Stonewall | Stonewall Inn declared a landmark, the first time any site in New York City has been designated a landmark because of its significance in LGBT history. Go inside the impassioned hearing that led to the protection of New York's historic Stonewall Inn...
...And in Chicago, Henry Gerber House has become the second gay-related National Historic Landmark.
Stonewall | Journalism before the rainbow. "The riots of June 28, 1969, not only gave birth to the movement for LGBT rights but empowered closeted journalists to come out and lead their own revolution."
LGBT groups join call to remove the hated Confederate flag from public spaces.
This is Anthony Fera, the 51-year-old president of Houston-based MidStar Energy. He has been arrested for attacking a married gay couple in Austin.
This is Adrian "Dre" Wilson. He was beaten with a bat whilst helping a stricken motorist change a tire. He says the world didn't care about his attack until nearly a month later because the altercation was "between two black guys".
The town that banned Wi-Fi. "‘Electrosensitive’ people are flocking to the West Virginian home of a deep-space telescope, attracted by the rules prohibiting phones, TVs and radios. But, as Ed Cumming reveals, their arrival means Green Bank is far from peaceful."
Why we should all care about America's dying, terrible strip malls.
Canada | The campaigner who helped ban men's rights activists from Toronto Pride. "If you scratch the surface and look past the veneer of equality, they're scary people with scary ideas. I think an appropriate queer ally who digs a little deeper into these guys will realize they're not a group you want to align yourself with. The men's rights movement does nothing for queer people."
Canada | On Honest Ed’s, Toronto's doomed compendium of kitsch. "Once dubbed ‘the world’s biggest discount shop’, Ed Mirvish’s extraordinary retail creation played a key role in Toronto’s development – but that won’t save it from demolition next year."
The historic London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard - founded in 1974 - is changing its name to be "more inclusive".
London, the city that ate itself. "London is a city ruled by money. The things that make it special – the markets, pubs, high streets and communities – are becoming unrecognisable. The city is suffering a form of entropy whereby anything distinctive is converted into property value. Can the capital save itself?"
So, which London neighbourhoods will next be obliterated by gentrification? "Banglatown? Caribbean Brixton? All of Soho? The only certainty is that rising property prices and new transport links will drastically change areas we once took for granted."
After thirty years, why don’t we have a HIV vaccine? "Three studies published Thursday make modest advances toward finally developing a vaccine against HIV. Despite billions of dollars in funding, researchers say they’re still far from solving one of the hardest scientific problems of our time."
Gmail introduces "Undo Send" feature for emails you wish you hadn't send.
art + design
Tongues Untied, an exhibition charting "the fight West Hollywood’s LGBT community went through, from AIDS to wanton discrimination, [showing] the links between art and activism", is at Los Angeles' Moca Pacific Design Center until 13th September.
New York artist Jordan Eagles has created Blood Mirror, a stunning seven-foot-tall sculpture comprised of gay mens’ blood in reaction to the FDA’s donor ban.
Visit Tom of Finland: the Pleasure of Play at Artists Space, New York, showing until 23rd August.
The impossible world of MC Escher. "He was dismissed by the art world and venerated by mathematicians … he rejected both Mick Jagger’s and Stanley Kubrick’s attempts to schmooze him. So who was the mysterious MC Escher, master of illusion?"
Lego Group announces plans to find "sustainable" materials to replace the plastic used in its bricks by 2030. Since 1963, Lego has been made from a strong, resilient plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).
Review | Dangerous When Wet, by Jamie Brickhouse. "A fabulous new memoir about a man who has it all–a great job in publishing, a longtime boyfriend, fun friends and a caring family. But Brickhouse has some serious life challenges too, including addictions, HIV and a mother who has 'the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose'.”
Coming soon | The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, by Christopher Zeischegg. "Set in Los Angeles amidst a dying adult film industry, real-life porn star and cam model Danny Wylde recounts the end of his career. He bears his last months with the death of a friend, a client's dangerous fantasy, a secret boyfriend, and a family bent on destroying him. Wylde's second novel moves the literature of pornography's narrative past its decadent history and into the world of disposable, tube-site celebrity, month-to-month living, and dissolving barriers between consumer and consumed."
Coming soon | Paris Demands, by Mike Miksche. "Roger, a young man, finds himself more-than-a-tourist but less than a Parisian in the City of Lights. Escaping a relationship with a friend that was never as platonic as his own parents believed, Roger discovers the nights and men of Paris to be affairs complicated by drugs, ex-patriots, and trysts. His awkward relationship with Marcel, a laconic native as addicting as the coke he sells, threatens to smother Roger. Life could be a trap of simply rolling out of bed, seeing a face as tangled as the linens, wiping the blow from your upper lip, readying yourself for another night in the bars and clubs of Paris. Does a city that prides itself on fostering love ever truly inspire it?"
Why the debate over Paris is Burning rages on. "Jennie Livingston’s landmark film on New York’s voguing scene helped shine a light on one of the most influential subcultures, but it also saw its creator accused of wanton voyeurism. On the eve of a controversial screening, is Paris Burnt?"
Welcome to the orgy! How the sex movie got its groove back. "After the success of Fifty Shades of Grey – and with audiences having reached peak-porn – old-fashioned erotica is re-entering the movie mainstream. We find out why stars such as Jason Schwartzman, Keanu Reeves and Jack Black are chucking their keys into the bowl."
Mark Kermode reads the Entourage film for filth: "It's no surprise - I do hate it, I hate it. I loathe it, I despise it, I detest it, I feel contempt for it. Everything about it rattles every one of my cages. This is absolutely the most loathsome consumerist male dream. I absolutely detest everything about the mindset that this film occupies. It's just this pornographic, consumerist, hate-filled piece of propaganda which says this is what you should aspire to... this level of utter vacuity, this foul, soul-sucking, horrible vacuum of vile emptiness is what you should aspire to. And you wait for the bubble to burst - and it doesn't."
George Takei to narrateUniquely Nasty, a new documentary on America’s persecution of gays.
Review | Folsom Forever. "Even if it doesn’t make you want to visit the event itself, Folsom Forever is worth a watch, especially if you’re one of those people who thinks LGBT culture is now completely homogenous."
Review | Those People. "I have to admit that I underestimated it. What I’d initially thought was going to be a rather smug look at the rich turned out to be something far smarter and more heartfelt than I’d expected. It’s an excellent look at unrequited love that many of us will be able to relate to."
Watch | New HBO documentary Larry Kramer In Love & Anger trailer; Boulevard trailer - Robin Williams' last film; Still A Rose trailer; Hidden Away trailer; Seashore trailer; Stand trailer; and director Joseph Graham's Beautiful Something trailer; Boys On Film 13: Trick & Treat trailer.
Watch | BAIT season 1, episode 5 - All is Fair in Love; T.R.A.D.E IT ALL season 1, episode 2 Aftermath; The Boyz Next Door LA, episode 1 - Welcome to the Neighborhood (look out for appearances by the Freaky Boiz); and Social Theory season 2, episode 2 - Deal & Destiny.
Patrick Macnee, the actor best known for his role in the gay-beloved 1960s TV series The Avengers, is dead. He was 93.
Talking toKAOS favourite Cakes Da Killa. "Not only the most flamboyant new rapper on the scene, but also one of the most articulate. Churning out one magnificent EP after another, the 24-year-old is more than deserving of the title newcomer of the month."
Talking to Kendrick Lamar: "I am Trayvon Martin. I’m all of these kids".
Chicago's Young Pappy followed the gangsta rap dream to his grave.
Why Alaska Thunderfuck titled her new album Anus. “It was the only thing I could call it. There’s nothing else. There’s simply no other title.”
Watch | Melli B - IG; Greg Holden - Boys In The Street; Tove Lo - Timebomb; Jason Derulo performsWant To Want Me live at Summertime Ball 2015; Alaska Thunderfuck - This Is My Hair; and Miss Fame - InstaFame; and watch the latest episode of The GrooveOUT, a weekly coundown of gay music.
MEN model Paul Canon declares: “I am not sexually attracted to colored people”. And as Str8UpGayPorn's Zachary Sire says, "Oh, and for any of you worried that this racist meltdown will hurt idiotic racist Paul Canon’s career: Don’t be. He’ll be hired again and again, over and over again by all the same studios who could give two shits about what these dumb, racist gay porn stars say on Twitter."
A bus has been named after John Nathan-Turner, the (some might say infamous) producer of Doctor Who during the 1980s. Nathan-Turner, who died in 2002, was the subject of lurid tabloid headlines in 2013 when a biography claimed he and his partner Gary Downie preyed on teenage fans during his time on the show.
How Curitiba's BRT stations sparked a transport revolution. "When Curitiba’s bus rapid transit stations were revamped in 1991, the futuristic glass-tube stops became a new symbol for the Brazilian city."
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."