legal victory!
SalesForce put together an awesome thank you ad to Georgia after their governor vetoed their horrific anti-gay law:
A side-by-side comparison of Star Wars VII and the original trilogy.
A follow-up from a previous zen video: now you can watch a tower of 7,000 matches burn.
Ever wondered what a 'nerf' is? As in 'scruffy-looking nerf-herder'? Wonder no more. Space bison, really.
One of my favorite comedians has a show coming to Netflix (that I had no idea about) and I couldn't be more excited:
A note for NaNoWriMo, the Oatmeal covers how to be a writer
The road to Captain America: Civil War:
Have you ever wanted to call someone in Sweden? Now you can! And there's a local (or at least long distance, not international) number for the US!
The Star Wars: Rogue One trailer looks awesome, and the music is spot on!
The absolute best thing in sports right now (I mean, besides the Pens):
That's it for today, have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a great write-up over at That's Church about the racism here in Pittsburgh.
And speaking of, the writers at Very Smart Brothas take on Wendy Bell. Please read this.
And speaking of privilege, 11 privileges we don't realize we have as cis-gendered people.
And how society contributes to LGBT mental health issues.
Speaking of, the epidemic of anti-gay violence is so bad in Dallas, the police force is training volunteers to help them patrol.
Two of my favorite singers, Eli Lieb and Steve Grand teamed up to give you all the feels. Also, they shot this video the day after Eli Lieb broke up with his boyfriend. Ouch:
Okay, how about something strangely relaxing to wash away all that heavy at the beginning of the post. Watch 6,000 matches burn.
Um, does she just not see the hypocrisy here? I mean, it's Sarah Palin, so no. No she does not.
Harry Reid takes down the Republican establishment who pretends to be bewildered why their decades long stoking of hate towards women, gays, immigrants, the poor and other minorities resulted in Donald Drumpf.
Samantha Bee talks to well educated Drumpf voters. It doesn't go well.
Over at Better Book Titles, they nail it on the head:
This turned out to be an April Fool's joke, which is really sad. American Eagle shouldn't be making fun of men's body image issues, but that's what they did.
That's it for today, have a great one!
One of my recurring posts. Happy Easter!
Today is Mr. Roger's birthday! Easily one of the greatest person to have ever lived. Case in point, 16 amazing quotes from him, and it doesn't even start to scratch the surface:
And since it's snowing on the first day of spring, a reminder that we have a "National French Toast Alert System."
I just finished Jessica Jones, but here is the trailer for season 2 of DareDevil.
A tribute to the late, great, Satoru Iwata.
The cast of Hamilton performed two songs at the White House, and of course it was amazing!
Ellen Page's new series, "Gaycation." It's a great look at queer rights and culture around the world. A great show, and the segment at the end is both heart-wrenching and academically interesting:
That's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, quick update today, first up, it was just Super Mario Day (Mar10)! Here's a great roundup of some projects you can do to decorate your home.
Or, if you want to read some science on the subject, check out this roundup which covers gravity, evolution and flora and fauna of Mario's world.
Steve Grand's new video (and remix) of "We Are the Night:"
A tribute to the end of Mythbusters.
I have to give the Pope credit, he made a new, stronger call for the end of the death penalty!
An amazing map of the US from xkcd:
We may have won marriage at the Supreme Court, but states are still trying to get around it, and are also proposing horrific new laws under the guise of religious freedom.
And in their rush to do so, many are just now realizing the laws proposed, like the one in Georgia, actually helps the KKK.
At Nancy Reagan's funeral, Hillary Clinton mentioned that the Reagan's helped start a national conversation about AIDS. Which is totally wrong. President Reagan's utter silence on the subject for five years led to over half a million deaths. And, rightfully so, Hillary was raked over the coals for the comment. Read Dan Savage's piece here and learn the history of the republican ignorance on the subject. She did go on to apologize, and that was quick, and I think heartfelt. And for once, it's nice to hear a politician just say that she was wrong and apologize. But I think this will have some lasting impact (at least until the next news cycle).
But just as important as it is to call politicians out on their shit like this, we do have to realize that when they come around, we have to accept that, and then continue to press on them for more issues. I may be an idealist, but I'm also pragmatic, sometimes to a fault.
That's it for tonight, have a great one!