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!
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, Deadpool is a Hufflepuff! Because we're the best!
The SD governor vetoes a horrible anti-trans bill after meeting actual trans* person. That's the big lesson from gay liberation, that knowing a gay person changes people's hearts and minds because we're not a scary abstract anymore. Good on the governor.
"Pretty but tough, like a diamond. Or beef jerky in a ball gown." Titus is now actually selling Pinot Noir.
The first official trailer for Finding Dory (that's not a teaser):
I'd never celebrate the fact that a person died, but it's really nice that Justice Scalia is no longer in a position to harm people any more. And as a refresher, here's seven of his most homophobic moments.
Also, in the department of common sense, the GOP relies on racism to win elections.
Sadly, the creator of R2D2 has died.
An anti-gay politician claimed he has gay friends. So a journalist did the right thing and asked to speak to them. Surprise! They don't exist!
I had no idea there was going to be a sequel to Mary Poppins, but Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to star in it!
A new fun tumblr about working in the IT department at Hogwarts.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Let's see what we have today. first up, this shirt sums up my relationship with running, while I'm running:
The IOC has lifted the ban on trans* athletes, which is awesome to see.
32 queer Mormon youth have killed themselves since the church unveiled their new anti-gay policies (in November). Let me repeat that: 32 youth have killed themselves.
Orange is the New Black has been renewed through season 7!
Thanks to Adam for sending me this. "Hamilton," via the medium of Peeps:
The best fan fiction (or is it canon since it comes from a Lucasfilm employee?): General Hux's cat.
OK Go's new zero-G music video.
The Federal Trade Commission has been asked to ban gay-conversion therapy/torture, a novel way to get this dangerous practice outlawed.
I can't vote in the primary (I'm an Independent), but I love that Mayor Fetterman is using the fact that he believes in love in a campaign ad:
Beautiful, and out of stock, leather-bound Harry Potter books, and the included bookmarks are the horcruxes!
The heartbreaking trailer for the new series, Gaycation:
That's it for now, have a great day!
Let's see what we have today. First up, the performance from the Grammy's, the opening number of "Hamilton"
Here's the video honoring Dupuis for his Dapper Dan Courage Award.
Samantha Bee proves that I should have cable:
The only other reason I want cable, is The Magicians. Here, we see Quentin dancing to "Shake it off" trapped in his own mind...like you do.
Okay, another video, but in case you missed it, the Super Bowl halftime show, which I liked. I really like Chris Martin's shirt!
If scientists don't name this "The Cheers Affect," then I've lost all hope.
If the character on Supernatural were on Tinder. Hey, Sam.
Hey look, an anti-gay congressman in Grindr, who would have thought that would ever happen? Wait, everybody? Got it.
And finally, a T-Rex doing an American Ninja Warrior-esque workout, just because:
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, it didn't make it to Broadway, but there was a stage version of Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame," which is my all-time favorite Disney movie. Here is a preview of the cast recording:
And here is a clip of "Out There"
So there's all kinds of conservatives decrying Donald Trump's sustained leading in the polls. But just remember, this is what the modern republican party has always stood for, he's just shouting it, instead of whispering and implying it.
It looks like the IOC will adopt trans*-friendly policies, not requiring surgery for athletes to compete as the gender they are.
And speaking of sports, a spin off of Ben Cohen's foundation was recently formed to help and accelerate US athletes coming out of the closet.
One of the things I'll miss the most next year will be Joe Biden no longer being VEEP. Case in point, his blistering take down of anti-LGBT policies.
I don't know anything about Suicide Squad, but this is an awesome trailer. The music, the editing, the colors, simply awesome:
Protect Thy Neighbor is tracking anti-LGBT laws proposed across the country. Even though we have marriage, we still lack very basic civil rights.
One such push is for "bathroom bills." Here's how one trans-woman describes the excruciating process of peeing.
And here's another perspective on the "Religious Freedom" bills popping up all over the place.
And a totally heartbreaking story from Australia: One man in a couple on their honeymoon dies, and Australia refuses to recognize their marriage.
Okay, that ended up pretty depressing, go watch the videos again, that will make it better!
I hope everyone is enjoying their snow day! Let's see what we have today. First up, I've talked about it quite a bit, here's a clip from "Hamilton":
Ben Carson says that gay people are ruining life for everyone else. Sorry, not sorry.
Sent to me by a friend, and it's totally true: 12 reasons Hufflepuffs are actually badass. You just won't hear us say so.
Lana Wachowski is in the new campaign for Marc Jabocs and it looks so awesome and fun!
A bunch of different sects of Christianity are trying to set one common date for Easter. Granted, they've been trying since the 10th century, but this time it might work, you guys!
Galavant is back for another season, and I'd like to thank the show for this number:
The EEOC again backs that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is sex discrimination, bolstering the case.
That's actually it for now, I'm trying to go through some old links and keep things manageable, so I'll be back with more soon!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, this. All of this. Stop asking these ridiculous, offensive questions:
The Oatmeal perfectly sums up my relationship with running. Well, mine also includes zombies, but otherwise, this is it.
Remember all those flags in The Force Awakens? They were inspired by the old Expanded Universe.
The Chronicles of Narnia are getting rebooted, with The Silver Chair. My second-least favorite of the books, but my brother's favorite, although we're both a bit skeptical it will actually happen, but here's hoping!
A new version of EarthRise has been released by NASA:
I'm still a bit wary of the Rocky Horror reboot, but at least Tim Curry will be in it, as the criminologist narrator.
A whole bunch of private, Christian colleges accept federal funding, but then request permission to discrimination against LGBT students.
An "ex-gay therapy" company was forced to pay it's victims and then disband, a huge win in the fight against this kind of abuse.
Once again, Surviving the World hits it out of the park:
A new tumblr: Hot guys holding BB-8, because of course we need that.
A Catholic school in Massachusetts has lost its case after it rescinded a job offer to their food service director because he's gay. Because of how the state's laws are, they are not able to discriminate, even though in most other states they are. Still, a victory!
And as a throw-back to a retreat I ran in college, this amazing cover of "Give a Little Bit," to benefit Broadway Cares:
That's it for now, have a great one!
Each year I put together a quick video of where I went, what I did and the things and people who made me smile. It's always a nice way to look back, and even if I'm feeling that last year was a tough year, I can still see all the awesome things that happened. Sadly, I can't put everything in, I only have so much room, and ten minutes is quite long enough, but I hope you enjoy my third annual year in review:
Here we go, the wrap-up videos for 2015.
First up, DJ Earworm:
Facebook put together a really good video:
A lot of the same things in the Google Zeitgeist video. The speech is great, but I'm really over Caitlyn Jenner and her constant disparaging remarks and inexplicable republican-ness, a party that expressly hates her for being trans*:
And it's L.A. centric (as it was made by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center), but a great recap of the year in queer news:
I'm putting together mine, so expect that soon!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Yule, Festivus and Hanukkah. To help you get through this, two awesome version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You." First up, in minor:
And secondly, by Steve Grand:
Or, if you'd like a video of a yule log, but need something nerdier, may I suggest the five hour version of the Darth Vader pyre from Return of the Jedi.
Ugh, Bill Donohue, crazed right-wing nut-job, credits his time in Pittsburgh, specifically his time with then Bishop Wuerl, as his reason for being involved with the hate group "Catholic League"
What to expect in the second season of The Outs.
All the feels from Johnnie Walker's new ad:
It's a good theory, and it may be too much to hope for, but now that Disney owns LucasFilm, maybe there is a gay character in the Star Wars movies after all (spoilers).
The best (Bloopers) of Nerdist News this year.
NASA has released a new version of "Earthrise" and it's beautiful.
Emotional short film about the very real life faced by queers around the world.
The VERY not safe for work Deadpool trailer:
The Downton Abbey Christmas video, which is just a cool parade of guest stars!
Remember that time SpaceX made history and landed a rocket on their floating platform? Yeah, it's amazing!
Surviving the World, again, hits it out of the park:
Straight people get a "dose" of torture: conversion therapy.
Six HIV+ people sit down and talk about stigma:
And speaking of HIV/AIDS, remember when the Ronald Reagan administration literally laughed as thousands died? Yeah, remember, he's the conservative hero.
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon. Year in Review wrap ups are coming soon!