Today was Pride Day in NYC, and for the first time in two years, the march was packed with participants... people were confident to step out during this weird, not-quite-fraught stage of the pandemic, and more cogently, people wanted to show defiance in the face of the Supreme Court's bad rulings. NYC Pride actually kicked off with Planned Parenthood, which released a statement:
"Pride was born of protest and will always be a space to fight injustice and discrimination. Join us as we advocate for bodily autonomy at this year's NYC Pride March."
I've long said that intersectionality is the key to fighting for human rights- any attempts to compartmentalize human rights issues can lead to balkanization, which makes divide-and-conquer easy. In particular, reactionaries have a talent for using fear and misunderstanding of marginalized groups as a Trojan horse to revive culture wars that people assumed they had already lost. This year, their campaign against transpersons was a pretty transparent attempt to roll back LGB rights as well.
Reactionary authoritarians have been pretty upfront about wanting to roll back many matters considered settled law. Not content with overturning Roe vs Wade, Clarence Thomas has stated that he would like to overturn Griswold vs Connecticut, which grants married couples the right to contraception, Lawrence vs Texas, which grants individuals the right to engage in certain sexual acts (sodomy), and Obergefell vs Hodges, which grants the right to same-sex marriage. Like the Terminator from the movie, he will not stop, ever, until the rights of non-fundamentalist Christian men are dead.
It's heartening to see that the organizers of Pride teamed up with pro-abortion rights activists. They know that any attack on bodily autonomy will negatively impact them. It's going to be a long summer of rage, at least it kicked off with a party.
Totally off topic, but today i went to go check on yellowdoggranny and see what she had to say.
She titled her post
Cruising Down the Sewer on a Wrinkled Bag of Prunes...
Best thing i read today.
English as she is spoke.
Hope all is as well as can be fopr you and yours. While you're no more obliged to blog at all than anyone else, your writing is always entertaining and informative and much appreciated. (I'm sure I speak for more than myself there.)
It's probably an unintended consequence of posting as regularly as you do, but when you go a couple days without a word, I worry a bit. ;-)
Looking forward to hearing from you soon (at least as soon as is convenient for you, anyway).
fopr? Where the heck is autocarrot when you need it? 😀
Oh BBB I will treasure these words always. 💜
I second Pretzelogic. I came here intending to write something similar if I didn't see indication you'd been in, but Pretzelogic said it well.
Hello fellow fans of the great B4,
It's with a heavy heart that I inform this wonderful bloggerhood of the passing of my brother Mike, AKA the Big Bad Bald Bastard, at the all-too-young age of 53. He was my best friend in this world, and I will feel this tragic loss every day, until the time comes for me to join him.
Peace to all of you, and thank you for all you did to enrich this forum, which my brother so cherished.
I'm so sorry to hear this. B4's absence will be a loss for all of us, though as a sibling myself I can't even imagine the full extent of what you and the rest of his family must be going through. You will grieve however you must, but I sincerely hope you also remember to celebrate his life, and the ways he positively influenced so many more people in this world than he, or any of us, can ever truly know.
The world is a poorer place today, yet better than it might have been but for his existence. My eternal thanks to him, and to you for being thoughtful enough to give us the tragic news.
My condolences. sigh
Oh no. I'm so sorry for his family and friends. May his memory be a blessing. His life certainly was to many of his readers.
B4 was a giant of the Internet. I will miss him terribly. John G, I am unutterably sorry for your loss. We are all richer for his having shared his wit and his knowledge.
I am so sad today. Your brother was my companion every morning for so long. He was kind to an old woman who loved spiders and told him about it. Every morning for a long time I will think of him.
I saw that the Big Bald Bastard died over on C&L. Such a shock and loss. His writings were always thoughtful and I appreciated his words. My condolences to his family.
Oh no! My favorite blog, such a genuinely kind and intelligent person, I am overwhelmed. His ability to express thoughts on any topic was unparalleled. Its nice to know his first name at least.
John G- I am so sorry for your loss. BBBB was a frequent commenter a blog I read and that's how I found his blog. I've mostly been lurker here- but I wanted you to know that Mike is missed. B4 always offered insightful, intelligent and cogent commentary and his passing is met with sadness. I hope you find comfort in the kind thoughts from far away strangers also sharing your loss. Warmest regards, Becks in Atlanta
RIP Quad-B! Funny and smart and gone too soon.
John G., I am so shocked and sorry to hear of this news. I've read your brother since back when he and I were part of the small crew of commenters at the Rumproast blog, and was happy to find his own blog. I loved his slice of life postings about Ginger and his job, science lectures, his work with the kids in martial arts, pretty much everything; such a generous person.
May you find comfort in how many loved him though they'd never met in person. His memory is a blessing to us all.
I'm so sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting us know.
I'm gutted. Dear John and family, deepest condolences.
Ten Grain over at Mockpaperscissors posted a tribute to him. Well worth a look...
He was so wonderful. This is an awful and irreparable loss. I am sorrier than I can say.
All of Wonkette.com is crying. Mike would show up every Tuesday and Friday for our WonkZoom for the last two years. He showed us his work and Ginger's cat butt. He was a dear friend and I'm going to miss the hell out of him. There is not many men I say I love you to, but he was one of them.
Later tonight we'll have a WonkZoom in celebration of Mike. Check over on wonkette.com in the comments for details. All invited.
I'm so sorry and so sad. What a lovely guy Mike was.
So sorry..way too soon.
We are all hurt by this. such a loss,
Just devastated. I always knew when I saw a comment by BBBB that it would be full of humanity, generosity, wit, and kindness.
this is sad news - his blog felt like a visit with a friend - may his memory be a blessing
😢 BBBB will be sorely missed. My condolences to you and the rest of Mike’s family, John G.
I still miss him. Things continue to happen, i still want to hear what he would say.
Nobody will come out and say what happened to my friend.
I guess i will have to survive with that.
I am left to think that he killed himself, or was murdered, or died of an overdose.
This doesn't matter to me. He was my friend and i miss him
I know that he would not like this post,
but now that he is gone he has lost his voice
I miss his voice
I also miss him a ton. Voices of wisdom and clarity are all too rare, and I would love to get the venerable Bastard's views on so many things going down in this mad world.
Dear brother, I miss you terribly. You helped a lot of people, none more than me, to make sense of this madhouse of a world.
Hey big bad bald bastard, you would have been proud of Lizzo playing that crystal flute. Supposedly it belonged to James Madison. I would trade every James Madison in the universe if you could still be here. Lizzo gave us a tune and she was beautiful and nice.
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