a news compendium
with a gay bias
issue 90 | March 2011 | FREE
issue 90 | March 2011 | FREE
|Ways to burst balloons, no. 74.|
But first, the last couple of week's top stories...
||| Gay rights movement started in 19th century Germany, claims American Scholar.
|Where's the steering wheel?!|
<<< New York model uses gay inequality to dodge jury duty. Jonathan D Lovitz wrote on Facebook, "I raised my hand and said, 'Since I can't get married or adopt a child in the state of New York, I can't possibly be an impartial judge of a citizen when I am considered a second class one in the eyes of this justice system.'"
||| Donald Trump shows his hand, opposes marriage equality, and same sex partner benefits.
>>> This is 23-year-old Justin Alesna, who was viciously gay-bashed in Detroit whilst witnesses "gawked and laughed". FOX Detroit has more.
<<< In Indiana, a 16-year-old has been arrested for a homophobic attack on fellow pupil Rito Osorio.
>>> The January death of 18-year-old Lance Lundsten has been officially confirmed as suicide. Lundsten was the victim of anti-gay bullying at his high school.
|Serious WASPs fight for mic time.|
<<< Man sentenced after racist, homophobic attack on 38-year-old Greg Davis (pictured centre, left) at Julius Bar, the "oldest continuously operating gay bar in New York".
|Muscle boys try to figure out how to use zebra crossing.|
||| African Americans respond to Obama's shift on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). "Some say the decision is dismaying, though not damning. Others may be rethinking their views, given the influence Obama has in the African American community. And there are those who don't seem to care much at all."
|Just call me "Daddy".|
|Grant Storms and his big broom.|
||| Blurring the lines of military masculinity: "Strange pantomimed man-rape and struggles for dominance and grotesque, smoochy come-ons that
|Why, it's enough to put Sarah Palin off her meatloaf!|
||| Navy seeks to discharge sailor found asleep in bed with another male sailor.
>>> What Would You Do? baits diners with gay soldiers in uniform.
||| "Ex-gay" group get iPhone app.
||| GBLT stories: From cancer diagnosis to fairytale wedding. Justin's story:
|Yearning to civilise white folk. Tom Cruise a success.|
||| In Kansas, a law criminalising gay sex could remain on the statute books.
||| Grandma warns Colorado legislators against anal sex: "It's tight for a reason! Keep out!"
||| Gay MEP Michael Cashman has revealed he was abused as a child. As an early member of the EastEnders cast he shared the first gay kiss in a British soap, and went on to co-found Stonewall.
>>> 18-year-old arrested over London anti-gay stickers...
...On 2nd April, a pride parade will take place in East London in response to the stickers.
||| Another landmark London gay pub is slowly but surely being "de-gayed".
||| Government denies appeal rights to refused GBLT asylum seekers from Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana.
|Photo of Chris Brown and Rihanna dated 2061|
falls through crack in time.
<<< The Christians who are proud to be prejudiced.
||| Homosexuality, Christianity and child welfare. Why "this week's court ruling against a Christian couple seeking to foster children was right."
||| Humanist posters banned from UK railway stations.
||| Gay lover's tiff causes Heathrow bomb scare.
||| IRELAND: Three-quarters in favour of gay marriage in predominantly Catholic country.
>>> FRANCE: The story of Le Refuge, a charity that helps GBLT youth, "most of them from Muslim families, who have been rejected by their families and forced onto the streets."
|"Barely legal pussy?|
What barely legal pussy?"
||| POLAND: Marriage equality measures to put Poland ahead of supposedly fair and friendly Australia.
||| GBLT rights are part of EU accession conditions for Turkey and Montenegro.
||| The freer the speech, the stronger the democracy. "Europe could learn from the US supreme court Snyder v Phelps decision: free speech is the best defence against extremism."
CARIBBEAN SOUTH AMERICA
|Some models were confused by the subtle|
difference between "underwear" and "hat"
||| ST. LUCIA: American couple brutally attacked in anti-gay hate crime.
>>> BRAZIL: National Underwear Day. Say no more.
<<< UGANDA: Enock Nsubuga - who has been charged with the murder of David Kato - has been remanded to prison until his trial continues on 17th March.
||| UGANDA: Christopher Senyonjo - the retired Bishop of West Uganda - has urged the Anglican Communion not to "keep quiet" about the abuse and violence faced by GBLT people in his country and elsewhere.
||| BBC World Debate programme asks "Is homosexuality un-African?" Uganda's anti-gay MP David Bahati will be a panelist.
||| SOUTH AFRICA: School prank ruled defamation. "Pictures of a principal and deputy principal pasted on an image of two gay bodybuilders was a defamatory action which warranted compensation, the Constitutional Court ruled."
||| SOUTH AFRICA: African It Gets Better campaign launched. Zimbabwean actor Frank Malaba kicks things off:
||| SOUTH AFRICA: HIV patients living in fear of "whoonga" addicts.
||| MOZAMBIQUE: GBLT activists want constitutional amendment to enshrine gay rights.
>>> SIERRA LEONE: Fernando Moleres won the World Understanding Award at the Pictures of the Year International competition, for this shot of prisoners at Pademba Central Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
<<< IVORY COAST: Fears of a civil war intensify (27 more pictures).
||| JAPAN: 8.9-magnitude earthquake strikes (46 more pictures).
|News of half-price Big Mac meals causes straight|
Chinese couples to inadvertently switch partners.
<<< CHINA: In Wuhan, central China, gay couples have performed a ceremonial wedding. Debate over gay marriage rages on.
||| AUSTRALIA: Sydney's 34th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, in pictures.
|The drag queen Baywatch convention was a success.|
||| AUSTRALIA: News anchor apologises "disgusting" Mardi Gras marchers comment.
||| AUSTRALIA: Foster's deny new ad is homophobic.
BODY & MIND
<<< Truvada - the drug that prevents HIV infection - hits a wall.
||| New Zealand sees surge in gay/bisexual HIV diagnoses...
...Infection rates are also rocketing in Burma.
||| Half of men may be infected with HPV.
||| The mystery of left-handedness, and how it still stumps boffins.
|God runs out of tortoise shells.|
THE NATURAL WORLD
>>> Two-headed tortoise!
||| Packed in like sardines. Really.
<<< Eastern Cougar declared extinct.
||| WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Five ways the world could end.
||| WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! World's sixth mass extinction may be underway.
||| Solar storm 'could cause more damage than Hurricane Katrina'.
>>> The Sun, up close and hot as hell.
||| The search for Tyche, the real ninth planet.
WEB & GADGETS
||| Do you own a gay blog that makes money? Google can - and will - shut you down at any time.
||| Gay Facebook failed because of progress with gay equality, Fab.com founder claims.
||| But it's the internet that's killing gay groups in the real world. In San Francisco, it's the last ever International Bear Rendezvous, after nearly 20 years.
PRINT & VISUAL
<<< Review: Caught off Base, by JM Snyder.
>>> The Tom of Finland Foundation's 16th annual Erotic Art Fair set for 25th-27th March 25 – 27.
<<< A month of GBLT comics: The Gay Existence.
|America has "No Homo". Britain has JLS.|
>>> "You're looking kind of hot and sweaty there, Aston. I was wondering if I can do this..." Really.
||| Danish gay porn star Carsten Andersson storms Scandinavian pop charts. "Without my porn past, I'd be just another boy with a song out. Porn has made people take notice," he says.
|Louis Walsh (far right) now regrets walking past a young Bieber.|
||| Be afraid. An Irish artist has created a work depicting Elton John breastfeeding.
<<< Guess who?
||| Miley Cyrus drags up as Justin Bieber.
||| Like mother, like daughter! Whitney Houston's spawn snorts some coke - Will Smith take note!
<<< Chris Brown goes blond and gets naked. Bet his Mama's proud!
||| More importantly, did Chris Brown show Bow Wow his winky?
||| Usher, Beyonce and Nelly Furtado are a few of the pigs caught with their snouts in the trough, shamelessly guzzling the blood money of an infamous mass murderer, then "donating" it to charity when they get caught. Utterly vile.
||| Buju Banton wants bail whilst he appeals his conviction for drugs offenses...
||| ...Meanwhile a June sentencing for Banton looms. Gonna be a hot summer (or fifteen) in jail.
||| Dublin band Dead Cat Bounce on why rugby's just so gay.
||| Tired TV has-been Chuck Norris says gays have taken over the American school system and turned it into a "progressive indoctrination camp". (That's a bad thing?)
>>> Felicia Pearson - best known as The Wire's Snoop - busted in drug raid. Art imitates life imitates art, as it were.
||| GLAAD files complaint against anti-gay Spanish language talk show, José Luis Sin Censura, where "verbal and physical attacks against women and LGBT people" are common.
<<< Melbourne Underground Film Festival director Richard Wolstencroft fined for showing the Bruce LaBruce film LA Zombie.
||| Representation of gay families in Disney a question of when, not if, says The Lion King animator Andreas Deja.
>>> London's National Portrait Gallery to host Brief Encounters, a lecture highlighting GBLT film stars from early British cinema, such as Dirk Bogarde, Mary Morris (right), Kenneth Williams and Derek Jarman. Find out more here.
<<< London’s annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival has been cut from 14 to just 6 days thanks to cuts by the Conservative government, but a new event will help fill the void. "Fringe! the London gay film fest" will feature parties, twelve films, talks and performances. Promoter Alex Karotsch says: "It's a grassroots, not-for-profit festival for people who like gays and films." There's more at the website.
||| Watch Change, a new film doing the rounds of the film festivals: Jamie, a gay African-American teenager, grapples with his young identity on the night Obama was elected president, and Proposition 8 - the voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage - passed. More on the website...
...And there's the trailer for Punch Me too: "With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most." More on that at the film's Facebook page.
||| It's a clean sweep for Sex & The City at the 2011 Razzie. Well deserved,
||| Michael Lucas issues public statement supporting rival studio's hardline on piracy - even if closeted gay teens get caught in the crossfire: "We should prosecute thieves mercilessly. We should not and will not discriminate on the basis of age when it comes to piracy."
<<< Bel Ami touts "Kinky Angels" test run. The Euroboys were also in Australia for Mardi Gras, where they modeled some Speedos.
<<< Tony Duran's nudes, and they're awesome.
>>> Photographer James Demitri's campaign for underwear brand teamm8. The model is Nick Taylor.
<<< Steven Klein for Vogue Hommes Japan. Epic!
>>> Eddie Griffin gets naked for Rick Day. There's more.
<<< Chad White works it for Details magazine.
>>> Build Me Up, a new book by photographer Laure Bernard, takes us on a hot'n'sweaty trip into the boxing ring.
<<< Will Brown is spectacularly naked for shutterbug Bell Soto. There's more.
>>> Chuck Ryan Strogish by Rick Day. There's more.
<<< Dennis Lewis by Richard Pier Petit.
||| Juan Esteban shot by Walter Aguirre for Vuthy menswear, below left.
||| 18-year-old New Yorker Alex Barbosa, by David Arnot, below centre. There's more.
||| Calvin Brockington lenses 25-year-old Dallas boy Shawn White, below right.
||| Cricket backs Steven Davies after player announces he is gay...
...And Davies praises his Ashes teammates after coming out.
<<< England rugby star Ugo Monye and Manu Tuilagi share a special moment in Worcester.
...Whilst pampered football powder poofs Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jermain Defoe share some body heat on the pitch, right (presumably before they go for a manicure and facial).
<<< Martez Wilson is 6'4" and 250 pounds. Here's a photo of him...
...Cam Newton, another big NFL lad, is nearly busting out, right. It's just all too much.
||| Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo urges his fellow Marylanders to join him in supporting equality.
<<< Mugshot mayhem!
||| Our favourite GuysWithiPhones from the past week, after the jump - enjoy!
||| Read the last edition.
||| Remember what was going on this time last year? No? How about a reminder? Read Issue 54.
Cover photo: Japan disaster, 11.03.11.
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