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Issue 197: Bros, Bisi Alimi, Cazwell, Kris Evans, Rose McGowan, Michael Sam, Simon Webbe, Looking, Doctor Who, and more...


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


| ponder on this |


More people fantasise about gay sex than you realise.

Actress Rose McGowan has blasted the gay community, saying, "Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I’m actually really upset with them." She subsequently took to Twitter to clarify, "I was pissed off when I said that, obvs a gross over generalization, for which I apologize. But my point stands."

Yes there is misogyny among gay men – but our sexist world is the problem. "Rose McGowan is right that the gay rights movement has tended to ignore women. But sexism is everywhere – the bulk of the hate comes from heterosexuals."

Why are The Advocate's commenters so transphobic? "Antitrans vitriol posted in response to The Advocate's coverage of transgender issues is symptomatic of broader divisions in the LGBT population."

If punk is the ultimate anti-establishment scene, why is it still run by all these white men? "As a trans woman in punk, I try to find beauty in a faux-inclusive scene that’s never perfect – and occasionally awful."

Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims. "It is psychologically unnatural to claim that you hate an ideology without hating the people in whose lives it is expressed."

Think school shooters are usually bullied and unpopular? You're wrong.

On haterade. "Commenting culture infects the internet, inviting us not to 'join the conversation' so much as to join a fight–or at least gawk from the sidelines."


| america |

Gay activists fight back with free coffee outside Harlem hate church. Pastor James David Manning had earlier claimed, "Starbuck is taking specimens of male semen and putting it in the blends of their lattes."

Orange is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria explains why she shouted down a Bible-beating preacher on the NYC subway.

New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro panicked by the sight of a black man on the subway system.

The US now uses less water than it did in 1970.

| europe |

The terrifying rise of the far right in the UK, explained in one chart.

United Kingdom: Rainbow List 2014, The Independent's "annual celebration of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender people who make a real difference". Above, activist Bisi Alimi.

United Kingdom: Judge blasts two feuding gay couples fighting over children: "I fear that the childhoods of A and B have been irredeemably marred by the on-going court conflict."

England: 18-year-old gay Londoners and his 21-year-old friend "beaten to a pulp" in anti-gay attack.

England: Manchester men attacked in anti-gay hate crime - for singing songs from the musical Wicked.

England: Police appeal for help after spate of anti-gay attacks on London's infamous Clapham Common. Read this account from 1998 about what goes on there.

England: Islamic extremist Kabir Ahmed, who in 2012 was convicted of an anti-gay hate crime for distributing leaflets calling for gays to be executed, has allegedly blown himself up in a suicide mission against a Shia leader in Iraq.

Italy: Crews working on breaking up the wreckage of the Costa Concordia have found the body of the last missing person, presumed to be that of Russel Rebello.


Russia: Vladimir Putin is The Advocate's Person of the Year.

Russia: Steve Jobs memorial demolished after Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out.

Canary Islands: Tourists watch immigrants come ashore in Gran Canaria, 5th November 2014. They arrived in a fishing boat on their way to European soil from Africa.

| africa |

Uganda: The new anti-gay bill is even worse than the last one.

Nigeria: Gay equality activist Ifeanyi Orazulike arrested and detained without charge.

Ivory Coast is tackling its toxic mobile waste problem.

| asia |

Japan: Why is anonymous group suicide so popular?


How Australia's twisted racial politics created horrific detention camps for immigrants.

Australia's racist constitution is a stain on our country. Do we care enough to change it? "Can we rouse enough public interest to reform the constitution, which still contains the prejudices of a time when racism was national policy?"

| middle east |

Iran: The gay people pushed to change their gender. Here's a separate report from the BBC's Newsnight on the subject:


| art & design |

Artists Dan Colen and Kalup Linzy in Sweet Liberty, which was unveiled at London Bridge, 5th November 2014.

Photographer's Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990, a new book showcasing the photography Jean-Pierre Laffont, who "recorded the progress of LGBT life in America over a few decades with an insider's eye while not being an insider." Above, two men kiss with their winning medals hanging from their necks at the First Annual Gay Olympic Games (1982).

David Armstrong, the photographer, is dead. He was 60. His work, in pictures.

Arlene Gottfried's pictures of New York during the ’70s and ’80s are the perfect antidote to what has become of New York City. "There’s nothing more to be said about NYC’s general scrubbing-up and watering-down that took place during the Giuliani and Bloomberg years. We’ve all generally accepted that New York (Manhattan in particular) is headed toward upperclass oblivion."

These breathtaking scale models of cities.

Mike Doyle's creepy Lego structures.

| word! |

The war of the words. "Amazon’s war with publishing giant Hachette over e-book pricing has earned it a black eye in the media. How did Amazon — which was once seen as the book industry’s savior — end up as Literary Enemy Number One? And how much of this fight is even about money?"

Adanna Oji writes about the launch of the anthology Black and Gay in The UK.

Read an excerpt from Porn Again: A Memoir, by former Hollywood executive Josh Sabarra. "Still a virgin at the age of 31, despite being a high-level entertainment executive, Sabarra soon shed his former shell and found himself in a whirlwind of celebrity lovers, sexual fetishists, and porn stars for hire."

| shouting in the night |

Rightwing theatre critic Quentin Letts blasts “taxpayer funded” National Theatre play John - set in a gay sauna - as “sleazy” and “amoral”.

Theatre review: The Bus. "A thoughtful, good-looking and exquisitely cast premiere."

| at the movies |

Designer and film director Tom Ford on how he lost half his college friends to AIDS by 1990.

Who put the kibosh on Hollywood sex abuse documentary An Open Secret?

The slow erosion of the TV vs. movie actor class system.

Cinema review: The Way He Looks. "The film displays non-maudlin empathy for a gay youth’s independence and innocence [and] succeeds without pity, hypocrisy or puritanical judgment. It marries guiltlessness to goodness."

DVD review: The Gays. "There are no sacred cows here. The Gays is a trip to the very edge of rude, crude gayness, with an episodic structure that ensures that while a fair amount of it doesn’t work, the stuff that does is a lot of fun (and is often quite sexy)."

DVD review: The Case Against 8. "If you’re even vaguely interested in the fight for marriage equality in the US, this is a great watch. It really does feel like a Hollywood movie, with all the twists and turns that implies."

The best crotch shots in mainstream film.

Posters for cult movie sequels that never happened.

The ten worst movies based on real political events.

Watch Bag Man, from twins Jonathan and Josh Baker:


| the box |

Fisting, anal sex, dick pics: Broadcast TV's ratings grab gets raunchy.

So, primetime TV is getting away with more explicit sexual content. Good.

HBO is developing Benjamin Cory Jones' series Bros, "loosely based on his real life as a gay black man with his non-gay brothers, Bros centers on three African-American brothers — two straight and one gay — who are each dealing with love and dating."

Is the future female and trans for Doctor Who?

The BBC has been forced to defend Doctor Who after viewers complained about Dark Water's death and afterlife plot.

Who wrote women better in Doctor Who, Davies or Moffat? Neither, says one professor.

Twenty Doctor Who stories that are based on real science.

Everything you need to know about How To Get Away With Murder star Jack Falahee.

The Lena Dunham child abuse controversy, explained.

Why Aaron Sorkin has struggled to create great TV since The West Wing.

Mom is not just another crummy CBS sitcom. It's actually... good.

The weird legal reason many of our favourite shows aren’t on DVD.

The boys from Looking get into leather for Out100 2014.

Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford.

EastEnders star Lorna Fitzgerald left "stunned" by the revelation her boyfriend Keo Reid performed in twenty gay fetish films.

Twelve strange and disturbing facts about the original My Little Pony.

Check out the first episode of new webseries Triangle;  the latest episode of Go-Go Boy Interrupted; the first teaser for the second season of Looking, coming in January; and "Alex from Target" appears on Ellen...


| beats, rhymes & life |



Simon Webbe flaunts it in new photo shoot. The former Blue singer has opened up about his battle with depression and alcoholism.

Gay men have declared Taylor Swift the queen of pop, apparently.

Broadcaster Terry Wogan has branded Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst a "freak".

How Britain's railways created the country's biggest clubs - before gentrification shut them down.


Out country star Steve Grand has released the first single - Time - from his new album.

Videos: Cazwell - Hot Homo; and Sinead O’Connor - 8 Good Reasons...


| sex |

David McIntosh flaunts it in the gym.

Jake Bass on shooting with MEN, saying goodbye to CockyBoys, and what he really thinks about Max Ryder.

When porn stars break the fourth wall.

Here are some Kris Evans selfies...

...And Kris Evans modeling some underwear. Naked.

Read an interview with former porn star Chad Hunt. "Hunt’s star rose in the pre-internet, pre-tube-site era of gay porn, a time when major studios still made big-budget films with storylines, condom use was mandatory, and huge group orgies were de rigeur. Despite his admittedly average looks, Hunt’s 11 x 7 inch cock made viewers clamor for both his DVDs and escorting services."

Sex sirens, anyone? Ballroom Throwbacks obliges:


| arena |

Rob Kearney, the world’s second strongest man, has come out as gay.

New Zealand Olympic rower Robbie Manson has come out as gay.

WWE star Darren Young is the "happiest I've ever been" since coming out a year ago.

Australian boxer Anthony Mundine has reiterated his belief that being gay is a choice, and shouldn't be "publicised".

Demoted soccer player Marvin Andrews claims gay people are suffering from "spirit sickness".

Retired NFL player Deion Sanders on gay player Michael Sam: "I don't love what he do".

Michael Sam proves coming out gay in sport can still hurt your career.

Why Michael Sam's NFL snub is already at a historic level.

Sports Illustrated nominates Michael Sam for Sportsman of the Year.

The gay kicker and the homophobe. "Eric Lueshen's first-hand account of being an openly gay football player for the nebraska cornhuskers a decade ago."

What's with the crop tops in football? Not that we're complaining...

Derrick Gordon and Jason Collins are lensed for Out100 2014.

Congratulations to Outsports as it celebrates its 15th birthday.

| betta work! |

Are low-paid, outraged workers ready to fight back?

Seven questions about Alex from Target you were too embarrassed to ask.

The family of a Japanese man who killed himself over an insane work schedule have won a landmark law suit.

There are fewer fires today than ever before. So what do firefighters actually do?

How robots are quietly infiltrating the food service industry.

| body, mind & soul |

What the "​spontaneous cure" among a very rare group of HIV-infected patients means.

Some bathhouse in the US now have vending machines that offer free at-home HIV tests.

"PrEP on demand" study halted because it was so successful.

An injectable, longer-lasting version of PrEP is on its way.

What it's like to have a micropenis.

What to do with a problem like cheesy dicks.

How boffins are helping blind people see with their ears.

Bionic body parts: What's already here (eyes!) and what's coming soon.

Eating like a caveman "cuts bowel cancer risk by half".

Why we get cold when we're sleeping.

Why are some people left handed?


| hell's kitchen |


The differences among grocery store chickens (and some shopping tips).

The five basic rules for cooking meat.

| zoo |

Irish bull "Benjy" is facing the slaughterhouse "for being gay".

New species of frog discovered in New York City.

Boffins have turned limb cells from a snake into genitals.


Watch a video of a Giant Texas Katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa) chirping, breathing, and grooming:


| planet earth |

How little do we know about the ocean floor?

Boffins design urban algae farm to gobble up highway air pollution.

Australia repealed its carbon tax — and emissions are now soaring.

Six ways you can help stop climate change.

Scientists were expecting a big El Niño this year. So where did it go?

| inside the spaceship |

Chinese gay hookup app Blued tops Grindr in popularity.

It's OK if the cloud is stressing you out. But your digital life still might evaporate. "Backing up everything will make you feel safe ... until trusting the precarious netherworld of online data storage with your precious memories drives you mad."

Hardly anyone makes calls on pay phones. Here’s how they make money anyway.


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

Fifty-two of the world's most widespread myths and misconceptions, debunked.



What lies beneath London?

And finally, Martin (who's also this week's cover star) talks about his film Alaska Is A Drag (they need our help to make it happen: support them!); Andrew discusses the joy of working in retail; Walter explains the unrealistic expectations many of us have in relationships; and straight guys explain gay slang...



Issue 197
03-09 November 2014
On the cover: Alaska Is A Drag.

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