In a much larger, and much more egregious — though not unrelated — story, BuzzFeedLGBT reports on a new decree in Russia that bans people with “disorders of sexual preference” from driving. Yes. According to this decree, “transsexualism,” “dual-role transvestism,” “sadomasochism,” and “exhibitionism” clearly impair your driving, and should thus disqualify you from being able to get around. By the way, these are on the same list as “pedophilia” and actual physical impairments. To wong fuck that.
It should be mentioned that it’s because such injustices are still being enacted by governments that something as seemingly minute as the erasure of the word “gay” from a DVD cover still deserves being called out.
While ridiculous laws are tightening around and immobilizing Russia’s “disorder of sexual preference”–labeled communities, here’s one nice that’s been going on (it’s always good to find one!) stateside: Colorado has set many a precedent on marijuana-legalizing legislation, and the Fourth Corner Credit Union, the first credit union devoted to the legal marijuana industry, is opening this month in Denver; Rolling Stone spoke with the Mason family, who, led by 25-year-old Alex Mason, developed the pioneering organization.
In wary anticipation of the announcement of Oscar nominations (which will get announced on January 15), A.V. Club explains the rigid rules that typically ensure the nominees for Best Original Song will suck, and why, as usual, you’ll likely have to endure more than a few saccharine piano ballads during this Oscar ceremony. And while the Golden Globes likewise have their share of problems and annoying rituals, at least they also sometimes have Pee-wee Herman, as they did back in 1985, when the above photo was taken. Gearing up for this weekend’s Golden Globes, UPROXX reminisces on a Golden Globes ceremony of yore.