Welcome to the end of 2017. What a year it’s been! This weekend, when you’re sipping your pre-“ball drop” cocktail at brunch, you might find yourself engaged in colorful conversation about the last week of 2017. So we’ve picked a few good stories to keep you from being dumb at brunch. From the hilarious Milo book fail to yet another “Whackjob of the Week,” we have you covered right into 2018.
Here are the 5 news stories that’ll keep you looking well-informed at brunch this weekend.
It turns out shit does stink. Ex-Breitbart and ex-Trump darling Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal for Dangerous with Simon & Schuster was canceled. Yiannopoulos in turn decided to sue the book publisher for $10 million (LOL), which has bestowed a gift upon us all: The lawsuit has unearthed the editor’s notes on the Milo book manuscript, and the only thing “dangerous” about the book was how dangerously close it comes to being a laughing stock.
Simon & Schuster called the Milo book “unpublishable.”
Sweet Cakes bakery in Oregon refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple back in 2013, citing their religious beliefs. The problem is that the bakery’s decision violates a 2007 state law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations.
In 2015 the court iced them with a $135K fine, and they appealed. Well, this week the court of appeals upheld the fine against Sweet Cakes. This is especially sweet because we will be waiting until June 2018 for a ruling about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
If you didn’t see the enormous erect penis that popped up on the side of a building in NYC’s Lower East Side on Christmas Day, it’s now unfortunately too late. The male member has already been painted over.
Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt provided a statement erectly directly to NBC News saying the painting is “about not being ashamed of your body and who you are as a sexual being.” She added, “Art is one of the only places left where we can truly be free and discuss whatever difficult topics there are, since art has the ability to translate and transform language in any direction possible.”
Falkholt has not been arrested, but police have opened an investigation and would like to interview her. The charge would be a criminal mischief felony.
4. Safe for Christmas
We want to give a shout-out to an organization called safeXmas in Provo, Utah. This is the time of year most of us spend time with friends and family, but sometimes for LGBTQ youth that’s not always an option. We’ve come to learn of the struggles of LGBTQ kids who were raised in the Mormon Church. They often have challenging relationships with their families and are left to be alone for the holiday season.
Over the three-day period of Dec. 23-26, safeXmas created an experience where these LGBT youth could come stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Provo and receive meals, gifts and rooms. There were opportunities to play games and talk with others who are similarly situated.
Donations make all of this possible. Jerilyn Pool, the organization’s founder, says, “It’s about finding a community.” Please consider making a year-end donation as we endeavor to protect our LGBTQ youth and give them an opportunity to feel some holiday cheer next year.
5. Our Whackjob of the Week: Larry “Secede” Kilgore
If we hear about the Bible-supporting murder of gays one more time, we’re gonna scream. This time it’s GOP (surprise!) candidate for Texas Governor Larry “Secede” Kilgore. (Yup, for a time he allegedly changed his middle name to that.) He has since deleted the Facebook post expressing his support for executing “a convicted adulterer, sodomite or bestialiter.”
Because, you know, “Biblical law is a blessin’.” Apparently the sixth commandment means nothing anymore.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Instagram @JeffZandPaulK.
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