Parents tend to think the world revolves around their precious progeny, which can lead to whacky things like Evangelicals Kurt and Michaela Jaros demanding a Chicago library remove from its shelves a gay-positive book because their 3-year-old toddler allegedly stumbled across it.
This Day in June (Magination Press) teaches kids about Pride, and has the American Psychological Association's seal of approval.
Keep reading for the Chicago Public Library's response, and more of the day's hottest links, including North Korea war posturing, the anti-gay pastor who claims Harvey is God's wrath for letting trans people pee and more ...
CNN: Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the U.N., seems to be calling for strikes on North Korea, telling the U.N. the country is “begging for war.” In the same speech, she claims the U.S. doesn't want war, but makes it clear we are just about past the point of no return. Let's hope when, not if, the U.S. strikes, North Korea, it is a decapitating blow that doesn't result in the deaths of millions and will not go down in history as the first volley of WWIII.
Nova Magazine: Anti-gay Pastor Kevin Swanson says Houston was devastated because Texas failed to pass an anti-trans bathroom bill. On his podcast, this cretin said, “Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish. That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America.” Meanwhile, snake-oil salesman Joel Osteen told Harvey survivors, in his first sermon since Harvey, not to have a “poor-old-me” “victim mentality” because God gave them the storm knowing they can handle it. (!)
Huff Post: Another massive U.S. disaster — the brush fire in L.A. is officially the largest in the city's history, with 5,900 acres up in smoke — and the thing is only 10% contained.
Lambda Literary Review: I'd never heard of Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, a cult-classic zine imagining Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as demonic gay lovers, but Ansel Shipley's review of the new compilation has me interested in learning more!
CBS Minnesota: The staff of Club Jager, a Minneapolis bar, has quite en masse after it was discovered the owner, Julius DeRoma, had donated $500 to ex-KKK leader David Duke's Senate campaign. DeRoma called it his free speech and claimed the whole thing had been blown out of proportion. The bar has shuttered over the lack of employees — wonder how many POC he was hiring while donating to a white supremacist?