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!
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:
I'm Episcopalian. Our church belongs to The Anglican Communion, a collection of churches around the worlds (mostly, but not entirely, former British colonies) that all work together. We're not like the Catholic or Orthodox churches, we don't have a Pope. The Archbishop of Canterbury acts as the default head of the Anglicans, but each church makes its own decisions.
The Primates (heads of each member church, I believe 38 in all: some represent one country, others represent many, like the Primate of South America, and the Bishop of York, because that office is kind of like second in command in Church of England), met at the ABC's request to discuss the Episcopal Church's recent adoption of same-sex matrimony. The meeting pretty much went exactly as we'd all expect: a bunch of African Primates were upset, and the group decided to impose some de-facto sanctions on the Episcopal Church, with a few caveats. Basically, we won't be allowed to participate in a legislative body, but we haven't been included in that for a while, since Gene Robinson was made a bishop. The only change is that there is an end date on that now.
However, once that three year time period (as opposed to indefinitely, as it was before) comes up, I can only imagine some sort of larger schism happening.
The Primates were also going to impose these restrictions on the Anglican Church of Canada, but since they have not officially approved of same-sex matrimony through their process, nothing was done.
Those facts make me think that the Primates, even the most conservative ones, are being pragmatic about the whole thing. They can say their hands are tied because of 'process' and 'paperwork.' Will that three years make that much of a difference? I don't think so, but it may buy them some time.
At the same meeting, the ACNA, the group that split off from the Diocese of Pittsburgh was there for part of the time. They are not officially recognized by Lambeth/Canterbury, and their participation was unsettling to me, but I take most of that is due to me living in the epicenter of it all.
In the US, we just installed a new Presiding Bishop (our Primate), and he's pretty awesome. He released a video from England about the meeting, and had pledged that we will not go backwards:
In the grand scheme of things, most members of local churches don't even think about the larger Anglican Communion. Here in Pittsburgh, maybe things are a little different. Or maybe I think about them because I'm gay. Or a combination of both. Sometimes I wish I didn't think or worry about things like this, but I know we're in good hands. Integrity USA, the internal LGBT lobby of the Episcopal Church has a wonderful open letter, and response, to the meeting.
And of course, since this is the Internet, two friends (one I've worked with in person through Circle of Faith, the other, a true Internet friend) have posted their amazing sermons from last Sunday where they talk about the meeting. Both are worth reading: Scott in Franklin Park, and Megan in Kansas City (Missouri, mind you).
All my best,