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BELOW: Keep reading for monkeypox on the rise, Marjorie Taylor Greene calling the shooting in Highland Park a false flag, Burt Ward's super thighs and more ...
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NBC NEW YORK: Monkeypox cases are up 28% in NYC, 111 vs. 87 just a week ago. Pride, no doubt, helped speed that up, and there are likely FAR MORE unreported.
LGBTQ NATION: Antigua & Barbuda's 1995 Sexual Offenses Act, forbidding gay sex, has been struck down by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
POP BUZZ: In — of course — Florida, the Leon County School Board has approved a guide that will mandate parents be notified if a student “open about their gender identity” will be in P.E. or on a field trip with their own child. So the presumption is that these kids are automatically bad influences or even predators. This is far worse than going back, we are plummeting back in time. At best, this will encourage the current wave of openly LGBTQ+ kids to go back into the closet. What can they gain by being themselves, but bullying, ostracism and outing? (The policy claims the info would only be shared with the student's permission, but ... c'mon.)
VICE: Does RuPaul's Drag Race need drag kings? (Why not?!)
EXTRATV: Carlos Santana, 74, gave fans a scare when he collapsed onstage Tuesday. Luckily, it was heat exhaustion and dehydration, and he seems to be doing fine now.
HUFF POST: This always happens. A famous person says something intolerant or dumb or, in this case, supportive of transphobia and — even if it was unintentional — instead of listening to the criticism that what they said or did caused the issue, their response is: I AM NOT THAT THING. Bette Midler has been an LGBTQ ally (she was later to gay marriage than even some politicians, but I digress) — it isn't about deciding if she is a TERF or not, it's about pointing out that the article she loves is, in fact, anti-progressive and anti-trans. Why can't she just read it more closely and respond more articulately? Maybe she believes TERF things, maybe not. But I AM NOT THAT THING is just useless. Onward and upward, I guess. I don't think she'll become the new J.K. Rowling, trolling the world on every trans topic forever.
NYT: “The G.O.P. Tries to Build a Gay Ghetto.” (The WWII kind.)
BLOOMBERG: Graham, Giuliani and more subpoenaed in George 2020 election-fraud case.
CNN: Jayland Walker was shot 60 times for fleeing a traffic stop — and when his corpse arrived at the M.E.'s office, his hands were handcuffed behind his back. When will white people stop pretending it's about doing what officers say, instead of about: why the overkill? Why the disparate reactions to Black vs. white offenders?
TWITTER: Marjorie Taylor Greene says the two Fourth of July shootings were false flags to push the GOP toward gun control.
TWITTER: Tucker Carlson thinks Crimo went on a rampage because of women, psychotropic drugs, porn, video games and — of course — marijuana:
Tucker Carlson just blamed the 4th of July mass shooting on “mostly women” who “never stop lecturing [men] about their so-called male privilege.” He also blamed “social media, porn, video games,” and “government-endorsed weed.” (h/t @acyn) pic.twitter.com/jpmMstbuvV— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) July 6, 2022
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