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||| A response to last week's eye-opening article "the men who want AIDS — and how it improved their lives". The GMHS says, "we told you so. It is not the final product that is the problem... it is how people got there."
> Why ACT UP has declared war on the new HIV pandemic, which threatens to infect more than half of all young gay men.
||| Young, homeless and HIV-positive? Help is on the way. Activists and philanthropists Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea donate $US50,000 to support a housing development fund at the Ali Forney Center.
||| Why we should ditch the Sochi Olympics.
||| Eight horrific and uplifting stories about being gay in Russia.
||| Stranger in my homeland. "Russian's brutal treatment of sexual minorities is nothing new. For me, growing up gay in Russia felt like I had a terminal disease."
||| The 19 in prison for being gay.
||| Be afraid: Holding hands can still pose a risk.
||| Gaybros: Where are the real men?
||| The power of gay stereotypes. "The supposed clichés about being gay are nothing to be ashamed of."
||| Why the choice to be child-free is admirable, not selfish.
US & CANADA NEWS
> Judge orders anti-gay US pastor Scott Lively to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Lively is accused of engineering the Uganda "Kill The Gays" bill, and recommending Russia's "gay propaganda" laws.
||| American Bar Association votes against "gay panic" defences.
booed by anti-gay crowd in Texas.
||| Gay US Army soldier Bradley Manning apologises during sentencing hearing. "I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States".
> Bradley Manning sent this photo to doctor with letter titled "my problem".
||| B. Scott and BET's transgender problem.
< First member of the Latin King Goonies gang - who tortured three males his gang believed were gay in New York - sentenced. Nelson Falu will spend seven years in prison.
||| Teen alcohol abuse lower in gay-straight alliance schools.
||| San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan brands gays "disgusting".
||| Anti-gay Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card compares Obama to Hitler.
||| Post-Zimmerman trial, a divided America.
||| CANADA: Gay Russian asylum seekers will be treated in the same manner as those from other persecuted minority groups.
||| Section 28 returns as at least eight schools schools are found to ban promotion of "gay" issues.
||| Straight Pride UK attempts to silence gay equality blogger and fails.
> A preening Vladimir Putin, wearing nothing but skimpy pink hot pants, turns up at London's G.A.Y. bar.
||| ASDA removes "Tranny-saurus" greetings card after complaints.
||| RUSSIA: How the country's anti-gay laws could kill its cities...
...So who can force Russia to change its ways?
< RUSSIA: TV personality Anton Krasovsky comes out on the air - and is fired.
||| FRANCE: Anti-gay fanatics Les Hommen paint fake blood on the offices of Act Up.
> BELGIUM: Gay kiss-in outside Antwerp's Russian Consulate, in pictures.
< SWEDEN: The crosswalk in front of the Stockholm Russian embassy has been transformed with the colours of the rainbow flag.
||| ITALY: One in three gay teens considers suicide.
||| ITALY: Costa Concordia salvage could see ship fracture.
||| TURKEY: Sexual minorities to be protected from discrimination under new constitution as Turkey becomes second majority Muslim nation to protect gays.
LATIN AMERICA NEWS
||| HAITI: Mob hurls rocks and molotov cocktails at British and Haiti gay couple during private engagement ceremony.
||| ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas "in favour" of marriage equality debate.
||| JAMAICA: Police manage to intervene to save "a man dressed as a woman".
> JAMAICA: Dane Lewis, Executive director of J-FLAG, talks about murdered teen Dwayne Jones. Video.
||| JAMAICA: "My gay family did what my parents didn't".
||| JAMAICA: Anti-gay hate a way of life, plus an interview with Dwayne Jones.
||| ZAMBIA: Young gay couple arrested after being "caught red-handed".
||| ZIMBABWE: Mugabe's Zanu PF to toughen anti-gay laws, as Mugabe threatens to behead gays.
< CAMEROON: A final adieu to murdered activist Eric Lembembe.
||| CAMEROON: Life "getting harder" for gay people.
||| PAKISTAN: New website Queer Pakistan helps gay men find ways to get around harsh anti-gay laws.
||| INDIA: Mother and brother of HIV-positive man confess to his murder.
> CHINA: Beijing doctor builds "mountain" on top of his penthouse.
painted rainbow for gay equality.
||| AUSTRALIA: PM Kevin Rudd promises marriage equality if re-elected...
...Whilst opposition leader Tony Abbott says marriage equality is just the "fashion of the moment".
||| AUSTRALIA: Perth lawmaker compares marriage equality to marriage between half-siblings in bizarre "Ethan and Stephanie" speech.
MIDDLE EAST NEWS
||| IRAN: Some gay Iranians are outing themselves to avoid military service.
||| DUBAI: UK-owned gym pulls ad claiming fat women turn men gay.
> Introducing the Olinguito, the newest rare mammal species discovery.
||| But the Olinguito isn't new – it was with us all along. Let's hope it stays that way.
< 12 real animals that will make your eyes pop out of your head. Left, a cuddly goblin shark.
> Possibly less rare is this majestic lion dog from China.
||| Are you ready to embrace the apocalypse?
BODY, MIND & SOUL
||| The stigma of HIV still remains.
||| No new cases of deadly bacterial meningitis strain among gay men in New York since February; thousands of gay men got vaccinated against the disease.
< So, a sea snail grew and hatched inside a kid's knee.
||| You've been lied to about carrots your whole life because of Nazis.
||| This is why you aren't sleeping right.
||| Heavy coffee consumption increases death rates in under-55s.
||| Why altitude sickness kills people.
||| Near-death experiences: the brain's last hurrah.
||| Medical procedures that have gone obsolete in our lifetimes.
> If hook-up culture doesn't exist, why did we invent it?
INSIDE THE SPACESHIP
< How internet shame is killing our children. 17-year-old Daniel Perry took his own life after being targeted in a web-cam blackmail plot.
||| Twitter to be sued by human rights groups over "Gays Must Die" hashtag.
||| Apple iTunes lists "bisexual" as risky word.
||| Google outage caused 40 percent drop in internet traffic.
||| Facebook tests payment system to rival PayPal.
||| How to encrypt your email and keep your conversations private.
ART & DESIGN
> Hercules, the bisexual demigod, has been the icon of alpha-masculinty for centuries — do you know about his gay love life?
||| Do not miss these spectacular composite photographs that allow us to time travel...
||| Abandoned sea forts have been turned into luxury hotels.
||| 15 breathtakingly bad architecture ideas.
< Spaceship designs, from before the space age.
> New book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Jim French Polaroids sheds light on Colt Studios founder Jim French's early, unseen Polaroids.
||| Book review: Hungry Bottom Comics: Volumes 1 and 2, by Eric Kostiuk Williams. "Unique and confident, the assured work of an artist who has found his drawing voice, and is excited to explore it."
> Faggamuffin author John R. Gordon's writer's diary. "Recently I've been fascinated by the notion of punctuation in prose: punctuation as sculpture, shaping not only the sense but also the rhythms of a sentence..."
||| Read a new short story from Andrew Holleran.
||| Introducing the first official CockyBoys fan fiction contest.
||| Archie and the gang to boycott Russia in forthcoming story arc.
> Anti-gay preacher ends up with a very Modern Family on his book cover in epic fail.
< Dance for Life brings together buff dancers to raise money for HIV and AIDS.
> Theatre review: The Pride. "A timely production of a low-key but powerful play that uses a simple structure in a very deft fashion. Superb performances."
||| Theatre review: Harbor. "Cracks in the homo-American dream."
< Theatre review: As Is. "Strong direction, well dressed set pieces, brilliantly paced action and committed performances."
> Pictures from Sal, James Franco's biopic of gay star Sal Mineo (Giant, Rebel Without A Cause).
||| Trekkies Into Darkness vote worst Star Trek film.
< 50 science fiction/fantasy films that everyone should see.
||| 50 places every film fan should visit.
> What movie have you watched 1000 times, and will never stop? (And me? The Towering Inferno.)
< The ultimate guide to this autumn's science fiction and fantasy TV! Left, The Tomorrow People.
< Microsoft bankrolling Blake's 7 remake for Xbox Live service in latest original programming investment. One wag comments, "Because nothing says Microsoft better than a band of criminals led by a self serving sociopath looking for a leader lost in the wilderness, on board a flagship that implodes and gets replaced by something slightly worse every other year..."
||| A Star Wars TV series may be in the pipeline again, but will it work?
||| Lost TV interview of first Doctor Who William Hartnell discovered; it's the only known on-screen interview with Hartnell to exist.
> The replica original TARDIS console - which will feature in the BBC drama An Adventure in Space and Time, focusing on the genesis of Doctor Who - is now on display at Cardiff's Doctor Who Experience.
||| Go inside London's real TARDIS with Google maps.
||| DVD review: Doctor Who - Inferno. "This dark depiction of 'what if' is frighteningly believable and unsettling."
||| Remembering Inspector Gadget.
< The most gut-wrenching Ninja Turtles fan art ever made?
||| Why we should be watching PhoneShop.
that wasn't meant to be.
||| Top Boy: "We don't really cry. The tears are fake."
||| Is Top Boy Britain's answer to The Wire?
||| "Canned laughter" doesn't exist, so why complain about it?
||| Netflix: should I subscribe?
||| Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford.
< Hollyoaks - already home to more gay characters than any other TV show - toys with gay father/son incest storyline.
||| The BBC needs conserving. Yet these Conservatives think not. "Yes, it makes mistakes, but the corporation is a democratic asset. Try telling that to ministers taking the Murdoch line."
||| The Difficult Brown gets 1000 more hours of community service.
< Justin Bieber. Naked.
> The X Factor USA's Emblem3. Naked.
< 13 ways to enjoy your One Direction dolls.
||| 50 electronic albums you should own, 1963-2013.
||| Listen to Don Christian - Morning Glory, featuring Le1F.
||| Video: Out gay Canadian singer Chris Munro's Go.
||| Los Angeles-based Boys Town Studios to donate 100% of sales to gay Russian refugees to "give back to the LGBT community".
< Race Cooper got engaged!
> Talking to Trey Turner.
||| Talking to Prince Creamz.
||| Diesel Washington says goodbye to Junior, the Dawgpound assistant who recently passed away.
||| 10... er, "people" react to Mick Lovell and Kevin Warhol's bareback flip-fuck.
||| The 13 most insane illegal sentences from the scene descriptions of Treasure Island Media's Bad Seed. Our favourite? "You'll hear the crackwhores screaming in the hallway."
||| 10 guidelines for fucking a barely legal twink.
||| Take revenge on your hole!
< WWE wrestler Darren Young comes out...
...Because he's "deeply in love" with his boyfriend (left) of two years. Salon has an in depth piece on the story here.
||| And the reaction has been positive - as it has been for every gay male athlete to come out before him.
||| Now is the time for a gay NFL player to come out, says Robert Griffin III.
< Out, gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz is getting married.
||| Russia's deputy prime minister says gay athletes will be safe in Sochi as long as they don't mention being gay "in the presence of children."
||| US Senator Chuck Schumer calls for athletes to wave rainbow flags at Sochi Olympics...
...But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have threatened to punish athletes who fight for gay Russians.
||| Pride House International, however, has called on the IOC to protect gay athletes from discrimination, demanding that protection of sexual orientation be enshrined in the Olympic charter.
||| The US Olympic Committee denounces Russia's anti-gay laws - but asks that athletes abide by it anyway.
||| 6th November 1935: Hitler to take down anti-semitic signs during Olympics, IOC blasts boycott movement as "lies". Sound familiar?
||| Tough questions Olympics' corporate sponsors are eager to avoid.
||| Russia's anti-gay laws will damage athletes' performance, says gold medallist and rower Zac Purchase.
||| Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva condemns gays after winning world title in Moscow. "We consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys."
< US track star Nick Symmonds said, "It blows my mind that a young, so well-educated woman can be so behind with the times." Symmonds dedicated his silver medal to his gay friends.
||| She later claims she's not anti-gay, blaming her poor English for the "confusion".
||| Meanwhile, Swedish athlete Emma Green-Tregaro painted her nails rainbow in protest.
||| But Maurice Greene thinks we should keep politics out of sport.
||| Russia's World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin likens gays to Nazis.
> Lightning strikes (literally) as Usain Bolt takes back the 100 metres world title. Video.
||| Bolt becomes first to win three world titles in 200 metres event. In pictures.
< kaos krush David Oliver takes gold in the 110m hurdles. In pictures.
AND WHILST YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT THAT, THINK ABOUT THIS
||| Why did the '80s turn so many of us into nerds?
||| The four types of people most likely to murder their families.
And finally, Ashelly from Drunk Dialers is back with his make-up tips; judging celebrities; your purpose; and why do so many black women insist that black gay men hate them?
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