- New socialist French president Hollande expected to legalise gay marriage
- Argentina makes sex-reassignment surgery legal right in landmark trans law
- Chile votes to pass anti-hate-crime law in wake of gay man’s brutal murder
- After no pride march in 2011 this year 2500 march for queer rights in Tokyo
- Map of North Carolina shows link between education & stance on gay marriage
- American gymnast and Olympic hopeful Josh Dixon comes out as gay
- New research suggests some people might be born as homophobes
- UK provider forced to use anti child-porn tech to censor file-sharing sites
- U.S. wants to save military budget by cutting food stamps & medicaid money
- Highly religious people less likely to be moved by compassion than atheists
- Pentagon didn’t support The Avengers because America wasn’t heroes’ boss
- Religious sites more likely to infect computers with viruses than porn sites
It took Obama only a couple of years to put civil rights over potential right-wing votes by endorsing same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the citizens of North Carolina voted to ban any form of marriage that doesn’t reflect their own lives thus proving why letting people decide over basic civil rights of minorities is a stupid idea.
Beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak (who happened to be gay), creator of Where the Wild Things Are, is dead at 83. Here’s some of what The Guardian‘s Michelle Pauli has to say about him.
The wild things of Max’s imagination were based on Sendak’s own relatives. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents and was aware, in his early teens, of the death of much of his extended family in the Holocaust. The terrors of his childhood specifically, and childhood more generally, flow through his work. "I refuse to lie to children," he said in an interview with the Guardian last year. "I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence."
Sendak also said that the term "children’s illustrator" annoyed him, since it seems to belittle his talent. "I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can’t do that. I’m in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person," he said.