BFFs. Vice President Biden wishes President Obama a happy birthday in the cutest way possible.
Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever. pic.twitter.com/uNsxouTKOO
— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) August 4, 2016
GEOPOLITICS. Russia and the U.S. are fighting a proxy war over who will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations: “Washington, which is believed to want a woman in the U.N. role, has been backing Argentina’s foreign minister in the secretive selection process, U.N. sources say. Meanwhile, U.N. sources say Russia is angling for a female Bulgarian diplomat with family ties to the Soviet Union, a nod to its desire to see an Eastern European in the job.”
NORTH CAROLINA. Schools in Charlotte have put transgender bathroom rights on hold following Supreme Court’s stay in Gavin Grimm case: “The announcement coincides with a letter-writing campaign launched by the N.C. Values Coalition, which is urging parents to bombard CMS with letters saying the regulations that were announced in June would jeopardize students’ ‘privacy, safety and dignity.'”
HOLLYWOOD PROBLEMS. Olivia Munn is reportedly tearing QB Aaron Rodgers’ family apart.
GODNEY. Britney Spears teases new “Make Me” music video on Instagram stories.
GAY LA. Fortune Feimster, Jimmy Fowlie, and Chris Eckert perform next Tuesday August 9 in The Gale at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings, serving up a ferociously queer night of Improv.
SAN DIEGO. Historic AIDS hospice to be preserved.
IN THE NAVY. No more blue camouflage or “blueberries” for sailors (which they say is a good thing): “They failed to reduce the number of uniforms sailors must maintain. Their threads put sailors at risk for worsening burn injuries by melting. And sailors said they were uncomfortable and that the only camouflage they offered was when someone fell overboard.”
READ TO FILTH. Transgender activist, HRC staff member and DNC speaker Sarah McBride rips Clint Eastwood for defending Trump’s racism.
Clint Eastwood was born in 1930. Let's start a list of things that weren't considered racist when he was growing up. pic.twitter.com/xuySp45dZv
— Sen. Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
MUSIC. Kristin Chenoweth announces new album, The Art of Elegance.
PROUD AND POSITIVE. plus names author Kevin Sessums as #1 most amazing HIV+ person of 2016: “Sessums is a rarity: an HIV-positive journalist who has also written two New York Times bestselling memoirs: Mississippi Sissy and, more recently, I Left It on the Mountain.”
VP VERSUS VP. Tim Kaine goes after Mike Pence for his record on LGBT rights while campaigning in North Carolina: “The vice presidential nominee on the Republican side, Mike Pence, did something like the North Carolina bill,” Kaine added. “Found that immediately, discriminating against LGBT people immediately companies started to pull out. You’re seeing those announcements in North Carolina too, whether it’s the All-Star game or PayPal. Same thing happened in Indiana and he had to kind of do a U-turn.”
PREP. Hillary Clinton releases plan to fight for an AIDS-free generation, endorses expansion of PrEP.
THURSDAY THIRST. Chinese Olympic swimmer Ning Zetao.