But Cameron and his government of millionaire public schoolboys needn't worry about their own offspring becoming victims of knife crime: their children will go to the very best schools, in the most privleged areas, well away from the rabble.
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 remember the names and faces you see here, and spare a thought for kids who really did die before they lived.
>>> For Harlem gays, change: but not enough. Openly gay East Harlem rapper Ruperto, aka Loco Ninja, says: "A lot of men don't flip out on us the way we used to get flipped out on or bashed. Like five years ago, it was such a bad thing. You couldn't even be friends with gay people. It was like we were aliens living on Earth." (WPIX)
||| "There's nothing humble, gentle or patient about the intolerance and out-right bigotry coming from some of the presidential candidates of the GOP, the Gay-Obsessed Party," Jonathan Capehart writes for The Washington Post.
||| Gingrich details his anti-gay views. (GayStarNews)
||| 48 states now have out GBLT elected officials.
||| NBC Nightly News talks to gay soldiers in Afghanistan.
>>> Bradley Manning hearing: Pre-trial opens; charge sheet includes 23 counts against the WikiLeaks suspect, including that he knowingly "gave intelligence to the enemy". (The Guardian)
>>> Man dies after eating cocaine from his brother's butt.
<<< Gay student Matthew Banks has been jailed for missing jury duty in order to see the musical Chicago in London.
||| In London, prison officers at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute were found to have "refused official recommendations to display Stonewall posters to inmates".
||| The Christian Institute urges Tesco boycott after one of the supermarket's executive's posted on Flickr, "I'm campaigning against evil Christians (that's not all Christians, just bad ones) who think that gay people should not lead happy lives and get married to their same-sex partners."
>>> Fear, squalor and horror in Guatemala City. Right, a woman touches the hair of an exhumed body in the main cemetery in Guatemala City. In Guatemala, bodies are exhumed six years after burial if relatives don't pay to renew the graveyard permission. (PhotoBlog)
||| Africa is rising - unequally. Six of the world's fastest growing countries, millions of highly motivated entrepreneurs and increasingly prosperous consumers: things are looking up, if you're one of the lucky ones.
||| AUSTRALIA: 22-year-old Umit Sengoz has been jailed for 15 years for the murder of a man he met on gay dating site GayRomeo.
||| AUSTRALIA: The Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras apologise for not "adequately consulting" over dropping the whole "gay and lesbian" bit, but still don't think they did anything wrong. (SameSame)
>>> CHINA: What are the mysterious white lines in the Gobi Desert?
||| PAKISTAN: Railways driven toward ruin. "In the three years since the current government took power the railway has retired more than half of its trains, leaving just 100 to cover a country larger than Britain and Germany combined." (PhotoBlog)
||| IRAQ: Activists highlight gay killings. As US forces leave Iraq, a new film shows GBLT people are worse off than before the 2003 invasion. (GayStarNews)
||| ISRAEL: Gay film thrives in Tel Aviv. The Israeli government is keen to be seen promoting liberal policies.
<<< Review: Halsted Plays Himself, by William E. Jones. "Los Angeles-based artist and experimental filmmaker William Jones has brought together a variety of materials that will help, hopefully, revive an appreciation both for Halsted’s work as well as of the man himself." (Lambda Literary)
>>> Review: Gay Porn Heroes, by J.C. Adams. "It's with great respect that I looked at this luscious coffee-table tome because [Adams is] a man who knows his gay porn."
<<< Review: Accidentally, Like a Martyr. "As you enter the tiny Paradise Factory Theatre to see Accidentally, Like a Martyr, you may think, for a brief moment, that you’ve made a wrong turn and ended up in a gay dive bar. That’s because the performance space has been transformed into a convincing facsimile of a decrepit watering hole, complete with moldy disco music. And those shadowy male figures conversing and sipping drinks? They're actors." (Gay City News)
||| There's an interview with that play's author here.
||| Good news - Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Storyhas reached it's $US25,000 Kickstarter goal.
>>> A feature length documentary is to examine the recently closed Starlite Lounge, the oldest black-owned gay bar in New York City, which opened in 1959. Right, former Starlite staff member Willie Rowe. Support the film here. Trailer.
uckle your seat belt, grab a life-jacket and say your prayers as John Wayne and an all-star cast take an ill-fated flight across the Pacific in William Wellman's The High and the Mighty. Based on the bestselling novel by Ernest K. Gann, this was one of the first airplane disaster movies and set the standard for years to come.
A trans-Pacific flight from Hawaii to San Francisco runs into trouble past "the point of no return" and pilot (Robert Stack) along with his salty and veteran co-pilot (John Wayne), must decide if they can make their destination or down the damaged plane in the drink, risking the survival of everyone on board.
And what a passenger list! There's Oscar winner Claire Trevor as a good-time -gal whose time may be up; Phil Harris as a slob always looking on the bright side; and Jan Sterling as a woman trying to cover her tracks. Then there's the crew - Robert Stack, fighting both a fear of flying and of failure at the worst possible time; Doe Avedon as the stewardess who must keep the faith despite the circumstances; William Campbell as the smarmy assistant who sees too much and talks too often; and John Wayne fighting the ghosts of his dead family by returning to the cock-pit in an effort to regain and retain his dignity.
It's big screen adventure at it's best and believe me, when you fly, you won't forget The High and the Mighty!
(Syndication is with the kind permission of Steve Hayes.)
<<< Meet Brazilian twins Marcos and Márcio Patriota. Just because.
||| 2011: A good year to be gay. "From marriage equality to the end of don't ask, don't tell, this has been an extraordinary year. Here, Aaron Hicklin, editor-in-chief of Out magazine, looks forward to the end of gay culture." (The Guardian)
||| The theocratic gay-bashers behind the lawsuit against NY marriage equality. "The Plaintiffs seeking to have New York's Marriage Equality Law overturned on procedural grounds believe, in their hallucinating dementedness, that they have a constitutional right and a divinely-inspired duty to impose their religious strictures against gay people on the whole population." (The New Civil Rights Movement)
<<< The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is funded (mostly) by just two donors.
||| Remember last week's stories about homophobic Mayor of Troy, Michigan, Janice Daniels? Here's an amazing video of a married lesbian couple and their daughters schooling the pickled harpy in love and tolerance.
||| Meanwhile on the campaign trail, gay equality questions won't go away.
||| The mystery kidney disease sweeping across Central America; it's "the second biggest cause of death among men in El Salvador, and in Nicaragua it's a bigger killer of men than HIV and diabetes combined."
>>> South African-based human rights activist Joel Nana, of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, ain't impressed with British Prime Minister David Cameron's threat to cut aid over GBLT equality issues: "Cameron's statement was extremely dangerous to our movement. It re-emphasizes the notion that homosexuality is un-African or European. It shows that Great Britain will cut aid over LGBT issues and nothing else... We're also part of mainstream African society. They're also cutting aid to youth services and people living with HIV." Video.
||| Put railways before gays, Ugandan leader tells donors. "Before anyone gives me a lecture about homosexuals and their rights, first talk about railways. Homosexuals also need electricity, homosexuals also need roads, homosexuals also need railways," Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said.
<<< The emails Facebook hides from you. (Yes, it really is frustrating. When I checked the "Other" folder, I discovered three very polite emails from a model asking me to take his pictures down from ka-os|theory. The messages were from October and I never received them.)
||| Here's a look at Sacha Baron Cohen as Middle Eastern despot General Aladeen in his new film, The Dictator.
>>> Two episodes of Doctor Who from the mid-sixties, thought to have been lost forever, have been returned to the BBC by a private collector. More than 100 episodes of 1960s Doctor Who are still missing, having been wiped by the BBC in the 1970s. More on that story here.
<<< Looking for new lodgings? The house from American Horror Story is up for grabs.
||| Hulk Hogan files defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Linda Bollea, who claims he cheated on her with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake. Hogan says, "If any of that was true, I would admit it, and (if) I was a homosexual I would embrace it."
THE SEX BIZ
||| Red alert! Bel Ami's Peters twins AND Viking God Kris Evans? Yes, please... (More pictures here.)
"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."