“Wow” is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland’s story is fairly typical of many transgender kids — around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy. The confusion soon morphed into feelings of shame and frustration. From there he could have spiraled into self-loathing, depression, and isolation, but what makes Ryland’s story different from so many trans people’s childhood experiences is that he also happened to be born with a truly amazing set of parents. Want to see what acceptance, understanding, and unconditional love look like? Hit play. [YouTube via Hypervocal]
This morning, a friend of Peter and Chin Rodger, parents of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger, appeared on ABC News to read a statement on their behalf:
“We are crying in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks our heart on a level we didn’t think possible. The feeling of knowing that it was our son’s actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as Hell on earth.”
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Finally, some dance moves I can actually do! This Korean toddler is on track to become the country’s newest K-pop star, just as soon as she gets out of diapers. [YouTube]
There’s nothing more exciting than a newborn white tiger … except five newborn white tigers. The White Zoo in Kernoff, Austria was an embarrassment of riches on Monday when the felines, who were born on April 25, met the public. The zoo’s owner said they were pleased when four healthy Bengel cubs were born and then one more appeared a short while later. They’ve been not-at-all confusingly named Lulu, Lila, Lali, Lela and the only boy is named Obama. Yup, an adorable baby tiger named Obama. [YouTube; The Weather Channel]
The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou’s contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her poems can be found on Poem Hunter.
I also thought I would share some videos of Angelou reading some of her most well-known pieces. Above is Angelou reading her famous poem “Still I Rise.” Here are a few more after the jump. Keep reading »
Cue the inevitable jokes about how 50 is good enough to actually play for the Mets. [Gawker]
Every season, I dutifully sit through each needlessly long episode (two hours! why?!) of “The Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” delighting in the ridiculousness of the various dates and awkwardness of the forced romantic interactions. But I hit a wall pretty early into last night’s episode and had to turn it off. Why? Well, I’ll let these two “Bachelorette” superlatives explain why… Keep reading »
Coming back to work after a three-day weekend is such a buzzkill. Let’s cheer things up around here with this video of two baby black bears roughhousing in some lucky bastard’s backyard. I know these adorable little guys are going to grow up to be beasts that can kill you with one sweep of a mighty bear paw, but goddamn, they’re adorable and cuddly-looking at this age. [HyperVocal]
With all due respect to those who genuinely suffer from Celiac disease or significant, doctor-diagnosed gluten intolerance, it needs to be said: this gluten-free movement is getting out of control. Bless Charlize Theron for having the courage to speak out against gluten-free cupcakes as the “bullshit” that they are.