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||| Are black gay men a black gay man's worst enemy?
||| Now is the time for attention to domestic violence in gay people of colour.
||| My attraction to trans people is not a fetish.
||| Is same-sex parenting good for the gay community? "The 'gay family' is increasingly normalised: will it entrench the idea of 'good' and 'bad' gay people or make for a better world?"
||| One in four gay men not out at work... perhaps because 43% of gay men have faced anti-gay attacks by colleagues.
> From Zulu to the "White Widow", why do all African stories need a white face?
||| Telling a racist joke in front of a black friend doesn't make it audacious fun.
||| The 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die.
||| How do religions die?
U.S. & CANADA NEWS
||| Football players hurl anti-gay slurs during performance of The Laramie Project - about the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard - at University of Mississippi.
> Gay ally Brendon Ayanbadejo writes a letter to University of Mississippi's faculty offering to help deal with the players involved.
||| The controversial new book about Matthew Shepard won't change his legacy.
< This is David Jimenez, who was beaten in an unprovoked anti-gay attack in Brooklyn last week.
||| Anti-gay preacher Scott Lively announces run for Massachusetts governor.
||| Punk band shoots porn clip on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church.
> Texas father publicly shames son for bullying classmate.
||| Meanwhile, this grandfather shamed his daughter for kicking out her gay son. "Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real 'abomination' here. A parent disowning her child is what goes 'against nature.'"
||| What Would You Do? features a black gay teen coming out to members of the public.
< Mystery surrounds the closure of the world's biggest gay club after just months in business.
||| The wave of evictions in San Francisco displacing gay men living with AIDS.
> Last weekend's Folsom Street Fair, in pictures.
||| About 15% of Americans live in poverty, so why is no one talking about it?
||| Surviving forty-one years in solitary...
...Until the day you get out.
||| U.S. shutdown: Ten unexpected consequences.
|THE BIG PICTURE: A U.S. Park Police officer clears the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial,|
1st October 2013, as government shuts down.
||| CANADA: How the City of Toronto is striving to improve the lives of homeless gay youth.
to speak at London conference.
||| Gay former Tory mayor Brian Coleman says the marriage equality act is a "silly and dreadful" law. Coleman is a convicted criminal, having been found guilty earlier this year of attacking a defenseless woman in the street.
||| Gay Britain: what do the statistics say? "How many people in the UK are gay, lesbian or bisexual? The Office for National Statistics reckons it's 1.5% while the Kinsey report says it's 10%. Who's right?"
||| How British is Britain?
||| FINLAND: Why it loves saunas.
> RUSSIA: Gay propaganda law may fall after historic court ruling.
||| RUSSIA: Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize?
||| RUSSIA: All Swedish couples have been banned from adopting Russian children because of that country's marriage equality laws.
||| GEORGIA: President Mikheil Saakashvili slams Putin for exporting gay hate in an attempt to hold sway over the former Soviet Union.
||| ITALY: Pope John Paul II - who branded gays "evil" - will be made a saint next year.
LATIN AMERICA NEWS
||| JAMAICA: Not cashing in on the gay tourist dollar.
||| SURINAME: Third gay pride festival for the only Dutch speaking country in South America to take place this month.
||| NIGERIA: Two teenage boys arrested on charges of suspected homosexuality.
< ZAMBIA: Philip Mubiana and James Mwape are still languishing in jail on charges of suspected homosexuality, five months after first being arrested. And now the prosecutor in the case has suppoedly been taken ill, delaying a decision until the end of the month.
||| ZIMBABWE: A new law allowing the monitoring of all private phone calls, text messages and internet use ramps up the fear for the gay community, with predictions of a widening witchhunt and police blackmail.
||| CAMEROON: New gay apartheid as public venues post signs banning gay people.
||| KENYA: Gay man in Westgate mall massacre alive, recuperating.
|THE BIG PICTURE: Workers reinforce a mine in Niger State.|
||| SINGAPORE: Judge dismisses challenge to colonial era anti-gay law.
|THE BIG PICTURE: Buddhist monks play a game of Chinlone in Myanmar, 29th September 2013.|
MIDDLE EAST NEWS
||| KAZAKHSTAN: Lawmaker calls for ban on gay sex.
||| Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children.
||| So, cats are the leading cause of death for Canada's birds.
> Why naked mole rats are even freakier than we thought.
||| The lizard that bleeds green poison that can kill you.
||| Africa's true size will blow you away.
< Don't look down! A guide to breathtaking cliffside walkways.
BODY, MIND & SOUL
||| So how did you get HIV? "It can be awkward when someone asks this very personal question. Here's how to turn the experience into an opportunity."
||| Cocaine use can make otherwise resistant immune cells susceptible to HIV.
> Drug use on the gay scene needs to be acknowledged in the fight against HIV.
||| "Gay gene" science could change our world.
||| Ten health mistakes that everyone makes.
||| How exercise "can be as good as pills" - and how walking more "would save thousands" of lives.
< Is "addiction" an excuse to overeat?
||| Body clock "reset button" found.
||| Why do we smile and laugh when we're terrified?
> The Beautiful Men of 1976 - the great gay golden age in San Francisco right before it all changed.
< It's October, so it must be time for the annual Dieux du Stade calendar.
||| Read an extract from Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, gay Arab author Kamal Al-Solaylee's book about growing up gay in the Middle East.
||| Stephen Jimenez - author of the controversial book The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, about Matthew Shepard's murder - brings his reading tour to New York City.
||| The eleven gay poets to read before you die.
> Colour Scheme author John R. Gordon's writer's diary: The beginning of a modest theory of theatre.
< Book review: 20th Century Un-Limited, by Felice Picano. "You need to pick up this book. Experience once again the genius of one of the LGBT community's best authors... You and the history you know will never be the same."
> Book review: The Two Hotel Francforts, by David Leavitt, "...stands with his very best work."
AT THE MOVIES
||| Universal folds gay-friendly Focus Features, which released the likes of Milk and Brokeback Mountain.
< Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyers deleted kissing scene from 54 surfaces.
||| J.J. Abrams apologises for all those Star Trek lens flares.
||| Actors can't come out because the entertainment industry is just that — an industry.
||| A biopic based on the life of gay Beatles manager Brian Epstein is in the works.
> Look out for I'm A Pornstar, a new documentary following the lives of gay porn stars such as Brent Everett, Rocco Reed and Johnny Rapid.
||| The fifty best opening scenes of all time.
< Fifty trashy movies everyone needs to see.
> Fifty foreign-language films everyone needs to see.
||| The ten best Hitchcock movies Alfred Hitchcock didn't direct.
||| Trailer: Sal, James Franco's Sal Mineo biopic.
||| Gay Canadian filmmaker John Greyson to be held in Egypt for another 45 days. Greyon, who directed episodes of Queer As Folk, was detained on 18th August while filming a documentary during the security crackdown.
||| Derek Jacobi on unrequited love: "I had no idea I was breaking Ian McKellen's heart."
< The fourteen Disney characters you had no idea were gay.
> Looking back at Doctor Who – Revelation of the Daleks. "An odd being, with moments of humour which verge on the absurd juxtaposed with some of the most disturbing scenes in the show's history."
||| Fifteen years after its premiere, Charmed (beloved by black gay boys everywhere) is better (apparently) than you remember.
< The first photos of Doctor Who.
||| Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will be broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast on 23rd November 2013.
||| DVD review: Doctor Who - Terror Of The Zygons. "A brilliantly constructed piece of television, with the production and acting raising the script to something above average."
> Former Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle strips for charity.
< Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford. Left, the Philippines' My Husband’s Lover.
||| Former Neighbours star Menik Gooneratne has spoken out about the racist abuse she received from Australians during her time on the show.
> Annie Lennox calls for music video ratings, branding some promos "dark" and "pornographic".
||| The problem with all these half-naked pop stars.
||| Sinéad O'Connor tries to educate
||| And being the mature, smart and classy cunt that she is, Miley responded to Sinead’s thoughtful piece of advice by comparing her to Amanda Bynes.
||| But is this "Open Letter to Miley" mess is embarrassing for everyone?
||| Cher never hated fellow gay icon Madonna: "I just thought she was a bitch".
< Chris Brown says it's okay to be gay.
||| 50 Cent to mentor trans teen in new reality show Dream School.
> The Jonas Brothers aren't offended by those persistent gay rumours.
||| Bisexual Blue boy Duncan James declared bankrupt.
||| Video: Pet Shop Boys (featuring Example) - Thursday.
||| Here's a pointless article about racism in gay porn.
||| JC Adams on the problems facing gay porn journalists.
< Are these the thirteen most controversial men of colour in gay porn? Left, "diva" Eddie Diaz.
> Wagner Vittoria is filming with Lucas Kazan in Sicily - but where is boyfriend Diego Lauzen?
||| Bel Ami's Forever Lukas - which sees the return of Bel Ami legend Lukas Ridgeston after twenty years - looks breathtaking.
> All your favourite gay porn stars at the Folsom Street Fair 2013, in pictures.
< Talking to Machofucker's Red.
||| Talking to Big Beef.
> WWE superstar Darren Young poses with his boyfriend of two years, Niccolo Villa, for People.
||| Who's gonna host the Gay Games 2018?
||| The Olympic Torch met with protest at the outset.
||| Germany's rainbow Olympic uniforms "just fashionable", not a political protest.
AND WHILST YOU'RE
to photograph strangers on a train?
||| Ten reasons why Abercrombie & Fitch is the absolute worst.
||| The rise of the text tattoo.
> Check out this awesome Lego recreation of Helm's Deep, made with 150,000 bricks and 2,000 figures.
||| And finally, that guy who asked girls if they thought he was gay now turns his attention to the male of the species. Rogue "Marbie" Scott reaches for the sky, Andrew addresses the haters who can't deal with the fact he's dating a white guy, and Martin demonstrates how gay guys argue with their boyfriends.
30 September - 07 October 2013
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