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issue 87 | February 2011 | FREE
issue 87 | February 2011 | FREE
<<< Photographer Phen Mas has lensed a fashion editorial for Cat Wright of E! More manikins later.
But first, the global GBLT news...
||| Born gay, born this way: More on the fantastic photo blog that "pairs a snapshot of a gay person as a kid with a personal essay about what he or she sees when looking at the photo."
>>> "Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro American Male Couples from the Distant Past," by historian Trent Kelley. Intrigued? You should be.
NORTH AMERICA & CANADA
||| How the Obama administration is establishing the first pro-gay foreign policy in the history of the United States.
<<< Don't gag, now: Meet the Young, Gay Conservatives.
>>> The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announces the launch of the People of Color Media Training Institute, which "will develop a group of passionate and visible leaders to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people."
<<< Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Military won't track number of gay personnel.
||| Myth-busters: Heterosexual asylum seekers don't claim to be gay for immigration purposes...
...However, the Washington Post reports that Jamaica's gays seek refuge by applying for US asylum.
||| Psychology Today examines the microaggressions in everyday life that result from heteronormative cultural values permeating society.
>>> How Larry and KC Jansson found love in the midst of anti-gay "reparative" therapy.
||| Drugs bust on the world's largest gay cruise. Well, hold the front page...
<<< Rage: The really Asian gay experience.
>>> 1981 Toronto bathhouse riots: A city galvanized, our communities remade.
<<< Manhattan's newest giant. 8 Spruce Street will be the tallest residential tower in the city.
>>> Welcome to
...But I'd much rather have Mr. Costa and his amazing tiny city. Just lovely.
||| Same-sex couples could soon be getting married in church.
||| LONDON: Homophobic attacks surge by 28% over the last four years.
||| Country hotel announces "Poofters welcome."
||| Ugandan refugee refuses deportation in airport stand-off.
>>> Gay sex convictions to be deleted from police records.
||| SWEDEN: 6-year-old stabbed for wearing pink. Oskar liked pink clothing, ballet and nail polish, but was regularly bullied by boys in his playgroup.
||| GERMANY: Catholic theologians call for acceptance of same-sex partnerships and an end to celibacy for priests.
||| Gay life around the Arctic Circle. Paul Rubio writes for The Advocate: "The progressive social and political views of Scandinavia reach even the furthest corners of the world's northernmost latitudes, where gay and straight life integrate and sexual preference stands insignificant."
<<< World Press Photo Winners: Second Prize Portraits Single, Joost van den Broek. A cadet on the Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern.
||| Russia's first safe sex ads - aimed at the GBLT community.
CARIBBEAN SOUTH AMERICA
||| ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires' gay theatre boom.
>>> World Press Photos: Winners. First Prize General News Single, Riccardo Venturi. A boy stands by the burning old Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
||| Being gay in St Lucia.
||| JAMAICA: Homophobic hate mob flees after naked gay threesome pulls guns on them.
||| David Kato: The Ugandan government seems to be taking its lead from the Rolling Stone, using similiar language to the tabloid newspaper in its statement on the "gay panic" defense being used by his accused killer, Enock Nsubuga, left.
>>> David Kato: Writers, journalists and other influential minds from across the African diaspora sign an open letter to the Ugandan government condemning Kato's murder, and demanding "all violence against gays and people deemed to be gay in Africa must cease forthwith." Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, right, is one of the signatories.
||| David Kato: A further 70 religious representatives and 25 organisations have issued a statement deploring bigotry after the activist's killing.
<<< David Kato: Pro-GBLT Ugandan bishop Christopher Senyonjo issues open letter to the worldwide Anglican Communion. "Listening to the stories of LGBT people was the beginning of my own transformation."
>>> David Kato: Unitarian Universalist Association starts fund to fight for gay rights in Uganda.
||| David Kato: "Closet homosexuals sink further under the radar after Kato's death", Uganda's Daily Monitor reports.
||| UGANDA: Child soldiers suffer problems similar to Northern Ireland "troubles" children.
||| MALAWI: Now sex between women is a criminal act. Malawi's penal code already prohibits sex between men.
||| MALAWI: America joins Germany in withholding aid to Malawi.
<<< BOTSWANA: "On this point I would agree with... Robert Mugabe who once described that behaviour as that of western dogs; I don't like those gay people and will never tolerate them. They are demonic and evil." So speaks Deputy Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, Mr. Pono Moatlhodi...
>>> CHINA: A visit to Shanghai's fake-marriage market.
||| THAILAND: Newspapers are devoting more space to GBLT-related news stories.
<<< THAILAND: Remember that story about the new airline whose trolley dollies are all transsexuals? The girls have posed for photos, and the president of the airline says he's a pioneer. Heartening.
||| INDIA: The Supreme Court will start the process to test the constitutional validity of the Delhi High Court's decision to decriminalise same sex relations on April 19. Gay sex was legalised in 2009.
||| PAKISTAN: Metrosexuals in Islamabad.
>>> PAKISTAN: Daily life (29 more pictures). Christian boys play games in a slum near Islamabad.
||| BAHRAIN: Over 100 men arrested for "conduct against public morality".
||| Gay Middle East talks to IceQueer, a gay Egyptian blogger.
<<< Flatpack inferno! IKEA burns in Israel.
BODY & MIND
>>> Meet Jonathan Grimshaw who, in 1984, was one of the first men to be diagnosed with HIV.
<<< The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene new HIV prevention campaign, targeting gay and bisexual men in black and Latino communities. Video.
||| Everything you didn't want to know about eating azz.
||| Mistakes introverts make: Some pitfalls of letting your introversion hold too much power.
THE NATURAL WORLD
>>> Polar bears are harassed by annoying children in Canada.
||| White lions!
||| A baby royal antelope bottle feeds! Aaaaaaaaaahhhh...
<<< Why the fish are suffocating.
>>> In Egypt, horses - used by tour guides - starve to death, as tourism revenue dries up.
WEB & GADGETS
||| America leading the charge to quash .gay Internet domain?
||| Facebook has updated its "pages" - the element of the site members use to promote brands, causes, or as fan sites - to look like profiles. The ka-os|theory page is here.
<<< Memorial site remembers Egyptians killed in protests.
>>> A brave new world of GBLT literature in India. The Hindu looks at two of them - The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love by Parvati Sharma, and Pink Sheep by Mahesh Natarajan.
||| It gets better? One hundred years ago, E.M. Forster wrote: "There's a better time coming."
<<< What women want: Gay male romance novels.
||| Los Angeles to be the home for Robert Mapplethorpe work and archive.
||| Review: London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945 by Barry Miles. "...The capital's truly countercultural days are firmly behind it."
>>> Must-have: Bruno Gmünder is to release Porn: From Andy Warhol to X-Tube, "a text-and-photo book that explores the history of all-male adult entertainment."
||| The Bible's surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality. Jennifer Wright Knust writes, "As Americans we should have learned by now that such a simplistic approach to the Bible will lead us astray. Only a little more than a century ago, many of the very same passages now being invoked to argue that the scriptures label homosexuality a sin or that God cannot countenance gay marriage were used to justify not 'biblical marriage' but slavery."
||| Borders - the second largest book seller in America - is in trouble. Its UK division collapsed into administration just over a year ago.
||| Ricky Martin: A hero for Latino gays.
<<< LL Cool J strips for Men's Fitness. More pictures here, and video here.
||| Lady Gaga isn't liked by ka-os|theory, so I try not to add to the tedious Madonna-clone's over-exposure. Her latest effort - a supposed anthem for the gay community (whoopie...) - has been criticised for its racist lyrics: "Lady Gaga's new single has no subtlety or nuance, it sounds like something that a beauty queen who yearns for world peace would write. Are Latinos supposed to be grateful that a white superstar, born of privilege, included a racist shout out to our community? Not all Latino ladies are 'cholas' in the barrio, some of them are teachers, writers, engineers and nurses and doctors."
>>> Usher and music executive L.A. Reid on how they groomed Justin Bieber. (There's a wealth of innuendo to be mined. Write yours on a postcard and send it in!)
<<< True Blood's Mehcad Brooks dives into a hot 4rgy. Apparently the boys enjoyed a "five-course tasting menu" and cocktails.
>>> Cathode Ray Tube looks at the newly released 1966 Doctor Who serial, The Ark, which features some one-eyed monsters. Hehe...
<<< Also out now is the 1987 story Time And The Rani, starring Dynasty's Kate O'Mara as an immoral biochemist. Yeah, it's that kinda camp.
>>> The Teddy Award - the world's most renowned gay film award - turns 25 this year.
||| How mainstream can queer cinema become before it loses its identity?
<<< Shoga - a gay film from Tanzania - has been released to predictable uproar.
>>> Ronald Hunt, who worked on black gay film Finding Me, and its forthcoming sequel, is dead.
<<< No place like home? They're selling Judy Garland's house.
||| Paul Haggis - writer and director of Crash - talks about his split from Scientology. He says their support for Proposition 8 ended their relationship.
||| Speaking of Scientology... Nothing Comes Between John Travolta And Hot Man Ass. This is why I love Dlisted.
>>> Meryl Streep is Maragaret Thatcher.
||| Lukas Ridgeston: Still working it, nearly 20 years after his Bel Ami debut. JC Adams spends some time talking to him.
||| Corbin Fisher's file-sharer amnesty.
||| The 2011 Cybersocket Awards, in pictures.
||| What I learned working in a porn store.
>>> Rub Addiction Berlin, by Philipp Baben.
<<< Swedish shutterbug André Wolff lenses tells a tale of boys at night for Plaza magazine.
>>> Rob Evans is one of GQ's Warriors of Radness, from their Best New Designers in America presentation. More "warriors" here.
<<< Michael Sy lenses model EJ Montuano.
>>> Devon Pittman is Mr. Nice Guy in Gym Class Heroes.
<<< Henry Watkins is one of the stars of My Super Hero, a story in Coitus magazine by Matthew Pandolfe.
>>> Thomas Synnamon lenses Chase Hostler for Rock Victorious.
<<< Mario Loncarski and Martin Pichler get wet in Work It Out, by Philipp Jelenska for Vangardist magazine.
||| Also working out are the boy's in Joe Oppedisano's Gymnasium. Sizzling:
<<< Remember the homoerotic (homophobic?) Superbowl ads from a couple of weeks ago? Well, George King - the big boy in the sauna ad - is out and proud.
||| Speaking of ads, here's the latest Isaiah Mustafa mini-epic...
<<< A history of queer street art. Just wonderful.
>>> Airplane porn.
||| This (below left) is the Singapore ArtScience Museum, and it opens on Thursday, at 1.18 pm, the time chosen by the project's Feng Shui master.
>>> Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio has designed this stunning house in Japan.
||| Out magazine's 100 Most Eligible Gay Bachelors. As MOC Blog points out, it's "refreshingly diverse". Yummy Jared Eng (below left), Darryl Stephens and Wilson Cruz are all up for grabs.
||| Speaking of eligible bachelors, über-cutie Sir Toddy English interviewed me for his wonderful blog. His spot is well worth visiting.
||| Our favourite GuysWithiPhones from the past week - enjoy!
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