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:
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.
Sorry to end on such a down note, but I"ll be back with more soon, have a great one!
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!
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.
That's it for now, have a great one everyone!
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.
That's it for now, have a great one!
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.
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon. Have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a sentence I never thought I'd type: exciting education news from Arkansas: new state law requires schools to teach coding!
I'm still really sad about the cancellation of HBO's "Looking." Here's a great write-up showing just a few of the reasons it is such an important show.
A computer hacker tricked straight guys into hitting on each other on Tinder, in an effort to show the harassment women are exposed to.
New Ant Man billboards are going up:
The pitcher for the Oakland A's and his girlfriend are buying all the tickets from season ticket holders upset that there's going to be an LGBT night.
Also in sports, a closeted bi football player says Michael Sam doesn't speak for him. Except he does, since Sam had the courage to come out.
A new study reveals that homophobia in teens leads to mental disorders and an increased risk of suicide for the gay and bi teens around them.
And as science has shown, male sexuality is just as fluid as female sexuality (but social norms have forced us to previously think otherwise).
Ryan Reynolds revealed the awesome Deadpool costume:
If you haven't seen the documentary "Bridegroom," check it out (with a box of tissues), it's on Netflix, in Redbox and you can probably find it online. There was a protect going on during a screening and Shane Crone had a great response to them.
The next ballot initiative in California: Jackass Initiative.
And for everyone who think there isn't anti-gay discrimination in this country, read this heartbreaking account of a high school athlete in Kentucky.
Also in WTF, seriously, George Zimmerman?! I mean if you had any doubt he was a total asshole or just delusional, here's your proof.
The trailer for J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" is live.
It's pretty, but I"m afraid of thunder so I will not be getting the stormcloud light:
The Obama administration has announced its opposition to "conversion therapy," which amounts to torture.
Madison becomes the first city to specifically protect atheists.
Malta has banned surgery on intersex children, which is huge.
Did you know that the US Forest Service had a cocktail guide? Now you do.
The trailer for the third season of Orange Is The New Black is up:
You've probably heard about the frog that looks like Kermit. There's also a fish that looks like Cookie Monster!
Golden Girls Lego set. This needs to happen!
This Georgia florist will turn away gays. But they will welcome adulterers. They said so!
And finally, the story of Passover, through a Rube Goldberg machine:
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon (recovering from illness has it's benefits, I can finally get through all my newsfeeds!)
Let's see what we have today, first up, a sneak peak at Mark Z. Danielewski's new 27-novel series, The Familiar.
It's awesome that my Alma mater is embracing this and going with it (pictured at the beginning is Br. Norman, president of the college):
ABC is developing a pilot for a relaunch of The Muppet Show! I've been over all the reboots, but I can totally get behind this!
I mentioned before my sadness at the death of Terry Pratchett, and here is a collection of some of his greatest quotes. Especially:
It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.
Michael Sam trolls a reporter about his upcoming wedding in Westeros
A breakthrough in stem cell knowledge may allow two men or two women to conceive a baby.
Conan joins Grindr:
That's it for today, short update, but I'll be back with more soon!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, Star Wars (in their changing canon) is adding their first official LGBT character!
One of my favorite authors, Terry Pratchett, passed away. He was an outspoken advocate for the rights of those with dementia and for medical-assisted suicide. His Discworld novels are amazing, and I highly recommend them!
President Obama's speech at Selma, required viewing:
I'm proud that I'm gay, and I'm proud that I'm Lebanese. Those two don't always go together.
So, what, exactly, will happen when the Queen dies?
Bravo to Planet Fitness who revoked the membership of a woman harassing another woman.
Short update today, but I'll be back with more soon, have a great one!
One of my three recurring posts each year: