*Gays Living - and Dying - in Fear in Jamaica: Most of the attacks against gay men in Jamaica are perpetrated by gay men. That's the gospel according to Jamaica's most prominent evangelical pastor, Bishop Herro Blair. He says: "Among themselves, homosexuals are extremely jealous." She's got a point, actually.
*Here's a huge surprise. Romania opposes same sex marriage. "It's defined throughout the code - spouse as between a man and a woman," says someone from Conservative bible nuts, Alliance Defense Funds. "It forbids these backdoor, so-called same-sex 'marriages' where Romanian citizens or foreigners come into the country and ask that their marriage be recognized by the country. It also does the same with civil unions." Well. We'll see what Brussels has to say about that. Ever heard of the European Convention on Human Rights?
*So how does Romania's position fit in with the rest of Europe? The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association have made a map to show you. (By the way, what the hell is Intersex?!)
*The World Outgames 2009 have begun in Copenhagen. Some stats for your hungry holes minds: 5,500 boys and girls from 100 nations will participate in 30 events. There will be a human rights conference, where former NBA baller John Amaechi will speak.
*Meanwhile, the Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion. The new law would would criminalise discrimination, recognise the rights of co-habiting same-sex couples, and allow for civil unions and gender reassignment surgery.
*One of Britain's largest police forces, Grampian Police, will display the rainbow flag in all of its offices to support gay rights.
*Gay Somalians living in London are reaching out to other gay Somalians around the world - despite threats and attempted to discredit them. "The launch of our website was greeted with horror, disgust and rage," says James, one of the five. "The Somali people around the world did not want to know that we existed and that homosexuality was not just a 'Western social problem', as they wanted to believe, but a Somali one too."
*Peter Tatchell has demanded that police investigate "gay exorcisms" being carried out by fundamentalist Christian churches. Tatchell points out: "The exorcisms can include traumatic emotional scenes where the victims are surrounded by a group of church elders who scream at them to drive out the evil spirits and who sometimes shake their bodies. When this is done to youngsters under 18, it is a form of child abuse and the police should intervene to stop it."
*And when the righteous families of our gay youth have chucked their children on the scrapheap, Jigsaw is there to help. It's a new initiative to tackle homelessness among SGL youth.
*Well, well, well. Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson (who, when he's not calling black children piccaninnies, referring to the watermelon smiles of Africans, and writing about the lower IQs of "blacks", can barely conceal his contempt for gays) has decided that the Greater London Authority won't be in Stonewall's annual Top 100 employers list. Last year, the GLA came third place. Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly member, says: "The mayor's decision is a regressive decision and sends an appalling message out to employers across London." Johnson has previously said: "If gay marriage is acceptable so too should be a union between three men and a dog."
*Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, is standing down from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He's the sixth commissioner to jump ship following the Government's decision to reappoint the controversial Trevor Phillips for a further three-year term.
*Remember the man banned by lesbians several stories back? Well, the boys don't want any fish stank up in the place either. A lesbian has complained after being turned away from the men-only Tom's Cruise Bar. What part of "men-only" don't you understand, love?
*Heteroflexible: there's hope for all you desperate bitches chasing straight boys after all.
*Redundant bankers trying to make it onto a fast-track teaching course just ain't good enough. I could have predicted that when this idiotic scheme was announced. Are bankers - greedy, empty husks of human beings - really the kind of people we want shaping the young minds of the future?
*Friday saw the beginning of the end for bendy buses; the first 9 of 396 vehicles - introduced by former Mayor Ken Livingstone to replace the beautiful, evocative Routemaster (aboveleft) - will be replaced by standard single deck buses.
*Michael Jackson's father never abused him. Oh my God! He ain't even done nuffink and anyone what said he did is a dirty lezzer.
*Michael Jackson's better off dead, according to tedious plastic-face Rupert Everett, who also has some cringe-worthy thoughts on race and a glass houses moment on the subject of platic surgery. Just p*ss off mate.
*Is it time to kill off Big Brother? Hell no! This year has been one of the best, despite the general public voting out the most entertaining contestants week after week. (The only time they got it right was when four star bore Kris was unexpectedly booted out.)
*The re-tooled The Bill means no theme tune. Like other "in" TV shows. Word to the wise: people love theme tunes for a reason.
*Elsewhere, filming has started on the next season of Doctor Who. There's a new TARDIS prop, thanks to the advent of HD filming and a new producer, which is fine, since I thought the last once was well naff. The new one has a proper stacked roof and looks more like the '60s version, but the proportions still look weird.
*I didn't realise until I read this article that we're actually in the dying days of a decade. The supposed Noughties... Where were you ten years ago?
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