Issue 135: Arquez, asexuals, Atlanta. Anonymous, The Advocate, Azealia Banks, and more

a news compendium
with a gay bias

OPENING SHOTS

< Who is the Blatino Oasis Best New Cummer? Find out below!

||| Check out The Guardian's interactive chart showing gay equality in the US, state by state.

||| Asexuals seek LGBTQ allies.

||| New Year's resolutions every gay should live by. Our favourite from this list? Respect your ElderGays. Our least? Grow a beard. They're creepy, gross, and desperately tryhard.

> Gaydar Radio stops broadcasting after 11 years. And Qsoft - the owner of Gaydar Radio - has also closed its central London gay bars, Profile and Lo Profile. Read their official statement.

US & CANADA NEWS

< This is 17-year-old Derek Shrout, who police have arrested after he planned to kill gay and black students with explosives. Video.

||| Morehouse College - Atlanta's all-male African-American college - to offer students its first "LGBTQ" course, "A Genealogy of Black LGBT Culture and Politics".

||| At 83, Edith Windsor says it is "very joyous" to have her DOMA challenge heading to US Supreme Court.

> Marriage equality takes effect in Maryland. Left, Darcia Anthony and Danielle William marry at City Hall in Baltimore, 1st January 2013...

...Sadly, members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest.

< This is 82-year-old Eric Marcoux, and 84-year-old Eugene Woodworth, who will celebrate being together for 60 years in June. Inspirational.

||| Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, prepares to step down.

||| Anti-gay priest calls for help after getting stuck in handcuffs, gag.

> Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts leads rally against anti-gay violence, following the attack on Kenni Shaw.

||| Why is the Pentagon blocking sites designated as LGBT? The Department of Defense responds.

||| Anti-gay fastfood chain Chick-Fil-A gives pranksters a free chicken burger for renouncing their homosexuality.

< Project Q Atlanta's 25 favorite gay photo galleries of 2012.

THE BIG PICTURE: Job done! A weary President Obama steers the US away from the fiscal cliff, 1st January 2013.

UK NEWS

< Escaped South African prisoner Brandon Victor Pillay - aka Ricardo Pisano - wanted for the murder of gay Brighton man Michael Polding.

> Killer Phillip Westwater escapes psychiatric hospital and heads for gay bar drag show.

||| Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson wanted to pull all support for London World Pride. The London Mayor has previously referred to gay men as "tank-topped bumboys".

||| British government accused of spreading deliberate disinformation in gay lawyer's extreme porn case.

||| Happy, clappy, and out of the closet: Evangelicals who say being gay is OK.

||| Catholic Archbishop scraps gay Soho masses.

||| Church stance on gay rights is not brave, it is demeaning and futile, reads new editorial in The Times.

||| Fury and praise over Church of England allowing gay bishops.

> Renamed Ben and Jerry's flavour backs marriage equality.

||| Anti-gay Muslim extremist targets UK students.

EUROPE NEWS

||| ITALY: Lega Nord "gays are insane" party asks for votes on Grindr.

||| ITALY: 76 year-old Prime Ministerial candidate (and plastic surgery devotee) Silvio Berlusconi in "anti-gay" misspeak.

||| RUSSIA: St Petersburg governor signs "gay propaganda" bill into law.

LATIN AMERICA NEWS

||| PUERTO RICO: New Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pledges to tackle anti-gay violence.

||| JAMAICA: Minister of Justice hints a law banning anti-gay discrimination may be introduced due to pressures to accept "Western" human rights.

< JAMAICA: Gay equality advocate Maurice Tomlinson welcomes that his country may ban anti-gay discrimination but points out it is a fundamental human right and part of the country's heritage - not a "Western" notion.

||| JAMAICA: The church will not bow to the gay agenda, despite The Gleaner's record in 2012, "in putting out more pro-gay columns, editorials and letters to the editors more than any other year".

AFRICA NEWS

||| Africa, where black is not really beautiful.

||| NIGERIA: Inside Lagos' secret gay club.

> UGANDA: Gay youth worker Joseph Kaweesi arrested for "recruiting" teens into homosexuality. And on Wednesday, Kabuye Najibu, of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, was arrested whilst bringing food to Kaweesi.

||| UGANDA: Charges against David Cecil, producer of a gay play staged in Kampala, have been dropped.

||| UGANDA: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively sued by Ugandans for "crimes against humanity". Lively will face a federal court for allegedly aiding the murder of gay people.

||| UGANDA: Preachers continue to demand the anti-gay bill be passed.

< UGANDA: Hacker collective Anonymous launch fresh attacks.

||| UGANDA: Add your name to a petition calling on Facebook to take down "Kampala Exposed: Facts and Rumors," a page based in Uganda's capital city and created to out gay people.

||| CAMEROON: An appeals court has overturned the conviction of two men jailed in 2011 for homosexual acts.

||| KENYA: Nairobi police promises arrest of gay blackmailing gang - who in some cases have raped their victims.

||| KENYA: Education minister Mutula Kilonzo calls for school ban on "gay" book The Whale Runner.

SOUTHERN ASIA NEWS

||| INDIA: The rapes that India forgot.

||| PAKISTAN: Those homoerotic paintings of Muslim clerics we mentioned in Issue 134 are still causing problems in Lahore, with those involved facing blasphemy charges.

ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

> CHINA: Meet Wu Youjian, who, seven years ago, was the first Chinese mother to openly support her gay son on television.

||| CHINA: New study by Chinese sociologist documents tolerance of homosexuality going back thousands of years in China.

||| TAIWAN: Marriage equality moves a step closer with first legislative hearing.

||| THAILAND: Gay hotel guard kills lover, and then himself. 52-year-old Sinchai Neesantier is said to have stabbed 28-year-old Wittawas Saeng-ard to death, and then jumped from the roof of a luxury 24-storey hotel.

||| AUSTRALIA: Sydney to get rainbow crossings for Mardi Gras.

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

||| ISRAEL: Funding for Tel Aviv's annual gay film festival is under threat.

> ISRAEL: Political parties promise more action on gay equality.

BOOKS, ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

< Here's the cover art for kaos favourite John R. Gordon's forthcoming novel (his fourth) Colour Scheme. It follows last year's sizzling Faggamuffin. Look out for a new interview with the author, coming soon...

||| Review: The Scientists: A Family Romance, by Marco Roth. "Despite its shortcomings... a compelling portrait of the intellectual as a young man."

> The gay teen boy romance comic beloved by Japanese women.

||| The Advocate to return to print after two years as a digital only publication.

< Canadian artist Olivia Johnston captures evocative vulnerable teen boys and their bedrooms.

||| 2012 National Geographic photography contest winners. Below, traditional Chinese dragon boating.


> Don't miss these surreal illustrations from 1970s psychology textbooks.

STAGE

Talking to David C. Jones, director of The Gay Mafia.

||| Gay bullying play From White Plains sets dates at off-Broadway's Signature Center.

FILM

||| Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, was "too gay" for Hollywood.

||| Rupert Everett: I was a slut because I was furious at Catholicism. Everett has also been busy praising Oscar Wilde.

||| Promised Land and the pitfalls of political cinema.

< 10 highbrow horror films you should see instead of Texas Chainsaw 3D.

||| The 13 best worst science fiction movies of all time.

> Film-maker Amir Dixon to screen Friend of Essex, a "docudrama about the lives of young black gay men", at Atlanta's Morehouse College on 31st January. Trailer below.

||| Trailer: Stud Life, showing at the forthcoming London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.


TV

> Kyle XY's Matt Dallas comes out.

||| The 150 best TV theme songs.

< Dallas showrunner on JR funeral episode: "I cried while writing it."

||| Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford.

||| Former EastEnders actor John Patridge says the primetime BBC soap needs more gays. The show currently has no gay characters, in contrast to ITV's Coronation Street, which features two gay men, two lesbians and a transsexual character.

> Khali Best talks about his new role in EastEnders. More of Khali here.

||| Splash! Some TV is so bad it's good.

||| The best of what to watch on US TV in 2013.

< Freddy E. Buhler, the rapper, comedian and YouTube personality, is dead. He was 22. Buhler shot himself in the head after a string of suicidal Tweets.


MUSIC

||| Digital music just had its best week ever...

...But it's the final spin for Manhattan's famous Bleecker Bob's Records.

||| Fantasia's false equivalency. "Her anti-gay Instagram rant made one thing clear: Celebrities should avoid social media sermons."

||| Never mind - Fantasia has her "middle finger up to those who seak (sic) to destroy me". Okay then...

< Radio DJ Chelsea Norris sanctioned for saying The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran was "gay" to fear polka dots.

||| Despite what you might have heard, Frank Ocean was arrested for possession of weed, not for giving/receiving head.

||| Watch a short interview with Le1f.

||| Read an interview with Le1f.

Look at new pictures of Le1f, by Thomas Gothier.

||| Talking to dancer, choreographer (and former gay porn star) Jeremy Copeland.

||| OMG! Rapper Azealia Banks (I know - who?) called Perez Hilton "a messy faggot".

||| Wang Leehom: Definitely not gay!

||| "Our little Canadian Baby Jesus is growing up, because he's traded his pacifier and bottle for a Corona and a blunt."

< JLS's Oritsé Williams and his body beautiful.

> Patti Page, the singer, is dead. She was 85. Page is best remembered for her No.1 hit (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window.

SEX

||| Former gay porn mogul Shawn Loftis - aka Collin O'Neal - has been cleared to return to teaching.

< Brent Corrigan speaks frankly about his days as a bareback porn star.

> Blatino Oasis names erotica award winners. Arquez was named "Best New Cummer".

||| Diego Lauzen and Wagner Vittoria put in a shift for Lucas Kazan.

< Here's a preview of the new Bel Ami models - and videos - coming in 2013. Left, Kevin Warhol, Kris Evans, Manuel Rios, Sascha Chaykin, and some lovely vintage wheels.

> Luckey writes about his trip to a gay male strip club.

||| Why the Devil loves anal by former "gay porn star" Joseph Sciambra.

||| Check out the latest episode of Hard Wire, featuring Dr. Eddie Diaz.


SPORT

||| Make sure you don't pee next to Shaquille O'Neal - he'll kick your gay ass!

||| Brendon Ayanbadejo joins Athlete Ally to fight anti-gay hate in sports.

< Big boys Bret Lockett and Shawne Merriman (rightstrip for Peta's "Ink Not Mink" campaign.

||| ESPN shows pro bowler Scott Norton kissing his husband after victory.

> Football player is the latest straight white man to grace the cover of the UK top-selling gay magazine Attitude...

...And it will take more than a footballer in Attitude to get gay players to come out.

||| In any case, it's fans, not players, who are keeping gay footballers in the closet.

< About football goalie Stuart Tomlinson's sideline as a nude model.

BODY & MIND

||| The US state of Alabama has been ordered to stop segregating HIV-positive prisoners.

||| The key HIV discoveries of 2012.

||| Breaking the ice: Gay men and methamphetamine addiction.

||| Panda blood could hold the secret to the next generation of antibiotics.

||| Boffins give totally blind mice their sight back.

||| E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire. "Puritans and the powerful – and tobacco smokers – can't take the fact that electronic cigarettes are harmless and enjoyable."

< 9 hangover cures that actually work.

||| The new "stomach sucker pump" that lets you eat and drink as much as you want - without gaining weight.

||| Alcohol calories too often ignored.

||| What you suspected all along is true: More people than ever are "mentally ill".

||| Paedophilia: bringing dark desires to light. "The Jimmy Savile scandal caused public revulsion, but experts disagree about what causes paedophilia - and even how much harm it causes."

OUR PLANET, AND BEYOND

> Male lynxes duel to the death over territory...

...And wasps tag virgins for future sex.

||| Brilliant: A US town has banned the sale of small water bottles.

THE LAB

||| Why does Microsoft still exist?

||| It's the end of the road for the unloved Netbook.

||| Sony's PlayStation 2 is also dead.

||| Polaroid's worst idea yet: Retail stores that print your Instagram photos.

||| Why we should stop whining and embrace Google+.

< How to break your smartphone addiction - without going cold turkey.

||| With that in mind, will digital addiction clinics be big in 2013?

PARTING SHOTS

> 12 horrible plans for New York that never happened.

< The endangered buildings we hope make it through 2013. Left, Gingerbread Houses in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

||| The world's shortest escalator.


||| The story of toilet paper.

||| The British and their bizarre view of Americans.

> Calvin Klein's ex-boytoy Nick Gruber gets into trouble - again.

||| Naomi Campbell was robbed by French thieves. (I'm keeping my face straight - are you?)

||| Student discovers "wrinkled brain" inside KFC chicken piece.

||| And finally, Rogue schools us on bad kissers, and Davey Wavey goes pole dancing!


ISSUE 135
01-07 January 2013

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1 comments:

MARK CLARK said...

You give me such a good feeling when it comes to the blog world, thanks :-)

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