TFG Unbuttoned: Rainbow lights spark problem in Boise
07.19.22 | A Boise Idaho resident was told to remove the rainbow lighting from the front of his home. The tasteful display from Jordan Hall was present during June, but when the complaints came in, he decided to keep them up—since no one ever complains about holiday lights, for example. A hearing is set for August. Then, an elementary school teacher, Michael Thomas Pruden, has been arrested in the DC area for impersonating a police officer and assaulting gay men. Finally, Halifax Bank in the UK tells customers that are upset about the use of pronouns on employee name badges to go find another bank if they don’t like it.
There’s no place like home
07.13.22 | Shop Talk covers the unfortunate trend of librarians coming under pressure from the culture wars. Many have decided to leave the profession as schools boards, legislatures, and parents have labeled the librarians as pedophiles, groomers, and providers of obscene material. This is the US in 2022. Caught My Eye looks at the sideline antics at the Tour de France. Also, a family invites the former habitants of their house to come visit. Tillie Lewis, the Tomato Queen, is our Business Birthday. Erno Rubik, of the cube fame, is 78 on July 13th as well.
TFG Unbuttoned: Hold my beer while I light a firework off my head
07.12.22 | A San Antonio man celebrated the 4th by lighting a high-powered firework off his head. It blew his skull open, and Pablo Ruiz is no longer with us. Then, an Idaho radio station is keeping its rainbow PRIDE logo well beyond June. Check out 96.6 The Eagle classic rock station in Boise! Finally, a massive new bridge opened this past weekend in Los Angeles. Known as the Sixth Street Viaduct, it considered the importance of pedestrians and cyclists.
07.06.22 | Shop Talk looks at the art of small talk and provides a few starter questions. Caught my eye goes behind the scenes of the famous gay anthem, ‘It’s Raining Men.’ Also, a job applicant stole R2D2 out from under the eyes of Disney security in the hopes they would hire him—for a security job! Media and real estate mogul, Merv Griffin, is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: Save when you can
07.05.22 | LBGTQ people are less prepared financially in retirement when compared with the general population. There are several anecdotal factors, but the good news is that you can still save at any age for the future. Then, an Alaska Day Care serves floor sealant instead of milk to the children. How does this happen? Finally, find out if you live in a dog state or cat state. A new study breaks out the USA into dog or cat states which is a nice change to the red or blue maps we so often see.
Vacation time is important for all
06.29.22 | Shop Talk encourages everyone to take their vacation and paid time off each year. Price Waterhouse is even giving bonuses to employees that vacation for 40 hours. Caught My Eye looks at the Kraft company’s rebrand of Mac & Cheese. Also, a family has a unique tombstone for an easily riled relative that the town wants removed. Feras Antoon, the largest purveyor of porn, is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: When someone tells you who they are, believe them
06.28.22 | Saudi Arabia is rounding up rainbow themed toys and clothing in its latest anti-LGBTQ purge. Is this one of the Sh*thole countries TFG talked about? Then, PA Senate Candidate and lukewarm Republican, Dr. Oz is lost. When filling out his official papers to file for the November election, he listed his residence as a town that does not exist. Finally, Elon Musk does his own purge of what may appear to be “woke” and LGBTQ affiliated employees.
History repeats itself
06.22.22 | Shop Talk explores three cool nonbinary people from history that challenged social norms. Caught My Eye covers a story about a California gas station manager that inadvertently priced gas last week at .69¢. Also, So Gay Rosé wine is launched. William Scholl, pioneer of footcare and founder of Dr. Scholl’s is our Business Birthday.
TFG Unbuttoned: The Lavender Scare
06.21.22 | Three members of Congress are putting legislation forward to apologize to LGBTQ Government employees that were purged during the Lavender Scare starting in 1947 and carried out for several years. The Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration (LOVE) Act stands little chance in making it through the gridlocked Senate. Also, a student in Louisiana sets up a Little Queer Library to offer LGBTQ book titles that have been banned in her community. Finally, the Catholic Vote org is suggesting to its followers to steal, or check-out LGBTQ titles at their libraries, so that no one will have access to them. Very Christian of them.
Prop bottles and potato rolls
05.15.22 | Shop Talk looks at how corporations are increasingly challenged for being LGBTQ allies. Caught My Eye highlights the call for a boycott of Martin’s Potato Rolls due to the support of a January 6th Capitol tourist and now Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial candidate. Also, a group of Houston criminals steal an expensive $4,200 bottle of liquor and a box of the same. The box was empty, and the bottle was a decoy. Bob Wian, the founder of Bob’s Big Boy and the double decker hamburger, is our Business Birthday.