||| But where are all these young gay boys? Scissors Sisters' Jake Shears says, "I'm not seeing as many young people anymore – I think it's a generational thing. I don't think young people are identifying with a solely gay scene – they have all sorts of friends and don’t necessarily want to just go to a gay bar."
||| The Sun newspaper, and TV show The X Factor - two of Britain's sleaziest, most exploitative operations - point the finger at each other for outing a young gay asylum seeker. The paper also printed his real name, and the story was subsequently picked up by media outlets in the Middle East. Disgusting.
||| Meanwhile, Iran sentences another 18-year-old boy to death. The boy was tortured to such an extent that a glass desk shattered during his interrogation; he subsequently "confessed".
||| ONE MILLION GAY TEEN BOYS FOR SALE! Kind of. The collapse of XY Magazine and XY.com has led to concerns over the sale of the company's database of some one million profiles - most of whom belong to young gay teenagers.
||| Taylor Siluwé has launched the follow-up to his debut novel Dancing With The Devil. Entitled Cheesy Porn, it's "his most eclectic short-story collection to date.
New tales of fantasy, fairies and obsession - from the whimsical to the shocking." Get it here.
||| "For an under-prepared and psychologically stunted individual who plays sports at a high level to come out before they are ready is like being born prematurely." John Amaechi on the pressure for closeted sports stars to come out.
||| Whosoever - the only online magazine for GBLT Christians - is now 15-years-old.
||| Jesus and the Son of Scam. "Time and again, fundamentalists buy the fantasy that the world’s worst reprobates can fundamentally change,"
Wayne Besen writes. "It never seems to occur to these credulous Christians that perhaps they are being had by the unusually bad."
||| Why does Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas sponsor rabid anti-gay Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa?
||| And it's that support that has resulted in Southern Nevada Health District cutting ties with the church.
||| The US military's comic book... for Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
||| Maybe she could guest on American talk show The View? The network responsible for the
show has refused to correct the dangerous HIV/AIDS myths spouted by hosts D.L.-I-Look-Like-A-Lesbian-Hugely (left), and Sherri Shepherd.
||| The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs issues its annual report on hate crime against the GBLT community. Reported incidents are down 7 percent since 2008, but murders are at their highest level in 10 years, with a staggering 79 percent against people of colour.
||| New York City from above (65 more pictures), above right. Not the same without them, is it?
||| Canada's Stonewall: It's 20 years since the Sex Garage raids in Montreal. Contemporaneous news report:
||| Canada: A college instructor accused of sexual assault thought a sleeping student had consented to sex. The student was "spread his legs, was aroused".
||| The Supreme Court's ruling in favour of gay asylum seekers has been a field day for the right-wing press. "Now asylum if you're gay," the Daily Express screamed hysterically, with the Daily Star grumpily protesting, "No room for gays". What, not even a little one?
||| Mobolaji Adams, a Nigerian national deported last year when his asylum claim was rejected (he was told to return home and act discretely), must wait until October to find out if his High Court challenge has been successful.
||| Why the Human Rights Watch's apology to Peter Tatchell is long overdue.
||| Remember naughty copper Haydn Evans, who we last heard about in Issue 67? The married police officer had been using the police database to check up on his "secret gay lovers". He has now resigned.
||| Is coming out a career killer?Right, the recently out gospel artist Tonex.
||| A postcard from gay Poland, by Łukasz Pałucki. "I'm going to tell you the story you certainly don't know. This is a history of a State that was a safe refuge for many types of 'unaccepted' minorities, where homosexuality was never a crime, where several rulers were homosexual, and Catholic priests gave church weddings to same-sex couples."
||| Spain: This is Julio Anderson Luciano and Isaac Ali Dani Pérez Triviño, a gay couple murdered in Vigo in 2006. A Spanish court has allowed their self-confessed murderer, Jacobo Piñero, to walk free.
||| Blabbeando also reminds us of the "groundbreaking scene that ran on [popular Argentinian soap Botineras] on April 9th, 2010. It was the first time the two [football players] slept together. I find it beautifully handled and erotic, even if a bit NSFW. It does make you wonder, though, how those hair curls stay in place..." Just gorgeous:
||| 250 million people worldwide live in jurisdictions "which provide for marriage equity":
||| Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe reminds us that polygamy is okay, and homosexuality is "similar to dog behavior". The bible says so, you see.
||| Centre of gravity theory explains black sprinters and white swimmers, boffins think.
||| The Terrence Higgins Trust - the sexual health charity - is warning an aggressive form of chlamydia is taking hold in the GBLT community. Symptoms include "bleeding and discharge from the rectum, inflammation, and painful anal abscesses or ulcers".
||| In love with someone other than you significant other? You're not alone.
||| Vaseline launches skin-lightening application for Facebook.
||| Supermarket chain Asda spends £3millon developing a new type of toilet paper that doesn't tear when it's first used. "Our product managers have actively developed a new technology that alleviates this stress for loo users, and ultimately reduces waste." Loo users? As opposed to those of us who aren't loo users? Interesting...
||| British R&B quintet Damage are to reunite after nearly ten years. The group split in 2001. Fingers crossed that their predecessors, MN8 and Ultimate Kaos, are next.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."