Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts):
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o' cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, very exciting news: Bill Nye is getting a talk show on Netflix!
Also exciting, Moulin Rouge is being made into a stage production!
What if the Avengers had an opening like Full House:
WikiLeaks, which for some reason is trying to elect Donald Drumpf, has released the names and personal information of gay men from countries where it is illegal to be gay. For many, this is a death sentence.
"Religious Freedom" has always been a ruse to discriminate against gay people. And now a federal judge has ruled that companies can in fact fire people for being gay, without any fear of retribution. This is why we need a nationwide ENDA.
Related, finally, the federal government has outlawed discrimination in credit lending to gay people.
The trailer for the new Russel Tovey movie (from HBO's Looking):
Republicans in Wisconsin were trying to promote a phony news story about voter fraud to scare people and boost their own voter turnout.
Google is testing out burrito delivery drones. Best. Sentence. Ever.
I actually knew this, but it pops up every now and then: Disney and Cyan were in talks to make a Myst (or at least Myst-like) island at Disney's now defunct Discovery Island.
Sadly, I"m missing the Pittsburgh premier, but here is the trailer for King Cobra, which looks amazing:
The FCC is working to kill the set-top cable box. Instead: mandatory apps. Depending on how DRV's factor in, could be an awesome step forward!
First up, these guys made Aquaman's trident, and it's amazing.
A study has found that playing Mario Kart makes you a better driver!
Third Eye Blind trolled the RNC at a (separate) benefit in Cleveland during their convention, it's epic!
In case you didn't see, The Daily Beast ran an article outing gay athletes, treating them like some sort of animals to be gawked at. The larger problem, is that many of those athletes come from countries where it is illegal to be gay. An out swimmer from Tonga breaks it down.
A fun comic from Surviving The World:
Tim Curry has officially endorsed the remake of Rocky Horror, which looks really good!
A great open letter from The Good Men Project: Dear Willfully Ignorant White Men of America.
Sarah Michelle Gellar slays (sorry, not sorry) anti-vaxxers, and it's amazing.
The Rogue One trailer:
Rocket and Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be on the official emblem of the mission to Mars.
One more from Surviving the World, including a great pun:
In honor of the spirit of the Olympics, here is the "Anthem of Anthems," really cool!
Peter Mayhew's (Chewbacca) moving tribute to Kenny Baker (R2D2)
American Horror Story season 6 launches this year, here's the anthology trailer:
How not to get stuck in traffic, according to science!
A moving and in-depth interview with Colton Haynes about his family life, struggling to come out and life in Hollywood.
I'm so excited for "Hairspray, Live"! Here's the trailer:
The Pope, once again, attacks trans* kids. The normal reminder, that institutionalized discrimination, especially from something as big as the 1 billion-members Catholic Church leads to increased violence and suicides against those groups. And let us not forget that this is the same church that protects child molesters, so maybe people should stop listening to them. Just a thought.
On the other end of the spectrum, Nike has a great ad about Chris Mosier, a transman who competes in the triathlon.
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, the first audio of the Zombies, Run! Board Game has been released!
I'm not sure if I posted it before, but the Stonewall Inn is now a national monument!
Easy litmus test for you to use:
An amazing house built around a tree!
Science proves that bubble baths are the best!
In a surprise (well at least to me, I thought he retired), but welcome move, John Williams will compose the next Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies!
The amazing trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
In case you missed it: the Hamilton performances at The Tony's
Some dumb bigot decided she wouldn't bake a birthday cake for someone, because she is a lesbian.
Tribute video for the Pens 2015-2016 season:
Beer and ice cream float recipes! Sadly, there aren't enough dairy-free ice cream flavors, but they sound delicious!
I hate the sound of my recorded voice. Loathe it. Here's the science behind that!
Cool video showing the recording of the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary soundtrack:
The pro-life anti-choice case for voting for Clinton.
HBO's "Looking" wrapped up with a movie. Although I loved how the second season ended (and was heartbroken that it wasn't renewed for a third season), the trailer looks like it's kept to the tone of the show:
This just came up in a game of Cranium, but there is going to be a new run of the "Great Lakes Avengers," which I described as a bunch of Yinzers with crappy Rust Belt powers trying not to get sued by the real Avengers.
Stunning pictures of the auroras on Jupiter.
I"m more and more convinced the Catholic Church is a hate group. Case in point, they tell gay people that acting on their sexuality and finding love is a sin. And if you ever commit that sin, you can't take communion. So no chance of love or happiness, but if you do, you can't partake in a sacrament. Really, they can believe whatever they want and keep whatever rules they want, but we'll still fight them since they have so much power in the world and make the lives of queer people around the world a living hell.
Adam Lambert continues to impress me:
That's it for now, have a great one!
Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the LGBT-rights movement.
If you’re not familiar with the riots, here’s what happened:
And just this week, President Obama and the National Park Service has named the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park a national historical monument (number 412 if you can believe it). We owe so much to those brave trans-women of color, homeless youth and drag queens who launched the riots and the queer revolution.
People ask why we celebrate pride. NoFo writes it much more eloquently than I ever could, here is an excerpt:
We’re proud because despite relentless persecution everywhere we turn—when organized religion viciously attacks and censures and vilifies us in the name of selective morality, when our families disown us, when our elected officials bargain away our equality for hate votes, when entire states codify our families into second-class citizenship, when our employers fire us, when our landlords evict us, when our police harass us, when our neighbors and colleagues and fellow citizens openly insult and condemn and mock and berate and even beat and kill us—we continue to survive.
We’re proud because—thanks to the incredible bravery shown by gay people who lived their lives openly in the decades before us—we can live our lives more and more openly at home, at work, with our families, on our blogs … and even on national television.
We’re proud because after all we’ve been through, the world is starting to notice and respect us and emulate the often fabulous culture we’ve assembled from the common struggles and glorious diversity of our disparate lives.
We’re proud because this weekend we’ll celebrate with drag queens, leather queens, muscle queens, attitude queens and you’d-never-know-they-were-queens queens, and together we can see through the “pride” in our parade and enjoy the underlying Pride in our parade.
Quite simply, we’re proud that we have so much to be proud of.
We can take some time, and even in the face of hatred, bigotry and discrimination, we can carve a place in this world, claim it our own and celebrate.
We can celebrate, because this is our party. We don't need anyone's permission to celebrate:
Because even if Pride doesn't change many minds in the outside world, it's our PARTY, darlings. It's our Christmas, our New Year's, our Carnival. It's the one day of the year that all the crazy contingents of the gay world actually come face to face on the street and blow each other air kisses. And wish each other "Happy Pride!" Saying "Happy Pride!" is really just a shorter, easier way of saying "Congratulations on not being driven completely batshit insane! Well done, being YOURSELF!"
We can celebrate the community that we have, the radical acceptance that we embody and the fact that we’ve survived. We have a chance to come together, remind ourselves we belong to a larger community, have some fun and take back our city; just for a little bit. We know that hatred will continue, but still we march forward. We have pride because it helps those coming after us. In the words of Harvey Milk, it gives the next generation hope:
And this is a chance to celebrate the fact that I’ve survived. A chance to celebrate the fact that I’m a proud gay man. And even that act, powerful unto itself, has hopefully made a difference.
The most important and powerful action a person can make is to come out to those around them. Then the LGBT community isn’t a scary abstract anymore, it has a face. If you know someone who is openly LGBT, you see their humanity. You can understand that we’re not asking for anything special, just the same rights everyone else is guaranteed by the constitution. A chance to be happy. A chance to live the life we want, surrounded by those we love.
When will we stop talking about coming out?
"Many of us want to, and will: when a gay, lesbian or transgendered kid isn’t at special risk of being brutalized or committing suicide.
"When a gay person’s central-casting earnestness and eloquence aren’t noted with excitement and relief, because his or her sexual orientation needn’t be accompanied by a litany of virtues and accomplishments in order for bigotry to be toppled and a negative reaction to be overcome."
We will stop talking about coming out when it’s not news anymore, when the last barriers have finally been broken down. We’ll stop screaming for our rights when we’re finally treated as equals by our government. We’ll only stop telling our stories when they don’t matter.
The anniversary of Stonewall comes just two days after marriage equality came to all 50 states (and the anniversary of decisions in Lawrence v. Texas and Windsor v. United States), a major piece of the equality dream the drag queens, homeless youth and the rest of Stonewall protesters had less than 50 years ago. In 11 years, we've gone from no marriage rights to full equality across the country. We still have a lot to fight for, ENDA being at the top of that list, but for now, we can celebrate the 'thunderbolt' of equality that we have achieved:
So we keep fighting for progress, wherever we can. We celebrate our advances and keep chipping away at our obstacles: and this month we can celebrate both, as well as the individuals that make up our amazing community.
In light of the Orlando massacre, it's more important than ever to celebrate Pride. To not be intimidated by the hate, but to instead keep rising, demand equality and fight for our very right to exist. What hurts the most about Orlando may be the reminder that even our own spaces, which we thought were safe, aren't. Or maybe they never really were, not while hatred and prejudice still exist. But as we face, united, the epidemics of gun violence and homophobia, we can at least take solace in the fact that we, as a community, know how to win epidemics.
We’re proud of how far we’ve come. We’re proud to keep fighting. We’re proud.
Alright, quick update today. First up, after it's sudden and horrible cancellation, the star of Agent Carter, is doing what she can to bring it back.
It's an election year. And there's a new attack ad against....Princess General Leia:
And speaking of Star Wars, watch adorable kids play music with Lightsaber bows!
Back in May, a water and energy bill was killed by republicans in Congress because it contained protections for LGBT workers.
But, some progress, after being called sinners for supporting the same type of rights, some house Republicans walked out of the committee meeting in protest.
A cute ad, very appropriate since the Euro football (soccer) tournament is currently going on:
Did you know that Deadpool is actually pansexual? You'd never guess from the movie. So what if there actually was queer representation in comic book movies:
That's it for now, have a great one!
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!