Fairly quick update, let's see what we have today. First up, appropriate for Independence Day:
While I think people should be honest, especially about their flaws, before getting married, I think this new "shadow wedding" trend is a bit much. But hey, if it gets people into nature, maybe it's a good thing.
Stefon from SNL's Weekend Update was one of my favorite recurring characters. Here's a map of some of his more famous suggestions.
Now that a bunch of countries have pulled their foreign aid for Uganda due to their draconian anti-gay laws, their president now says accepting foreign aid is 'sinful.'
Ten lifehacks to know for summer:
Um, how stupid can a (Republican) politician be about climate change? That's a serious question, because I think he just gave me an aneurysm reading his absolutely moronic comments.
The final book of "The Magicians" trilogy hits shelves on August 5, and I can't wait (I'm rereading the books in anticipation). The trailer, featuring and fans and some really, really big names in literature, just dropped. Check it out.
That's it for now, have a great one!
Quick update, in case you haven't seen it, the second season of Orange is The New Black (which I'm almost done with), has an awesome extended trailer:
Amazing idea to help combat the anti-choice protesters.
I'm not this far in the books, but in Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire, there is a fictional board game, that a fan had 3D printed!
The National Center for Lesbian Rights launched a campaign to end ex-gay conversion "therapy" (read, torture), called #BornPerfect
Google has taken on Rift, through low-tech: cardboard:
That's it for now, have a great one!
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the LGBT-rights movement.
If you’re not familiar with the riots, here’s what happened:
People ask why we celebrate pride. NoFo writes it much more eloquently than I ever could, here is an excerpt:
We’re proud because despite relentless persecution everywhere we turn—when organized religion viciously attacks and censures and vilifies us in the name of selective morality, when our families disown us, when our elected officials bargain away our equality for hate votes, when entire states codify our families into second-class citizenship, when our employers fire us, when our landlords evict us, when our police harass us, when our neighbors and colleagues and fellow citizens openly insult and condemn and mock and berate and even beat and kill us—we continue to survive.
We’re proud because—thanks to the incredible bravery shown by gay people who lived their lives openly in the decades before us—we can live our lives more and more openly at home, at work, with our families, on our blogs … and even on national television.
We’re proud because after all we’ve been through, the world is starting to notice and respect us and emulate the often fabulous culture we’ve assembled from the common struggles and glorious diversity of our disparate lives.
We’re proud because this weekend we’ll celebrate with drag queens, leather queens, muscle queens, attitude queens and you’d-never-know-they-were-queens queens, and together we can see through the “pride” in our parade and enjoy the underlying Pride in our parade.
Quite simply, we’re proud that we have so much to be proud of.
We can take some time, and even in the face of hatred, bigotry and discrimination, we can carve a place in this world, claim it our own and celebrate.
We can celebrate, because this is our party. We don't need anyone's permission to celebrate:
Because even if Pride doesn't change many minds in the outside world, it's our PARTY, darlings. It's our Christmas, our New Year's, our Carnival. It's the one day of the year that all the crazy contingents of the gay world actually come face to face on the street and blow each other air kisses. And wish each other "Happy Pride!" Saying "Happy Pride!" is really just a shorter, easier way of saying "Congratulations on not being driven completely batshit insane! Well done, being YOURSELF!"
We can celebrate the community that we have, the radical acceptance that we embody and the fact that we’ve survived. We have a chance to come together, remind ourselves we belong to a larger community, have some fun and take back our city; just for a little bit, even when it’s still dangerous to be perceived as gay, even in places like The Village:
This is my home. I’ve walked by that corner hundreds of times while holding Tony’s hand. And now, holding his hand again, I felt sick to my stomach. I felt sick because of the injustice. Because of the loss of life. Because my home had been violated. Because I thought we had moved beyond this. Because I felt vulnerable.
We know that hatred will continue, but still we march forward. We have pride because it helps those coming after us. In the words of Harvey Milk, it gives the next generation hope:
And this is a chance to celebrate the fact that I’ve survived. A chance to celebrate the fact that I’m a proud gay man. And even that act, powerful unto itself, has hopefully made a difference.
The most important and powerful action a person can make is to come out to those around them. Then the LGBT community isn’t a scary abstract anymore, it has a face. If you know someone who is openly LGBT, you see their humanity. You can understand that we’re not asking for anything special, just the same rights everyone else is guaranteed by the constitution. A chance to be happy. A chance to live the life we want, surrounded by those we love.
When will we stop talking about coming out?
"Many of us want to, and will: when a gay, lesbian or transgendered kid isn’t at special risk of being brutalized or committing suicide.
"When a gay person’s central-casting earnestness and eloquence aren’t noted with excitement and relief, because his or her sexual orientation needn’t be accompanied by a litany of virtues and accomplishments in order for bigotry to be toppled and a negative reaction to be overcome."
We will stop talking about coming out when it’s not news anymore, when the last barriers have finally been broken down. We’ll stop screaming for our rights when we’re finally treated as equals by our government. We’ll only stop telling our stories when they don’t matter.
This is a bit heavy handed (the original that this parodies was also over the top), but Crew Magazine put this together, and it rings true:
So we keep fighting for progress, wherever we can. We celebrate our advances and keep chipping away at our obstacles: and this month we can celebrate both, as well as the individuals that make up our amazing community.
We’re proud of how far we’ve come. We’re proud to keep fighting. We’re proud.
First up today, this amazing, working Lego Zelda lamp.
Also on Nerdist, would you be brave enough to use this hand-crafted Jumanji board? I wouldn't.
All State teamed up with a favorite artist of mine, Eli Lieb, and their resulting campaign video will hit you right in the feels:
New propaganda posters for the next Hunger Games movie, although I don't quite get the one for District 6. Does he have tires for legs, or just pants that look like tires?
Surviving the World on guns. Yes, all of this.
If you haven't seen it yet, the awesome new video (of course) from OK Go:
Want to be Mega Man? Of course you do!
Hey look, people realize that greater LGBT visibility drives down youth suicide. Glad to hear someone talking about this.
Also, I get confused as to why a leader of a hate group agrees that we don't choose to be gay, but still thinks we don't deserve any rights.
And again, Surviving the World hits it on the head! Kind of my mantra for adventures:
Another year, and another time I'll use my blog as a blog. This year I'll be talking about the whole of Pride weekend, marriage equality coming to Pa. and all the related stories to it.
In case you missed it, NPH (who won the Tony for this role, along with his co-star, Lena Hall) performed "Sugar Daddy" from the show I went to NYC to see (which won for best musical revival). This was how it was performed at the Belasco, complete with carwash, making out with audience members (this time, his fiance) and lap dances:
A piano showed up in NYC in the East River.
There are a lot of hateful parts of Christianity. Case in point, the Southern Baptists have denounced the very existence of trans* people.
The Onion has launched their Buzzfeed clone, Clickhole.
The AFA is refusing mail sent to them with the Harvey Milk stamp, or at least, the ones that were announced beforehand.
18 reasons the Super Bowl is really just like Pride.
That's it for now. This weekend is Pittsburgh Pride, If you'll be downtown Sunday let me know, and look for photos and a recap next week sometime!
Alright, let's see what we have today. First up, a new species of crocodile has been named after Tolkien's Balrog!
Orange is the New Black came back yesterday, and they made this great promo clip:
Oh god, this may in fact, be the most meta thing ever (at least in terms of the Internet).
Today in wasted money for scientific studies.
The US teen pregnancy rate has fallen to historic lows! Which is great news (except it's still way high compared to other developed nations), but it's because of access to birth control, women's health clinics and abortion services and comprehensive sex ed. Imagine that.
So John Oliver set out to save Net Neutrality, and in doing so, released the Internet Trolls, which brought down the FCC's comment page:
Garfunkle and Oates, one of my favorite comedy bands, have a new show coming to IFC which will debut in August!
Shockingly, women aren't really welcomed at gay orgys. A great read from The Stranger/HuffPo.
The (designated hate group) AFA is telling members to return to sender any mail using the Harvey Milk Stamp. I prefer the Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) idea of using both Milk and Charleston Heston stamps on the same envelope with little hearts around them both.
Cosmos pick-up lines. Yes, you read that right.
Fun video made with an iPhone, a transparency and a marker:
Beware the spoilers, that may or may not be accurate for Star Wars.
Google actually changed the kerning of their logo.
California is thinking of banning the 'gay panic' defense, that bar associations have already condemned.
Gay people, we're just like you:
Why would anyone think a Hunger Games amusement park is a good idea?
That's it for now, have a great one!
Let's see what we have today. First up, seals are just dog mermaids:
The Penguins season may be over, but the NHL is still awesome: every team has a player who has spoken out in favor of LGBT rights.
In less than a year since Windsor, every single state will have marriage equality or their ban will be challenge. North Dakota completes the sweep.
A porn website gave America wood...by planting trees in honor of Arbor Day. Well done.
More snark: remember, the Russian Orthodox Church hates gays. But men in dresses, that's okay.
When straight guys are exposed to Grindr:
An awesome comic from Surviving the World. Points if you get the reference!
Joe the Plumber is an idiot and an insensitive asshole. Seriously.
And so is Adam Carolla. Sorry my existence is so troubling to you.
Okay, last asshole of the day: this college that removed every single copy of the student newspaper rather than let an article run that described how hard it is to be gay on their campus.
Check out the trailer for "Internet Machine" which details the actual infrastructure that makes the web.
This however, looks even better:
This is interesting and confusing. The brains of gay men who adopt through surrogacy rewire themselves to exhibit traits of both moms and dads.
The Rams, who drafted the first openly gay player (Michael Sam), also drafted the first African American player.
This, by the way, is how to talk to kids about Michael Sam:
The backlash was swift, but these kinds of things are very legal.
A story with a happy ending, I mean, as much as it can be, with a burial.
What an amazing, five-year joke.
Ummm, I'm not sure what to make of the "exclusive" social networking app, only available in chain restaurants.
So this is available in grocery stores.
Here is John Oliver explaining Eurovision for those who don't know about it:
And here's the winning performance. It starts off slow, but finishes amazing!
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
Alright, pretty big update nope, fighting with coding and software, so let's see if I can get half of this published, let's see what we have today. First up, the fail that was American Spring:
What if Buffy was a 90's LucasArts game? Check it out.
A new demonstration of the Google self-driving cars, which I find fascinating:
John Oliver has an honest climate change debate.
The Guardian released a study (And an awesome infographic): 2.7 Billion people live where it is illegal to be gay.
When Mario meets Game of Thrones. Mario always pays his debts:
Speaking of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin writes the series...on a DOS computer.
Nerdist's All Star Celebrity Bowling, which is a ton of fun, is being picked up by AMC!
Who would win, a wizard or a Jedi (I was correct, by the way):
I'll have an update later about my trip to NYC (spoiler: it was amazing), but here's what else has come across.
Dark Horse is going to debut an American Sign Language font (for a gorilla) this year for Free Comic Book Day.
A bit ironic, and sad: statue of Pope John Paul II fell over and crushed a man.
Thank you for being a (super) friend:
The crazy rancher who is currently the Republican man of the moment, claims he's totally not racist, guys. Spoiler: he is.
I had no idea that a 'zonkey' was a thing. But one was born!
So this mash-up is now a thing:
I'm very sad about the annihilation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I'm still excited about the new movies, but sad that it looks like we're losing Mara, Thrawn, Jacen and all the rest.
New Warhol's have been discovered, on floppy disks!
And it turns out the urban legends are true, the first of the E.T. cartridges have been dug up.
That's it for now, have a great one!