We could all use a refresher on LGBT 101. "Contrary to some, not all LGBT millennials are dismissive of the earlier generations' hard-won victories. But there's still a huge knowledge gap when it comes to history."
Ramiro Serrata and and Jimmy Garza punched and kicked a black gay man in Texas. They pummeled him with a frying pan, a mug, and a broom, and struck him with a belt and a sock that contained a battery. They also poured bleach into the victim's eyes, sodomised him with the broom handle, and pistol-whipped him. Now they've been sentenced to fifteen years in jail.
This is Brian Cody Bray, a gay teacher fired after a hacker posted a sex tape featuring Bray on the school website.
SWEDEN A 16-year-old Moroccan immigrant, who beat and murdered a gay man - after wrapping a snake around his neck - has been jailed for four years.
CUBAFor sale: "Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice." "Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the commercial storm ahead?"
CHINA A high-speed sexual revolution. "In the survey I made in 1989, 15.5% of people had sex before marriage," says [sexologist] Li Yinhe. "But in the survey I did two years ago, the figure went up to 71%."
ISRAEL Historic Jerusalem site renamed "Tolerance Square" in honour of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was murdered by a Jewish extremist at last year's Gay Pride Parade.
NORTH KOREA Meet Jang Yeong-jin, the country's only openly gay defector. "It wasn’t until he escaped that even knew the word to describe his sexuality."
INDONESIA LGBT people suffer under anti-gay crackdown.
Cristiano Ronaldo does what he does best. Flaunt it.
Sports Illustrated ask why quarterbacks are so good-looking? “In other words, the best-looking kids in the schoolyard are selected for the glamour position. They are put on a quarterback track, and by the time they begin playing organized football, they are experienced at the position. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
How the $100 million NYPD Blue creator gambled away his fortune. "David Milch, the storied mind also behind Deadwood, changed television. Now, according to a lawsuit, the racetrack regular has lost his homes, owes the IRS $17 million and is on a $40-a-week allowance. Still, his supporters stay close: 'He's brilliant.'"
On Eric Rosen’s stage adaptation of Jim Grimsley’s beloved novel, Dream Boy.
REVIEWThe Pass. "The workings and fallout of internalized homophobia have rarely been so so vividly presented. On either side of Laura Hopkins sleek set, audiences are propelled into the gap between the world that Tovey’s magnetic Jason so successfully inhabits and his ruinous self-knowledge." (Variety, January 2014)
CampbellX on queering the black British archives. "I was invited to give a workshop looking into the possible LGBTQI content in the Autograph Collection The Missing Chapter. This project is an archive of Black presence in photographs from the 1800s. This is an amazing project showing that Black people ie people of African descent were in the UK way before the Windrush landed in Tilbury in 1948. In fact Black people have always been in Great Britain from Roman times till now."
Photographer Kevin Slack on the heady experience of creating his Los Tres pictures. "The boys were in that sublimely shining space between boys and men, quite grown, lusty, and good-natured, cavorting in that careless and quick moment before the burden of responsibility and mortality too."
REVIEWThe Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship, by Paul Lisicky. "The book is near seamlessly constructed: moments connect, reflect and super-impose on each other."
REVIEWBlack Deutschland, by Darryl Pinckney. "Clever, arch, bitter, thoughtful, sophisticated, and delightfully jaded, Jeb-the-elder makes what could be a real downer of a downward trajectory into a mesmerizing performance. Bad things keep happening to difficult, petty, conflicted, vain, and contradictory people, and thanks to Jeb’s carefully modulated voice, the tangles are also human messes to savor."
REVIEWCruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to the Oldies on TV, by Boyd McDonald. "McDonald truly focuses one’s attention to aspects of films that one would otherwise not notice or maybe even think about. It is so easy to watch these movies and fall into the heteronormative wormhole. McDonald jolts us out of it by constantly talking about groins and thighs and penises and “keisters.” At times, that seems to be all McDonald talks about, but, in the end, they have a proper effect."
The digital dirt. "How TMZ gets the videos and photos that celebrities want to hide." A profile of TMZ founder Harvey Levin.
beats, rhymes & life
On the blurring of gender and the feminisation of electronic music. "It’s a musical tragedy that house music has, in the dance decade or so, been pigeonholed by casual listeners as “a European thing” or attributed entirely to artists like French duo Daft Punk, who (while influential and talented in their own rite) were neither its progenitors nor its true innovators. That title should rightfully be bequeathed to folks like the late DJ Frankie Knuckles, who was just one of many young, gay men of color hard at work in a late 70’s Chicago."
Little girl lost. "Savannah was a gorgeous porn starlet, among the first of the luminescent Vivid Girls, with a taste for handsome rock stars, fast cars, expensive designer gowns... and copious amounts of drugs to quiet her demons. When things fell apart, she could see only one way out." (November 1994)
2116: Underwater cities, downloadable meals and 3D-printed houses just a century away, report claims.
and whilst you're thinking about that, think about this...
Yours for £200,000: A nuclear bunker (built in 1990 for £30 million) with its own hospital, workshop, commercial kitchen and BBC recording studio. And finally, Junior, Tochi, Kevin and Dammy on coming out; Walter on being black in America; Andrew on the white Oscars; and the Baddie Twinz survive drowning...
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai
"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."