The trailer for season 3 of Eastsiders looks great (and even includes a stop in Pittsburgh)! But sadly, Colby Keller is in it, so I may not watch it because of that (although I think this was filmed before he was doubling down on his white privilege):
And Jeff Sessions rescinded other protections for all members of the queer community. These are things that affect people you love. Be fucking pissed.
Okay, quick pallet cleanser. The new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey takes the form of a Big Band musical number:
After the horrific shooting in Vegas, just a reminder that your thoughts and prayers do jack shit. We need comprehensive gun control in this country, including a rescinding of the second amendment.
It boggles my mind that it takes something personally happening to someone for them to take action. It is not that hard to actually think about other people and try to imagine a better world for them, as well as yourself. But, predictably, when gun violence is close to a gun fanatic, suddenly, he realizes his mistake. It infuriates me that it takes a tragedy like this for him to realize how wrong he is, but hey, at least he came around I guess. I just won’t be patting him on the back for his sudden realization.
A Dutch news program takes on (with dark humor) the insanity that we live with here in the US:
Stranger Things 2 (or the second season, not sure what to call it) looks amazing:
The president rolls back the mandate for birth control under health care, because he wants to drive up abortion rates, the cost of healhtcare and get rid of preventative medicine. Just kidding, he’s a racist and since it is both something Obama put into place and a GOP wet-dream, it’s gone.
And I’ll just drop this here, the 10 things you need to know about Patriotism:
Alright, let’s see what we have today! As always, Surviving the World hits it out of the park:
Philadelphia added black and brown to their pride flag. There are a lot of different pride flags. And although I think they should have laid it out differently (maybe put black at the bottom and brown at the top to better match up colors), I think this is really cool. For a long time, the HRC (‘corporate gay’) was only focused on white, cis-gendered gay men. This isn’t much, but it at least starts to recognize the people of color that are part of the queer community (and have been since the beginning, helping to kick off the Stonewall Riots), so I think it should be welcomed!
The French marching band played a Daft Punk medley for the President, but can we talk about the fact that they march French horns? I mean, if any country would, it’s France….but still, why not just use a mellophone?
And finally, some are hailing these ads of previously anti-gay family members apologizing to those they’ve hurt. But here’s the deal. That then puts the onus on us, as queer people, to always take the high road and say we forgive them and welcome them back. Sometimes we’re tired. Sometimes we don’t want to. Sometimes the pain of cutting someone out of your life is so great, that opening that wound again to let them back in isn’t a possibility. Maybe don’t be an ass in the first place. Look at your life, look at your choices.
Alright, been a bit behind due to Half Marathon training I started writing this in May, but forgot about the draft, sorry about that, but it’s updated and finally finished- but let’s see what we have today. First up, a great letter from the Good Men Project about the people we’ve lost due to the election.
In one 24-hour span, the new administration delivered three huge blows to queer rights: erasing us from the census, removing workplace protections for federal contractors and slashing budgets of programs to fight HIV/AIDS.