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!! OMG, WATCH: “Recovering bigot” goes viral after offering free hugs at Denver Pride !!

The two-minute video (after the jump) has accumulated over 24k likes and hundreds of comments. The best-liked comment came from someone claiming to be the man’s child:

“This is my dad!! I just got a text earlier today from my mom (also there) saying how happy my dad was to be a part of something so special. #LoveWins”

We love to see people turn over a new leaf and choose love! Check out all the love this man got in return after the jump!


!! OMG, LISTEN TO THIS: AI has made “Gaga versions” of famous pop songs sung by Britney, Dua, and Cher !!

When AI isn’t out stealing writers’ jobs and making fake historical images, its other hobby is having its fave popstars sing other pop stars’ famous songs! This bot in particular, stans the Gaga HARD and wants her to be everyone

Check out Gaga doing Dua above, and Britney and Cher classics after the jump!


!! OMG, it’s playable: ‘Doom’ on a Lego brick !!

Tilt Doom on a Lego brick by Ancient JamesRemember how impressive the 3-D gore of Doom was when it came out? Slashing through the bloody hellscape, leaving scores of demons in your wake used to require a screaming fast gaming PC or, more recently, a gaming console hooked up to a monitor or TV.

Enter Lego builder and innovator Ancient James, who has packed an entirely playable Doom experience into a single Lego brick, no controller required. Just tilt it!

Watch his incredible creation in action after the jump!


!! OMG, it works: The four-day workweek !!

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A six-month trial of the four-day workweek has just concluded in the UK, and the results are in: People love it and companies are no worse off.

61 companies that took part in the trial reported revenues stayed broadly the same, productivity was up and sick days were way down. Some companies have made it permanent.

Find out what “zero admin” means, and why 30-minute board meetings are just as efficient as two-hour ones. Watch the BBC’s coverage of the trial after the jump!


!! OMG, get to know her: Nan Goldin in ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ !!

Perhaps, like Cookie, you came across Nan Goldin‘s photography as a baby queer, and were captivated, intrigued, perhaps even a bit scared, by the haunting and candid images she captured of her friends and chosen family.

Could these be drag queens, gay guys, and trans people?! Right here, in the suburban Barnes & Noble, in 1993?!

An artist and activist who used her lens to draw attention to LGBTQ+ subcultures and the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis, Goldin didn’t stop there.

Here more recent work has focused on bringing attention to the Sackler family, famed cultural philanthropists and owners of Purdue Pharma, and holding them publicly accountable for their contributions to the ongoing opioid crisis.

Learn more about it in All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, one of this year’s Oscar nominated documentaries, directed by Laura Poitras. Check out the trailer, after the jump!


!! OMG, rest in peace: pioneering gay psychologist Dr. Charles Silverstein !!

Some of us really are crazy, it’s true—Cookie too, on a bad day—but it wasn’t so long ago that being gay was considered an actual mental illness, like, in the textbooks, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association (AMA).

It wasn’t until after a 1973 speech to the AMA by pioneering gay activist and clinical psychologist Dr. Charles Silverstein—may he rest in peace—that the association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Oh, and talk about a hero, he co-authored the much enjoyed/banned/reprinted/burned The Joy of Gay Sex with Edmund White.

Dr. Silverstein died on January 30 at the age of 87. Read his obituary in the Washington Post and, for more, check out this piece by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

!! OMG, DC’s trans non-binary character has arrived !!

This Valentine’s Day, meet Jules Jourdain (he/they aka Circuit Breaker), DC‘s new character that, according to its author A. L. Kaplan, is “trans, but not super into the binary.”

The Advocate gives a bit of background to the character’s development, and the general move away from “readers know, but no one says,” toward self-identified LGBTQ characters. Read the story here.


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