5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families

It's a fairly common tale in the LGBTQ+ community: Queer people move away from home and build new families of their own. They go to cities, find friends and partners, and form a network. Since many queer individuals are rejected (or just simply tolerated) by their families of origin, this new support network is a place where they can shine and be their authentic selves. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Pose knows this. Yet, with the spread of social media, messages boards, and apps, the ways in which LGBTQ+ folks find each other has changed dramatically. Some still find their chosen family IRL, but others do it by popping up in someone's DMs. To mark the conclusion …

Black Wings Beating Excerpt

Image: Farrar Straus Giroux Even the most imaginative fantasy novels are frequently inspired by real world events. Game of Thrones, for instance, draws from the War of the Roses and J.R.R. Tolkein was said to have been influenced by World War I when he created Middle Earth. But for Alex London’s upcoming novel Black Wings Beating, the inspiration came from the sky: “It started with the killer birds,” London says. SEE ALSO: 18 very gay and very good books you should read this Pride Month Black Wings Beating, the first book in London’s Skybound fantasy series, stars a pair of twins — Brysen and Kylee — living in the land of Uztar, where “nothing is more revered than the birds …

This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity

Image: GC Images It is with bated breathe that the world awaits the nuptials of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson — and because their engagement happened rather fast, it’s safe to assume that we won’t have to wait long for an actual wedding.  While we wait for actual details, fans have come up with a theory about when the wedding of the year (Meghan Markle who?) will take place. According to BuzzFeed, Grande and Davidson stans are putting their money on August 4, 2018.  SEE ALSO: Guys, Pete Davidson finally confirmed he’s engaged to Ariana Grande It’s not simply that August 4 happens to fall on a Saturday. Rather, some fans are convinced that the wedding will take place on the …

This celeb’s video gave 5 solutions to end gun violence. None of them included gun reform.

Image via Jake Paul/YouTube. It’s going to take a lot more than one YouTube video to end school shootings. But it appears that Logan Paul’s brother Jake was willing to take the first step. While Logan Paul made headlines for uploading an insensitive video featuring a dead man hanging in Japan’s notorious suicide forest, Jake Paul is generating media buzz for a whole different reason: guns. On March 12, YouTuber Jake Paul uploaded a documentary on the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Titled “It’s Time To End School Shootings,” Paul spoke with a number of students, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, and with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) about gun violence. …

The new nerds: how Avengers and Game of Thrones made everyone geek out

Fans have followed and pored over the incredibly long, detailed and complicated narratives of the Marvel Universe and the Westeros saga for a decade. Will we ever scale such heights of geekdom again? In our speeded-up world, last weekend could be considered uneventful, but in one respect it will go down in human history. This was Peak-Geek Weekend a moment of unprecedented, unrepeatable pop-cultural excitement that was global in scale. Never, in the field of human geekdom, has so much geeking out been done by so many, over the long-awaited climaxes of two of the most supremely geeky properties ever made. At the cinema, Avengers: Endgame set itself most expensive single episode ever filmed, of one of the most watched, …

A Deadly Hunt for Hidden Treasure Spawns an Online Mystery

Related Stories Elizabeth Weil The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives Joshua Davis The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist Brendan Koerner The Inside Story of the Great Silicon Heist Eric was grown now—31 years old—but still had that headstrong streak. He had recently developed a singular obsession: an epic treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains devised by an enigmatic art mogul named Forrest Fenn. In 2016, Eric had moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to devote more time to the hunt, which involves deciphering the clues in a cryptic poem, and on June 28, 2017, he told friends he had solved Fenn’s puzzle and was going to retrieve the treasure. Paul didn’t …

Chrissy Teigen just went viral with another observation about Trump

There's no love lost between these two.Image: John Milne/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock/mashable composite Sometimes it’s the simplest observations that are the best. Chrissy Teigen, whose Twitter feed is now so famous it pretty much deserves its own show, is the queen of this. SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter On Sunday evening, she shared an observation that will surely send ripples far and wide throughout the world: Do people eat tide pods because trump is president? Or is trump president because people are dumb enough to eat tide pods — JD (@Johnnydtweets) January 15, 2018

This woman is building herself a robot boyfriend

When Amanda Fiske got another tattoo last August, she thought it would be a sentimental reminder of her childhood home in the suburbs of Boston.  Instead, a friend pointed out, the final product looked a lot like the Toronto Blue Jays logo. It was far from her first tattoo — the 25-year-old dog walker was already heavily tattooed with nature-themed designs. She worked with tattoo artist Jonathan Penchoff to create a vibrant piece featuring a blue jay being engulfed in a fiery red maple leaf, in honor of the New England autumns and the blue jays that used to inhabit her parents’ backyard bird feeder. SEE ALSO: A bunch of the original ‘Avengers’ got matching tattoos because of course they …

Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein: Everyone said we didnt belong in LA

She was Lady Birds best friend and her brother Jonah Hill got a tattoo in her honour meet the sparky star of this summers wildest high school comedy Beanie Feldstein is eating ice-cream in a red dress that is as bright as strawberry sauce. This is one of the coolest things Ive ever worn? she says, her inflection rising at the end, as it often does, lending even her most confident assertions an equivocal note. The 25-year-old star of Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising and the new film Instagram feed proves that she is certainly well-acquainted with the area around the Palace theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is playing. Im such a Harry Potter nut. My friends …

Melania Trump makes first appearance in nearly a month and no one is buying it

"Melania? No, I'm Melania, a simple country girl just trying to make my way through this crazy world. Why do you ask?"Image: WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES Among all of the many important news stories happening in the world right now, nothing has captivated us quite like the unexplained disappearance of First Lady Melania Trump. She finally made a brief public appearance on Monday night, but Twitter is still, well, sort of skeptical. After being out of the public eye for 24 days, which included recovery time for a kidney procedure on May 14, the First Lady made an appearance at an event for military Gold Star families on Monday night. (Not in attendance: the the Khan family, a Gold Star family …

Game of Thrones Marketing Is Spreading Like Greyscale

Let's be real: Game of Thrones marketing is kind of genius. These are the hype wizards who have, you'll remember, not only brought White Walkers to London but coerced more than 3 million people to watch a block of ice melt for 70 minutes. But as HBO's much-binged fantasy epic comes to a close, so too do all the opportunities to glom on to the fanfare, leading marketers to set their store of wildfire alight, covering the internet in a blaze of trailers, posters, brand partnerships, and "activations" that can make it seem as though winter is coming everywhere. Andrea Valdez Game of Thrones Marketing Is Out for Blood—Mine Zak Jason What I Learned by Binge-Watching Game of Thrones Backward …