The boy who burned inside. "There was no one to protect Marco Flores, and, just 9 when it started, he couldn’t protect himself. But then one day he realized that others he loved were in danger, and that it was up to him — up to him to end it."
Argentina | A court has reduced the sentence of a child abuser because the 6-year-old victim is gay. "Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t," the Buenos Aires court concluded.
Mexico | The tragedies of Mexico City’s Tlatelolco housing complex. "Scene of the final brutal conquest of the Aztecs, the massacre of protesters ahead of the 1968 Olympic Games and the collapse of an entire housing block in the 1985 earthquake, Tlatelolco embodies Mexico’s painful history."
news from the uk
A gay teen came out, was made homeless and was then sexually assaulted on the same day.
Poppers could be banned, as the government seeks to crack down on legal highs. Why the ban is mind-bendingly stupid. "The most deadly substances abused in our society are alcohol, sugar and tobacco, not cannabis, ecstasy and nitrous oxide."
Uganda | Insane tabloid brands Birmingham Pride an “anal sex fete”, and a “mega sex festival.” The hysterical article continued, "notorious bum drillers brought work in the city to a standstill since that fateful day, nothing else mattered.”
Guinea-Bissau | Africa's first "narco-state", Guinea-Bissau "has been a key hub in the international drugs trade for nearly a decade. Hit by military coups and poverty, it's used by South American drug cartels as a route to smuggle cocaine to Europe.
Hooked is a five-part report in graphic novel style of the human impact of that trade. It explores difficult themes of drug taking."
Habitat 67: Montreal's "failed dream... The pilot project of Moshe Safdie’s mission to reinvent apartment living became mired in controversy – yet it remains a functioning icon of 1960s utopianism, and one of that period’s most important building."
Review | The American People, by Larry Kramer. "'Look at a map,' Kramer writes. 'Florida is America’s penis and the Everglades is its rectum and the Gulf of Mexico is what we pissed and shat into.' Right from the beginning it’s clear that this is a book with an agenda. Forty years in the making, Kramer’s text aspires to history more so than to fiction — though it’s a peculiar history, to be sure, one that reads like a True Hollywood Story or a legend."
Talking to Alison Bechdel. Asked about whether something was lost as "queer culture" becomes "more mainstream," she responded: "I feel wistful for the sense of being special. When gay people were rejected, there was this camaraderie and this sense of community that I don’t feel anymore. I miss that."
Taye Diggs - newly announced as taking lead role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, tells TMZ he'd been a drag queen in high school and "experimented with homosexuality, ass play [and] I worked the streets in male prostitution."
How Sidney Poitier paved the way for Barack Obama. "With his cool, dignified eloquence, Sidney Poitier primed the white US imagination for its first black president. But thanks to his roles in such films as Who is Coming to Dinner, he was also accused of being a white person’s fantasy of blackness."
Jaws, 40 years on: "‘One of the truly great and lasting classics of American cinema’. The true meaning of Jaws has been picked over by critics and academics ever since its release in June 1975, and even its status as the first summer blockbuster has been questioned. But isn’t it just about a killer shark?"
Review | Chocolate City. "The filmmaking screams first-timer with continuity errors galore, dropped story threads (even one for his own character), and straight up bizarre editing/pacing choices."
Review | San Andreas. "The hardcore disaster porn movie we deserve... Nowhere near the best movie made this year. Indeed, it might be one of the worst. But it is, without a doubt, one of the most unapologetic, self-aware, and entertaining romps of 2015."
Review | Seek. "Although some will find it a little slow and lacking in incident, Seek’s fascination with people, modern life, and learning acceptance and happiness, slowly begins to have an effect and it turns into something worthwhile."
Watch | Wild Horses (starring James Franco, in yet another gay role, and Josh Hartnett) trailer; Those People (about "a New York painter named Charlie, who is obsessed with the son of a disgraced investment banker in the jungles of the Upper East Side") trailer;
Netflix renewsGrace and Frankie for a second season. The show sees Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who find themselves living together after their ex-husbands revealed they had been in love with one another for 20 years.
Bianca Del Rio eviscerates Kathy Griffin. "The gays love her because she plays the gay card.'Oh, I love the gays! The gays are...' Fuck you, cunt!"
Talking to RuPaul about city vs country, cutesy vs bitchy and US vs UK.
Talking toRuPaul's Drag Race's Kennedy Davenport after she sashayed away.
Gays of our lives: What sort of a week have our favourite gay characters in soap had?
Talking to Layton Williams, the sizzling out gay actor from Beautiful People and Bad Education.
Terry Sue-Patt, the actor best remembered for his role as Benny Green in Grange Hill, is dead. He was 50.
Terry Sue-Patt: How Grange Hillreflected a changing Britain.
Terry Sue-Patt: Children's TV shows like Grange Hill used to connect us to the real world. "The death of Terry Sue-Patt has reminded me of how easy it is now for someone to slip downhill unnoticed."
Watch | The latest episodes of BAIT (episode 3 - Lovers & Friends); FREEFALL; Finding Me the Series; Conspiracy Theory (look out for an appearance by HotRod); The Circle NYC (look out for an appearance by Envy); and Dr. Drea sees a client.
beats, rhymes & life
How the compact disc lost its shine. "It’s 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it?"
The brief life and tragic death of Ephraim Lewis. "If things had gone to plan, Ephraim Lewis would have been a household name. Music execs spent millions trying to turn the boy from Wolverhampton into the British Michael Jackson. Then in 1994, Ephraim Lewis jumped from a balcony in Los Angeles. The secrets of his brief, troubled life only emerging a year after his death... Lewis was also a man with secrets; for instance, about his sexuality."
Ephraim Lewis reissued. "Lewis left a small but notable body of work that did a fine job of indicating the talent he possessed – talent that was silenced far too soon."
Out country singer Steve Grand on mean gays: "I have never been able to understand how people who have been misunderstood or mistreated … then intentionally misunderstand and mistreat others when they know the pain of that."
Weary Michael Sam downplays being a gay player in the Canadian Football League. "I’m just here to play football," he told a press conference. "I’m not here to try to do anything historic." And who could blame him?
Why is the vinegar on your salt and vinegar potato chips a powder?
The war on Big Food. "How packaged-food companies like Campbell and Hershey are responding to the backlash against pesticides, preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, growth hormones, antibiotics, gluten, and genetically modified organisms."
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