Pride and prejudice: the best books to help with coming out

An exquisite kiss from Virginia Woolf, hot skin from Carol Ann Duffy Charlotte Mendelson picks books to inspire LGBTQ readers Everyone needs books, particularly the newly gay. Books make us feel less alone, and there is nothing more strengthening than reflections of our own complicated selves. Yet most of the best books that might help with coming out are simply about the private yearnings we try to hide. Bookshops rainbow-jacketed YA fiction displays will change young lives; thank God for that. But all over the world there are women and men to whom exposure would mean imprisonment, disaster. For them, and all those who arent riotously born that way, great coming out books are often those whose protagonists come out …

Migrant Children Report Verbal Abuse, Threats While In Border Patrol Custody

The Significant Incident Reports (SIR), five of which were obtained exclusively by Yahoo News, include descriptions provided by detained unaccompanied minors about the kinds of conditions and treatment they experienced while in CBP custody between June 12 and July 1 of this year. Yahoo News During his time in detention in McAllen, the boy reported, he became sick and developed a fever while held in a crowded and cold cell with other young males. After fainting, the boy said, he was taken by a friend to the CBP clinic, where medical staff spoke only English and did not explain to him his diagnosis nor what kind of medication they’d administered to him. According to the report, the boy said he …

Sorry, but some ‘Seinfeld’ classics feel every bit of 30 years old

(CNN)I was always more of a “Friends” person. In the World Series of series known all over the world, “Friends” would be my Most Valuable Player every single time. Suddenly, my trusty ticket out of a conversation about TV I don’t want to talk about became a ticket into an assignment revisiting some of the show’s classic episodes as someone who has not watched a lot of “Seinfeld.” I never had anything against the show in particular, other than I was simply too busy to be bothered to watch a show famously about nothing when there was so much TV out there about something — and “Friends” on Netflix. For my mission, I opted to revisit six episodes considered among …

Here Are 30 Of The Most Impressive Cosplays From Russian Starcon

The cosplay scene is a rapidly growing phenomenon within a much bigger geek culture that’s been branching out to the mainstream world more and more. And it’s no surprise! San Diego Comic Con is perhaps the biggest event not only for all the sci-fi fans, cosplayers, and geeks of all sorts but also one of the greatest opportunity for various films, comics and TV shows to not only drop their material, but also present their stars. Thanks to this popularity, Comic Con as well as other similar events have been expanding and happening all over the world. Russian Starcon has just concluded and as all cosplayers finally have some time to rest and breathe, thousands of photos from the event …

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol. Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian …

Like Taylor Swift, every woman faces a Justin Bieber

(CNN)It’s easy to argue that, in 2019, women are more powerful than they’ve ever been in United States history. A record 117 women won office in the 2018 midterms. A record number of women are vying for the presidency in 2020. The youngest billionaire in history is a woman (Hi, Kylie Jenner!). The number of women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies hit a record high. But even at a time when “something is happening” with women, we’re constantly reminded that even the most powerful among us have to fight for what’s theirs, whether it be reproductive justice, a seat at the proverbial table, or creative license. And we cannot deny that, far too often, behind these powerful women are men… …

Tom Holland Would ‘Of Course’ Be OK With Spider-Man Coming Out As Gay

The “Britain’s Sunday Times that he’d “of course” be on board with his character identifying as gay in a future film.  Avengers: Infinity War” and “ “The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy,” “We haven’t been shy about saying that that’s coming,” Feige also opened up about the debut of a Given the scarcity of openly LGBTQ characters in blockbuster films, the appearance of Grieving Man was heavily mixed Esquire’s Justin Kirkland deemed it “a half-baked attempt at diversity,” while But Feige said Grieving Man was “never meant to be our first focused character” and was intended simply as “a matter of fact and a matter of life and a matter of truth.” he added. “I guess it’s the …

Brexit ‘hitting school language learning’

It warns of growing concern that GCSEs and A-levels in modern foreign languages are seen as harder than other subjects. Some academics have recently written to Ofqual asking it to look again at the marking of language exams. The British Council report also describes a shift in attitude, with some parents saying languages are “little use” as the UK is due to leave the European Union. Theresa Tinsley, the report author, says secondary schools in poorer areas are reporting a very definite Brexit effect, which could lead to an even sharper decline in language learning. She fears if languages become the preserve of the better-off, or privately educated teenagers, those from less privileged backgrounds will be even further left behind. …

Mom Of Two Explains What It Feels Like To Be Sober For Two Years And People Instantly Relate

We have all been to situations where we don’t want to do something, we know why but just can’t be bothered explaining ourselves to everyone else, knowing that would sure suck us in an endless conversation about the decision and ain’t nobody got time for that, right? Therefore, it really takes courage to expose yourself in sensitive topics and even more so, when you’re doing that on the Internet. This didn’t put off this brave mom of two, Celeste Erlach about an issue many can relate but rarely speak of and the Internet loves it. This is not the first time she’s drawn attention to serious issues parents face though. This is Celeste Yvonne – a writer, Instagramer, marketing guru …

In the age of deepfakes, could virtual actors put humans out of business?

In film and video games, weve already seen whats possible with digital humans. Are we on the brink of the worlds first totally virtual acting star? When youre watching a modern blockbuster such as The Avengers, its hard to escape the feeling that what youre seeing is almost entirely computer-generated imagery, from the effects to the sets to fantastical creatures. But if theres one thing you can rely on to be 100% real, its the actors. We might have virtual pop stars like Tupac Shakur performing from beyond the grave at Coachella in 2012. Weve seen the fake Obama video is a key example. Could technology soon make professional actors redundant? Like most of the examples above, the virtual Tupac …

While You Were Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To begin with, a programming note: While you're reading this in its usual time slot, it was compiled before the July Fourth holiday, so—unfortunately—there's not a collection of tweets about President Trump's reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there's still a lot to catch up on. Last week was one that uncovered a secret Facebook group where immigration officials joke about migrant deaths, even as more and more people die in US custody and conditions at border facilities turn out to be worse than believed. It was also the week where the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everyone continued to fall in love …

Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmn Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Joaqun Guzmn, otherwise known as “El Chapo,” a Mexican drug lord who has repeatedly broken out of prison. He was recaptured in January 2016 and later extradited to the United States to stand trial on federal charges. Father: Emilio Guzmán Bustillos, subsistence farmer Mother: María Consuelo Loera Pérez Marriages: Believed to have been married at least three times, the most recent being Emma Coronel Aispuro (2007-present) Children: Is purported to have fathered between 12 and 13 children Other Facts:The nickname, “El Chapo,” means “Shorty.” Guzmán stands 5’6″ tall. Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which the US Justice Department describes as “one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels,” moving billions …

Corbyn target practice film soldiers disciplined

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFour soldiers appear to fire shots in a video posted on social media Soldiers filmed using a Jeremy Corbyn poster for target practice have been disciplined, but not sacked. The video showed servicemen from the Colchester-based Parachute Regiment in a shooting range, believed to be in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the behaviour was “not fitting of the high standards we expect”. When the footage was posted on social media, Mr Corbyn said he was shocked and called for an investigation. The short clip showed four paratroopers in uniform firing before the camera panned to the target, a large portrait of the Labour leader. Image caption The picture of …

William Jackson Harper on 2019’s scariest film: ‘Midsommar’s a microcosm for humanity’

The actor on Ari Asters new pagan horror and the end of Netflixs hit show The Good Place William Jackson Harper is moving on from Midsommar, where he is trapped in the middle of the countryside for an onslaught of unsavoury pagan rituals. By coincidence, the same day we discuss Harpers new movie, The Good Place so far, Chidi has died and been damned to hell multiple times, had his mind blown by witnessing a trillion different realities in the blink of an eye, and eaten his body weight in chilli mixed with marshmallow, all of which might be preferable to Harpers situation in Midsommar. The follow-up to Asters breakout/freakout horror hit Hereditary, Midsommar brings a group of Americans to …

Gloria Estefans show not a jukebox musical

“Queen had a show here in the West End, We Will Rock You, before anything ever happened [in film], so it makes for a great story because it’s things that have actually happened, they’re actual people. And I think it’s expanded into film because people are interested in seeing how these careers happened.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emilio and Gloria Estefan received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama In 1975, Gloria met Emilio Estefan, and she began singing with his band, Miami Sound Machine. Her vocals helped propel the group to global success, and she became a star in her own right. But her tour bus was involved in a crash which almost killed her …

Trump Dismisses Bad Conditions In Detention Centers Amid Jarring Reports

President U.S. detention centers at the southern border, saying that if migrants are “unhappy” there, “just tell them not to come.”  “If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come,” Wednesday. “All problems solved!”    In earlier tweets, he said that are not hospital workers“living far better now horrific conditions “dangerous overcrowding,” DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL Inspectors observed families crowded into the Border Patrol’s McAllen, Texas, station on June 10. Earlier this week, Rep. (D-N.Y.) and other members of Congress visited migrants held in detention centers in Texas. The congresswoman said that women inside a CBP facility in El Paso were in cells …