> This is 14-year-old Phillip Parker. He's the latest gay teen to take his own life after a campaign of homophobic bullying at his school. And a pastor said he should "pray the devil out him, so he could be straight".
> GERMANY: This is what the Memorial to all victims, planned for Munich, could look like. "The structure would commemorate all unnamed victims of war or violence in the city, specifically those caught up in conflict they didn’t choose to participate in."
|||||Costa Concordia disaster: Hopes fading for Minnesota couple Gerald and Barbara Heil.
|||||Costa Concordia disaster: Ship had structural problems, Captain Schettino claims.
|||||Costa Concordia disaster: American Express wants you to "Immerse yourself".
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< JAMAICA: GBLT activist Maurice Tomlinson forced to flee Jamaica after death threats; to receive first David Kato LGBTI award in London.
|||||BRAZIL: Jean Wyllys, Brazil's first openly gay MP, takes fight to the religious right. "Stance against homophobia has made former Big Brother contestant a hate figure for religious zealots, but he has vowed to keep battling."
> BRAZIL: São Paulo City Metro launches poster campaign against homophobia.
< AUSTRALIA: Embarassing scenes as Prime Minister Karen Gillard flees Aboriginal protesters demonstrating for indigenous rights. Gillard was celebrating Australia Day; Aborigines prefer to call it Invasion Day.
|||||Introducing new web series ADTV RAW. In episode one, Metrell talks about being raped by his father...
< Blue Marble 2012, a stunning high definition image of our planet, taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite, Suomi NPP. There's a huge 8000px shot on the NASA Flickr page.
|||||NASA have another striking image for us: 130 years of global warming, mapped.
|||||Armistead Maupin confirms ninth Tales of the City book. The Days of Anna Madrigal will be published in 2013.
< Review: The Fairoaks Project: Polaroids from a San Francisco Bathhouse, by Frank Melleno. "Provocative, empowering and beautiful as these images are, they evince something of perhaps deeper importance: The Fairoaks Projecthelps us to remember."
> Review: Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970's SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco, by Jim Stewart. "Despite the compelling content, [Stewart] lacks detail that allow readers to truly experience the world he wants to show us. Ultimately, what Folsom Street Blues lacks in polished narrative, it makes up for in heart."
< Watch clips from Love Free or Die, a new documentary about gay Bishop Gene Robinson, which premieres at Sundance this week.
> Review: KickOff. "The script is chock full of [Rikki] Beadle-Blair's trademark great, snarky dialogue that plays on clichés and stereotypes... Most of the in-shape, multi-ethnic cast [spend] much of the movie shirtless."
|||||Review: The Love Patient. "The laughs are more sporadic than consistent, plus the pacing is ropey on occasion. That said, the film is big on entertainment, engaging turns and is crazily kooky enough to hold the attention for an hour and a half. An impressive feature debut."
|||||You Are Not Alone - a documentary on depression in black gay men - needs help. Kick start it here.
< Plastic boy-man Lucien Laviscount gets naked for GayTimes magazine.
||||| The DL Chroniclestries again for funding, after failing to raise enough on KickStarter.
|||||Langford on Soaps: Hip-hop lovers on the down low on The LA Complex. Anthony D. Langford is back with his round-up of gay storylines in soaps from across the globe! Watch Tariq and Kal's sizzling story line from The LA Complex:
> There's an interview with Ben Watson - who plays Tariq - here.
|||||Joan Rivers defends use of the word "tranny" and Tracy Morgan's anti-gay jokes.
|||||Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for his role as Sweathog Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter, is dead. He was 60.
< Nick Santino, the actor best known for his roles on American soap operas All My Children and Guiding Light, is dead. He was 47. Santino committed suicide on his birthday, after being forced to euthanise his pet dog.
> UK boyband The Wanted target the gays of New York.
|||||Jill Scott celebrates as Seal breaks free from white whore Heidi Klum's icy embrace. (Let's hope he makes some decent music once again, 'cos the stuff he's come out with since being married has been an epic fail.)
||||| Footballer Michael Ball fined for calling Coronation Street actor Anthony Cotton a "fucking queer" on Twitter (where else?) But why wasn't he sacked like Lee Steele?
< The silence over gay footballers. "There are currently around 5,000 professional footballers in Britain, but none are openly gay. Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin Fashanu, asks why no gay player has followed in her uncle's boots in nearly 25 years."
"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."