To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody

 M A N N E Q U I N 
 M A N I A 
men, in pictures

She done him wrong

"I only read biographies, metaphysics and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction."

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us

 M A N N E Q U I N 
 M A N I A 
men, in pictures

I don't care what you think unless it is about me

R E A L
B O Y S

narcissists & camera whores

Issue 137: McKenzie, Agogo, Franco, Mr. T, Vegas, G-A-Y, leather bar, the reign of terror, and more

a news compendium
with a gay bias

OPENING SHOTS

< Team GB Olympian Ashley McKenzie strips for the cover of Gay Times.

||| Would Martin Luther King have fought for gay equality?

||| Do African-Americans have a "special responsibility" to support equality?

||| Why coming out can feel like failure for gay black men.

||| Gay people experience domestic violence at same rate as heterosexuals, it transpires.

US & CANADA NEWS

> Facebook apologises for deleting an "offensive" photo of a mixed-race gay couple's wedding.

||| Growing up gay in 2013.

< New Jersey teen announces to high school assembly that he is gay. Jacob Rudolph told them, "Take me, leave me or move me out of the way, because I am what I am."

||| Why he did it so publicly: video.

> Meanwhile, Wes Breedwell wore a pro-marriage equality T-shirt to work and was fired.

< Five suspects have now been charged with the murder of missing transgender rapper Ebony (Evon) Young.

> Boston law school gay group vandalised.

||| Judging Mayor Koch's AIDS record.

Even straight people are welcome in Vegas!

||| "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." Barack Obama's Stonewall moment.

||| Rev. Luis Leon says gays created "in God's image" during benediction at Obama inaugural.

||| Check out this panoramic view of Obama's second inauguration.

> This is Cyrus Gilbert, an Atlanta hair stylist who is suing the US state of Georgia for rejecting "GAYGUY" licence plate.

||| In America, you can get strangled to death by a security guard for shoplifting.

UK NEWS

||| The Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller has published the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which will give gay couples the equal right to marry in England and Wales...

...But Miller also announced that teachers would still be allowed to say marriage equality it wrong.

||| Stonewall: Tell your MP you back marriage equality.

||| The seven ways civil partnership isn't the same as marriage.

||| Peter Tatchell on why the UK should look at lowering the age of consent to 14.

||| Police urge victim of anti-gay "Muslim Patrol" to come forward.

||| A call for tolerance between London's Muslim and gay communities.

||| Why Imams were right to condemn the gang trying to impose Sharia law in east London and why Islam doesn't actually say being gay is a sin.

> Entrepreneur Jeremy Joseph buys G-A-Y from HMV administrators.

||| Is London's gay scene self-harming through sex and drug use?

||| Ivan Massow - the millionaire Tory, fox hunter and critic of human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell - to run as Tory MP in marginal Somerset seat.

EUROPE NEWS

< RUSSIA: Gay activists beaten up by angry crowd.

||| RUSSIA: The Kremlin cracks down on homosexuality, with the military checking recruits' tattoos for signs of "gay".

||| RUSSIA: Parliament backs "gay propaganda" ban.

||| SERBIA: Far-right group SNP Naši claims gays are CIA agents who "want to break up Serbia".

||| POLAND: Gay civil partnership bill thrown out.

> SWEDEN: Cleaning lady cleared of wrongdoing in train crash. "It's unfortunate that she was depicted as a thief, and I'm truly sad about that," Arriva spokesman Tomas Hedenius says.

||| BELGIUM: Gay couples are giving homes to nearly half of adopted children in Flanders.

||| FRANCE: Court rules that Twitter must hand over details of homophobic and anti-semitic users.

LATIN AMERICA NEWS

< The surprising connection between Ricky Martin and Orlando Cruz.

||| HONDURAS: Gay activist Erick Martinez arrested and beaten in gay bar raid.

AFRICA NEWS

> NIGERIA: Three men are in hiding after being paraded naked and brutally beaten for allegedly being caught having gay sex.

||| NIGERIA: Marriage equality will wipe out humanity, pastor claims.

||| CAMEROON: Amnesty International releases report slamming the country's appalling human rights abuses. Prisoners are forced "to have degrading and useless anal exams to find out if they have had gay sex".

ASIA-PACIFIC NEWS

||| CHINA: Beijing court rules marriages with gay men can be annulled; it's estimated 10 million women are married to gay men in China.

||| TAIWAN: Gay couple drop legal fight for equal marriage rights in Taipei.

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

||| EGYPT: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring.

< JORDAN: Khalid, frontman of gay magazine My Kali, discusses the controversy he caused when he posed for a scantily-clad photo in front of a mosque.

THE BIG PICTURE: The condemned man lays his head on the hangman's shoulder, in a scene from an Iranian execution, 20th January 2013.

THE BIG PICTURE: Displaced Afghani children on the outskirts of Kabul, 27th December 2012.

BOOKS, ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

> The Drag Book. Get it, bitch.

< Review: Desire: Tales of New Orleans, by William Sterling Walker. "As I was reading it, I felt as if I were being welcomed into a sometimes wise, sometimes wise-cracking crowd I half-wanted to join. But did I fully understand what Walker was trying to convey? Not really. Not yet. And that's part of the fun."

||| Why magazines are using digital to boost prices, not bolster innovation.

> David Pelham's vintage Penguin book covers.

< Judge Dredd comic writers say that he "could be gay".

||| The 20 gayest cartoon couples. Below, Jeff and Woody in Mr. T.


< Check out these fascinating (and more than a little homoerotic) photos of 19th-century tattooed Japanese mail runners.

FILM

||| Daniel Radcliffe is "weirded out" by the media focus on his gay sex scenes in Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays the gay poet Allen Ginsberg. "What weirded me out the most last night was people were asking me all these questions about the gay sex scenes. I was like: 'You know I did Equus?'. Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange." Love. Him.

||| Michael Gambon to star in Love Is Strange, a new drama about an older gay couple facing discrimination in New York.

> Meanwhile, James Franco brings graphic gay sex to Sundance with Interior. Leather Bar.

||| Eytan Fox, director of Yossi, on steering a path to acceptance for gay Israelis.

||| Graphic: Breaking down gay-themed Oscar nominations.

||| Why JJ Abrams is a new hope for Star Wars.

||| Review: Interior. Leather Bar. "James Franco's point about gay sex gets lost in his latest vanity project because for someone so vocal, he's saying nothing."

< Review: Dance Hall. "The dance hall provides a gilded sheen to frustrated desires."

||| Michael Winner, the director, is dead. He was 77.

TV

||| Webseries Eastsiders is aiming for a Kickstarter-funded full season.

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

> Super-cute EastEnders new boy Khali Best poses with Ian McKellan.

< Gay Hollyoaks actors PJ Brennan and Kieron Richardson strip off in support of HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

||| I need to start watching Shameless...


< Gay action hero Agron back as Spartacus returns.

||| Scott Evans - the gay actor brother of Chris Evans - has pleaded guilty to drug charges in Los Angeles.

||| Puck from Glee sued for allegedly forcing his ex-girlfriend to have bareback sex with him.

||| Bill Brochtrup, the actor behind NYPD Blue's "gay temp" character, is still at work in Hollywood. Nicholas Snow caught up with him.

||| Is there any science fiction left on TV?

> Go see classic Doctor Who screenings in Chicago.

||| The original Batman car sells for $US4.2 million.

||| Joanna Lumley confirms a film version of Absolutely Fabulous is on the drawing board.

< Review: Doctor Who - The Reign of Terror. "This is a grim, black humoured story... that puts a definitive seal on the first season of the series. That lovely voice over at the end of episode six, against a backdrop of stars, says it all: '...our destiny is in the stars, so let's go and search for it'."

MUSIC

> LE1F's got a new mixtape dropping on Monday. Do not miss it.

||| Listen to Zebra Katz - ICU.

||| Gee, surprise surprise: Lady Gaga is to duet with rapper Azealia Banks. You know, the one who called Perez Hilton a "messy faggot" who should kill himself.

||| Banks took some time out from spewing anti-gay hate to suggest two British journalists kill themselves.

< Usher's new iPhone wallpaper Justin Bieber's ass crack made an appearance on Instagram.

||| Lupe Fiasco did exactly what you'd expect Lupe Fiasco to do at an inauguration concert and he got thrown off the stage for it.

> Music's wackiest conspiracy theories. Right, the not dead Tupac Shakur.

||| Why asset-stripper Hilco might not be the answer to troubled music and DVD retailer HMV's prayers.

||| Video: A$AP Rocky features Florence Welch on I Come Apart.

SEX

< Boy Culture put together a list of the 125 Hottest Gay Porn Stars. A mostly white list, it's nevertheless a fascinating history lesson.

||| Brent Corrigan at his cunty best. "Working with Falcon Studios, the Bryan Kocis murder trial, and the death of Erik Rhodes, whom he calls 'very grumpy.'"

||| Corbin Fisher had their very own awards.

||| The latest Andrew Christian video features Randy Blue models Nico Skye, Sean Sevran and more!

||| Where have all the great total tops gone?

> Meet adorable new CocoDorm model Prince Taj.

||| Watch Rudebwoy twerk.

SPORT

||| Straight ally Brendon Ayanbadejo planning to raise gay visibility.

||| Manti Te'o: I'm so so so so so so so not gay. But he spent 500 hours talking to a man, and claims he thought it was a woman.

< New York Ramblers gay soccer team sells calendar for charity.

||| Australia to crack down on anti-gay hate among fans, coaches and players.

||| Olympic diver Chris Mears on making some good gay friends through Tom Daley. "I've had a couple of funny suggestions, normally guys asking for foursomes with me, Tom and Jack Laugher."

> Mears is another Olympian who's naked on the cover of this month's Gay Times.

||| Olympian Anthony Ogogo dons skin-tight gold trunks for Tom Daley's Splash...


||| Watch NBA star Kenneth Faried's new video for gay equality group One Colorado.


BODY & MIND

||| Boffins develop HIV-resistant T-cells.

||| Accepting families can reduce HIV in gay kids.

||| The UK's National AIDS Trust calls for the NHS to provide earlier HIV treatment.

||| What's so bad about Spanish sperm?

||| Prophylactic progress: The story of the condom's rise.

||| Chemical castration: the soft option? "More than 100 British sex offenders have volunteered for 'chemical castration'. But do the drugs make them harmless?"

||| Why alcohol-fuelled sleep is less satisfying.

> Loneliness is bad for your health.

OUR PLANET

||| The Avian Infrasound Non-lethal Denial System to scare birds away from planes.

||| Why bobbing your dog's tail is really bad idea.

||| Dolphins form life raft to help dying friend.

||| Animal pictures of the week. Right, Japanese macaques huddle together in the mountains of Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan.

INSIDE THE SPACESHIP

> Gay.com (remember that?) relaunches with an emphasis on social media.

||| Here's a real front page stopper: Steve Jobs bullied rivals and was kind of a dick. Gee, who would've thought?

||| Microsoft needs to come clean on Skype privacy.

||| 6 signs Yahoo may actually get it.

||| The real reason taking Dell private makes sense.

> Confessions of a digital hoarder.

||| Boffins invent Star Trek style "tractor beam".

PARTING SHOTS

< French fashion brand Mugler features the "Nazi" pink triangle used to identify homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps in new collection.

> American Airlines gets a new logo.

> Self-proclaimed straight boy Taz Dyess teaches twerking.

||| And finally, Rogue Marbie Scott wonders what it feels like for a girl (and introduces us to "Tracey"); our favourite DILF, Walter Lee Hamilton II, wonders why so many black gay men are so bitter; Davey Wavey realises porn was filmed in his house; and from the archive, every Doctor Who story in seven minutes.


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