a news compendium
< Alaz Brezhan lenses Derek Keeton for Fantasticsmag.
> Let's kick off with this beautiful shot of Air Force Airman Luis Peralta (left) reuniting with his boyfriend, U.S. Marine Peter Apiag, from the boys' Tumblr. Beautiful, sexy, inspiring.
US & CANADA NEWS
|||| In California, the New Year brings a raft of new laws protecting the GBLT community.
< A gay San Francisco couple have won a two year reprieve against deportation; Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk have lived together for nearly 20 years in the Castro district, but the US immigration department want to deport Makk.
> Julius' - possibly New York's oldest gay bar - shuts its doors.
|||| Staten Island teen Christopher Orlando jailed for 60 days for his role in Stonewall Inn gay-bashing.
|||| Men can be rape victims too, America decides.
< The architectural firm behind New York's High Line has been chosen to redesign the gay landmark Fire Island Pines Pavilion.
> As if Dallas wasn't gay enough already.
|||| Tesco denies rethink on backing for gay pride festival. "Supermarket chain says it is fully committed to sponsoring event despite claim from conservative Christian group."
|||| Tesco, LGBT Pride and the trap the gay media fall into. "Tesco's supposed withdrawal of sponsorship from Pride is a non-story peddled by fundamentalist networks."
< Gay mathematician hero Alan Turing honoured with stamp.
|||| MP Diane Abbott is "sorry" for her Twitter race slur. She wrote, "White people love playing 'divide & rule'".
> This woman and her boyfriend tortured and drowned a 15-year-old boy because they believed he was a witch. Welcome to London 2012.
|||| SPAIN: Country's first gay retirement home passes its first hurdle. "Madrid suburb cedes land for project as gay NGO plans home 'where no one will have to hide their sexuality."
|||| HUNGARY: Anti-gay constitution becomes law.
|||| BELARUS: Love is equal.
|||| NIGERIA: Islamists unleash wave of violence against Christians.
|||| SIERRA LEONE: A mob of around 1000 anti-gay protesters hit the streets of Freetown on Friday.
SOUTHERN ASIA NEWS
< INDIA: Monks gather to hear the Dalai Lama, 4th January 2012.
|||| INDIA: In New Delhi, gay artist Balbir Krishan has been the victim of a homophobic attack at an exhibition of his own work. The attack was captured on video.
MIDDLE EAST NEWS
|||| An open letter to the UAE on human rights abuses.
> How not to advertise your gym.
BODY & MIND
|||| Cognitive decline sets in as early as 45.
|||| Would you die earlier for the perfect bod?
|||| Why "manscaping" isn't just for porn stars anymore.
THE NATURAL WORLD
< NORWAY: A dog walks on a beach carpeted in hundreds of thousands of dead herring.
|||| Boffins discover underwater world of creatures thriving in temperatures of 400C.
WEB & GADGETS
|||| Google home page gets radical overhaul.
|||| Microsoft celebrates IE6 death.
> Tablet for two: The Brothers Mueller, twin maestros of the iPad, will make you see double. "They're the toast of New York media. And yes, boys, they're gay."
|||| Troubled Kodak prepares for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.
PRINT & VISUAL
< Hidden in the Open: A photographic essay of Afro American male couples.
|||| Fuerte Men: Finally, a Hispanic LGBT magazine for the rest of us.
> Kevin Keller - Archie Comics' first gay character - married boyfriend Dr. Clay Walker this week. Lovely.
< So, Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. "If you are concerned - and you should be - about how our collective community is being subsumed by a dumb-downed, consumer-driven and utterly vanilla existence, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book."
> Talking to Brontez Purnell about love, compassion, and rock & roll.
|||| Review: The Marbled Swarm, by Dennis Cooper. "A carnivalesque switchback of secret passageways, incest, cannibalism and a haunting sense of isolation."
|||| Eve Arnold, the photojournalist, is dead. She was 99. In pictures.
||| Naked Boys Singing! no more.
< Review: Silent Running. "It projects a strong, if simplistic, message mixed with a nostalgia for the period in which it was made and yet postulates a problematic hero."
|||| Why does Hollywood hate gay sex?
|||| Ian McKellen: Shakespeare enjoyed sex with men.
> Noel Clarke (Metrosexuality, Doctor Who) joins Star Trek 2 cast.
|||| How to Survive a Plague, a new documentary by filmmaker David France, is "the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition... Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms... Without rejuvenated vigilance, transmission is on the rise – most remarkably, among young gay men who are ignorant of how AIDS activists beat back a plague, and along the way changed the world."
|||| Controversial sitcom Work It is a ratings flop...
...Unlike the new Absolutely Fabulous specials, which were so successful the BBC now wants a full series.
< Kristy McNichol - star of 80s sitcom Empty Nest - has come out.
|||| Harry Connick Jr to guest star on Law & Order: SVU.
|||| EastEnders' Pat: Celebrities pay tribute.
> EastEnders' Pat: 10million watch much-loved character's passing on New Year's Day, and another 10million tuned in for the aftermath on Monday.
|||| EastEnders' Pat: St Clement "didn't want Pat to die", and "why it was time to leave".
|||| EastEnders' Pat: I've been watching Pat Butcher almost all my life.
|||| EastEnders' Pat: The funeral, in pictures.
< EastEnders: The Olympic Park is added to the titles.
> EastEnders: Meet newcomer Ray Dixon, played by former Footballers' Wives star Chucky Venn.
|||| MTV's True Life profiles gay chubby chasers.
|||| Here's a look at the new 10 part season of Spartacus: Vengeance.
THE SEX BIZ
< Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett reunite on New Year's Eve. More pictures at Brent Everett's blog.
|||| Sean Cody's three-way double-penetration breeding bareback bonanza!
|||| Should Sean Cody's decision to go bareback be met with a boycott?
|||| So, about raw desire, depicting bareback sex and calling out hypocrisy.
|||| Los Angeles "bareback ban" campaign launches.
> Is iconic 90s auteur Enrique Cruz about to make a comeback?
|||| Escort faces court for distributing gay fisting DVDs...
...and is acquitted in "a victory for sexual freedom".
|||| Magic Johnson on 20 years living with HIV, homophobia in hip-hop and the fight against AIDS.
< Alabama Crimson Tide fans celebrate gay bashing in t-shirt planned for National Championship win.
> Own Mario Lopez's underwear!
|||| A small, beautiful tale of brotherly love.
|||| When eating out, make sure you start with a phone stack.
|||| On the menu: gay food, or straight food?
|||| Alcoholic soup!
|||| Eat your Christmas tree.
|||| And finally, imagine you're on the Tube with this boy. You'd smile, wouldn't ya?
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