James is a queer and transgender writer on a mission to watch every horror movie ever made. They are a Scripps alum and former small-town general assignment reporter, and now write about pop culture, general geekery, LGBT interests, and fat positivity. They own a small tan velociraptor.
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NBC Showed U.S. Skier Gus Kenworthy Kissing His Boyfriend At The Olympics & It's A Big Deal

Considering queer-friendly media is becoming more and more common, it may not have seemed like a big deal when NBC showed U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, one of the few openly gay male Olympians at PyeongChang, sharing a celebratory kiss with his b…
By James Loke Hale

Britney Spears Showed Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Some Love & The Internet Is Here For It

Internet-beloved skier Gus Kenworthy may have entered the men's ski slopestyle event a little worse for wear, sporting a thumb he broke in practice Feb. 15 and a recently drained hematoma on his hip, but he had no shortage of love as he took to the s…
By James Loke Hale

A Guy Proposed At A ‘Black Panther’ Screening In Full Cosplay & Twitter Is OBSESSED

Black Panther fans have plenty to celebrate: The film has officially had the third-biggest opening in superhero film history, it's on its way to a four-day projection of $213 million, and it's earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Bu…
By James Loke Hale

Throwing Up After Smoking Weed Is A Legit Medical Disorder — And It’s On The Rise

With recreational use of marijuana now permitted in eight states and the District of Columbia, more people than ever are (legally) getting their hands on weed. And though there's still plenty of debate over just the health benefits of marijuana for o…
By James Loke Hale

The Hobby Lobby Challenge Is Going Viral On Instagram & The Photos Are SO Extra

Photo trends regularly sweep the internet thanks to social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat, but the newest photo trend was born on Twitter, thanks to 22-year-old professional photographer Kelsey Maggart, BuzzFeed reported. Maggart kicked off t…
By James Loke Hale

A Trans Woman Was Able To Breastfeed For The First Time & It’s A Major Step Forward

As a transgender person, I often get awkward questions when people ask if and how I plan to have biological kids. I don't plan to, but since I was designated female at birth, I could conceive, carry, and breastfeed a child, if I wanted to. And now, t…
By James Loke Hale

The Wind Is So Strong At The Olympics That 16 People Have Been Injured By It

High winds in PyeongChang have been delaying events and affecting athletes and spectators alike for days now, but on Feb. 15, organizers for the 2018 Olympics reported that 16 people have been treated for "scrapes and light injuries caused by high wi…
By James Loke Hale

Meghan Markle Got Compared To Princess Diana For Breaking This Weird Royal Tradition

While there are plenty of things that prove the British royal family is just like us plebs, there are also a few traditions that show the royals' norm is not exactly like ours. Meghan Markle, who's set to marry Prince Harry and become a duchess, is m…
By James Loke Hale

Google Is Reportedly Testing A Chat Bot Who Can Text Your Friends Back For You

If you no longer want to expend energy engaging with the petty humans you call "friends," don't worry: There's an app for that. Or, well, there's a feature for that. A Google feature, to be specific. Simply called Reply, the in-development, artificia…
By James Loke Hale

5 Weird AF Ways Your Dreams Change When You’re In Love

It's the season of love, which means plenty of us are dreaming up some Valentine's Day ways to show our loved ones we care. But as heart day grows nearer, you may be wondering if your subconscious might serve up something a little more romance-flavor…
By James Loke Hale

Logan Paul Released A New Video That PETA Is Calling "Repulsive"

After sparking widespread outrage when he posted a video appearing to show a dead body, and subsequently taking a break from YouTube, Logan Paul has returned to daily vlogging, but the YouTuber has already garnered criticism for a new video. Accordin…
By James Loke Hale

Norovirus Cases In PyeongChang Have Reportedly Doubled & The Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

With the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang less than 24 hours away, confirmed norovirus cases have reportedly more than doubled to nearly 100, and more than 1,100 people are still in quarantine, according to The New York Tim…
By James Loke Hale

Olympic Athletes Aren’t Immune To The Pay Gap & It's So Infuriating

It's no secret that the gender pay gap is alive and well around the world, which in the U.S. means that women earn 83 percent of what men earn for the same jobs, according to the Pew Research Center. That discrepancy in pay is widely known to affect …
By James Loke Hale

This Is The First Gerber Baby With Down Syndrome In The Contest’s History

Baby food brand Gerber has been running its annual Gerber baby contest since 2010, and its 2018 spokesbaby is still breaking new ground. The brand announced Feb. 7 that its 2018 spokesbaby is one-year-old Lucas Warren, and he's the first Gerber baby …
By James Loke Hale

9 Awkward AF Things That Happened To Us As Kids On Valentine's Day

I don't know about you, but as a child who spent approximately 95 percent of the time being awkward AF, I did not look forward to Valentine's Day. There was a veritable smorgasbord of things that could go wrong, from not getting a classroom-rule-requ…
By James Loke Hale

5 Self-Care Tips Meghan Markle Swears By (According To Her Lifestyle Blog)

Meghan Markle is just a few months from becoming a princess (OK, technically a duchess, but she'll be a princess in our hearts), and that means as wild as her day-to-day likely is right now, with all the wedding prep, it will become approximately ten…
By James Loke Hale

These Tom Brady Memes Will Make You Laugh No Matter How You Feel About The Patriots

The Super Bowl is upon us, and Patriots quarterback and Trump BFF Tom Brady is, of course, making his presence there known. While the Super Bowl's main attraction may be the actual game — and the ads, of course — there is also the fact that Brady's p…
By James Loke Hale

A Mario Kart App For Your Phone Is Happening & ‘90s Kids Are NOT READY

If you love Mario Kart in any form, your mind is about to be blown. I know the entirety of the '90s has basically been coming to a phone near you, from Pokemon Go to the upcoming Harry Potter augmented reality game, but this time we have the creme de…
By James Loke Hale

This Olympic Skier's Secret To Success Is All About Self-Confidence

When you're counting down the days to your second Olympic go-round, there's a lot to feel nervous and excited about about. But Olympic skier Jessie Diggins is just a little bummed to be missing the regular ski season. Instead of staying in Europe fro…
By James Loke Hale

Applebee’s Is Bringing Back $1 Cocktails For All Of February & Here's How To Get 'Em

Prepare yourself, because this news is honestly the best Valentine's Day gift we could receive: Applebee's is treating us to a February full of $1 Bahama Mamas thanks to its Dollarmama promotion, and we can't wait to get our drink on — with copious a…
By James Loke Hale