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Issue 200: Awntariyo, Queer Biennial, Soho, Tamir Rice, RadioShack, Ferguson, Frank Ocean, FDNY, Diego Lauzen, and more...


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


| think, progress |

Gay sex helps humans bond and survive.

Is "coming out" a Western construct?


What if Stonewall happened now?

The struggles of dating with HIV.

When everyone is a feminist, is anyone?

Buy from Amazon and Apple and it’s you that ends up owned.



Crush point. Why people stampede, and what can be done to prevent “crowd disasters.”

| news from america |

Marriage equality comes to Arkansas and Mississippi.

The five worst states for gay equality.

The unique plight of unauthorised gay immigrants.

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

Former gay porn star Jonathan Jesensky's past no obstacle to new career with the New York Fire Department.

Hollywood Chick-Fil-A franchise holds gay youth fundraiser.

A San Francisco street named after an anti-gay politician has been rechristenedin honour of Dr Tom Waddell, who founded the Gay Games in 1982.

It's thirty-six years since we lost Harvey Milk.

Police thought 12-year-old Tamir Rice was 20 when they shot him. This isn't uncommon.

Ferguson | The law may have spoken but the verdict is not justice.

Ferguson | The gay community responds to the verdict.

Ferguson | Five James Baldwin quotes that foreshadowed Ferguson.

Ferguson | America wiped out years of progress. Let's have "the race conversation" for real this time.


Ferguson | Why Obama won’t give the Ferguson speech his supporters want.

Ferguson | Obama failed Ferguson. The prosecutor is pathetic. Between the split-screen, the protesters get it.

Ferguson | Why was the grand jury decision announced at night?

Ferguson | What the prosecutor's office did wrong.

Ferguson | One thing the prosecutor is right about: Eyewitness testimony can’t be trusted.

Ferguson | Why it’s impossible to indict a cop.

Ferguson | Darren Wilson's grand jury: Too much evidence, too little supervision.

Ferguson | When giant negroes attack. The terrifying racial stereotypes laced through Darren Wilson's testimony.

Ferguson | Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally.

Ferguson | Eleven things we learned from Wilson's account in the grand jury evidence.

Ferguson | Here's the evidence the grand jury saw before deciding not to indict Darren Wilson.

Ferguson | We shouldn't talk about Michael Brown without talking about guns.

Ferguson | Michael Brown spent his last day with his friend Dorian Johnson.Here's what Johnson saw.

Ferguson | How would American media cover the news from Ferguson, if it were happening in just about any other country?


Man on fire. "For his entire life, Charles Moore sought to heed God’s call to change a broken world—fighting passionately for civil rights, helping the poor, and feeding the hungry. Until one day, in a desolate parking lot in Grand Saline, he decided he hadn’t done enough."

Why it's time to end fraternities.

A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire: A former employee's horror stories.

| news from latin america |

Trinidad and Tobago | Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris says kicking out gay kids is the worst thing parents can do.

| news from africa |

South Africa | Tiwonge Chimbalanga was imprisoned four years ago in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, Tiwonge now scrapes by living in exile in Cape Town.

Nigeria | Nigerian writer Jude Dibia has warned that his country’s anti-gay lawis forcing the country’s gay community underground.

Uganda | Activist Kelly Mukwano beaten by mob in Kampala.

Uganda | Out and Proud Diamond Group African LGBTI launches petitioncalling for all anti-gay legislation to be scrapped.

Ghana | Teen boys beaten nearly to death for having sex in a mosque.

Gambia | Security forces have now arrested sixteen gay people.

Gambia | Foreign Affairs minister Bala Garba Jahumpa has slammed gays as "detrimental to human existence".

Cameroon | 22-year-old man arrested, forcibly outed as gay to his parents after being lured on a "date" by a man.

| news from asia |

India | 2,000 people protested the country's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride.

India | How the only gay fashion shop in Mumbai lost its fight for survival.

India | Urban youth are angry. Unlike their parents, they have little to lose.

South Korea | Seoul scraps human rights charter after anti-gay protests. Image.


China | Viral video star files the country's first gay workplace discrimination suit.

Australia | Asylum seekers living in fear of jail for homosexuality if rape reported to police. "Other gay asylum seekers in the detention centre say they are regularly sexually harassed and assaulted, and have contemplated suicide."

| news from the middle east |

Egypt | A personal account of the crackdown on gays in Egypt. Image.

Syria | Two "suspected homosexuals" executed by the Islamic State organisation.

| news from europe |

United Kingdom | Police report huge rise in recorded anti-gay hate crime.

United Kingdom | Tesco removes superhero toys are "gifts for boys" sign.

England | This is 23-year-old Darren Crotty, who killed himself just days after coming out. His mother claims her son was "embarrassed".

England | London university bans rapper who calls gays a "filthy disease".

England | Former UKIP deputy leader claims gays sleep with up to 20,000 people in their "short, miserable lives", and that that AIDS is the “wages” of gay promiscuity.

England | Man who falsely accused gay men of rape jailed for six years.

England | As a gay, mixed-race football fan, you may be shocked to know how I've been treated over the last twenty years.

England | Londoners, including trade union representatives, turn out to protestagainst the Michael Brown Ferguson verdict.

England | The weird 24-hour life of the London shopping centre in the shadows of the Olympic park.

England | Iconic London drag venue Madame JoJo’s closes after losing license. The decision also closes the adjacent gay bar Escape.

England | The slow death of Soho: Farewell to London's sleazy heartland. "For years, relentless gentrification has been squeezing the life out of the infamous district. The closure of Madame Jojo’s feels like the nail in its coffin."

England | Anarchists have nearly defeated the "poor doors" on a london block of flats.

England | I’m confused about Britain and class. If I buy a telly on Black Friday does that make me a pleb?

England | Come on, Britain – it’s the 21st century. Stop this obsession with social class. "I have lived here for 25 years, but still I’m baffled by this fixation with background, schools and cutlery." Image.

Northern Ireland | Forty years ago I would have been denied my rights in Northern Ireland because I was Catholic. Now they could be denied because I’m gay.

Ireland | New research sheds light on the “large gay scene” within the Irish Catholic Church.

Ireland | Staff member at convenience store chain Spar hailed for refusing to serve couple who called man a "faggot".

France | Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who wants to repeal same-sex marriage, has been elected to lead the main opposition party.

Germany | The quiet German. "The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world."

Finland | Parliament narrowly passes a bill to legalise marriage equality.

Russia | Human rights lawyer Vitaly Cherkasov attacked in Moscow after defending gay activist Kirill Kalugin

Russia | Senator Konstantin Dobryni has called for Vitaly Milonov - one of the country’s most notoriously anti-gay politicians - to face criminal charges for his extremism.

Russia | The number of gay Russians seeking asylum in the United States has nearly tripled in just two years.

| art & design |

Talking to artist Narong Tintamusik.

Queer Biennial I, in pictures.

Behind the scenes at Queer Biennial I, in pictures.


Photographing the eerie calm of New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

Disney Princes strip off for World AIDS Day.

Here's a gallery of '80s cartoon supervillains schooling you at basketball. Totally rad, dude!

| word! |

Call for submissions, from femme self-identified people of colourFemme to Femme "is a literary non-fiction, varied anthology seeking to explore femme identity in the 21st century through various mediums: poetry, essays, stories and narratives, illustration, art and photography. It was inspired by conversation with young femme folks of color and Joseph Beam’s 1991 collection of writings edited by Essex Hemphill, Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men."

Author PD James - who died recently aged 94 - repeatedly voted against gay equality in the House of Lords.

Was Shakespeare gay, and does it matter?

John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Make it what it's about. "Don’t be ashamed. Don’t compromise. Even if you’re the only person who needs this story to be told, to exist in the world, tell it boldly, don’t water it down."

The Gay Gospel, Justin Luke Zirilli’s self-help book for gay millennials.


| shouting in the night |

Are TED Talks making us stupid?

A night in paradise: Stories from New York's most legendary club.

| at the movies |

James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives) to be seen "in bed naked, kissing and tangled up in each others' bodies" in new filmMichael.

In a twist straight out of an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Shia LaBeouf claims a woman raped him during his performance art piece.

Talking to director Robert Chandler about his new documentary Dirty Sexy Comics.

Indian director Hansal Mehta producing and directing a film based on the true story of a gay professor.

Ridley Scott didn't want to cast "Mohammad so-and-so" in his movie about ancient Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Five questions you might have about the new Star Wars trailer.


Cinema review | Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine. "A powerful testament to a young man who has become famous for his death, to the point where many have forgotten his life."

DVD review | Boys On Film 12: Confession. "A return to form with some extremely good and very entertaining shorts."

DVD review | You And The Night. "A strange, surreal and unusual movie, which promises an orgy and delivers something rather different. Some will adore it but personally I was more intrigued than impressed."

The frustrating geographical inaccuracy of Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.

Trailer: Boys On Film 12: ConfessionIn Their RoomEastern Boys; and Upstairs Inferno.


| the box |

Eight great, overlooked shows from the 2013-2014 TV season to catch up on.

What Doctor Who is telling us about the changing ways we watch TV.

Michelle Gomez on playing "gender-switched" Doctor Who villian Missy.

The weirdest things you never knew about Star Trek's second season.

Did you stop watching HomelandNow is the time to start again.

Why Lucy was the perfect gay icon for the post-Stonewall generation.

Ten standalone TV episodes we wish would become spin-off series.

Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford. Above, Germany's Forbidden Love.

I watched every Beverly Hills, 90210 Thanksgiving episode, and all I got was this unexpected appreciation for Steve Sanders.

Watch the latest episode of Triangle; new web-series from writer/director Michael Sasso Swipe Click Bang; and see teasers for intriguing new web-seriesBait, as well as the upcoming fourth episode of Finding Me the Series.


| beats, rhymes & life |

Listen to Frank Ocean's latest, Memrise. It's his first new material in two years.

Listen to a remix of Kele Okereke's Closer.

Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman coming out could signal a sea change for Nashville's gay artists.

Sam Smith had “reservations” about disclosing his sexuality before the release of his debut album.

Talking to out singer songwriter Eli Lieb.

Talking to Afrika Bambaataa about hip hop, Afrofuturism... and Bewitched.

If Band Aid 30's language was used by a news anchor today, it would probably result in a public apology.

New York is killing me. "The unlikely survival of Gil Scott-Heron."

Why do artists keep making holiday albums? Because they still sell lots of copies.

Nearly every major online retailer is selling white power music.

Grime's lowest ebbs.

Videos: Out, gay rapper Awntariyo - Uh Oh.


| sex |

Kristen Bjorn to direct gay porn script by Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud.

Kristen Bjorn puts real life couple Diego Lauzen and Wagner Vittoria in a new position.

| arena |

Michael Sam does not regret coming out, despite inaccurate headlines.

Uganda is to host the 2017 World Cross Country Championships despite anti-gay laws.

Lewis Hamilton’s lack of popularity: Is it cos he is black?

| betta work! |

We are working harder than ever and it’s killing us. We need more chill time.

San Francisco becomes first city in America to pass “retail workers bill of rights".

| body, mind & soul |


HIV in the United States: At a glance.

Join the Shower Selfie Challenge, which aims to raise $US1 million for Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization that fights HIV and homelessness.

The fifteen shocking HIV myths people still believe today.

PrEP: What you need to know (but probably don't).

Brain's dementia weak spot identified.


Why vitamin D testing might be worthless for most people.

Early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is "virtually non-existent".

Why ChapStick can be habit-forming.

Why the gym is the worst place to meet your next lover.

Touch deprivation is on the rise and can lead to aggression, depression and bad health. No wonder there’s a market for hugs.

Early birds vs. night owls...


| hell's kitchen |


How we got so stupid about our diets.

The stereotypes around vegetarians and vegans must stop: I've never worn tie-dye, I'm not weak, and I can't stand Morrissey.

Nine things everyone should know about school lunch.

It's recently come to Chloe's attention that she enjoys coo-king.


| zoo |

Ever wonder what evolution is playing at? There's a Tumblr for that.

Dogs and humans process speech in remarkably similar ways.

Why dogs are sloppier drinkers than cats.

Cats don't care about you. Here's why.

Animal pictures of the weekAbove, ants carrying a droplet of water in Indonesia.

| planet earth |

Still not sure about the devastating effects of climate change? Then let me tell you what's happening in Honduras right now.

| inside the spaceship |

How to download your Google data with one click.

Who pays for us to browse the web? Be wary of Google’s latest answer.


"Shoot the gays" game released on Google app store.

Celebrating an old grey box: PlayStation is twenty.


Do the Instagram stars show we’re now all living in scripted reality? "These polished amateur marketers present something aspirational, but it’s not really their life. And it won’t be yours."


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

Why do traffic jams sometimes form for no reason?



The rules to giving compliments? It's a real minefield.

Twenty-five things you're too old for now that you're 25.

And finally, Walter discusses his religious past; Rogue "Marbie" Scott on name calling; Andrew shares another awkward dating story; and Sampson has a guide to being a good bottom.

Issue 200
24-30 November 2014
On the cover: Boys On Film 12.

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

1 comments:

Rogue said...

Whoop! Happy 200th and I love this photo, you always picks for the majority great photo covers if not ones that stick in the minds eye. Can't wait to read this issue.

 
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