DON’T FORGET Star Trek: Discovery tonight!
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) February 7, 2019
BELIEVE IN THE SINNER The new Presbyterian moderator backs the church’s gay marriage opposition. But, he added the Church “abhors” homophobia and is “open and welcome to anyone”.
TRUMP’S HIV PLAN NPR says halting the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030 is difficult but doable. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says Trump’s initiative would aim to reduce new infections by 75 percent in the next five years and 90 percent in the next 10 years. That would avert more than 250,000 HIV infections by 2030. “Several HIV/AIDS advocates say that the goal is achievable, but only if the administration reverses course in several major areas of health care policy, including efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act, cut funding for Planned Parenthood and limit LGBTQ and immigrant rights. The initiative’s fate will depend on Congress, which will decide whether to fund the new proposal and, if so, by how much.”
A KNIT KID A Wisconsin boy is hooked on crocheting and giving back. “After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school, it’s just nice to know that I can come home and crochet in my little corner of the house while sitting by the one I love most: my mom,” 11 year-old Jonah Larson tells NPR. Jonah regularly donates some of his goods and money to the Ethiopian orphanage from which he was adopted as an infant.
WHO WAS THE GREATEST PERSON OF THE 20TH CENTURY? The BBC says that person was openly gay mathematician Alan Turing. Attitude remarked: “Alan Turing has been named ‘The Greatest Person of the 20th Century’ during BBC Two’s Icons series. The scientist and World War Two codebreaker won the public vote after being other finalists including Nelson Mandela, Ernest Shackleton, David Bowie, Dr Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and Pablo Picasso. During the final episode of the BBC Two series, Chris Packham delivered a speech about Turing’s tragic life and his legacy.
Packham says: “All he got for all of his toil and all of our trouble was a poisoned apple. A genius, a saviour, but he was also autistic and gay, so we betrayed him and drove him to suicide.
WALLS DESTROY Imminent border wall construction will destroy the most diverse butterfly center in U.S.
EcoWatch says: Construction equipment has arrived to build a border wall through the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a protected habitat for more than 200 species of wild butterflies and other unique wildlife. A planned 5.5 mile section of concrete and steel border wall that is already funded will cut off 70 percent of the 100-acre property. The barrier will be built on top of a levee of the Rio Grande that runs through the sanctuary.
SELF CARE Single gay guys talk about self love. “If you don’t take care of yourself first, then you’re never gonna be able to give 100 percent to somebody else.”
YOU BETTER ASK SOMEBODY This Black queer legal pioneer helped launch Ruth Bader Ginsburg onto the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has emerged as just about everyone’s favorite badass on the Supreme Court. But the notorious RBG stands on the shoulders of civil rights and gender equality champion Pauli Murray.
LGBTQ Nation says: “One of Ginsburg’s key legal accomplishments, was the 1971 case Reed vs. Reed. The Supreme Court accepted Ginsburg’s argument in the case that the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th amendment protected against discrimination based on sex. But the groundwork for Ginsburg’s argument came from Murray. Murray, a Howard University-trained lawyer, started arguing in the 1960s that the equal protection clause should apply to cases of sex discrimination just as it did to cases of racial discrimination. Murray’s “reasoning from race” used racial analogies to underscore women’s subordinate status, and may even have been a forerunner of today’s language of intersections between categories like race and gender.”
— Self-Help (@SelfHelpCU) February 6, 2019
#TBT The cast of the Wonder Years reunite for this adorable photo!
I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday – it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing! And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree – *you guys* are like family… I mean, we DID grow up together, after all. #memories #TheWonderYears pic.twitter.com/X1xVjVSs6T
— Danica McKellar (@danicamckellar) February 6, 2019
TRANSGENDER REVEAL! This supermom praised her transgender son’s coming out with “It’s a boy” photo shoot. Kentucky mom Heather Green was so extra for her son’s 20th birthday photos this year. Your son only comes out as transgender once, after all.
Green’s photo shoot – which was themed as a baby gender reveal with blue balloons, glitter, “It’s a boy” messaging and a faux pregnant tummy to show she was gaining another son – is the ultimate show of support reported USA Today via Facebook.
SPOILER ALERT Marvel Studios has released the synopsis to Avengers: End Game.
“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store,” the synopsis reads.
The movie opens in theaters on April 26.
NOT SO VOGUE The cover of the new issue of Vogue featuring Justin Bieber and new wife Hailey Baldwin is getting shade from other mags saying it looks more like a tabloid.
The newlyweds say married life is tough. “The thing is, marriage is very hard,” said Baldwin, 22. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
They’re now settling into a home Bieber purchased outside of Toronto. They bicker over decorating decisions and are in therapy to improve their communications skills. “Fighting is good,” added Bieber, 24. “Doesn’t the Bible talk about righteous anger? We don’t want to lose each other. We don’t want to say the wrong thing, and so we’ve been struggling with not expressing our emotions, which has been driving me absolutely crazy because I just need to express myself, and it’s been really difficult to get her to say what she feels.”
BIKING COAST TO COAST Will soon be a reality. “The Great American Rail-Trail has the potential to not just be a destination, but also a journey, and a journey through the heart of America,” said Brandi Horton, vice president of communications for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1986, the group’s mission is to work with trail-building groups and government agencies to convert former rail lines into a nationwide network of trails. When the group was formed, 250 miles of rail trails existed. Today, more than 23,000 miles of rail trails have been built” says REI.
WALLED OFF The bridge between Colombia and Venezuela has been blocked to stop humanitarian aid. “On the Venezuelan side of an unused bridge to Colombia, freight containers have been positioned across the road and security forces have been put in place behind them. That border crossing has become the focal point of the effort by Juan Guaido, the lawmaker trying to oust Maduro with the backing of the U.S. and other countries, to get aid into the country to help starving Venezuelans and further undermine Maduro’s grip on power, says Bloomberg.
JOY BEHAR’S BLACK FACE IS OK? Is it? Page Six says, “Behar showed her colleagues and the studio audience a photograph of herself with curly hair when she was 29. Co-host Raven-Symoné asks, “Joy, are you black?”
“Joy … are you my auntie, Joy?” Raven-Symoné quipped.
“I was so cute,” Behar responded.
Behar, now 76, explained that the picture was snapped at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a “beautiful African woman” and stressed that the hair was actually haira.“Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” Raven-Symoné asked. Behar answered that she wore makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.” Oy.
Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin”
The show even ran an image of the old photo pic.twitter.com/qKQqzDPxyn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 6, 2019