Issue 132: Diego Lauzen, Rogue Scott, LE1F, Ali Forney, Gwist, gay porn meltdowns, gay couples in Vietnam, a Black Marble + more

a news compendium
with a gay bias

OPENING SHOTS

Why do gay guys hate other gay guys?

||| Why we need more gay racial minority role models.

||| The rise of the Humblebrag.

US & CANADA NEWS

> 17-year-old Josh Pacheco is the latest gay teen to take his own life following a campaign of anti-gay bullying. A suicide note he left read, "I'm sorry I wasn't able to be strong enough."

||| This Saturday, Jacob Tobia is going to run across New York's Brooklyn Bridge in 5" stilettos - for gay youth homeless shelter the Ali Forney Center, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy - if he can raise $US10,000. Support him, and support our kids.


< This is 7-year-old Roderick "RJ" Arrington Jr., who was beaten to death by his parents for not reading the Bible. They called their pastor before calling emergency services.

> African-American magazine Jet features first gay couple in wedding section.

||| This is San Diego County supervisor-elect Dave Roberts (second from left), with his family. UTSanDiego profiles him:


< The incredible story of Mike McConnell and Jack Baker, who tried to obtain a marriage license in Minneapolis in May 1970, and challenged it in court. Now aged 70, the men are still together today.

||| The "opposition to gay marriage is dying", says George Will, noted columnist for the Washington Post.

||| And this is Yohandel and Daniel's story. They're a gay bi-national couple "who are fighting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) after meeting and falling in love in Miami":


||| West Hollywood is America's most promiscuous gay city.

> Hi Top - a new gay sports bar in San Francisco's historic Castro district - is a hit.

||| Hate crimes down, but anti-gay violence up, FBI says.

||| A Miami Beach cop fired in gay bashing case gets his job back.

||| Montana man charged with infecting partner with HIV also shot 55 husky dogs.

< Gay couple lose court case over claims airline taped a dildo to their suitcase.

||| UC Berkeley Student Government passes a resolution demanding that the school ban the Salvation Army from campus over its bias against gays.

||| Why gay pupils need out gay teachers.

> This is Timothy Kurek (right, centre) an evangelical Christian who faked being gay for a year as research for a new book.

||| Mormons admit sexuality not a choice.

||| California honours teenager Ryan Andresen, who was kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being gay.

||| It really does get better: Gay Americans earn more, owe less, and are more prepared for retirement.

||| The NYPD says, It Gets Better:


||| Equality watchdog Freedom House announces new program to give emergency aid to gay activists in danger.

UK NEWS

< Sisters are doin' it for themselves! Gay hairdresser Lee Howett has been jailed for two and a half years for stabbing a homophobic man with scissors.

> Meanwhile, in Scotland, 19-year-old Ryan Esquierdo has been jailed for twelve years for strangling and setting fire to Stuart Walker, a gay barman who had been comforting him over his confused sexuality.

||| 19-year-old Ishmail Iqba is also safely locked up after he ranted at a gay couple on a train that they were "worse than animals", and threatening to stab them with a glass bottle.

< London protesters demand Uganda drops "Kill The Gays" bill.

||| Schools Out conference to highlight ways to combat anti-gay bullying in UK schools.

Where is missing gay teen Anthony Stubbs?

< Meet Andrew Daniels and David Upjohn, inspirational gay foster carers for children with disabilities.

||| The Tory backlash against marriage equality. "One MP says gay marriages undermine 'normal' unions, while another asks if polygamy is next to be legalised."

||| Why marriage equality is beyond argument. "The principal task for public policy is to tidy up advances already made, by extending the ordinary language of love to minorities."

EUROPE NEWS

||| FRANCE: Gay-friendly mosque denounced by Islamic leaders.

< FRANCE: American Apparel gives away 10,000 "Legalize Gay" T-shirts to marriage equality supporters...

...But some 20,000 bigots have marched against marriage equality in cities across the country.

||| BELGIUM: Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo warns his country is going backwards on gay tolerance.

||| GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel votes no to gay tax equality, siding with her Christian Democratic Union party on extending married tax benefits to same-sex couples.

||| UKRAINE: European Comission backs ban on visa-free travel to punish Ukraine for vote on anti-gay "propaganda" law .

> POLAND: Man wins case against supermarket Netto for anti-gay discrimination.

||| IRELAND: Sisters are doin' it for themselves! Gay beauty salon worker found guilty of attacking homophobic taxi driver.

LATIN AMERICA NEWS

||| Amnesty International calls on governments to ensure the safety of gay equality campaigners as attacks on them increase in the Americas.

||| MEXICO: Teacher fired for showing 8th graders the pro-gay film Milk.

< SABA: First gay marriage ceremony held in Dutch Caribbean. Cedeno Xiomar Gonzalez, 26, and Israel Ernesto Ruiz, 27 tied the knot after the Netherlands passed a marriage equality law.

||| COLOMBIA: Senator Edgar Espíndola likens marriage equality to bestiality and necrophilia; a marriage equality bill has passed the first of four votes in the senate.

AFRICA NEWS

||| UGANDA: Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges Uganda to drop "Kill the Gays" bill.

||| UGANDA: Hacker collective Anonymous readies fresh attack over anti-homosexuality bill.

> UGANDA: Tabloid newspaper comic Red Pepper publishes graphic photos allegedly depicting the head of the country's main football team having sex with a young team player. Get the inside track at Sebaspace.

< UGANDA: Why Daniel Kalinaki - managing editor of the Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper - welcomes looming foreign aid cuts.

||| NIGERIA: "Jail the Gays" bill could be law within weeks.

> NIGERIA: Talking to activist Michael Ighodaro.

||| MALAWI: Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who became known internationally in 2009 for being jailed for marrying her partner, speaks out.

< SOUTH AFRICA: Jason Rogers crowned Mr Gay South Africa 2012/13.

||| SENEGAL: The family and lawyer of Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye, imprisoned for four years for gay sex, refuse help from human rights organizations.

||| TUNISIA: Being gay in Tunisia isn't as bad as other Muslim countries, Michael Lucas opines.

THE BIG PICTURE: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a boy dances to celebrate the government army's return to Goma on 3rd December 2012.

ASIA NEWS

||| INDIA: Bangalore celebrates fifth annual Pride march.

||| VIETNAM: Gay male prostitution is on the increase in several cities, government officials claim.

||| SOUTH KOREA: Why being HIV-positive may be the only difference between working and poverty.

THE BIG PICTURE: Workers lay the foundation for a residential complex around a solitary tomb site in Taiyuan, China's Shanxi province, 6th December 2012.

||| TAIWAN: HIV-positive teacher arrested for unprotected sex under the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act.

> PHILIPPINES: 1500 march for gay equality in Manila at the 18th Metro Manila Pride parade. In pictures.

||| AUSTRALIA: De-gaying Mardi Gras. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to consult on name change to Sydney Mardi Gras.

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

||| LIBYA: Gay men speak out about abductions and beatings by Islamic militia.

||| ISRAEL: Court grants gay couple divorce for first time.

BOOKS, ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

< New York's new gay bookstore, BGSQD, has opened its doors. Support our gay book shops!

> Reader meet author: Personal advice from Kenyon Farrow.

||| Sex in the library.

< Review: Lovetown, by Michał Witkowski. "Witkowski doesn't shy away from the more brutal truths, as well: crackdowns, imprisonment, and, oftentimes, death from illness or violence. But, as told through the queens’ voices, these issues feel as weighty as chiffon."

||| 15 of the sexiest book covers of all time:


< Star Trek legend George Takei - and his husband Brad - appear in new Kevin Keller (the gay Archie spin-off) comic.

> Vintage posters of monsters and maidens.

||| Don't miss Maika Elan's stunning pictures of gay couples in Vietnam:


STAGE

< Coming soon: Rentboy, the Musical. They're casting: "This musical employs male actors only (some play multiple roles) who must sing, dance and be comfortable with partial nudity. All races and ethnicity are encouraged to apply; however actors must be in very good physical shape."

||| Review: bare. "An exhilarating and affecting rock musical that opened Off-Broadway last night at New World Stages, bare serves up an insightful depiction of emotional truths inherent to the sprawling, messy, and often wrenching experience of adolescence."

FILM

> Gay interest films from Daniel Radcliffe and James Franco head for Sundance. Right, Franco's Interior, Leather Bar.

||| Does Bollywood have any space for gay characters?

< Henry Cavill is Superman in the forthcoming Man of Steel.

||| The best '90s holiday movies, anyone?

||| And the lousiest Christmas movies ever made.

||| Christmas movie kids: Where are they now?

||| Watch Triton, a short by Luca Finotta, featuring Brazilian model André Ziehe.

||| John Travolta's former pilot sues actor over right to speak about their alleged affair.

||| Review: The Voices Against Prop 8. "An uplifting look at how ordinary people found a cause that meant a huge amount to them and then stepped up to start grass roots efforts to effect change."

TV

> LOGO founder Matt Farber to launch Gwist, a new gay YouTube channel, boasting 10 shows, on 14th January.

||| Kevin Clash, until recently the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, is facing a fourth lawsuit. Nothing like publicity to get the gold-diggers out of the woodwork.

||| And now Warner Bros. has dropped a film project it developed with Clash.

< "Kevin is not a villain," Clash's ex-boyfriend Jason Murray - a 29-year-old teacher - told E! News. "Yes, he had an affinity for younger men, but what successful [straight] man doesn't have an affinity for younger women? It's the same thing, gay or not." Ain't that the truth right there - it's a shame certain high profile black gay blogs have been so quick to throw one of their own under the bus. So much for the "brotherhood".

||| Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford. Right, Elias and Lari in Finnish soap Secret Lives.

||| Long-running daytime soap General Hospital introduces new gay character; Felix Dubois is played by Marc Anthony Samuel.


||| Gay soap star Scott Evans arrested in LA on drug charges. Evans was central to a breakthrough gay storyline on defunct daytime soap One Life to Live.

||| Our these the 50 Hottest TV Actors of all time?

> Speaking of which, here's Mario Lopez putting up his Christmas tree. In his underwear.

< On 23rd November 2013, Doctor Who will be 50, and the BFI Southbank in London is to mark the anniversary by showing stories from each Doctor throughout 2013. The very first episode, An Unearthly Childis screening on Saturday 12th January.

||| Another week, another new gay web series - in fact, two! EastSiders explores "the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Silver Lake". Steel River, meanwhile, focuses its attention on the little explored (hahaha) topic of down-low, black gay men.


MUSIC

||| Why Frank Ocean's Channel Orange is album of the year.

||| Ocean tied for most Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

< So, what's the story behind the latest picture of Frank Ocean and French model (and rumoured boyfriend) Willy Cartier?

||| Watch behind the scenes bloopers with the Freaky Boiz.

> Watch Le1f perform Tickle Me YOLO and Wut. MTV Hive has the video.

< Talking to Kendrick Lamar, the good kid rapper in a mad city. "Despite being steeped in gang culture, the rapper who Pharrell Williams calls 'this era's Bob Dylan' deconstructs the lifestyle rather than glamourising it." And on marriage equality, he says: "You wouldn't have hardcore rappers attempting to talk about anything like a gay marriage cos they would feel it was wrong for their image. When you get people in hip-hop unafraid to discuss these topics, it is an evolution."

||| Meet Macklemore, the unapologetically pro-gay rapper.

Check out Montez Love's No H8 Mixtape.

||| Joe Budden, naked.

||| On calling R&B singers "rappers".

Check out Madonna's current youth supplement, Brahim Zaibat, displaying his wares on the beach in Rio...

...And it seems to have paid off - baby Brahim has found a daddy:

||| Pet Shop Boys to release new single Memory of the Future on 31st December.

||| The year in controversial album covers.

||| Watch Tracey Thorn's Christmas record, Joy; and the Supreme Fabulettes' You Ruined My Christmas.


SKIN

||| Dominic Ford's So You Think You Can Fuck takes a stand on piracy.

||| Why there are no "straight" men in gay porn.

< Bel Ami demonstrates that dreams can come true, as Dolph Lambert, Kris Evans and Vadim Farrell come together. Wow.

> Diego Lauzen. Diego Lauzen. Diego Lauzen. If you don't know the name yet, learn it. He's the hottest thing in porn right now, and one half of a real life couple who perform together as Diego and Wagner. Watch a trailer.

||| WTF? A triple penetration?

||| CockyBoys has made a gay twink version of Thelma and Louise meets Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring beloved (and constantly bickering) gay twink sensations Jake Bass and Max Ryder.

It's real, and it's terrifying.

||| The Sword's Top 10 People Who Went Too Far In 2012...

...And Gay Porn Blind Items: Holiday Edition, for you bitches who love gossip...

...AND THERE'S STILL MORE! The Top 10 Epic Gay Porn Meltdowns of 2012.

||| How to get blogged about on The Sword if you're a gay porn star.

||| Anthony Romero's top 9 facial expressions from the new Anthony Romero scene "Anthony Romero tops Max Ryder".

||| Not even Jesus could keep Trapboyy from porn!

Talking to Spencer Williams.

> Luckey's got some tea on the Big Booty Thug!

SPORT

||| Sörskogens IF suspends its entire football team after they were heard hurling anti-gay insults at rivals. Sweden is the home of football's only openly gay pro player, Anton Hysén.

||| The Gay Football Supporters Network (GSFN) criticises rightwing newspaper the Daily Mail over Joey Barton "gay" article...

...Barton himself is to sue.

||| ESPN Radio's Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin in horrific anti-transgender rant.

||| WWE rejects the anti-gay tweets of Scorpio Sky, won't work with him again.

< Straight allies Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe have been declared "Honorary Gays" by GQ magazine for their vocal support of marriage equality.

||| Houston Texan Arian Foster: Won't be long before gay NFL player comes out.


||| Incoming NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on protecting his gay brother from bullies.

||| Shooty Babitt - a Mets scout and former A's player - paints a dire picture for gay pro athletes.

> Team GB gymnast Louis Smith: I'm a gay icon.

||| Miami Beach and Reykjavik short-listed in bid to host World Out Games 2017.

BODY & MIND

Why you should check your Bauballs this Christmas.

||| Meningitis risk for gay men in New York heightened...

...And why you shouldn't get laid in the Bronx.

The sex booth commeth.

||| There's no money for a high-profile HIV awareness TV campaign, says Terrence Higgins Trust boss Nick Partridge.

< World AIDS Day brings third anniversary of website commemorating Bay Area losses.

||| Bisi Alimi on why hate and rejection are bigger enemies than HIV.

||| What the condom of the future might look like.

||| 30+ Ugandan gay men talk dating frustrations.

||| We need to talk about your accidental paedophilia.

OUR PLANET, AND BEYOND

> Behold, the Black Marble.

Animal pictures of the week. Left, San Francisco Zoo's 18-month-old gorilla Hasani squares up to his father Oscar.

||| Ikea monkey business: Bitches needed to see his coat.

||| Watch Snow Leopard cubs in Tajikistan. Fascinating.

PARTING SHOTS

Ridiculous and profound life lessons from bathroom walls.

||| Everyone instantly falls in love with Calvin Klein's ex-kept bitch.

||| The Lego M&M Sorting Machine!

||| Inside Santa's workshop in eastern Germany.

||| And finally, Rogue Scott doesn't wanna hear it, and Davey Wavey is human graffiti.



ISSUE 132
2 - 10 December 2012


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