| Where are world's most and least hospitable regions for gays.
| The black HIV epidemic: A public health mystery from Atlanta’s gay community.
| The death and deformity caused by male circumcision in Africa can’t be ignored.
> Rape: The narrative of sexual coercion.
| Do you know the terms for different kinds of lesbians?
< What happens when white people move in to your neighbourhood?
> This is Thomas Guerra, a San Diego man who has been charged with knowingly exposing twenty-five men to HIV - and "hundreds could be at risk".
| Georgia teen Daniel Pierce speaks out about his family's horrific "Pray The Gay Away" intervention.
| Gay Mississippi man claims teacher raped him to "hate men".
| Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie blames primary loss on his support of gay marriage.
< Oakland Pride causes controversy over "ban" on leather groups.
> He’s gay, HIV-positive, and Muslim. Meet Hussain Turk.
< Officials have unveiled the proposed designs for the West Hollywood AIDS Memorial.
| Let's talk about "black-on-black" violence.
| "I could have been Mike Brown": Your stories of racial profiling by the world's police.
> I’m black, my brother’s white... and he’s a cop who shot a black man on duty. "I never thought that my brother would be one of those police officers. He was supposed to be different because of me."
| How police are racist without even knowing it.
> Wasted: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck just six miles southwest of Napa, California, the centre of California's winemaking region.
< Canada: Opera singer Valerian Ruminski sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook.
| europe |
| England: Man jailed for two years and four months over London gay "blinding" attack.
< England: Marcus Collins is to co-host Fusion, a media festival for the gay black and Asian community.
> Ireland: Police station flies flag in support of gay parade.
| Ireland: Dublin marches for marriage equality.
| Germany: Berlin’s first gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced his retirement after thirteen years in the job.
| Italy: First gay couple allowed to adopt a child.
|THE BIG PICTURE: Architects Marek Idziak-Sepkowski and Jedrzej Idziak-Sepkowski marry in Krakow.|
< Kazakhstan: An advertising campaign for a gay bar has won an award despite causing outrage by showing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing.
| latin america |
| Jamaica: Police have once again raided the gully where dozens of homeless gay youth have been forced to seek refuge.
> Jamaica: Activist Javed Jaghai withdraws legal challenge to the island’s anti-sodomy law after growing fearful about violent backlashes.
< St. Thomas: Bigots march in an anti-gay demonstration in the US Virgin Islands.
| Brazil: From the slums of São Paulo to the backcountry of Bahia, a third of Brazil’s families are caught in a desperate — and increasingly organised — struggle for somewhere to live.
> Chile: 24-year-old sailor Mauricio Ruiz (pictured here with his boyfriend Jorge Velasquez) has become the first member of Chile’s armed forces to come out.
< Ghana: Police arrest 21-year-old student in response to threats from locals "that they would kill him for wearing women’s clothing, having gay sex and seeking gay partners".
> Tanzania: Fueled by superstition, people are violently attacking albinos.
| asia |
| Cambodia: The rat meat business is booming.
< Taiwan is officially wooing gay tourists in the hope of becoming Asia’s top tourist destination.
| India: Gay men are resorting to arranged marriages to hide same-sex attraction.
| India: How the new Mumbai Metro is making it easier for men to get together.
| Australia: An attempted rapist had his penis bitten half off after he attempted to force another man to perform oral sex on him.
| middle east |
> Isis: an apocalyptic cult carving a place in the modern world. "History has witnessed millenarian violence before. But Islamic State’s modern barbarism is a daunting new threat."
| Jordan: Society still anti-gay, despite decriminalising same-sex relations.
| Lebanon: Twelve men are still in jail seventeen days after a police raid on a Turkish bath.
| Lebanon: Police are using messaging app WhatsApp to target men they suspect of being gay.
| planet earth |
| The Pacific islands are drowning, we need the world’s help.
| The plastic microbeads in your body wash are messing up the great lakes.
> Boffins have solved the mystery of how huge stones move across the desert.
| Dogs really do look like their owners. But why?
< Where are all the dead pigeons? The short answer: Inside other animals.
| Severed snake heads can still bite you.
| Don't miss this incredible footage of a cirrate octopus - or Dumbo octopus.
| inside the spaceship |
| What happened to Motorola. "How a culture shift nearly doomed an iconic local company that once dominated the telecom industry."
| How Facebook users self-censor on controversial topics.
| Jimmy Kimmel dupes passersby with the "iPad Maxi".
| art & design |
> Male superheros, supersized and sexualised...
...And this: Brett White's superhero parodies.
| Sex sells - even in the olden days. Check out this gallery of posters that used the male physique to sell sh*t...
> Ricardo Solis imagines the tiny people who make animals possible.
| word! |
| Read a previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
| Should the word "slut" be in a children’s book in 2014?
| The curious case of the prison publishers.
| John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Art as service. "In Vodou believers are called serviteurs. In my religion of writing, as I sometimes feel it is, I believe in art as service to humanity."
| The matter of Time. "What should a magazine company be now? The most storied one in America has to come up with an answer fast."
| Read Stranger in the Village, a 1955 piece by James Baldwin, on being the only black man in a Swiss village.
< Book review: Best Gay Stories 2014, edited by Steve Berman. "These stories are truly quite memorable and attentive."
| at the movies |
> A sexual abuse lawsuit against openly gay X-Men director Bryan Singer has been dropped. Michael Egan III had claimed Singer forced him into sexual activities at parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17-years-old...
...But Singer is already facing a new investigation.
| The Normal Heart wins an Emmy for Best TV Movie.
< Talking to Bruce LaBruce about Gerontophilia, a new kind of love story.
| Love is strange, says the US film board, but violence and torture are fine. "The R rating given by the Motion Picture Association of America to Love is Strange is a shocking reflection of its homophobia."
| Acclaimed new British movie Pride picks up glowing reviews ahead of its release.
> Cardiff LGBTI Iris Prize Film Festival to feature double the films in 2014.
< Jurassic World set photo reveals Richard Attenborough tribute.
| Fifty spectacular movie sets.
| DVD review: A Man, His Mother And His Lover. "A well-made and written slice of gay-themed drama, with complex characters that many of us will be able to empathise with."
> Why we need more gay sex on TV.
| UK regulator Ofcom to take no action over complaints about "lesbian kiss" on Doctor Who...
...But the kiss has been cut from Asian broadcasts.
| TV review: Doctor Who - Into The Dalek. "What's so bad with hating the Daleks, anyway?"
< How to rescue Doctor Who's most shamefully underused companion.
> Star Trek legend George Takei: In a way, Arnold Schwarzenegger helped me to come out as gay.
< How the sexual progressivism of True Blood imploded on itself.
| True Blood never figured out what it wanted its vampires to be.
| Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford.
| Check out the trailer for new webseries Triangle; and the latest episode of Where The Bears Are.
> The return of D’Angelo: Older, less naked, but still a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
| The 123 worst musicians of all time. "Beyoncé™ sings like the member of the choir who no one likes trying to show off, but the only people Beyoncé™ is showing off to are her corporate sponsors. No matter how many GIFs you make of Beyoncé™, you will never manage to make one of her being sincere."
< Radio hosts ask openly gay rapper Cakes da Killa if it's “the penis directly that turned him on.”
> Philippe Delvaux, the porn star who appeared for studios such as Colt and Hot House, is dead. He was 24.
| Did Hot House photoshop Sean Zevran to make him look more white?
< Talking to Hotrod.
> Pornstars Ace Rockwood and XL, 31st August 2014. Source.
< Tyson Tyler, XL and Damien Brooks, 30th August 2014. Source.
> Sean Zevran takes a moment to snap a selfie on the Raging Stallion set.
| Sean Zevran: To wax, or not to wax?
| Dear God, the rack on new guy Arad...
| Here's a video wet, naked shenanigans at the "biggest open air gay party of Europe". In pictures...
< Out gay football player Michael Sam did not make the final cut to play on the St. Louis Rams. He was also passed over by every other team.
| St. Louis Rams coach spoke well of Sam, insisting football was the only consideration. "I was pulling for him, but it didn't work out," Jeff Fisher said.
| The Rams' decision to cut Michael Sam was never going to be based on homophobia.
| ESPN apologises for crass segment on Michael Sam's showering habits. Teammate Chris Long Tweeted:
Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 26, 2014
> Six months after the Olympics, Sochi looks like a ghost town.
< 2014 U.S. men's gymnastics championships, in pictures.
| betta work! |
> Teen jobs don't pay off the way they used to.
| Can ambient noise make us work harder?
| the human body |
| Study: Need for intimacy plays role in condomless sex.
| Nine questions you were too grossed out to ask about the bacteria living on you.
| Why you should take coffee naps...
...And what coffee does to your brain.
| What is sleep drunkenness, and who does it effect?
| Why bad people wash too much.
| and whilst you're thinking about that, think about this... |
| How to find every naked hotel in Europe.
> Abercrombie & Fitch to phase out all logos from its clothing by spring.
| The dos and don’ts of aeroplane etiquette.
< Every Ikea catalogue cover since 1951.
| And finally, Andrew discusses rappers on the down low; Walter ponders on Afrocentric names, dreadlocks and tattoos; Davey Wavey meets Sister Paula; and Rogue "Marbie" Scott is on the case.
25-31 August 2014
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