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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!

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Alright let's see what we have today. First up, I'm really hoping I can figure out a way to go see this, but here is the first poster of NPH as Hedwig.

A huge chart of beer. Freaking huge.

Chris Christie, Governor of NJ, is a giant asshole.  He's on the record stating that if one of his kids was gay, he would tell them they had no right to get married.  No, I take that back, he's not an asshole, he's a fucking monster.

A medal was struck to commemorate Pope Francis's first year and it quotes Lesus. Yep, they misspelled Jesus.

In case you forgot, Pat Robertson is a raging, evil asshole.  And Ccn we all just agree that Pat Robertson is just really reaching for ratings at this point?

In case you missed it, Firefly is coming back as a comic!

My favorite Halloween costume:

 

On Jupiter and Saturn, it rains diamonds.

I'm not sure what's going on with Vogue UK, but if you put in the Konami code, you see a raptor.  Seriously.

This is such a tragic and sad story.  Get the Kleenex ready.

A new kind of horror movie:

Also in the spirit of Halloween, living with Jigsaw.

Jessica Chobot is coming back to the Internet, this time on The Nerdist!

A statistic that will shock no one with a brain: when funding for mental health goes down, suicides go up.

The big Disney songs from our childhood:

The headline is a bit ridiculous, but still not cool.  But of course, it's Fox News, so it shouldn't surprise anyone.

I've never really trusted the ads using Google autocomplete, only because it's so easy to manipulate, or even photoshop.  But the UN is doing a campaign to highlight LGBT issues.

That's it for now, I'm not sure if the Youtube Videos are going to work, they've been a bit wonky lately (as has the whole site, actually).  They'll be some big updates coming next year (when the new version of Joomla is released), so we'll just stick it out until then.  Hopefully!

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Because as we've learned this week, the world can still be a scary and awful place.  But we make it better each and every day by coming out and being more visible; and just by that act, reminding those around us that we're humans.  Just like you.

So if you are in a place where you can safely (physically, emotionally, financially, work-relatedly, yeah, I made that "word" up) come out, start with yourself, and work your way outward.  You'll feel better, I promise.

And to celebrate the 25th annual national coming out day, a day dedicated to LGBT visibility, a quick video.  And yes, Randy Phillip's still chokes me up a little bit, because we're in a world where he had to ask his dad if he would still love him.

All my best,

Mike

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See, the title is a little bit of a pun, since I'm going to be talking about Pennsylvania.  Oh, I amuse myself.

So, Pa. is the only state in the northeast that doesn't recognize same-sex couples (all New England and Mid-Atlantic states have marriage equality, except New Jersey which has civil unions, and they're moving towards marriage).  And on top of that, Pa. has no employment protection for LGBT workers, meaning outside of areas (such as Allegheny county or places like State College), employers are able to fire workers for no other reason than that they're gay.

So if we are successful in obtaining marriage equality, we'll also be the only state to have done so without a state-wide ENDA.  Of course we're ass-backwards.

Our Governor is kind of the laughing stock of the country.  One of his staff previously compared same-sex marriages to the marriages of 12 year olds, he has now said a better analogy is that of incest.  And he has the fucking nerve to laugh:

And if you couldn't hear the drum beating before, now we have explicit calls from Brian Sims to vote him out of office:

Our job isn’t just to be frustrated with the homophobia coming from the Governor’s Mansion, it’s to do everything we can to ensure that his chapter in Pennsylvania’s political history is as sad and short as his record on schools, economic development and civil rights.

But this is also the state that has said spousal benefits for same-sex couples is just like throwing money at cats and dogs.  There is also a line of thinking (that I lost the link to, of course Nope, found the link), that he specifically used that reference to further demonize and demoralize LGBT citizens in very pointed way; either way, he's an asshole.

But marriage equality is being fought on four different fronts:

  1. ACLU lawsuit, the first in the country brought after the DOMA/Prop 8 decisions.
  2. Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Clerk have filed appeals to keep issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  These may be the same appeal, or they may be separate, I'm not sure, I've seen them reported on both ways.
  3. Twenty one couples who were issued marriage licenses in Montgomery County are now suing the state for recognition.
  4. Marriage equality bill introduced in the House.

I don't remember any other state moving forward on so many fronts, but I also don't follow other states as closely as Pa.

Also, a bill has also been introduced to stop the torture of "ex-gay therapy" on minors:

Almost four decades of science and medicine that says if you are LGBTQ, just like me, that there is nothing wrong with you, that you are not broken, you don’t need to be fixed and you don’t need to have a diagnosis, and that being LGBT, like so many other characteristics in your life, some days will be a blessing and some days will be a burden, but is not something that needs to be fixed or can be fixed and that you are just fine the way you are.

So we're moving forward, in any way (and many ways) possible, it's a lot of fighting, but when you have to fight for your rights, you do what you must, I suppose.  And who knows how long this will take and how messy it will get, but I'll keep you updated.

All my best,

Mike

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It's been a while, so I have a lot of fun stuff to share, let's get started.  First up, amazing facts about frogs:

Holy crap, scientists have invented Lightsabers!

The commissioner of the NBA slams the Olympics for their handling of the Russia LGBT laws.  And speaking of, Brian Brown, head of NOM, worked with Russia lawmakers to draft the legislation working its way through the Duma to forcibly take children from LGBT adults.

And lastly about Russia, a music video about the torture of the Russian church:

Sometimes, grandmothers play one of my favorite games, Cards Against Humanity.  Yeah, weird and creepy, and I would have given her the point for that round.

Just like you can't open a business and refuse to serve the Irish, or women, or Jews, you can't flat our refuse to serve the LGBT community.  Unless the Republican party gets it way, of course.

The new trailer for the next Hobbit movie:

You've probably seen the Chipotle ad that's making its way across the Internet, but here is the "truth" version.

Here's a great essay about the impact Harry Potter has.

And another great essay at the Good Men Project about gay sex.

This will make you smile, I promise:

That's it for now, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, seriously, it's not hard.  With very few exceptions, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that your brand can add to the 9/11 conversation. Every marketer should memorize this immediately:

And if you ignore that, this is what happens

And interesting and awesome use for a prison, that saves money.

So check out this trailer for Dan Radcliffe's new movie.  His accent is jaw-dropping.

It's a scary and bad situation, but it really does look like Mt. Doom in the SF Bay area:

The head of the Sochi Olympic Games has asked the new head of the IOC for help stopping the criticism of Russia's anti-LGBT laws, which means, at least I think, they're starting to feel pressure.

A drone's view of Burning Man 2013:

That's it for now, short update today.  Have a great one! 

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Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, this amazing ad from Guinness:

Also in the world of advertising, this guy spend over $1,000 on Twitter ads because an airline lost his luggage and he wanted them to actually do their job.

The KKK, which is sadly still a thing, had their first-ever meeting with the NAACP, and it was described as "peaceful."

A new study shows that gun ownership, not suicidal behavior, is actually the highest indicator of suicide.

Hahaha, amazing chart of things said to designers.

So this exists:

Russia is now moving towards forcibly taking children away from LGBT parents.  At the end of the G-20 summit, when Obama met with Activists, they begged him to help get them out of the country.  Things are only going to get worse as we head towards the Olympics.

Utah follows in Florida's idiotic footsteps.  Again, for those keeping score: those on public assistance are far less likely than the general public to be on drugs, stop wasting money.

And finally, a great idea for a public service campaign:

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  Lots of political news, so fair warning.

Oh, the irony of the NRA creating the database they've been screaming about for years.  Oh, the irony.

Rick Perry: Vocally hates Obamacare, quietly asks for $100 million benefit from it.  You know, because he hates it.  So much.

I could probably talk about this over at the King of Spades, but as it turns out, schools with anti-homophobia policies are safer...for all their students.  Amazing.

But then again, according to Justice Scalia, we're an "invented" minority, and thus don't deserve equal rights..  I wonder when I first came into being?

And here's the three articles that make me furious.  An Iraq vet was booed at a city council meeting...because he's gay.

A church in Tennessee kicks out a family...for supporting their daughter, who just happens to be a lesbian.

And lastly, an interracial couple gets assaulted, and has homophobic slurs thrown at them (they had been out with a gay friend), in New York City, which has this rash of homophobic attacks lately.

Well, this has been a depressing post.  In happier news, I'm heading to a reading of "The Birdcage" tomorrow as a fundraiser for the Zoo (the flamingo enclosure, specifically), and this Saturday is the City of Play Festival.  Come downtown to play some new games and run around downtown, it will be fun!  And if the games aren't fun, we'll make it fun!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, the Patton Oswalt Star Wars filibuster (all from his head by the way, not scripted) has been animated:

As the debate about voter ID laws continue, here's some startling facts:

Between 2000 and 2010 there were 649 million votes cast in general elections; 47,000 UFO sightings; 441 Americans killed by lightning; and 13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation.

So this is really, really scary: a child has burst into flames...four times!  And to be fair, he would more likely be part of the FF (Fantastic Four/Future Force, whatever they're called at the moment).

Awesome music video from Mumford and Sons...and fiends:

A federal court has struck down a bigoted anti-Islamic law in Oklahoma.  It's really nice to see that, as there has been a rash of hatred in the south (and the west) and it all seems so knee-jerk racism with no grounds in reality.

Good news, the American Bar Association is pushing a ban on using the "gay panic" defense.  Nice to see that making its way forward as well.

This is a bit sadistic, but fun to watch.  Turn on the English closed captions to know what's going on:

That's it for today, have a great one!

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Alright, let's see what we have today.  First up, Sweden's recycling programs are so good, they've run out of trash.

Are you allergic to cats, but your significant other loves them?  Science may be able to save your relationship.

A teaser for the new season of American Horror Story:

I've tried to explain it before, but the Good Men Project does a great job talking about the concept of "family of choice."

I have a different story to link to about Pope Francis' comments, but a great follow up from the head of the HRC can be found here.

That's it for now, short update.  Have a great one!

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