a news compendium
with a gay bias
a news compendium
with a gay bias
||| Remember Chingy? Who knew he had all this (left) going on underneath those oversized t-shirts...
||| Homo! Battyman! Chich! Poofter! Gay! Fag! Queer! "Which label fits you best?" writes Michael Stevens. "Which one do you use for yourself ? Or do you hate them all?"
||| Jorge Steven López Mercado's murderer sentenced to 99 years in jail.
||| Uganda: Special committee organized by the president recommends "kill-gays" bill be withdrawn from Parliament.
||| Austria deports gay Nigerian footballer. LGBT Asylum News has the full story.
||| Pretty boy divas Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo cover next month's Vanity Fair. They were lensed by troubled photographer Annie Leibowitz, who would no doubt have loved to get her hands on some of their obscene millions.
||| What are Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique up to in this picture? Everyone and their dog has speculated, but one reporter dared to ask the unthinkable. Ibrahimovic's response? "Come to my house with your sister and see if I'm queer." Talk about a fit of Pique...
||| Ricky Martin thanks Puerto Rican GBLT activist Pedro Julio Serrano.
||| Is Italian model Valerio Pino (right) Ricky's beau?
||| New track sees Temptations sing "change has come" on gay rights.
||| Gay youth centre planned for Baltimore.
||| Milk’s bullhorn, a gay unifier, now divides.
||| Fred Phelps - head of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church - once fought for civil rights. His daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper explains, "God never said it was an abomination to be black."
||| G Worldwide to launch chain of gay hotels in New York, Florida, California, and Las Vegas.
||| Florida, bestiality yes, gay rights no.
||| The junk science of anti-gay rhetoric. "The 'anthropologists', 'psychologists' and innocuously-tagged 'family experts' are either American culture-warriors with a track record of anti-gay campaigning or out-and-out evangelicals."
||| The gay hate activist and his rent boy: Christian right leader George Rekers takes a holiday with a rent boy. Roman's Rentboy.com profile promises a "smooth, sweet, tight ass" and "perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)".
||| Things Rekers said to Roman (left) when he didn't think we were listening: Miami New Times reporters were there when Rekers tried to silence the 20-year-old.
||| Roman is interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360:
||| But let's remember, as juicy and sent-from-the-Gods as this story is, there's a potential victim here: the rent boy himself, Jo-Vanni Roman. "Roman," Dan Savage writes at Slog, "is in way over his head. Rekers made Roman sign a confidentiality agreement and he's threatening to lawyer up and sue anyone and everyone he can to restore his "good" name. (Sorry, George, but it's too late for that.) Roman needs a lawyer and he needs one now."
||| Joe Jervis interviews Roman, and is putting together a support team for him.
||| I am the original Rekers Rent Boy!!!!
||| Ouch! Just to make things even more interesting, there's major beef between Unzipped.net and Miami New Times reporters Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp, with added Twitterwar!
||| Stephen Colbert: "Technically, I believe he was looking for someone to hoist his sack. That's why good Christians should always ask themselves, WBWJR — What Boy Would Jesus Rent." Brilliant! (Pictured is Colbert's new "rent boy cameraman" Julian.)
||| A case for outing on all levels: Seen a local antigay politician having a beer at your favorite gay bar? You best speak up about it.
||| Brazilian Archbishop Dadeus Grings (left): Adolescents are "spontaneously homosexual"; society at large is "paedophile".
||| Pope Benedict: Gay marriage (and abortion) "most insidious and dangerous challenges that today confront the common good".
||| HIV ad fail (right).
||| Has HIV/AIDS become a rite of passage for young black gay men?
||| NYC Mayor Bloomberg opposes housing subsidy for HIV-positive. , "The new law would cost the city and state an extra $19 million a year and result in $20 million in annual savings. On the other hand, Bloomberg didn't have a problem finding $41 million for his proposed Governors Island beautification project. Priorities, priorities..."
||| Camelot Lost: A memoir about New York City's famous gay cruising bar rounds.
||| "In the summertime, late into the night, some leave behind their sweat-dampened sheets to read in the coolness of a park under streetlights..." New York: Insomniac City.
||| Meet Broadway Hottie of the Month, and openly bi, Charlie Williams (left). Towleroad has more pictures and videos.
||| A week in the life of a 27-year-old single gay virgin.
||| There's a new gay mag on the block: Zeus Magazine.
||| Butt, the international quarterly magazine, is taking a break until 2011.
||| Meanwhile 12Mail — a new gallery in Paris — is presenting an exhibition (left) about Magazine, the underground gay publication founded in 1980.
||| Another exhibition is "The Harlem Renaissance: As Gay as It Was Black", at Florida Atlantic University.
||| Straight Jacket: Heterosexual actors play gay all the time. Why doesn't it ever work in reverse? But...
||| ...Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth brands the article "horrendously homophobic".
||| Remembering the Upstairs Lounge: Artist Skylar Fein resurrects a tragic event in New Orleans gay history.
||| Malawi: Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga will learn their fate on Tuesday. They face 14 years in prison. Chimbalanga told Peter Tatchell: "I love Steven so much. If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless."
||| Being gay in Morocco: Samir Bergachi is unstoppable. Barely 23 years old, the young Moroccan is simply not content to live his homosexuality openly in a country where it is considered as a crime. For the past 6 years, Samir has been running the first Moroccan gay association, kif-kif. And only a month ago, he caused a real stir: the launching of Mithly, the first gay magazine in the Arab world.
||| Indonesia: Islamic extremists Islam Defenders Front stormed a transgender human rights workshop, a month after breaking up the ILGA Asia conference in Surabaya. The Islamists "forced their way past police and stormed a human rights training program intended for transgender individuals at a hotel in Depok, West Java".
||| Jerusalem's gay pride parade delayed by one month so that it can be held as memorial marking year anniversary of shooting at Tel Aviv gay youth center (right).
||| Argentinean congress passes marriage equality bill by a vote of 125-109...
||| ...And Alejandro Luna and Frenchman Gilles Grall (left) become the fifth couple to marry, in Buenos Aires.
||| New Zealand Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup is the latest athlete to come out.
||| Some more Aussie homophobia for you.
||| Baltic Pride 2010: Violence as Lithuania gay pride march goes ahead.
||| Baltic Pride 2010: Police, protesters clash.
||| Baltic Pride 2010: In pictures (14 pictures).
||| Austrian Post will make philatelic history by releasing a postage stamp commemorating the 15th Regenbogenparade (Rainbow Parade) in Vienna on 3rd July.
||| Denmark: Gay adoption is in.
||| Georgia: Radical nationalist and religious groups incite gay hate violence in Tbilisi.
||| Outrageous and proud: Why Peter Tatchell will never stop fighting. Provocative, unpredictable and uncompromising, Tatchell has made many enemies over the 20 years he has campaigned for gay rights. But he tells Patrick Strudwick why he'll never stop fighting.
||| Christian preacher arrested after a police community support officer - who happened to be gay - overheard him saying homosexuality is a sin.
||| Is a little bit of religious bigotry tolerable in a healthy society?
||| 16-year-old Jack Frew (left) was stabbed to death in Glasgow on Thursday. The teen was openly gay and police aren't ruling out hate crime.
||| A Lithuanian killer convicted of the murder of a gay man slit his wrists in the court cell block. Sadly, he survived.
||| How to plan a civil partnership: 5 tips for avoiding disaster.
||| Civil partnership disasters like this: Michael Edwards, 32, has been convicted of stabbing to death his partner John Edwards, 35, over the cost of heating.
||| Harlequins winger Ugo Monye (right) strips for the June edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. Monye bares all together with Craig David, former Desperate Housewives beefcake Jesse Metcalfe, and Pineapple Dance Studios' fruitcake Louie Spence, in aid of awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. They're all naked here.
||| David Agbodji in GQ Style, left. I know. Wow.
||| Deepwater Horizon: explosion and sinking, in pictures.
||| What the hell have we done? The Big Picture: Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico, below (39 more pictures).
||| Matthew Rush, whose Facebook statuses are always refreshingly witty, on the spill: "As efforts to cap Gulf oil spill go unsuccessful, I can't help but think somewhere Bruce Willis sits by a phone thinking 'I will cap that off. I swear to God I will!'"
||| Los Angeles City Council boycotts Arizona.
||| In Iceland, day has turned to night.
||| Sleeping for less than six hours causes early death; evidence for the link unequivocal.
||| The 17-year-old girl with the body and mind of a 1-year-old.
||| The Big Picture: Animals in the news, below (39 more pictures).
||| The cockerel that lays eggs.
||| 40% of all lizard populations and 20% of lizard species could vanish by 2080.
||| Facebook privacy: A bewildering tangle of options. If you use Facebook, make sure you read this!
||| And More Reasons Why You Should Still Quit Facebook.
||| There's now a gay version of ChatRoulette...
||| A history of gay rights in video games...
||| The iPad has killed the netbook. You can tell this by studying the helpful graph below.
||| Austrian pavilion, by Viennese architects SPAN and Zeytinoglu, at the Shanghai Expo 2010...
||| ...Or how about Happy Street, the Dutch pavilion, by John Kormeling?
||| Bloc Party lead singer (and openly gay) Kele Okereke: "I was born in the UK and my parents are Nigerian. Fundamentally, I do have problems with a lot of what I perceive to be Nigerian culture. How they treat women. How they treat gays. It's a very hierarchical system where you always have to defer to your elders even if you know them to not be right. That's something I personally disagree with. I think everything should be open to discussion. To reason is part of being human." He continued, "Nigeria is part of my heritage. I'd like to explore it. I love African music. I love African food. I love African people when I meet them. But these things are very complicated for me personally." Read the full story.
||| And he unveils the video for his new track, Tenderoni.
||| JLS Aberzombies on the rampage on Sunset Boulevard! "Busty Marvin — last seen going to town on a banana — is still orally fixated, it seems..."
||| Elton John covered Madonna's Material Girl and Like a Virgin at the Rainforest Fund's 21st Birthday benefit in New York. There's another clip over at Towleroad.
||| Stephen Gately's shyness stemmed from public 'outing' fears.
||| Adorable: Justin Bieber doesn't know what "German" means:
||| Tedious no-talent Aussie midget Kylie Minogue continues to desperately solicit the pink pound with her latest video. Oh yeah, that'll have them flocking to your tired wares, love.
||| The 19 most hilariously failed attempts at sexy album covers.
||| Top Ten almost-gay TV couples.
||| "I think that people might be less tense about it if we would all accept the fact that not everyone is wired the same way. I have a lot of friends who are gay, so it’s kind of a natural thought progression." True Blood author Charlaine Harris on her vampiric pan-sexual universe.
||| Cathode Ray Tube delivers a generally downbeat assessment of last week's episode of Doctor Who: "The Vampires Of Venice is cookie-cutter Doctor Who." And, "Amy is beginning to annoy me now. She's slowly losing her appeal for me and I'm finding her quite a cold, rather odd, character." Indeed - your correspondent couldn't even be bothered watching.
||| NBC cancels Law & Order after 20 years on air. The final episode of the series will be shown on 24th May.
||| Glee: is it all going wrong?
||| Last Address, a film by Ira Sachs, looks at "last addresses of a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS-related causes are captured for posterity. Each of them lived and worked in the city. Only four of them lived past 50." Incredibly moving.
||| Ryan Phillipe on his gay kiss in 54: "I don’t know how big of an appetite there is for it, but I would certainly support a DVD release of that version. Breckin [Meyer] and I were a bit sad that nobody got to see us kiss." Oh, there's an appetite, dear.
||| Sir Ian McKellen mistaken for a tramp while taking a break outside rehearsals of Waiting For Godot.
||| This is a Taylor Lautner doll. Looks more like Rosie O'Donnell to me.
||| ka-os|theory favourite Diesel Washington is one of the models appearing in C1R's latest flick, Affirmative Blacktion, "The most controversial interracial sex comedy of the year", apparently. But Diesel isn't too keen on the term interracial. He writes, "When its an older guy with a twink its called Intergenerational, Men of Color with White guy its Interracial, why not go a step further??? A Jewish guy fucking a Catholic guy Interreligious??? A brown eyed guy fucking a blue eyed guy its Intereyecolorious??? A guy that is a Democrat fucking a guy that is a Republican, its Interpolitical??? A Handicapped guy fucking a regular guy, its call Interhandicapped???? Might as well have an Older Jewish Guy with blue eyes who is a Democrat fucking a Black twink who is Catholic and Handicapped..that way it will be the first ever!!! The Best Intergenerational, Interracial, Interreligious, Intereyecolorious, Interpolitical and Interhandipcapped Scene ever!!!!" And that's why I love Diesel Washington.
||| In other C1R news, Brent Everett (sigh) is returning to the Little Big League franchise. More Brent Everett: that's always a good thing. Better still, Matthew Rush is also starring. I could be wrong, but I don't think I've ever seen Rush and Everett perform together. Please please please let them be in a scene together. Together.
||| Sean Cody trademarks a human being.
||| So this is what was going down in London last weekend. I think I was home watching TV. That sucks.
||| Jermain Defoe finds joy in the arms of teammate Sebastien Bassong.
||| God is versatile - who'd have guessed?
||| And lastly, Dick Slang, a dance just for boys. (The boy in grey definitely wins... er, hands down...)
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Issue 63 of ka-os|theory covers the period
01 May-15 May 2010 - plus some stuff I missed!