Pretty big update today, hope you'll find something you like!
First up, scientists have figured out a way to kill the emerald ash borer, the invasive beetle destroying America's forests: by designing a special bug zapper they want to have sex with.
Explore the Death Star with this interactive map.
I feel as though this was specifically made for me:
A porn parody in the style of Wes Anderson. It's exactly what it sounds like.
New Line is planning on doing an L. Frank Baum biopic, awesome!
Watch this awesome guy high-five people trying to hail cabs in NYC:
The Dalai Lama says there's no reason for a successor, he should be the last.
HRC president apologizes to the trans* community. Which is really, really a big deal. Awesome.
This was also bisexual visibility week, and here's a great article about something I learned this week: lopsided bisexuality.
A Rube Goldberg machine powered only by light:
Did you catch the gay couple in the DirecTV commercial during the opening game of the NFL season?
Judge rules that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf Spill. In other news, the sky: blue.
Awwwwww, Groot is the latest celebrity who's nudes got hacked from the iCloud (fake, obviously. He's a sentient tree)
Is this the most important image on the Internet:
Seriously, the universe is beautiful. Check out this new picture of Andromeda.
While playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Sam is wearing number 46, the year the NFL and MLB (in the minor leagues) color barriers were broken.
Remember, when you open your school to one religion, you have to open it to all. That's how the Satanists are passing out books at a school in Florida.
This guy is faster than a speeding train. Amazing:
A gay festival in Russia was attached with poisoned gas. The people who gassed the festival? Members of the Russian Orthodox Church and and a local lawmaker.
However, because of all the blowback of the Socci Olympics, the IOC is adding sexual identity protections to prerequisites to host future games.
Panic! At The Disco nails it:
Big news from the Catholic Church, they may allow members to use birth control. I mean, besides the cases they already do. And besides the fact that most members already do. But still, progress!
And also in good news from the Catholic Church, the Pope personally presided over a wedding of 20 couples, including one couple already living together and one couple where the wife already had a child. Redefining matrimony!
And the best way to end any day:
Have a great one!
In case you haven't heard, there was a horrific gay-bashing in Philadelphia earlier this month. Sleuths on Twitter figured it out, using clues from social media to identify the suspects. It was revealed that they were former classmates from a Catholic school.
Why do I specifically mention that they went to a Catholic school? Because the Catholic church has a demonstrated record of continuously saying that gay men are intrinsically evil, disordered and should be put to death. Now I don't know about this specific Catholic school, but the overall record of the Church both in the U.S. and around the world isn't great, and now they have the audacity to be shocked that their church members would beat up gay men!
Now, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia did come out with a statement basically saying "don't beat up gay people, even if you don't like them." Which is a great sentiment, although two points. One, I feel as though any person, Catholic or not, should know that. And two, it's a little bit late for them to try to backtrack now after years of hatred towards the LGBT community.
So back to the crime: a mob of 12 people beat up two men after they asked if they were a couple since they were holding hands. Think about that brutality for a minute.
Since then, one of the suspects, a basketball coach at a Catholic school was fired (well done) and another suspect who is a nurse was also fired (also since she was sharing patient's x-rays on Twitter, a big violation of privacy).
But here's the rub: only three people were charged. Yes, this is an on-going investigation, but that still leaves nine people. And no one will be charged with a hate crime, because sexual orientation and gender identity aren't covered by PA's hate crime laws. Brian Sims is making a renewed push for HB/SB 300, which would add those classes to the hate crimes laws (in addition to those with disabilities), and he brought some of the victims and their representatives to Harrisburg to lobby.
Just like the police officer to used excessive force at Pride here in Pittsburgh, who was not charged, there's no legal recourse for members of the LGBT community here in the Commonwealth.
If you want to do something, contact your local representative to Harrisburg and sign this petition.
All my best,
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, the trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Steelers (from week 1) made This Advertising Life. How appropriate.
And speaking of football, this aired during the season opener, well done:
Criminal charges dropped against activists when it was revealed they were working to stop climate change.
This is just one example of the absurdity of abortion laws, specifically Pennsylvania abortion laws.
The phone hacking that resulted in a bunch of celebrity nudes is a crime. But we all need to remember this diagram (in regards to pictures, bank accounts, etc):
Here's an interactive diagram showing who likes who in the Middle East.
Why volunteering is good for you. And here's where I put a shameless plug for you to join us at Gay4Good for a service project sometime!
The judge's decision from Wisconsin and Indiana are amazing:
Because homosexuality is not a voluntary condition and homosexuals are among the most stigmatized, misunderstood, and discriminated-against minorities in the history of the world, the disparagement of their sexual orientation, implicit in the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, is a source of continuing pain to the homosexual community.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Fun update today, let's see what we have. First up, the trailer for the next season of Downton Abbey:
Check out Spiderman's application to join the Avengers.
Most Republicans would be upset if their children were gay. Because they're horrible people.
Also, women realized that the Republican party is intolerant, lacking in compassion and stuck in the past. Also, the sky is blue.
And speaking of horrible people, the indicted former Governor of Virginia is currently living with a priest who was arrested for public sex.
Celebrities warm about binge watching shows:
Scientists can control 1,000 self-organizing robots. Check out the video, it's awesome, and so scary!
One of the gay social apps is adding free space for LGBT non-profits to reach people, pretty awesome!
Another bakery here in Pa. has (legally) refused a gay couple. This time, because, you guessed it: Jesus said so!
We need something good to end on, so here's Garfunkle and Oates (heartwarming instead of funny):
I just wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to a new service that I wanted to recommend: BillFixers.
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I'm actually now on a better (unpublished) plan that will be permanent. If they can't find anything like that, they'll get you a year-long discount. And if they can't find you any savings, there's no charge. Otherwise, it's half of the savings for one year.
If you decide to try it out, they do all kinds of bills, not just cell phone (TV, internet, satellite radio) use my name in the referral when you sign up and you should get a discount!
Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend, let's see what we have going on today.
First up, we're getting closer to a new generation of spray-on solar power.
An awesome post over at the Good Men Project about the parents of a trans man (or I guess boy, due to age).
You guys, there's an ACME movie in the works:
The Onion nails it on the head, like they always do - this time, about Ferguson.
This story got buried during everything going on in Ferguson, but a pastor cancelled a man's funeral after finding out he was gay, and called his mom to tell her that while she was at a viewing and next to his casket.
And we're getting closer to turning our sweat into a source of electricity with e-tattoos.
Research is still being done, but it looks like still-developing brains are not negatively affected by today's technology, at least in moderation.
The Good Men Project also takes a look at empathy. Which the more I think about it, is what we're missing the most of in today's world and would solve most of our problems. But how do you teach people to be empathetic? I can't figure that part out.
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more soon!
Quick update today, let's see what we have. First up, the perfect reaction to Westboro's planned protest of Robin Williams' funeral (NSFW):
Nate Green, the straightwashed country music star.
Amazing dragon backpack! It looks very confusing, but so cool!
Want to relive one of the best parts of The Guardians of the Galaxy? Of course you do, check out the Dancing Baby Groot!
Or, you can translate any website into Groot-speak.
Its like the new version of "free candy:"
DERP is a real thing, and helping out social scientists.
This is one of the reasons the Gay Games are awesome: a 99-year old (with her doctor's permission), competed!
There's a new Noah's Ark "amusement park" opening up, that's getting a massive amount of tax breaks: but they won't hire you if you're gay or aren't Christian. Yeah, that's messed up, and they should lose their tax breaks.
And also in gay related news, I always forget, technically, my organs could be rejected for donations, just because I'm gay, which is somehow tied into the gay-blood donation ban.
Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Fallon play Goldeneye 64, really meta and awesome:
That's it, have a great one!
Let's see what we have today, first up, I learned that my favorite Smash Bros. character's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas. I'll probably name my next car that.
The Church of England is now facing a legal fight after rescinding a job offer to a married, gay priest. The way the English law works, they have marriage equality, but the CoE is specifically barred from performing them, for some reason. I blame the powdered wigs.
Yes. The perfect way to respond to blatant Twitter racism. So much yes.
The trailer for "Into the Woods" is here:
The Great Horror Campout is a thing. Read about one reporter's experience here.
Arrested Development is coming back for a fifth season!
This is a wonderful, fantastic ad. For whatever reason, the one million moms (all six of them) are in a tizzy because of the background music, so it's even sweeter that it's so good:
A really touching story about a deceased father, an old XBox, and ghost data from a racing game.
The inner monologues of the DirecTV puppets.
This is a thing, that can't really be described, so just enjoy it:
Alphabetical order seems pretty simple, right? Well, it takes over 27,000 words to code it correctly.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Why am I talking about Mississippi? I have zero desire to go (I don't really like heat and humidity to start with), but it's still one of the states in the United States, so we should pay attention. Recently, a new law went into effect where businesses can turn customers away based on religious beliefs.
AKA, "Don't serve the Gays."
We've seen religion used before to deny service to African Americans at lunch counters. We've seen religion used to justify denial of service to Irish immigrants. And as a society, we moved past this. Except for the LGBT community (and immigrants, which I will remind you, unless you're Native American, you're ancestors were immigrants too).
When you operate a business, you work in the public sphere and have to serve the entire public, not just the portions you choose. This is why the Civil Rights Act was so important, it stopped businesses from being able to say "No blacks," "No Irish." Putting a sign in your store window today that says "No Italians," or "No Women" in this day and age is abhorrent. But for the LGBT community, it's a reality.
For some reason, the courts are allowing those with "closely held religious beliefs" to discriminate however they want. But as Rob points out, when the logical inconsistency is brought up, the laws, as well as the bigotry falls apart:
Bigots hate to be seen as bigots, they just want to hate and discriminate without being noticed. But the above graphic shows exactly the logical conclusion of their bias.
And on the other side of the coin, the President signed an Executive Order making businesses that have federal contracts required to follow non-discrimination practices in hiring.
After a brief period of lying and saying they already had that policy in place, Exxon Mobile is finally being forced to not discriminate against the LGBT community: this is after 17 straight years of denying those workers any protections.
Allegheny County has non-discrimination policies in place. But like I've mentioned before, Pennsylvania does not, so outside of the county, I can legally be denied employment, housing and any public accommodation (retail), simply for being gay. We're the only state that has marriage equality without these other basic protections, and it's nerve-wracking at times.
ENDA (in all it's flaws and shortcomings) is stalled in the House (and no one is surprised), but until these inclusive bills are passed, we're still living and working in a system that is inherently unequal.
All my best,
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the trailer for the Alan Turing movie. Turing is the man most responsible for the computer, as well as breaking the Nazi codes during WWII:
A new study shows that children who read Harry Potter are more welcoming to the gay and immigrant communities.
The Satanists are using the "Hobby Lobby" decision to ask restrictive abortion laws be stricken, as they violate their religion. Brilliant.
Seen on a t-shirt (in a window):
It can't be unseen, but the Good Men Project tackles Manternity photos in an awesome way:
Let’s be frank—Pregnant women are beautiful, but some of the photographs we take of them are HORRIFIC. Simply HORRIFIC. And I don’t mean that it’s awful that we see their uncovered pregnant forms or anything (remember, the ladies themselves are beautiful), but, lately, in the race to create the most Pinterest-friendly maternity photos, pregnant women have been subjected to a level of photographic flourishes and clichés that would make an Anne Geddes baby cringe. Props are involved, Photoshop is unleashed, hearts are painted on bellies—cuteness is MANUFACTURED and those manufactured photos can take the most natural thing in the world and make it feel surprisingly unnatural and forced.
Also see: Garfunkle and Oates, "Pregnant Women are Smug"
Nerdist covers the science of Tatooine.
A new Kickstarter campaign for a Sci-Fi movie that will punch you right in the feels:
And finally, Andrew Rannells is taking over for NPH as Hedwig, here's the promo shot: