It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful

M A N I K I N S
men, in pictures

Four

don't
die
before
you've
lived

Daniel Graham-Thompson, 18, has become the fourth teenager to die violently in London this month.

Thompson was stabbed repeatedly near East Dulwich station in south London on Satarday night. A 14-year-old was also shot in the leg by a 13-year-old during a night of violence that erupted during a birthday party.

In 2010, 19 London teenagers were murdered.


Note: Don't Die Before You've Lived is a series of ongoing entries recording the murders of teenagers in London. Although not necessarily GBLT-related, the desperately premature loss of these young boys deserves our full attention. Please take a minute to remember their names, their faces, and spare a thought for these kids who really did die before they lived.

ka-os|theory is a London-based blog.

I'm a man of my word. In the end, that's all there is, really

M A N I K I N S
men, in pictures

Tired old queen at the movies

review
From Here To Eternity

P
re-war angst and the effects it has on a group of men and women stationed in Hawaii prior to Peal Harbor, forms the basis for Fred Zinnemann's film version of James Jones' prizewinning novel, From Here To Eternity.

Burt Lancaster headlines an all-star cast in this adaptation of what was termed an unfilmable property. Shot on location and casting against type, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and in Oscar winning roles; Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed give some of the finest performances of their careers. Ernest Borgnine brings sterling support as Fatso Judson, one the most evil characters ever portrayed on film and Lancaster and Kerr have an unforgettable love scene in the surf that had audiences and critics reeling for years. But, above all, there's Monty Clift, bringing unusual pathos as Prew, the boxer who doesn't want to fight. Taking the Oscar for Best Picture of 1953, it's hot, rugged and tempestuous entertainment as five lives come together in a moment of infamy that will alter their lives from here to eternity.

Steve Hayes

Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations

M A N I K I N S
men, in pictures

Three


don't
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before
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lived

This is 17-year-old Ezekiel Amosu, the third teenager to die as a result of violent crime in London this year.

Amosu suffered "crush injuries" after either being pushed, or chased, into the path of a TfL bus in Walthamstow, north London. A 15-year-old will appear in court on Friday to face charges of manslaughter.

*On Tuesday, the BBC screened Scenes from a Teenage Killing, a documentary looking at every teenager who died as a result of violence in the UK in 2009.

Note: Don't Die Before You've Lived is a series of ongoing entries recording the murders of teenagers in London. Although not necessarily GBLT-related, the desperately premature loss of these young boys deserves our full attention. Please take a minute to remember their names, their faces, and spare a thought for these kids who really did die before they lived.

ka-os|theory is a London-based blog.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it

M A N I K I N S
men, in pictures

I have met many feminists who were not lesbians but I have never met a lesbian who was not a feminist

opinion

O
f all the social evils afflicting society in the West - homophobia, racism, economic disparities (and class), xenophobia - there's one that's so dated, so cosy and retro, that it's become a nice, reassuring plot device for the laboured narratives the media calls news.

Yes, kids: it's sexism.

Apparently, we're to believe that in places like the United Kingdom and the United States, women are the victims of chauvinistic bigotry, their poor faces squished desperately against the glass ceiling. In 2011, we're told repeatedly, men are still better off.

The latest outrage against this repressed minoritygender are comments made by two middle-aged football commentators.

After a piece to camera, Richard Keys and Andy Gray spotted a female lineswoman. Apparently thinking his microphone was turned off, Keys said to Gray, "Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her."

Gray: "Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don't know the offside rule."

Keys: "Of course they don't."

Keys later said of West Ham Football Club vice-chairman Karren Brady, "The game's gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love."

These are the shocking comments that have sparked a huge controversy, filling up endless column inches, stirring heated debate on the Net, and clogging up the TV news.

Saying women don't understand their (read: men's) stupid "offside rule" is hardly an outrageous slur. But the slightest hint of sexism must be acted on (unlike homophobia, eh, BBC?). Sexism is a big no-no. And so Keys and Gray were unceremoniously axed by Sky - at least from from last night's match, at any rate.

Are women without a sense of humour? No. Could it simply be that women in sports are joyless dykes? I wonder...

Maybe women aren't the problem. Maybe it's KD Lang's mates. Let's cast our minds back to late last year, when gay equality hero Lt. Dan Choi - instrumental in bringing down Don't Ask, Don't Tell - used the word "pussy" in an interview. "Harry Reid is a pussy," Choi said after a failed Senate vote on DADT, "and he'll be bleeding once a month."

Lesbians reacted with fury, branding him a misogynist, and wishing everything from AIDS to beheading in Basra on our brave soldier boy. But the real pussies were people like Natasia Langfelder of Lez Get Real ("A Gay Girl's View On The World") who, from the comfort of her laptop, tried tearing Choi a new asshole. Because you could be the man who finds a cure for cancer, and end the human rights abuses in Iran, but if you ever dare make a joke about the bearded oyster, God help you.

A friend of mine argues that in order to further gay equality, we must first be feminists. I can understand his point, and if it wasn't for the feminists, I'd probably agree with him. But feminists - or at least lesbian feminists - don't want equality. They want to go back the 1950s, but with the roles reversed and Cynthia Nixon in the driving seat. The pendulum has swung too far. Female executives now dominate television, and look how that's turned out: drama stifled by gooey soap operatics designed to appeal to women. The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival seems to be run by and for women - even the gay flicks that do make it into the programme have to have something for the girls.

And just how did "LGBT" come to be the most common acronym for the gay community? Why is it always "lesbian" and gay? Let's face it, compared to us boys, the dykes have a pretty easy time of it. Gay men are at the coalface of activism, taking the worst of the abuse, and generally getting a raw deal. But within the hierarchy of the GBLT community, lesbians want to be seen as the oppressed minority - victims of sexism.

Recently, I read an article that suggested the "T" in GBLT should be hived off, because the gay equality movement isn't serving the needs of the transgender community. I have a better idea. Why don't we keep the trannies, and excommunicate the lesbians. Seems to me they'd be much better off - and happier! - left alone with their ball-busting, hormones and vaginas...

Title quote: "I have met many feminists who were not lesbians but I have never met a lesbian who was not a feminist." Martha Shelley

Doom and destruction, devastation and despair...

a news compendium
with a gay bias
issue 84 | January 2011 | FREE

<<< Dylan Rosser has lensed "Zavier" for his website TheMaleForm. More manikins later.

But first...

>>> Naked, unarmed and distressed, Reggie Doucet - a fitness model and college football star - is gunned down by black LAPD officer.

||| A gay couple who were refused a double bed by devout Christian hoteliers have triumphed in a "landmark claim for discrimination in a case funded and supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission."

<<< The ruling sends an important message on equality, Stonewall's head Ben Summerskill writes. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell also speaks out.

||| Why the Cornish hotel ruling should worry conservative Christians. "Even devout judges and lawlords seem to have rejected the idea that laws should reflect the Judeo-Christian position," Andrew Brown writes in The Guardian.

US & CANADA

<<< A gay teen thought to have killed himself after being bullied at school is now said to have died from natural causes.

>>> But 14-year-old Kameron Jacobsen, of Monroe Woodbury High School, did take his own life this week. He was "tormented by Facebook bullies who taunted him about what they thought was his sexual orientation."

Naked housekeeper, Thomas Cordero.
>>> Naked cleaner cleared of butchering his gay employer. Writes So a videotaped confession, surveillance video, and DNA evidence weren't enough to convict the killer of a gay man?

||| The family of murdered Portugese journalist Carlos Castro dump his ashes down a Times Square subway grate.

<<< Meanwhile, his alleged killer, 21-year-old Renato Seabra, is being held in Bellevue Hospital Center, having apparently attempted suicide.

>>> "People try to make it about black and white. He talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now – people discriminating against homosexuals in this country. I love the people. God bless the gay people. They are great people. We have discrimination against Hispanics in this country right now. We need to answer to that." NBA star Charles Barkley says his hero Martin Luther King supported gay equality.

||| Black GBLT groups march in Los Angeles' Kingdom Day Parade, in honour of Martin Luther King.


<<< Meanwhile in St. Louis, a slave auction was re-enacted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Not everyone was thrilled about it.

||| A Lifeline call centre for suicidal GBLT youth is to operate out of Harvey Milk's old camera shop at 575 Castro in San Francisco. It will be run by the Trevor Project and the Human Rights Campaign.

||| Don't Ask, Don't Tell cost the Defense Department nearly $US200 million in administrative, recruiting and retraining costs over six years, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

||| U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to D.C.'s gay marriage law. But a voter referendum could be equality opponents' next port of call.

>>> Same-sex parenting more common in the South. Right, Reginald Maffett, 14, attends church services with his mother and her partner.

||| American gays are greener than straights.

Chi Chiz now...
...And then.
<<< Last week we heard about the horrible fate that befell the Starlite Lounge - Manhattan's first black-owned gay bar - and now comes news of a similar fate facing Chi Chiz, another former black Manhattan gay bar. Yes, you guessed it: it's now "prime retail space."

<<< Why can't the richest country in the world afford to pay its police and firefighters? In New Jersey, laid-off firefighters and police officers lined up Tuesday, 18th January, to turn in their helmets and badges.

||| Congratulations to Blabbeando - one of the best GBLT news blogs out there - on their nomination in the category "Outstanding Blog" at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Good luck!

||| Homophobia: Why it's gonna cost ya!

>>> Milton Rogovin, the photographer, is dead. He was 101. Rogovin "dedicated his life to photography. His pictures documented the lives of the poor, the dispossessed, and the working class."

UK

||| Conservative minister Baroness Warsi - who once said schools "promote homosexuality" - says Islamophobia is seen as socially acceptable. Guess she didn't get the memo about 9/11 and 7/7 kinda looking bad...?

||| A gay employee has won an appeal against Realpubs: Charles Lisboa joined the Pembroke Arms in December 2008, a gay venue Realpubs wanted to turn straight. Managers asked him to place a sign outside the pub stating that it was no longer a gay venue, and asked him to stop a male couple from kissing in public. UK Human Rights Blog has more detail.

<<< UK Gay News points out: "The Pembroke, in Earls Court, London, used to be called The Coleherne and is eidely considered to have been London's first gay pub back in the mid-1950s when homosexuality was still illegal. There are refernces to The Coleherne in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and among the pub's better-known habitués were Rudolf Nureyev, Kenny Everett, Anthony Perkins and Freddie Mercury. The change of name came after Realpubs purchased the pub in September 2008."

<<< Irishman Glenn Cunningham and his Brazilian partner Adriano Vilar have become the first couple to have their civil partnership recognised in the Republic. The couple held their civil partnership ceremony in Northern Ireland last year.

>>> Ibis hotels goes ahead with Islamic extremists' conference. More.

||| Lesley Pilkington, a Christian psychotherapist, may lose her license if a disciplinary hearing finds she attempted to cure a patient of homosexuality.

||| National Musem Wales to host LGBT History Month exhibition.

<<< The first British portrait of a freed slave has been spared export to Qatar until 2016. The Qatar Museums Authority acquired William Hoare's painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo in 2009.

>>> Did the New Cross fire create a black British identity? "On 18 January 1981, 13 black youngsters died in a London house fire which some feared may have been a racist arson attack, prompting a vocal outpouring of grief from Britain's Afro-Caribbean communities. Thirty years on, what is the legacy of the New Cross fire and what does it tell us about changes in British society?"

||| A live chicken was thrown at staff in a Warwickshire KFC. It's thought it's the first time chicken of any kind has been in a KFC restaurant.

EUROPE

<<< The belated homecoming of Tom of Finland. "The man who invented the macho gay image could be the hero of 2011's European city of culture," Alfred Hickling writes in The Guardian.

||| European Parliament denounce anti-gay proposals by Lithuanian MPs.

||| ALBANIA: Protests - demanding the conservative government call an early general election - turn violent:


AMERICAS


||| The Big Picture: Landslides in Brazil (40 more pictures). Above, a landslide in Nova Friburgo, 130 km north of Rio de Janeiro. Below, "Leao" sits next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, for a second consecutive day.


||| BRAZIL: Murder rates in the GBLT community are soaring, with one death every day and a half.

<<< The situation is equally dire in Honduras, where transexuals have been increasingly targeted. More: "Honduras' best-known GBLT leader, 27-year-old Walter Trochez, was assassinated by state security forces in December 2009 for having launched a public campaign calling attention to the wave of anti-gay murders."

>>> What do Buenos Aires, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tel Aviv all have in common? They're all chasing your pink pound.

||| CHILE: Marcia Alejandra, the first transsexual woman in Latin America, is dead.

||| VENEZUELA: Two 18-year-old gay youths have been shot and beheaded.

||| Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba.

||| JAMAICA: "Dis a gangster swiper, yuh nuh see his lips? When him swipe yuh, him mek yuh feel like yuh deh inna di sky." It's the two faces of Jamaican gay life.

AFRICA

<<< NIGER: The male beauty contest judged by women.

||| SUDAN: Slices of life from a cattle herding tribe:


<<< IVORY COAST: Like chocolate? This is where it started out.

||| CAMEROON: The European Union has given more than €300,000 in funding to gay equality associations in the west African country, much to the chagrin of the Cameroonian government.

>>> An interview with Cameroonian GBLT activist Stéphane Koch.

<<< The Big Picture: An uprising in Tunisia (39 more pictures).

ASIA PACIFIC

||| PAKISTAN: More teens are choosing gay sex, according to Islamabad journalist Malik Ayub Sumbal - and it's all down to the influence of the wicked West, of course!

||| INDIA: It's been a while since we heard anything of Manvendra Singh Gohil, the famous gay prince of Rajpipla state. He's set to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show again.

>>> INDIA: Mumbai's pride march will last a week. Visit the official Queer Azaadi March.

||| Elsewhere in Mumbai... Employees work inside a banana chips factory, on 20th January:

<<< INDIA: Gay magazines hint at quiet revolution. In New Delhi, Fun magazine consistently sells out.

>>> CHINA: Bus in distress in Zhejiang Province on Sunday, 16th January.

||| TAIWAN: Marine trainees participate in the gruelling 'Road to Heaven' test:

||| Australia is becoming more like America every day.

MIDDLE EAST

<<< IRAN: Stoning sentence for two boys for alleged gay sex. More.

BODY & MIND

||| Frightening: Some men are allergic to their own cum.

ZOOLOGY

||| Boffins think they can bring the woolly mammoth back to life after thousands of years extinct. Why can I hear the Jurassic Park theme in my head...?

>>> A monkey rides a bull in Nicaragua on Sunday, 16th January. Neither the monkey nor the bull are the dumbest animals in the picture.

||| Taj, America's oldest elephant, is dead. She was 70.

DESIGN

<<< Paris apartment, by Pascal Grasso Architectures.

>>> Tokyo office by Japanese studio Schemata Architecture Office. Every workplace should have a slide. Except maybe abattoirs.

<<< The University of Nottingham will exhibit a Roman cup once considered "too shocking" to be displayed. The Warren Cup can be seen at the three-month exhibition, Roman Sexuality: Images, Myths and Meanings.

>>> Powerless Structures, Fig.101 - a sculpture by Berlin artists Elmgreen and Dragset - will be the next installation on top of the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square, in 2012. Yinka Shonibare's model HMS Victory is the current incumbent, whilst Thomas Schütte's sculpture "Model for a Hotel 2007" and Antony Gormley's "One & Other" have also held the spot.

PRINT

<<< Slut Machine by Shane Allison. "A thoroughly enjoyable, frequently raunchy, and poetically compelling account of gay male eroticism and identity."

>>> Hidden by Tomas Mournian. "Terrifying, triggering and without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read in very long time."

FILM

||| Ouch! Ricky Gervais takes aim at closeted fruitcake Scientologists - Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Will Smith - (not naming any names) at the Golden Globes:


||| Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother once took him to the doctor because she thought he was gay.

<<< Susannah York, the actress, is dead. She was 72. York appeared alongside Beryl Reid in the cult lesbian campfest The Killing of Sister George.

TV

||| Moe's Tavern becomes Mo's Gay Bar on The Simpsons.

>>> A transexual woman and two gay men for Big Brother Brazil 11.

||| Joan Rivers gets snubbed by FOX & Friends after criticising Sarah Palin.

<<< Twinks in school uniform! Yes - it's Glee!

>>> Gays of our lives with Anthony D. Langford - everything you wanted to know about the week in gay soap from all over the world. Right, Lucas and Edwin kiss on Good Times, Bad Times (Netherlands). And meet Law Thompson (left) who's soon to appear in Hollyoaks (UK) as an openly gay fitness instructor - and he'll be naked in one of his earliest scenes. Meanwhile, James Roache is to return to Coronation Street (UK) as Ken Barlow's gay grandson James.

||| Cathode Ray Tube reviews the DVD release of Doctor Who - The Daleks, the series' second story from 1964.

>>> The Doctor Who Experience - an exhibition that opens at Earls Court in London on 20th February - will feature some familiar (to fans) props from the original (proper) series, such as the TARDIS console seen from 1983-1989, Zygons and Ice Warriors...

<<< ...And here's the current TARDIS making a cameo on the EastEnders set (something to do with material for the National Television Awards next week).

MUSIC

>>> Ricky Martin gets wet. He's interviewed by El Pais.

<<< Here's Elton John and his brand new baby. Gawd - imagine looking up at that every day. And let's hope Elton Jr. doesn't want to breast feed...

||| A country ballad by Manhattan drag queen Lady Bunny about Sarah Palin? Yes please!


SEX BIZ

<<< COLT Studio Group's Chapter 11 plan was confirmed by a federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday. The bankruptcy of COLT Studio - one of the gay sex biz's oldest operating companies - follows the effective demise of fellow old-timer Falcon.

>>> "I suggest that thug-boy porn is akin to showing Nazis having gay sex... It's deeply offensive. Watching gay men have sex is liberating, because it denies homophobia. "We're here, we're queer, we're fucking, get over it." Watching thug-porn is racist, because it sexualizes and approves of thug-boy attitudes - which demonstrate one's acceptance of and agreement with racist oppression." Tim at Naked Came I on thug porn.

<<< MOC Blog talks to porn star and artist Cory Koons. On racism in the sex biz: "One director/studio head said that the reason why there weren't more black guys in the industry is because it's so hard to understand them because we don't speak their language. You have to hire a black guy that can understand them, to get black models." Visit Cory's blog here.

>>> Reese Rideout comes out as a married man.

<<< Hard to believe, but Milo and Elijah Peters aren't the only incestuous gay twins in the biz. Unfortunately, there's also the sorry-looking Adam and Konrad Richter, who have the personality/ies of a puddle of rapidly cooling semen. Not cute.

||| Corbin Fisher - "Amateur College Men and Amateur College Sex" - goes after Hotfile and some 1,000 file traders. "The suit hones in on Hotfile... which doesn't provide an index of content and 'represents an emerging model for stealing - and profiting from - others' intellectual property.'"

<<< The Bijou - the oldest gay porn theater and sex club in the US - celebrates 40 years.

||| This could be the most frightening thing you see this year: the Zeb Atlas music video, which is "horrible, awful, cannot unsee, made-me-deaf/blind, yougottabefuckinkiddingme, worst video of all time ever" according to The Sword. I'd still rather look at this than Minogue or Gaga...


<<< The Diesel Washington/Erik Rhodes bitchfest rumbles on: Erik Rhodes Responds To Diesel Washington's Response To Erik Rhodes...

||| ...And Diesel Washington Responds To Erik Rhodes' Response To Diesel Washington's Response To Erik Rhodes. It's all just too entertaining - more, please!

SPORT

<<< Okay, so he's no Cristiano Ronaldo, but tennis ace Rafael Nadal (he's the one with the big ass and one bicep bigger than the other) still looks hot as Emporio Armani's new clothes horse. Viva España!

MANIKINS

||| Calvin Klein (age 68) is to throw a birthday party for his grandsonboyfriend Nick Gruber's 21st birthday. With balloons and a clown, presumably.

<<< Daniel Garofali gets naked for Rick Day.

>>> Gregory Vaughan's gone and made some new photos of the delicious Chad White, who now boasts a bonce with hair on.

<<< Photographer João Arraes shoots Maikel Castro.

||| Male supermodel David Gandy: I'm "the lowest of the low."

>>> Reflections of Youth, a shoot by Andy Houghton.

<<< Dan Skinner has shot a story entitled When The Parents are Away... for Blake Magazine. Dave Wilkinson and Taylor Carron are the models.

>>> Sensual new shots from Kevin Slack Photography.

...AND FINALLY

<<< Introducing DudelessNude: "The images on this blog are taken from public profiles on Dudesnude.com. The exposed skin in the images has been replaced with text descriptions from the corresponding profile. When no additional text is available in a profile, the "stats" at the top of the profile have been used." Intriguing...

||| Should e-mails open with Dear, Hi, or Hey?

||| And finally, our favourite Guy With iPhones from the last week. Who's yours?



||| Remember what was going on this time last year?
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Issue 84: 15-21 January 2011

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