This Sunday Funday, President Obama is Destroying Patriarchy While Assata Shakur Stays Put

The holigays have come to a close, my friends, and now all that’s left is making resolutions. That, and watching the last of the Festive Pet Videos on the Internet.

When you’re done there, check out these bits of good news to get you through the last week of the best or worst year ever, depending on who you ask.

Obama’s Like, Nah, F*ck Gender

When the President attended a Toys for Tots sorting event this month, he shook a lot of stuff up – and not just to see what was inside the boxes. In an effort to destroy kyriarchy and also bless some young girls with athletic gear, he placed items in the “girls” box that most people would probably give only to boys, remarking that “girls play t-ball, too.” Damn straight, Mr. President.

"I'm makin' a list and checkin' it twice to ensure it isn't riddling with gender stereotypes!"

The face of a social justice warrior

This Time Love Is A Whole Lot More Than Nothin’

ICYMI: Tennis champ Martina Navratilova married her partner Julia Lemigova this month. I think it’s fair to say this is a win for everyone and that I can stop trying to speak cleverly about athletics.


Assata Shakur is Staying Put

Cuba’s not giving in, and Assata Shakur isn’t going anywhere. Excuse me, gotta go raise my fist in solidarity. BRB.

Assata Shakur

New Jersey officials might have been hoping that with warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba, one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals, Assata Shakur, would be extradited to face judgment after fleeing the country.

However, according to the Associated Press, Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, has reiterated her country’s sovereign right to grant and maintain political asylum.

“Every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted. … That’s a legitimate right,” Vidal told AP when asked if extradition was a possibility. “We’ve explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum.”

Shawn Garvey, who rules!

Shawn Garvey, who rules!

The Good Word

God’s disciples aren’t all that bad. Take, for example, these badass religious leaders who give The Advocate hope for religion, and also this church in Orlando that thinks you’re positively delightful.

“This church has had a long and proud history of social justice,” [Shawn S. Garvey, senior minister at First Congregational Church in Orlando, Florida] told the Orlando Sentinel. “This is a natural extension of the church’s history in reaching out to different communities of the Greater Orlando area. We are absolutely thrilled at the prospect of this becoming finally legal in a couple of weeks. We are delighted.

“My hope and my prayer is that things will go smoothly on January 6,” Garvey added. “This is where my heart is on the issue, because I personally have so many gay and lesbian friends, and I would love to see them enter into marriage in all its intrinsic rights as my wife and I were able to.”

Victories, Big and Small

+ Taiwan just made it a whole lot easier for trans folks to get legal recognition for their gender identity.

+ An Assemblyman is trying to outlaw the “gay panic” defense in New Jersey, because someone really should have done that by now.

+ Gambia is violating the human rights of LGBT people within their borders, so now America is all #ByeFelicia.

Dej Loaf Listened to Lydia, Wore All White in Elle

Rapper Dej Loaf is following Lydia’s advice and pulling off a variety of all-white looks in the latest Elle.

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Australia’s Schools Take a Stand

Australia’s Safe Schools Coalition rolling out in 2015 will equip schools with tools and resources to better support queer, intersex, and genderdiverse students.


This Baby Rhino is Everything

Like I said.

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  1. I want to buy a Scooba, the floor scrubbing version of the Roomba, but my lovely wife is arguing against the purchase. I might rebel and buy it anyway though

    • Thank you for introducing me to the Scooba! Something to save my pennies for. No one in my house likes to mop the floors and so they just never get mopped and we all pretend it’s not disgusting.

      • Same deal over here but my wife insists one day the floors will be mopped. However that day never comes…
        I have my eye on the smaller, discontinued version, the 230. It is also less than half the price of the newer model…

  2. I like that President Obama put sports gear and other “boys toys” in the “girl box,” obvs, but did any “boys” get “girly” presents? I mean, it’s cool and all, but it still devalues femininity; everyone can play “boy” games, but “girl” stuff? Nah, that’s got cooties.

    • Good point! I hope he put some of the traditional “girl” stuff in the boy’s box too, (and they’re just not showing it).

  3. Actually, Dej Loaf rocks that all white when she’s feeling godly, dudes. So she is feeling godly all over that Elle. Which is excellent.

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