New York Times: Are Influencers Responsible for the Behavior of Their Followers?

New York Times: Are Influencers Responsible for the Behavior of Their Followers?. “Nearly all of Chris’s videos follow the same format: a video loops to his right, he smiles, sometimes gives a thumbs up, then something happens in the video and his smile drops. The majority of Chris’s videos are reactions to anodyne moments. In one, his smile drops when a man slams a brick of tofu in his own face; in another it’s when cockroaches appear onscreen. Some of his videos, however, feature reactions to LGBTQ creators. He has a shocked expression when men put on skirts, when a man sucks on a straw, or when trans people reveal transformations over time.”

Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston (BU Today)

BU Today: Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston. “Other news-you-can-use features on the site include a Curated, Crowdsourced, Cultural Guide to Boston, which proves, among other things, that you can’t accuse [Boston University’s Diversity & Inclusion office] of rejecting advice. About 45,000 BU students and employees were consulted in assembling this catalog of 250-and-growing items from ethnic restaurants, houses of worship, and cultural outlets to activist groups confronting racism and LGBTQIA prejudice. Oh, and landmarks like the Arnold Arboretum.”

Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade

Internet Archive: The Legend of GayBlade. “The recently released video game documentary High Score includes a sequence in the third episode about a game called GayBlade. GayBlade is one of the first commercially-sold LGTBQ-themed video games, a role-playing romp for Windows and Macintosh occasionally referred to as ‘Dungeons and Drag Queens’. Once thought to have been lost, the game’s software was recently discovered and preserved—and is now available in the Internet Archive!”

Condé Nast Traveler: This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the ’60s and Beyond

Condé Nast Traveler, with a thanks to Esther S.: This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the ’60s and Beyond. “In 1964, California businessman Bob Damron was filling a void. A frequent traveler himself, he began publishing his guides annually as a way to help queer individuals, particularly gay men, navigate both their hometowns and unfamiliar spaces (similar to the earlier Negro Motorist Green Book, which aided Black travelers). Damron’s guides, colorful and discreet, listed known queer haunts across the U.S., as well as their defining features. Now, [historian Eric] Gonzaba and co-primary investigator Amanda Regan are using Damron’s 1965-1980 books to map historical queer spaces, moving state by state in an effort to understand the trajectory of queer communities and place them in context. Their archival project, titled ‘Mapping the Gay Guides,’ is a collection of digital maps, each covering a year of Damron’s guides.”

Deccan Herald: Online ‘museum’ for queer relationships

Deccan Herald: Online ‘museum’ for queer relationships. “An e-zine that seeks to create a safe space for desi queers has collaborated with Tinder to put together what it calls the Museum of Queer Swipe Stories. Started in April, the museum is a curated archival project that collects the many moods, experiences, and complexities of queer relationships. It features people sharing details of their dates, relationships and heartbreaks.”

Bustle: How To Use Neopronouns, According To An Expert & People Who Use Them

Bustle: How To Use Neopronouns, According To An Expert & People Who Use Them. “Neopronouns express a similar idea as they/them, but neopronouns are intentionally created to make pronouns that feel like home. Neopronouns like xe/xem/xeir and ze/zir/zirs also allow people to refer to folks in the third person without placing them in a gender binary — Xe is such an incredible writer, you think while reading an awesome book by a nonbinary human. Many more neopronouns exist than binary pronouns, and you can check out a list of neopronouns here.”

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that . “Queer Black students are being failed by UK universities, says Melz Owusu, who has a plan to decolonise the system. Owusu, a 25-year-old decolonial theorist and activist about to embark on a PhD at Cambridge, is the architect of the Free Black University, a plan to ‘redistribute knowledge’ among Black students with the needs of those who are also queer and trans at its very heart.”

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response

Washington Post: Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response. “The man sitting in a Pennsylvania carnival’s dunk tank at a fundraiser last weekend was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, he said, styling himself in a floral print dress and a long blond wig. But on social media, the organizers of the Bloomsburg, Pa., event said he resembled a more local public figure: Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, an openly transgender woman who has risen to prominence in recent months leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

BuzzFeed News: Data Collection And State Surveillance Put LGBTQ People At Risk Online And Off

BuzzFeed News: Data Collection And State Surveillance Put LGBTQ People At Risk Online And Off . “A new report outlines the minefield of online threats LGBTQ people have to navigate online, from overt state surveillance to tracking via facial recognition to dating app information that gets shared with data brokers and advertisers. Recorded Future, a cybersecurity company, released a detailed look at what queer communities outside North America have to grapple with. The idea, senior director Maggie McDaniel said, was to better understand where deeper security research is needed.”

CNN: Instagram and Facebook ban all content promoting conversion therapy

CNN: Instagram and Facebook ban all content promoting conversion therapy. “Instagram and Facebook will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy, the social media platforms told CNN on Friday, after activists called on it to block providers from advertising their services online. Facebook said it would expand its existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice, in a move that applies to both platforms.”

Plus: Study: Lower COVID Risk for HIV-Positive People on Antiretrovirals

Plus: Study: Lower COVID Risk for HIV-Positive People on Antiretrovirals. “A study of tens of thousands of HIV-positive Spaniards found they faced less risk of dying or getting seriously ill from COVID-19 than people without HIV. Researchers specifically cited the use of antiretroviral therapy — specifically medications that include a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) backbone of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)/emtricitabine (FTC) — as a factor in the lower risks, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and reported in the American Journal of Managed Care.”

Gay men speak out after being turned away from donating blood during coronavirus pandemic: ‘We are turning away perfectly healthy donors’ (Good Morning America)

Good Morning America: Gay men speak out after being turned away from donating blood during coronavirus pandemic: ‘We are turning away perfectly healthy donors’. “According to the Food and Drug Administration, not all blood is equal. Even in a time of crisis, amid a global pandemic, gay and bisexual men in America cannot immediately donate blood in the same way their heterosexual counterparts can.”

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes

KTNV: Zillow now displays LGBT non-discrimination laws on all homes. “The company says the new tool is a data-powered resource to help people see whether for-sale and rental listings are in communities where state and local regulations explicitly protect individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or anyone else in the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.”

Mashable: The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’

Mashable: The stark divide between ‘Straight TikTok’ and ‘Alt TikTok’. “TikTok is notorious for its viral dances, lip synced ‘acting,’ and uncomfortably horny POV videos in which the user pretends to take the audience out on dates. But on another side of the platform, which algorithmically recommends content based on each user’s preferences, is ‘Alt TikTok.’ Also known as ‘Gay TikTok,’ ‘Beans TikTok,’ or ‘Elite TikTok,’ the subsect rejects mainstream trends in favor of surreal humor and alternative aesthetics. Shaped by the dredges of emo culture and the heavy Dadaist influence of its millennial predecessors, Alt TikTok embodies all that is queer.”

Mashable: How queer clubs are handling the first pandemic Pride

Mashable: How queer clubs are handling the first pandemic Pride. “Queer club owners who spoke to Mashable echoed similar sentiments about the loss of business and celebration this year, with all of them closed at some point due to the pandemic. Already some, like famed bar The Stud in San Francisco, have lost their space. Even the Stonewall Inn — where riots sparked the queer liberation movement — has an uncertain future.”