1. An Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six, critically wounding two, at Israel's Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday. He was released from prison just three weeks earlier after serving a sentence for stabbing three people at the same parade in 2005.

2. This is brilliant. How about a line of U.S. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia-scented perfumes? Well, not technically smelling like him of course, but inspired by him. Proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Trevor Project and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

3. “As a young minister, I believed that it was my job to preach God’s message of deliverance even if I was still struggling. I had seen older ministers preaching on things they struggled with. I assumed that it was OK to tell homosexuals they were going to hell. After all, I was delivered, right? How ignorant.” The Root with an essay by a black, gay minister.

4. How much do you know about lesbian history?

5. VIDEO OF THE DAY: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” stars Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski and show creator Tina Fey lip sync to Beyoncé's “Flawless.” (h/t Towleroad)

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  1. Richard Keefe

    "Proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center"

    A few things most people do not know about the SPLC:

    1. The SPLC did not designate its first anti-LGBT "hate group" until 2011, some 40 years after the company opened for business in 1971. It only did so then because its traditional, mostly elderly donorbase decreases every year thought the passage of time. In 2010, one of the chief fundraisers for the company realized that the LGBT community is often younger, often Progressive, and most importantly, often affluent. After 40 years of ignoring anti-LGBT discrimination entirely, the SPLC is now putting major resources into a targeted marketing campaign aimed at that community.


    2. The SPLC doesn't need your money. Last year donors sent in more than $40 million dollars in donations, and that number does not include the $21 million in tax-free interest generated by the company's $302 MILLION dollar endowment fund. Spend your donor dollars close to home. Your local food pantry, women's shelter or free clinic can do so much more with your money.

    3. According to SPLC tax records for the past four years, the company paid third-party telemarketers more than $8 million dollars to raise only $6.4 million over the phone. This means that not only did the telemarketers keep every last dime they solicited in the SPLC's name, they also skimmed more than $1.6 million out of the company's existing donor pot.

    In return, the telemarketers turn over the donors' information, which the SPLC then feeds into its own uber-efficient, in-house fundraising machine. They lose money the first year but then collect every dime over the following years and decades. Meanwhile, the trusting donors who thought they were doing good by giving money over the phone had no idea that it all went to the telemarketers.

    How many donors were taken in by the SPLC's telemarketing scam? Do the math. If every donor gave $100 dollars, which seems pretty high for first-time donors, then "only" 80,000 people were cheated. At $50 dollars a pop the number of victims doubles to 160,000. And at a most reasonable $25 dollar donation level, some 320,000 people were victims of this heartless money-making scheme. Or maybe the SPLC just lucked out and found eight really naive millionaires.


    Spend your donor dollars close to home, where the money is really needed and where it will do the most good.


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