News Round-Up: October 27, 2021

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: A new ad (top image) for Doritos Mexico released in time for Día de Los Muertos — the Day of the Dead – features a late uncle turning up with an unexpected guest, a same-sex partner. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Latin American holiday observed November 1-2 that celebrates the memories of deceased loved ones.

NBC News: The U.S. has issued its first passport with an “X” gender marker, which denotes that someone is neither exclusively male nor female. It marks a milestone for nonbinary and intersex Americans, who are estimated to make up 1.2 million and 4 million people, respectively.

Reuters: The Italian Senate voted to block a bill that would make violence against women and LGBT+ people a hate crime, effectively killing off a proposal previously approved by the lower house of parliament. The conservative lawmakers then cheered.

New York Times: Democrats appear likely to abandon (dammit) their plans to create a federal paid family leave program as part of their domestic policy package thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). The U.S. is one of only 8 nations that have no federal paid family leave policy.

AP News: Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton took a 102 mph return on his right leg in the second inning of Game 1 of the World Series. He threw 16 more pitches on a broken leg before being walked off the field. Braves still won 6-2.

Twitter: Anti-masker got up in a restaurant owner’s face  threatening to “fuck them up” over their mask policy. After shoving a patron, he got punched in the face whereupon the covidiot started yelling, “Assault.” Because of course.