"It's more than possible to be honest and open - it's essential. Even as we embrace our education, it's vital to remember that our harvest of knowledge has been gathered from one perspective and others around us have their own truth. Before we dismiss an 'opponent's' point of view, why not explore it, dig in and mine it for all it can offer us? It's so much more valuable to grow wiser than to win."
"Listen to yourself. The first step to freedom lies in identifying your true voice, obscured by the cries in your head that tell you what you should look like, what you should fear and what you should own. I believe yours is the gentle voice that firmly announces your equality to all creation, reminding us that all you need to is take back possession of yourself. That you own this day. That this life is yours."
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.)
"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."