Friday News Bites: LGBTQ Coverage, Malaysian Airline Shot Down, Obits + More

We’re on an LGBTQ bent again with this week’s newsy roundups, along with news about the Malaysian Air flight that was shot down and some recent obituaries. Let’s get to it.

First up though, we must mention that Israel has begun a ground invasion of Gaza. I am not well-read on the matter, but I do sense that this will not end well.

And in Russia, a giant hole has appeared in Siberia, likely due to a reaction between the permafrost and the gases below the earth. It’s super-creepy looking.

Oh, what’s that? Unpaid hospital bills dropped after the expansion of Medicaid? YOU DON’T SAY.

Also interesting: The reason why you might be friends with specific people may have to do with being genetically linked. Cue all the bad poetry about how I just feel so connected to you, maaaaan.

This is a new story as of when I’m writing this, but another Malaysian Airlines flight has been lost — this time shot down over Ukraine. Officials say that MH17 was carrying 295 passengers, whose condition was not immediately known.

In LGBTQ News:

An employee at a Texas BBQ joint made an excellent gay rights joke to President Obama when they met in Austin. That takes huevos grandes, dude:

As the president approached, Webb threw his hand down and slapped the counter dramatically. “Equal rights for gay people!”
“Are you gay?” the president asked.

“Only when I have sex.”

“That’s when he laughed and said, ‘Bump me,'” Webb says.

There’s a new video game that is somewhat of a choose-your-own-adventure version of coming out. Called “Coming Out Simulator 2014,” it was created by Nicky Case, who put it online for free. It’s quite touching.

The CDC released the results of their National Health Interview Survey, which says that “1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were ‘something else.'”

A result I found interesting:

Among bisexual Americans, 11 percent said they had experienced serious psychological distress in the past 30 days, compared with their counterparts who identified as straight (3.9 percent).

Also distressing: Charles Moore, a retired minister from Texas has died from self-immolation in protest of homophobia and other social justice issues that he felt he had not done enough to alleviate.

May They Rest in Peace:

Actor Dave Legeno, who played Fenrir Greyback in three Harry Potter films (among numerous other roles), died in Death Valley from heatstroke. He was 50 years old.

The last living original member of The Ramones, Tommy Ramone, died at age 65 this past week. He had been in hospice care after having cancer of the bile duct for more than a year.

Actress and comedian Elaine Stritch died this Thursday at age 89. Pour one out for an awesome lady.

Let’s end on a light note:

I know this is a cat food commercial, but for every video view, Friskies is donating one meal to cats in need around the country, up to one million meals. So let’s listen to a happy “Cat Summer” song with Grumpy Cat and friends, in honor of Colonel Meow:

See you next time, mis unicornios fantasticos.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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