Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, appropriate: It's Going to Be Okay.
Alanis Morissette updated "Ironic:"
Also in music, Steve Grand performs an acoustic version of "We Are The Night"
Carrie Fisher spent years as a script doctor, and she worked on Hook and Sister Act! Check out the documentary here.
Billy on the Street bros out, and it's awesome:
Jessica Chobot stars in an amazing fan-made movie about Samas Aran (Metroid).
PornHub lost a ton of traffic on the day Fallout 4 (video game) was released.
I've been waiting for so long to type this, the trailer for Finding Dory:
You can craft a Butterbeer at Starbucks! I'm out on this, sadly, all the dairy would kill me.
The amazing lightsaber duel at a fencing competition:
The Mormon Church's new rules say that anyone in a same-sex marriage, and their children, must be disciplined. So thousands left the church this weekend.
A really, really good video about depression (British accents, FYI, which makes a couple lines difficult to understand, but still great)
That's all for today, have a great one!
Alright, quick update before I head back into more writing for NaNoWriMo. First up, NYC will be hosting World Pride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall:
Rand Paul recently said that gay people should stay in the closet if we want to work, that we don't deserve employment protections. We don't have nationwide or even statewide protection (in Pa.), but he still goes against the vast, vast majority of people in this country, but it's a dangerous position that he holds.
17 instrument names better than their original. I played the Curvy Honk Glove!
Want to eat at Chick-Fil-A, but feel bad about the anti-gay hate? Chicken offsets.
Beautiful mausoleum in Allegheny Cemetery. I need to go find that!
Stephen Colbert brought the Symphony of the Goddesses to the Late Show:
The Mormon Church has decided that they will not baptize children who have gay parents....until they turn 18 and disown their parents. Because, honestly, I'm so exasperated that I can't even come up with anything snarky. Fuck the Mormon church.
Speaking of, Fuck the city of Houston. They recently repealed their anti-discrimination ordinance (which also put protections in place for other groups such as veterans), because of a long series of lies. Dan Savage takes us through it, and how to fight and win in the future.
That's it for now, have a great one!
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!
If you can believe it, this past month has been so crazy, I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo so I get some extra time. Either way, here's a quick update before I get started on my tenth (!) year of NaNoWriMo.
First up, in case you missed it, the poster for Episode VII:
And here's a supercut of all the trailers put together:
And, just to demonstrate the genius that is John Williams, here is the trailer with only his music.
The most Star Wars coffee table ever.
One of my favorite webseries, "The Outs," is coming back for a second season next year!
You guys, Pluto is beautiful:
I want to try this out next year for my jack-o-lantern (although this year I did Shy Guy from Nintendo, so it wouldn't have really fit). Looks intense!
Using GPS on family member's phone to recreate the Weasley's clock from Harry Potter!
Todrick Hall does a great mash up of Lady Gaga:
Remember, kids. The far right isn't really "pro-life" (I mean, they're really just anti-choice), they don't want you to have sex. Except to make babies, but that's it!
The final Curtain Call for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, cued up to the group version of "Wig In a Box"
That's it for now, but I'll be back soon with more, promise. Now it's off to the midnight kick-off for NaNoWriMo 2015!
The Stonewall Riots in June of 1969 are what kicked off the modern equality movement. There were organizations, riots and work done beforehand, but the riots were what most people point to as the catalyst for where we are today, and the reason most Pride celebrations are in June, as the first march was in June of 1970 to commemorate the riots one year later.
Here is the poster, which kind of looks like a poster for a dance movie or some sort, but I think the style fits for the time:
The Stonewall Inn had a dirt floor, no running water, and was run by the mob. But it allowed dancing, which was a major draw, when the police raided that night and decided to round everyone up, the riots started.
The riots lasted for days, eventually bringing in sheer numbers of people from the surrounding neighborhood. But that night it began with drag queens, trans* people, people of color, lesbians and homeless youth. I'm sure there were some white gay men there, but as far as we (and history) knows, they weren't throwing the first punches, bricks, overturning police cars or ripping parking meters out of the cement (but those did all happen).
The problem is, the movie (at least based on the trailer), doesn't focus on those we owe everything to, but instead turns it into a story of some young, white, gay guys.
One of the veterans of the riots speaks out:
It’s absolutely absurd — you know, young people today aren’t stupid. They can read the history, they know that this is not the way it happened. These people can’t let it go! Everybody can’t be white! This is a country of different colors and people and thoughts and attitudes and feelings, and they try to make all of those the same for some reason.
Here's the parody trailer, which sums it up very nicely:
The star, Jeremy Irvine defends the movie, saying it does justice to the historical event:
I saw the movie for the first time last week and can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history. Marsha P Johnson is a major part of the movie, and although first hand accounts of who threw the first brick in the riots vary wildly, it is a fictional black transvestite character played by the very talented @vlad_alexis who pulls out the first brick in the riot scenes. My character is adopted by a group of street kids whilst sleeping rough in New York. In my opinion, the story is driven by the leader of this gang played by @jonnybeauchamp who gives an extraordinary performance as a Puerto Rican transvestite struggling to survive on the streets. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ character represents the Mattachine Society, who were at the time a mostly white and middle class gay rights group who stood against violence and radicalism.
And the director responds to the response to the trailer:
I understand that following the release of our trailer there have been initial concerns about how this character’s involvement is portrayed, but when this film – which is truly a labor of love for me – finally comes to theaters, audiences will see that it deeply honors the real-life activists who were there — including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Ray Castro — and all the brave people who sparked the civil rights movement which continues to this day.
Some are calling for a boycott of the movie. While others, such as Larry Kramer, are hoping the boycott is ignored. Also in reaction, the 'Gay Liberation' statues at Christopher Street Park (across the street from the Stonewall Inn) were painted to highlight the whitewashing of the movie.
If we are to believe the star and the director, which I like to think we can (considering the movie isn't out yet), it appears as though the trailer was crafted in a way to make this movie more appealing to a mass audience: which sadly means white. If those two are telling the truth, and the movie does in fact show the true heroes of the first night of the riots, then I will have to side with Larry Kramer, especially since we can hardly expect there to be many movies about this subject to be produced, let alone get a wide release such as this film will enjoy.
I started writing this entry thinking I would be much more upset and ready to boycott the movie. But reading the quotes, and maybe I'm just being gullible, I hope that this will be a fair representation of the riots and the birth of this civil rights movement.
Matt Baume gives a great perspective:
However this movie turns out, it will be what the general public remembers for years to come as the true version of the riots, and that's why there is such an importance to make sure it's done right.
Alright, fairly big update, it's been a while! First up,
Looking at Mary, and her "perfection" may not be all that good, at least not in the way we think.
Check out a great column about the actual affects of the Ashley Madison hack. Not even discussed: the people put in jeopardy of being put to death: in some countries, "cheating" or being gay (AM ran a gay hook up site as well), is punishable by death, and now those people's information are out as well.
Right after the Ashley Madison hack, the feds raided the offices of Rentboy. But should they have? Matt Baume explains:
A useless but awesome machine: the perpetual slinky machine!
The naming system for Charon is awesome, it includes references to Serenity and Darth Vader!
A Super Star Destroyer is bigger than you think.
And speaking of Star Wars, the poster for Episode VII is amazing:
How about some chewable coffee? I know so many people who will want this!
Our robot overlords are coming, but they're going to start out adorable, like this Pixar Lamp robot!
The Deadpool trailer!
Arby's says goodbye to Jon Stewart, in such great ways!
And sadly, remembering Satoru Iwata:
If Disney princes had Grindr profiles. Amusing, and all the puns!
An insane view of the Oval Office: with nothing in it (from when the floor was refinished).
The new trailer for Season 2 of Eastsiders has dropped, and it looks awesome. Check out season 1, it's a great webseries!
The trailer for the final series/season of Downton Abbey is here, and it's all the feels:
Do you want to see graphs that break down stats about tv series finales? Of course you do!
Finally, trans* service members will be able to openly serve starting in May, 2016!
The new single from Great Big World, my new jam:
Pennsylvania has introduced sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination legislation. You know, because even though I can get married, I can be denied being served at any business (job protections are covered under recent federal rulings, but they're not permanent yet). Hopefully it can finally pass, Pa. is the only state in the northeast without these kinds of basic protections.
Somewhat related: a new survey finds that a third of young Americans don't identify as completely straight. Which makes sense, for years, the conventional thinking was that women's sexuality was more fluid, but recent studies have found that the same is true for men, but society pressured men to identify as straight.
Ignorant, hateful bakers in Oregon, who lost a lawsuit for refusing service to a gay couple and then smearing them (leading to death threats and harassment), have been raking in the money via crowdfudning (it's the normal cycle: do something illegal against the queer community, get fined, cry about it online and rake in the money from other bigots across the country). Now, they're sending cakes to LGBT organizations....with copies of a DVD about how horrible LGBT people and protections are. Fuckers.
For more information, let's once again hand it over to Jon Oliver, because he nails it, this is required viewing:
In case you missed it, the teaser for Zoolander 2.
Here is the latest list of the most homphobic colleges in the country, no surprise, Grove City tops the list, but I was surprised to see LeHigh and IUP on the list as well.
We joked while in Arizona about "the last cactus." I think I found it:
That's it for now, have a great one!
All right, let's see what we have today. First up, get the tissues. This makes a great point, we'll never know what Matthew Sheperd would look like as an adult:
Message to Christians, stop acting like you're being persecuted:
It’s not that Christians will have to perform gay weddings or have to get gay married. It’s not that their churches will be burned down or that they will be imprisoned. They won’t lose their jobs and they won’t be followed down the street or be harassed for what they believed. They simply will not be able to impose their beliefs on others nor restrict the secular rights that are conferred onto marriages by our government. It takes a powerfully twisted mind to translate that into the feelings of persecution so intense that it brings them to tears.
An interactive graphic of biblical contradictions.
The latest trailer for the final Hunger Games movie.
An extended look at the new The Muppets show:
Teens are getting better at using contraception.
Glasglow Pride originally was not going to allow drag queens to perform. After an outcry, they reexamined the issue, and made a really good apology.
From one of my new favorite blogs, the beauty of the Winter Mausoleum:
Marvel is doing a "color your own Deadpool" contest!
And for those who thought that Ohio Governor's Kasich quote from the Republican debate was so wonderful, not so fast. We're not begging for scraps. Basic dignity and acceptance should go without saying, any decent human can do that. We deserve the same rights as everyone else:
But let's not confuse progress with praise until a candidate steps up to that podium and states, "Every citizen is created equal and, as President, I would make sure that everyone is treated equally." We should not and must not cheer for anything less.
Nick Jonas gets chained up to sing "Chains":
That's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, let's see what we have today.
First up, pay attention because this is really important. Remember the anti-gay bakers that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple? They got sued because of they harassed the couple, drug their name through the mud and released their contact information, leading to even more harassment and death threats. They've been claiming that they're the real victims and have raised over $450,000 dollars (the fine was $135,000). Likewise, a county clerk is Kentucky is refusing to do his job (by not issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples). The governor has personally talked to him to tell him to either resign or do his job. But he's claiming religious freedom. Now we just wait to see how much money he'll raise for himself once he gets fired. The cycle just keeps repeating.
I've been on my soapbox for years about the role institutionalized discrimination plays in the epidemic of youth LGBT suicides, and a Methodist pastor, fired for being gay, says the same thing.
Awesome bookends featured by Nerdist:
Republican Senators killed a bill aimed at decreasing bullying in schools. Because they hate the gays.
A judge in Texas will follow the law and marry gay couples, but they have to sign a document saying the understand how much he hates them first.
The sculpture featured in the end credits of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was a physical prop!
Checking into the American Horror Story: Hotel:
Coke puts six men in a dark room so they can talk. It's been done before, but it's still a cool concept.
XKCD takes on the images of Pluto, and it's an awesome map!
The real price of being gay and belonging to an evangelical church. Long, but worth a read.
Now it turns out that evangelicals had a third condition for their pet gay celibates: They had to reject gay sex, gay relationships, and gay marriage not just for themselves but for all gays and lesbians.
It's been a great few weeks for LGBT rights, first marriage equality, then added protections for LGBT seniors, the final vestige of Don't Ask Don't Tell coming down by allowing transgender servicemembers, and now, what is probably the biggest victor, and set to help more people in very practical ways than even marriage: employment protections:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination—a groundbreaking decision to advance legal protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers.... The independent commission addressed the question of whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars anti-LGB discrimination in a complaint brought by a Florida-based air traffic control specialist against Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx. The ruling—approved by a 3-2 vote of the five-person commission—applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment.
Make no mistake, this will end up before the courts, but this is a huge deal, one that we've been fighting for for even longer than marriage and has failed in every single session of Congress. This is huge.
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, this is the reel from Comic Con about Episode VII:
Earlier today I posted an article about my bishop. Want to see some awesome drone footage of my church? Of course you do!
The truth about the lawsuit against the anti-gay bakers in Oregon. The payment is because they continuously harassed and then doxed the couple. And in reality, refusing your service to a group of people is discrimination. It is no different than a woman, African American or Irish American being denied to be served. It's bigoted, and in Oregon, against the law.
The Pizza Hut box projector, genius!
My new favorite blog, Pittsburgh Cemeteries:
ESPN teamed up with Marvel to do a Superhero Body Issue!
A jury has found ex-gay "conversion therapy" to be guilty of fraud. Awesome.
The smallest country in the world (population: 48) has marriage equality. One small problem, there's no gay people.
Prepare to feel old: it's been 30 years since Clue (the movie) was released.
John Oliver takes on trans* issues. Watch this:
And in the same vein, Google launched this ad:
Attention straight people, this is puppy play (also, I'm sure the picture accompanying this story is helping it's popularity). This will take the straight world by storm in a few years. Also, appropriate since Anthrocon is in town (but they're different!)
The Girl Scouts returned a donation of $100,000 after the donor specified it not go towards any trans* girls. They then got twice as much donated from the internet.
AirBnB has a great new ad about travel issues and Pride month. But it's a great examination of straight privilege:
Remember that time Republicans in Colorado voted to increase the number of abortions? Remember, they're not anti-abortion, they're anti-sex.
Brian Sims rides a shark. Because of course he does:
Some awesome ways to get around Australia's strangely-draconian marriage laws.
It's kind of a joke, but this is an awesome meditation (not safe for work):
That's it for now, have a great one!
Two weeks ago SCOTUS made marriage equality the law of the land, ushering in the age of same-sex marriage.
Quickly following, was the Episcopal Church's General Convention. The GC is the decision making body of the Church, meeting every three years in two chambers, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies (and this year the unofficial House of Twitter). The two houses spent nine days working through resolutions, which included electing a new Presiding Bishop, divesting in fossil fuels and even raising all church worker's pay to $15/hour (this already on top of women bishops and conga lines. Seriously, we're a progressive church). This is where the actual Canons of the church are changed, as well as countless proclamations and other resolutions and studies.
The biggest news was that both houses passed the use of a previously-tested Rite and the update to the marriage rite for same-sex couples. The Canons of the church were updated to make marriage the union of two people, regardless of gender.
So it's awesome, I actually wasn't aware they were going to update the "regular" marriage rite (I did follow along on Twitter, but I didn't read the Blue Book ahead of time with all the resolutions).
My bishop, of course, voted against the resolution. He did not, join a letter that 20 bishops signed on to expressing disappointment in the outcome, so I suppose that is some restraint. He has not been a friend to the queer community, so this was expected. It's just disappointing. In a pastoral letter to the diocese he wrote:
However, to my mind, their supporting materials do not make a coherent or compelling theological case for same-sex marriage, nor do the rites themselves adequately explain what they are doing and why. Especially in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, their approval was seen by the overwhelming majority of those present at Convention as a matter of"marriage equality," of simple justice, making irrelevant any serious discussion of sacramental theology.
My church will be performing any marriage, so it's not an issue, but his letter reeks of pettiness. Almost as if he wants to throw out the idea that the queer community should be seen as equal in the eyes of the church. I don't understand his vehemence against us, or continued insistence that the church is moving in the wrong direction by granting all its members equal access to the sacraments.
I wrote about this extensively at Global Entropy, although I still need to bring those couple articles over.
But I'm tired of fighting. Yes, we won this battle (and there are many more to go), but this was a major victory. And sometimes, I just need a break and want to enjoy what we've accomplished. The country is not perfect, but we're moving closer to being a 'more perfect union.'
In the meantime, I'll actively avoid church whenever the Bishop visits (I already do, although he was at the Easter service I went to), I don't want to deal with a cleric who doesn't see me as worthy as other parishioners.
I spent this morning working with the Young Adult Ministry (YAM) from my church on a Habitat for Humanity house. I wasn't seen as unequal or broken, the same with any other time I'm with them, including our last happy hour where every person around the table was some sort of minority. The bishop can have his outdated and harmful views, and I'll fight and rail against them, but for now, I'm going to take satisfaction in a job well done.
All my best,
h/t to Scott, the rector of St. Brendan's for the awesome illustration!