|||Despite what the mainstream media would have us believe, girls are not the only victims of child sexual exploitation: "Randall, a 15-year-old boy of mixed ethnic heritage, was unaware of safe ways to meet other gay young people. He told professionals that groups of men offered him alcohol, cigarettes and acceptance in exchange for sex. Professionals are trying to keep him away from areas of risk, but he continues to go missing."
> Brunel University slammed for giving anti-gay Muslim cleric Abu Usamah At-Thahabi platform to speak.
|||Muslim radio station in Leeds fined after female presenter calls gay people "evil" who should be "beaten up".
< Gay Ugandan torture victim Asuman Kabugo fears death penalty if deported from UK; the Border Agency claims he hasn't proven his sexuality to them, or that his life would be in danger should he return to Uganda.
|||Sir Ian McKellen inspires students in London school to set up gay-straight alliance.
> FRANCE: Gay-friendly mosque to open in Paris. The association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F) are behind the move. Right, HM2F founder Ludovic Lütfi Zahed and his South African partner Qiyam al-Din; they married earlier this year in a Muslim marriage.
|||FRANCE: President François Hollande admits his comments about marriage equality were "inappropriate".
|||Rikki Beadle-Blair's new collection of motivational daily meditations, Reasons To Live, is out now. Get it!
|||Review: These Things Happen, by Richard Kramer. "A compassionate novel with a heart as big as New York City. There are no villains here, only flawed human beings. Compulsively readable and affecting take on the way we live now."
> Talking to DC Moore about Straight, about two old university friends reuniting to shoot a gay porn movie.
< Review: Black T-Shirt Collection. "The play tells the story of two young men from Nigeria – Mohammed and his foster-brother Matthew, originally from a Christian family – who grow up to launch a successful T-shirt business, powered by Matthew’s growing talent for design. The story darkens, though, when Matthew learns that Mohammed is gay, and at imminent risk of exposure, in a social climate already made dangerous by escalating tension between Moslems and Christians."
< Young Soul Rebels is one of The Guardian's season of British cult classics. "The story of a couple of soul-patrol pirate radio DJs – one gay, one straight, both black – is threaded with an investigation into a homophobic murder. Julien presents the street culture of the time as a pan-racial, pan-sexual anti-establishment free-for-all. Presumably, though, a film like his would have been untenable at the time."
|||Brilliant: The Day the Earth Stopped Masturbating.
|||A second accuser, Cecil Singleton, also claims he had a relationship with Clash, and naturally is suing for a multi-million dollar payout. Funny, that...
< Cecil, by the way, chooses to represent himself to the world like this.
|||Clash has resigned from Seasame Street: "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately."
|||Larry Hagman: "Hagman was easily the best thing on the [Dallas] reboot. His advanced age deepened the character. J.R. was worried about his legacy now, and his retinue of women was just for show – an expression of financial rather than sexual potency. Hagman seemed to draw on his own age and health problems as he acted the part. He moved more slowly now, conserving his energy like an old cobra who could only strike once a day. J.R. was still Richard III, but was turning into King Lear; that he was the only character who seemed to know this added a poignant dimension to his evil plots, and connected the new Dallas to the old."
|||Listen to Bruno Mars' new track Moonshine. Seal, anyone?
> Elton John invests in the photography of Ross Watson - including a shot of Bel Ami boy Dolph Lambert - who John had on his yacht this summer.
< Watch gay NYC rapper Le1f's sizzling new video, Soda. And here's an interview with Le1f, and his production partner Boody. And another - this time from Dazed Digital - where you best not call him a "gay rapper": "IM NOT SOME RHYMING JUKING FAGGOT CAKE WALK. FUCK." Love. Him.
|||Why the LA porn condom law is a judgement on studio producers. "Bareback gay porn puts millions of viewers at risk, as well as the performers who make it."
"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."