And in further horrific news, Drumpf has already shut down the office of AIDS policy. To those saying “we survived Bush/Reagan, we’ll survive this,” I will remind you that we literally are missing a generation of gay men due to the AIDS crisis and Regan’s refusal to even say the word. Check your privilege, not everyone made it.
But let’s look at the positives, here’s a great thank you to Obama:
In other good news, the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been in decades! (expect that to change as Republicans seek to close health clinics, but for now, good news!) A reminder, those of us who are pro-choice don’t want to see more abortions, and with comprehensive sex-ed as well as access to resources at Planned Parenthood, the abortion rate will continue to decline!
Quick update today, first up, in case you missed it, watch President Obama’s farewell address. For a little bit, it made me hopeful for the future, and is a great send off for the work we have to do during the next administration.
Hey look, well don’t actually look, we have a new organ! Or at least, bits that we thought were separate are now considered an organ! Don’t dissect yourself or anyone else to look, please.
New Year resolutions for gay men. One of mine is to volunteer more and another is to be in more queer spaces. To help with that, I’ll be volunteering at Outrageous Bingo again! It’s a great night of fun bingo, huge cash prizes and a drag half time show! It usually sells out, but I hope to see you there sometime this year (January is already sold out, it almost always does, so buy early)! Another resolution: write more, especially this blog!
This week’s Savage Love column included a shout out to the FrontRunners, my running group (just a different chapter), so cool!
This analysis from 538 might not be accurate: we still don’t know much about Supreme Leader Snoke and his involvement, there’s a theory he’s been around since the prequels.
That’s it for now, trying to keep these shorter and easier to handle, with a little more commentary! Have a great one!
It’s the yearly round-up of yearly round-up videos. First up, DJ Earworm:
Google’s year in search, this one will probably make you cry (I did!):
And YouTube’s year in review:
The good things that happened in 2016, from Super Fruit:
That was all that I came across this year, but I also took the last week of the year off Facebook and Twitter, so your mileage may vary. I’m still working on my personal 2016 wrap-up video, that will be coming (hopefully) soon!
Alright, let’s see what we have today. I’m a (not so) closet transit nerd, and PAT released this awesome blog post about how each route got its number. I knew about the colors, but the numbers were always a bit confusing, but it’s really fascinating to read.
The queer community has a lot to fear over the next four (hopefully only two if we can win back the Senate) years. For those not sure why we’re so afraid, here are eight threats, and in true clickbait form: you won’t believe number 8. No really, yo won’t, it’s unconstitutional, the scariest, but a high priority of Republicans and the President-elect.
Quite frankly, it’s a really scary time right now, especially for any minority group, and I’m still processing and figuring out how I can help try to protect the rights I have. The podcast Throwing Shade, right after the election had a great quote, which I transcribed:
Anyone who is marginalized in this world, knows the feeling of having to push through and work hard to feel safe and heard, and it’s shitty that it has to keep happening but it does, and then I really do think it’s over. I think this is one of the last death rattles we have to deal with, literally the voice of the angry white man. I think it’s almost over. I think this might even be the last of it. And I don’t care what I think, I’m doing to do all I can to make it the last of it.
And I think SNL nailed it with their cold open. The last line was great, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you:”
What if the Avengers had an opening like Full House:
WikiLeaks, which for some reason is trying to elect Donald Drumpf, has released the names and personal information of gay men from countries where it is illegal to be gay. For many, this is a death sentence.
I’m so excited for “Hairspray, Live”! Here’s the trailer:
The Pope, once again, attacks trans* kids. The normal reminder, that institutionalized discrimination, especially from something as big as the 1 billion-members Catholic Church leads to increased violence and suicides against those groups. And let us not forget that this is the same church that protects child molesters, so maybe people should stop listening to them. Just a thought.
HBO’s “Looking” wrapped up with a movie. Although I loved how the second season ended (and was heartbroken that it wasn’t renewed for a third season), the trailer looks like it’s kept to the tone of the show:
I”m more and more convinced the Catholic Church is a hate group. Case in point, they tell gay people that acting on their sexuality and finding love is a sin. And if you ever commit that sin, you can’t take communion. So no chance of love or happiness, but if you do, you can’t partake in a sacrament. Really, they can believe whatever they want and keep whatever rules they want, but we’ll still fight them since they have so much power in the world and make the lives of queer people around the world a living hell.