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Issue 170: Big Boy Pride, David Olyn, Essex Hemphill, Kate O'Mara, Looking, Varosha, PrEP, Khylin Rhambo, Tyson Tyler, and more...



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 Ponder This 

||| Are black, gay men still invisible?


||| Who are the people who oppose marriage equality?

||| Do gay people still need gay bars?

||| Why are one in ten gay men attracted to straight men?

||| Eighteen things gay twenty-somethings need to know about gay forty-somethings and beyond.

||| World War III: could it happen?

 U.S. & Canada News 

> This is 22-year-old Michael Johnson, a university student (and wrestler...) He's been charged with knowingly infecting more than thirty men with the HIV virus.

< Jessie Baskin gets less than a year in prison for his part in the 2011 beating death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

||| Obama told military leaders: accept gays in the military, or step down.

||| Gay Americans more likely to be on food stamps due to economic hardship.

||| Gays "more popular" than Evangelical Christians, new study finds.

||| The horrific toll of America's heroin epidemic.

> Don't miss James and Karla Murray's pictures of the dispiriting creep of gentrification in New York, where banks are replacing dive bars, and artisanal gelato parlours pizzerias. Horrible.

 U.K. News 

< This is 18-year-old Ben Cowburn, who attempted suicide 43 times after sex with an unnamed gay TV comic. The teen finally succeeded in killing himself in 2010.

||| Tory MP Mark Menzies resigns over male escort, drugs claims.

> "Fear and panic" made Jasvir Ginday kill his wife after she discovered he was gay, Ginday tells a court.

||| Operators of gay London bar crawl explain their controversial no-woman policy.

||| Young gays excited about marriage, over 25s more jaded.

||| University lecturer Rachel Kenehan (below), 35, has been jailed for helping her 21-year-old boyfriend Pierre Lewis (second left), and his accomplices Jemmikai Orlebar-Forbes, 20, and Isaac Boateng, 22, in the murder of student Jahmel Jones.


Tearing down London's infamous Heygate Estate.


 Europe News 

||| FRANCE: A visit to Toulouse's last remaining public showers.

||| RUSSIA: The numbers Vladimir Putin doesn't want you to see.

||| CYPRUS: Welcome to Varosha, the abandoned tourist resort.


 Latin America News 

||| JAMAICA: The homeless gay teens forced to live in Kingston's sewers have been given days to leave by police.

||| JAMAICA: Don't miss Kelly Tucker's film, Gay Men Living In Jamaica.


||| PUERTO RICO: Volleyball players weep as they bury gay teammate, 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero, who was shot by gunman.

||| BRAZIL: The São Paulo ranch where Nazis kept slaves.

 Africa News 

> What might Africa have looked like if it hadn't been colonised?

||| UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni leads anti-gay hate march.

< NIGERIA: Five gay men stripped naked and whipped in public after sex party. They were reported to the authorities by another gay men after they apparently refused to give him money for sex.

> SOUTH AFRICA: This is 21-year-old David Olyn, who was tied up with wire, beaten, tortured and left for dead in Western Cape, while children aged fourteen to eighteen watched.

||| SOUTH AFRICA: 20-year-old gay man gang-raped and set on fire.

 Asia News 

< Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: A chronology of major air disasters since 1998.

||| VIETNAM: One in three support marriage equality.

> JAPAN: HIV awareness billboard in gay Tokyo district modified after complaints over indecency.

||| INDIA: "Gay sex ban" faces fresh legal challenge.

||| AUSTRALIA: New South Wales moves to ban "gay panic" defense.

 Planet Earth 

< The 182-year-old giant tortoise.

||| Urban hyenas have taken to attacking rough sleepers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.


||| How the canine brain reacts to voices in the same way that the human brain does.

||| How dogs drink water.


 Body, Mind & Soul 

||| Sex, lies and HIV: when what you don’t tell your partner is a crime.

||| How the media is criminalising HIV, why that's a problem, and what we can do to fix it.


||| Fifteen ways to live to be 100 when you have HIV.

||| Where are we in the search for a HIV cure?


||| Five exercises for the 30% who never exercise.


> Cooking meat "a dementia risk".

||| Vitamin C can boost the cancer-killing effect of chemotherapy, boffins have discovered.

||| Everything you wanted to know about ear wax.

||| Why childhood nightmares may point to looming health issues.

||| Decoding the "Indian headshake".

||| Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a one thousand year sentence.

 Inside The Spaceship 

< Dating website OkCupid urges boycott of web browser Mozilla over anti-gay new CEO Brendan Eich.


||| Airport carpets and ice chewers: The oddest places on the net.

 Word! 

> Martin Duberman's new dual biography Hold Tight Gently remembers Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill and the battlefield of AIDS.

||| Marcus Ewert was the boy toy of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Now he's sharing his stories for the first time.

Evolution, revolution, love: an essay by John R. Gordon. "'Black to the racists; gay to the homophobes. But you’ve always known that'... This debate comes out of the identity politics of the 1980s and 90s, which relocated ‘the struggle’ to focus on reclaiming core essences from the distortions of hostile programming by dominant hegemonies. In the case of black gay men, African-American film-makers like Marlon Riggs and poet-activists like Essex Hemphill challenged and critiqued not only constraining black heteronormativity (and outright homophobia),but also white gay racism (briefly, the ‘black buck’ stereotype) and, beyond that, the racism of the larger society." Listen to an excerpt from Gordon's current novel, Colour Scheme.

||| John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Your desire for their approval is their ultimate weapon. "If you’re a minority writer, or a writer who places minority characters centre-stage, who believes that those who are not white, heterosexual and middle-class are suitable subjects for serious literary endeavour, then you are on a battlefield. It is a battlefield that oftentimes and confusingly is disguised as a support group, members of which will touch you kindly on the arm as they attempt to save you from your bad choices."

 Performance 

> HBO's Looking guys reunite off-Broadway to celebrate Raúl Castillo's opening night.

< The final Black Party at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom, in pictures.

 At The Movies 

||| James Franco to play "ex-gay" Michael Glatze in new Gus Van Sant film.

||| Gay documentary filmmaker Theodore James' new project, titled Who Stole the Ruby Slippers?, examines the story of the original Ruby Slippers that were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005.

||| 12 Years A Slave is evil. Here's why. A Zimbabwean psychology teacher writes exclusively for kaos about why Steve McQueen's film is so wrong.

> 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley, and The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger.

||| Why new British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rules threaten independent DVD labels.

||| Trailer: HBO's The Normal Heart, out in May.


 T.V. 

||| Fox News still persisting in using "homosexual" when covering LGBTI issues.

Watch the trailer for the first gay sitcom, Here TV's From Here on OUT. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the series.

||| Looking for something better. kaos examines why Looking is a better show than Noah's Arc, and why some gays just don't get it.

||| Talking to Christopher Meloni about raising an equality-focused family, the impact of Oz, and his latest series, Surviving Jack.

> 18-year-old Khylin Rhambo joins Teen Wolf cast as "gay freshman lacrosse player named Mason".

< Look at how Lost child actor Malcolm David Kelley turned out.

> Kevin Hart pays a visit to Coronation Street.

||| Watch the first gay male wedding in soap history.

< Doctor Who and politics. Who would Sarah Jane Smith have voted for?

||| Christopher Barry, the former Doctor Who director who put the Daleks on screen for the very first time in 1963, is dead. He was 88.

> Kate O'Mara, the actress best know for her roles in Dynasty, Doctor Who and Howard's Way, is dead. She was 74.

||| Kate O'Mara, in pictures.

||| Why I'll miss Kate O'Mara and her old-school glamour. "[She] epitomised the glamour of the 80s in every decade she lived."

 Beats, Rhymes & Life 

||| How black gays influenced the Soul Train cultural revolution.

||| The rightwing Daily Mail gets worked up about model David McIntosh's appearance in the Jodie Harsh video Room Service: The Sextape pt. 5 (The Werk Out), which was actually released in October last year. The reason for their sudden interest? McIntosh is dating "actress" Kelly Brooke; and Sebastian Castro's Theban explores the Sacred Band of Thebes, the ancient Greek army composed entirely of gay men.


||| Frankie Knuckles, the godfather of house music, is dead. He was 59.

 Sex 

< Here's some gratuitous pictures of model David McIntosh on the beach with his beard.

> Tyson Tyler - one of the hottest men in the industry right now - puts in an appearance for the always unsexy MEN.com.

||| You don't want to see this story about "bareback sensation" Chris Crocker (yes, of "leave Britney alone" fame). Seriously, don't look. DON'T.

> This guy stars in some sort of version of David & Goliath. It's a lot of fun.

< CocoDorm's Delone Dickson is in detention - and loving every minute of it!

 In The Arena 

||| Swedish American footballer Marcus Juhlin comes out. In the U.S., college football defensive end Mitch Eby has also come out.

||| Gay former NFL player Wade Davis addressed coaches and general managers on sexual orientation, anti-gay hate, and gays in the locker room.

< Louis Smith flaunts his new body.

||| Watch New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks, do their famous Māori haka dance. Shirtless. In the rain.

 And Whilst You're 
 Thinking About 
 That, Think 
 About This 

> The crazy underwear ads of yesteryear.

||| The strange time warp of the 1970s.


||| And finally, Rogue "Marbie" Scott discusses monogamy, polygamy, polyamory, and more; Andrew discusses sending nude pictures; Martin exposes every top's thoughts; and Walter isn't impressed with Big Boy Pride.


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Issue 170
11 January - 01 April 2014
On the cover: Kate O'Mara.

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