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Issue 195: Pink Pistols, Kazaky, Ken Dahl, Kris Evans, Freaky Boiz, HotRod, Darryl Stephens, Michael Sam, and more...


the week's
news
& pop
culture,
with a
gay
bias.


| ponder on this |

Our three-way relationship isn't your business. Even if we’re doing business. "Call us a ‘thruple’ if you must. My boyfriends and I are happy together, even if it makes some people uncomfortable."

Twenty-two reasons why queer history is important.

Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious right. "America is becoming less Christian because young people are less religious. That’s not blessed news for conservatives."

Dear straight people. "Don't be fooled. Much has been made about race politics in Dear White People, but the film has a definite gay agenda."

It's time to abandon the "acting white" theory once and for all. "Dear White People doesn’t look like my university class. Real students have more trouble getting on the elevator of white privilege."

Mainstream politics is imploding. Is discontent with globalisation the cause?



| america |

Meet the gay libertarian gun nuts.

Gay equality group Equality Michigan has received a $US3 million donation, from the estate of Dr Henry Messer, who died in February at the age of 86.

Frank Serpico: The police are still out of control.




Is Amazon in trouble?


| europe |

United Kingdom: Home Office warned it "must ensure" caseworkers do not ask gay asylum seekers “sexually explicit questions”.

United Kingdom: The Conservative Jewish Masorti movement has approved marriage equality, allowing Rabbis to perform same-sex ceremonies.

England: Opposing marriage equality is "understandable", according to Conservative MP Adam Afriyie.

England: Meet Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore, who wants to be the UK’s answer to Conchita Wurst.

England: London man threatened with cattle prod, robbed after gay dating app hook-up.

England: Why is the death of black, British teenager Tyrell Matthews-Burton of no consequence to Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

Denmark: Copenhagen named the world’s most gay-friendly place.

Sweden: Teacher sacked on the same day he called a student fag.

Italy: Activists charged for "a long and passionate kiss on the mouth".

Italy: Pope to investigate "playboy priests" who posted nudes on gay websites.

Macedonia: Masked attackers wreck anniversary party of LGBTI Support Centre.

Serbia: Young and gay in Belgrade: Serbia's march to equality. Watch:


Russia: Pyotr Pavlensky, the activist who nailed his testicles to Moscow's Red Square, has now cut off his ear lobe in protest against the country's anti-gay laws.

Kyrgyzstan: Anti-gay group shows up to protest against Kazaky, the Ukrainian boy band known for performing in stilettos and without shirts.

| latin america |

Brazil: São Paulo could run out of water by the middle of the month if it doesn't rain soon. The megacity of twenty million people is suffering its worst drought in eighty years.

Jamaica: New report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the island's treatment of gay people.

| africa |

Nigeria: “African LGBTs are not looking for Western saviours. We must all stand as equal partners in our quest to rid the world of inequalities. We don’t need sensationalism, we need our allies to walk their talk,” says author and activist Yemisi Ilesanmi.

Nigeria: Court throws out challenge to anti-gay laws.


Uganda: Court drops sodomy charges against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa, who were arrested in January.

Kenya: Pokot archers, in pictures.

Liberia: Gay groups face attacks after facing ebola scapegoating.




What it's like being gay in Morocco. Watch:

| asia |

China: CEO of DangDang posts banned gay ad in support of LGBTI people.

China no longer has a stranglehold on the world's supply of rare earth metals.

Thailand: The exploited kids selling roses to tourists on Bangkok's Khaosan Road.

Australia: Gough Whitlam, the Australian prime minister who in 1973 was the first to decriminalise homosexuality, is dead. He was 98.

| art & design |

Photographer M. Sharkey’s Queer Kids exhibition, open until 4th January at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In pictures.

HotRod - the porn superstar - is also an artist. I.AM.ART - an exhibition of his work - took place on the 2nd October.

Artist Jim Lyngvild's new exhibition features world leaders - here, Obama and Putin - in gay poses.

Facebook reverses ban on an ad for Kittredge Cherry's The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.

Inside M. Lamar's Negrogothic, a Manifesto.

| word! |

How copyright law gives Amazon too much power over the book industry...

...Or is Amazon doing the world a favour by crushing book publishers?

David McAlmont on the launch of the anthology Black and Gay in The UK. In pictures.

John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Sometimes the foundations get put in last. "You have to write the book – or play or screenplay – to find out what it’s about and what you’re trying to say; and only then, in the rewriting, can you precipitate that meaning out with maximum clarity and impact."

| shouting in the night |

Where have all the working-class actors gone? "Funding cuts, a bourgeois industry, and a glut of middle- and upper-class parts might explain why it’s harder than ever for the non-wealthy to make a career in the theatre."

Broadway's out leading men.

Theatre review: Lord of the Flies (Sadler’s Wells, London). "Incredibly intelligent choreography and emotive performances keep us right in the thick of the well-known story, without one word being uttered." Layton Williams stars.

They're making a play about gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas.

| at the movies |

Kickstart Alaska Is A Drag, a feature length adaptation of the short starring kaos favourite Martin L. Washington Jr.

Why Boulevard, Robin Williams' final film, in which he stars as a gay man, may never see the light of day.

Talking to Gregg Araki about his new movie, White Bird in a Blizzard, and being gay in Hollywood.

Tyrese Gibson furious with comic Spanky Hayes for claiming he went gay for Baby Boy, announces he's "prominent, black, significant, African American, straight men in this town called Hollywood."

The Way He Looks will open your eyes. "Brazil's Oscar entry represents something we need to see a lot more of on TV and film — a differently abled character who transcends the stereotype of 'the gay guy.'"

Bisexual X-Men director Bryan Singer and Queer as Folk's Michelle Clunie are having a baby.

The fifty best documentaries of all time.

Six types of movies we never want to see again.

Eleven awesomely terrible movies you should watch right now.

Thirteen classic scenes that explain how horror movies work.

Trailer: The Dark Place.


| the box |

Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder creator Shonda Rhimes hits back at viewer who complained about "gay scenes" in her TV shows. Rhimes Tweeted: "There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them. If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY. If u use the phrase 'gay scenes', u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE.”

Here's Darryl Stephens looking edible at Halloweenie, the annual fundraiser for the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford. Above, New Zealand's Shortland Street.

Why Doctor Who's Forest of the Night episode is such a mess.

This is how you propose marriage to your Doctor Who loving better half.

Five episodes that prove The Twilight Zone is one of the scariest shows ever made.

What if Law & Order's Detective Munch partnered up with a superhero?

Lynda Bellingham, the actor and presenter, is dead. She was 66. Bellingham played the Inquisitor throughout the 1986 season of Doctor Who.

Lynda Bellingham: Obituary.

Watch the season finale of My Gay Roommate; and the latest Go-Go Boy Interrupted.


| beats, rhymes & life |

The family of late Boyzone star Stephen Gately have announced they plan to hire a private investigator to look into the circumstances surrounding his death.

50 Cent recruited to perform at a charity concert which supports homeless gay youth - even though he has a history of making anti-gay remarks.

Sam Smith won four prizes at the Mobo awards: Best Male Artist, Best Album, Best RnB Artist, and Best Song. The Mobos were set-up in 1996 to celebrate music of black origin.

Last week was a no-good, very bad week for misogyny in the music industry.

Listen to Bette Midler cover TLC's Waterfalls.

Get The Adventures of Ken Dahl, Vol. 1.

The Freaky Boiz take a hike.

MTV UK spends some time with Zebra Katz.

Sitthipong "Pom" Jiracharoenwong detained in police raid on Bangkok gay bar.

Video: Phylle - I Love Him; Ken Dahl - Message; Clean Bandit - Real Love; and elders react to Nicki Minaj Anaconda.


| sex |

Ten things that were different about gay porn twelve years ago.

Artifacts from the early days of Corbin Fisher are to go on display at the Schwules Museum in Berlin, as part of the exhibition Porn That Way.

Spanish porn stars Antonio Miracle and Mario Domenech have married each other.

HustlaBall Berlin, in pictures.

Breathtaking Bel Ami legend Kris Evans has finally made his bareback debut. The best thing about it (well, second best thing) is the broken English dialogue Kris shares with Kevin Warhol beforehand. It's helpfully screencapped here.

| arena |

Michael Sam has been cut by the Dallas Cowboys, but he vows to fight for the opportunity to "play every Sunday".


Michael Sam's stats disappear from NFL.com.

Dallas Cowboys owner explains why Michael Sam was cut from the team.

These pictures from the San Francisco 49ers locker room.

| body, mind & soul |

Men of colour explain why they take PrEP.


Why those pictures of Renée Zellweger are disturbing.

| hell's kitchen |


The chemistry of pizza, and why McDonald's burgers don’t rot...



| zoo |

Already extinct in the wild, there are just six white rhinos left in the whole world.

How livestock painkillers are devastating vulture populations.

Arachnophobes, move along. This spider is the size of a puppy (the similarity to a baby canine ends there).

How to force people to do anything (and have them thank you for it).


| planet earth |


Deforestation in Brazil is surging again — after years of decline.

2014 is on track to be the warmest year ever recorded.

Drought in California.

These maps of water use show why the Western US is in trouble.

| inside the spaceship |

Why sales of iPads are tanking.


Facebook takes a stab at anonymity with rooms.

The people who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed.

| and whilst you're thinking about that, think about this... |

A look back at Barbie's Dreamhouse through the years.

Finally, Rogue "Marbie" Scott takes us to the launch of the new anthology Black and Gay in the UK; Walter explains about alternative work-outs at the gym; Andrew opens up about bullying; and Jacob talks to actor Tyler Lepley.



Issue 195
20-26 October 2014
On the cover: Queer Kids.

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Postcript
"You know, we might just as well not have
bothered to come. The whole thing's been ridiculous."

2 comments:

John G said...

Thank you for introducing me to the fabulous & startling M. Lamar!

kaos said...

Yeah, I suspected you'd like that. ;)

 
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