Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: Police responded quickly to the Abbey in West Hollywood, a popular area bar catering to the LGBTQ community, after a man with a gun was seen inside.
• Washington Post: Amid the near-certainty that Congress will rollback the COVID vaccine mandate for U.S. military members, military leaders at the Pentagon are angry, and warning that the Republican-led initiative risks harming troops’ readiness and endangering national security.
One senior defense official said that when service members “inevitability get sick, and if they should die, it will be on the Republicans who insisted upon this.”
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) December 8, 2022
• Gr8erDays: The Hollywood nostalgia site says happy birthday to Billy Hufsey, who was a replacement hunk on the FAME TV show in the 80s as well as a regular on Days of Our Lives. He turns 64 today.
• Facebook: Florida state Rep. Joe Harding (R-FL), who authored the state’s Don’t Say Gay law, has resigned now that he faces up to 35 years in federal prison on six felony charges related to alleged defrauding of the Small Business Administration.
• JoeMyGod: Tony Perkins of the virulently anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council has the sadz over today’s passage of the Respect for Marriage Act in the House. Perkins called the vote a “dark day” and “one of the greatest assaults on religious freedom in modern history.” Cue the sad trombone sound…
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) December 8, 2022
• CNN: The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is considering criminal referrals for at least 4 individuals in addition to Donald Trump: former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, right wing lawyer John Eastman, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
• LGBTQ Nation: After months of both controversy and plaudits, The Whale finally hits theaters on December 9. The Darren Aronofsky film has been hailed as a comeback for star Brendan Fraser and criticized as fatphobic for its portrayal of his character.