BELOW: Keep reading for what the tuck is happening right now in the U.S., a gay cold case and more ...
No, Target's tuck-friendly bathing suits are NOT SOLD for kids. (Image via Snopes)
ABC NEWS: This is a huge problem — companies (Bud Light, the flip-flopping Dodgers, now Target), who so many snarky LGBTQ activists have called out for only promoting Pride for commercial gain, are beginning to cave in to fascists demanding that we be expunged from corporate representation. All those clever memes about what fair-Pride Month friends these companies are will not be so funny if they all stop with that valuable visibility and cater to hate. Target went out of its way to announce that yeah, it supports us ... but will still remove (unspecified) Pride merch from its stores in order to protect its workers:
Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work. Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.
I bet they remove all items geared toward youth.
Why don't we instead arrest the fuck out of people like this:
This is who @Target is caving to, deranged terrorists threatening to "hunt" LGBTQ people. pic.twitter.com/1m4ssQk1L2— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) May 24, 2023
AXIOS: This is also a huge problem — Florida's right-wing Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to belatedly announce his run for the GOP nomination for the presidency today via an interview with Elon Musk, who controls Twitter, one of the largest social media platforms in the world. That's disgustingly biased. If that isn't enough to make you puke, how about Elon saying he wants someone “fairly normal” as president? Well, I wanted someone fairly normal running Twitter, so I guess we can't always have what we want. Also, how is JOE BIDEN not the definition of — almost to a fault — the definition of fairly normal? Oh, because the right-wingers have spent the past few years sliming him as a pedophile and crook just because he happens to have won.
One of the only photos of Coleman, who was found shot in the head and stomach. (Image by Kris Robinette)
ST. LOUIS TRIBUNE: A cold case of the murder of a gay man in 1978 — the same month of the Milk/Moscone murders, coincidentally — still perplexes. Coming, as it did, on the heels of the stabbing death of a prominent local gay-rights activist, the case is said by some to have crippled the LGBTQ movement in Salt Lake City. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both cases suffered due to incuriosity by the cops.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Too big to fail to excite you.
SOCIALITE LIFE: Kathy Griffin talks with (ugh) Bill Maher about her broken friendship with Anderson Cooper, who she says she had thought was a true friend. It's definitely illustrative of Anderson's character that he reacted so publicly to that photograph, and distanced himself from a friend. I've heard, of course, negative things about Griffin and friendship, too. (Wish I didn't have to support Maher to listen. He is happy to host outrageous right-wingers on his podcast.)
DEADSTATE: Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) said — out loud — she had her third son because birth control (as opposed to child-rearing) was too pricy.
INSTAGRAM: Amanda Gorman's poem was chosen for Biden's inauguration, yet ONE parent complaining about it has gotten it banned from a Miami school. And the banners mistook Gorman for Oprah Winfrey.
AOL: Continues to amaze me the sudden change in abortion rights in the U.S. after DECADES of people claiming it would never go away. The latest: South Carolina enacts six-week ban.
NBC NEWS: Another victim in those NYC druggings/robberies/deaths has been interviewed by the NYPD. Seems like the people doing this may have kept doing it in spite of the headlines, and right up until their arrest.
YAHOO! NEWS: Imagine attending a gay cowboy convention.
PEOPLE: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of my very favorite public figures.
TWITTER (FOLLOW ME THERE UNTIL WE WIN IT BACK OR I GIVE UP): Remembering Gene Anthony Ray on the anniversary of his birth.
“Fame’s” Gene Anthony Ray would’ve turned 61 today. He died in 2003 after suffering a stroke and AIDS complications. He was such a wonderful dancer. https://t.co/PM2TZVyYOP pic.twitter.com/v4lMrYCNa5— Matthew Rettenmund (@mattrett) May 24, 2023