Issue 247: George Michael, Micah Brandt, Moonlight, Mikael Owunna, Kim Burrell, Ronnie and Roxy, Entercourse, and more...


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Left &
Found

Time to panic. "The election of a demagogue imperils many homegrown advancements in LGBT rights. It also degrades the global progress when the standard-bearer — America — is shown to be so vulnerable."

Do Boy George’s tweets about bisexuals represent a serious problem in the gay community?




2017 resolutions all gay men should consider.


Stranger Things, La La Land, and Trump: Empty nostalgia dominated 2016.


News
America



LGBTQ Nation has named vile alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos its 2016 Person of the Year.

This is 29-year-old India Monroe, who was misgendered in initial news reports of her murder. She has been revealed to be a transgender woman, making her the 27th trans person murdered in 2016...

...Meanwhile, 41-year-old Mesha Campbell has become the first transgender person to be murdered in 2017.

54-year-old Savyon Zabar, owner of now-shuttered Latin gay club Escuelita, found strangled to death.

The NYPD is investigating hate mail containing a “suspicious substance” sent to the gay man who confronted Ivanka Trump.

Vandals vandalise LGBT centre in Pennsylvania.

Students reach plea deal amid investigation into sexual assault with broom handle on "no gay Thursday".

Kim Burrell radio show canceled in the wake of homophobic sermon.

Kim Burrell: Katonya Breaux tweets to son Frank Ocean, "Son, can we crop Kim Burrell's voice out of your song?"


Kim Burrell reminds us how the black church uses, abuses gay Christians. "As much as homophobic denominations like Burrell's Church of God in Christ don't want to admit it, righteous gay and bi men are part of their congregations."

Kim Burrell's homophobia betrays the message of Hidden Figures.

Coachella owner Philip Anschutz forced to deny homophobia following revelations about donations to right-wing groups and anti-LGBT organisations.

Survivors of the Pulse massacre take centre stage at the 128th Rose Parade.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has launched a new campaign to provide the truth about PrEP: F*ck Without Fear, PrEP Here.

HIV: How some of the nation's poorest regions also have the highest HIV rates.

WATCH  First Lady Michelle Obama makes emotional farewell speech.


Six things we must do to survive Trump’s America.

The marching band of a historically black college in Alabama is to take part in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.

The viral anti-Trump attack video from Chicago, explained.

Four arrested, charged with hate crimes, over Facebook Live video of man tortured amid anti-Trump taunts...

...But Facebook refuses to explain why it didn't take the video down sooner.

The vile Gays for Trump group is throwing a "Deploraball" to celebrate the ascendency of their beloved demagogue.

Why I'm proud to be a Hollywood "sissy". "A dangerously unknowledgeable, appallingly incurious, unapologetically untruthful, terrifyingly inexperienced, and wildly intemperate demagogue will take his oath of office and become the president of the United States... I've finally come to terms with the fact that deus ex machina isn't going to save us. I work in show business, so forgive my hope for a Hollywood ending."

Trump orders President Obama's envoys to abandon their posts by Inauguration Day, "disregarding established protocol and likely causing a logistical as well as a potential diplomatic nightmare."

Trump’s public disagreement with intelligence community is unprecedented and "adversarial".

Mike Pence: Trump will roll back Obama executive orders on day one. Here's what might survive.


Republicans are afraid of the Resistance.

Arnold Schwarzenegger claps back at Trump's The Apprentice ratings jab.

All of Trump’s known conflicts of interest in one place.

How “collective narcissism” helps explain the election of Trump.

Trump isn’t a fascist. "A leading expert on 1930s-era politics explains that Trump is a right-wing populist, not a fascist — and the distinction matters."

Is Hillary Clinton considering running for Mayor of New York City?

A woman who was sacked for calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels" has been fired again after being reinstated.

The trial of Dylann Roof for the Charleston church shooting, explained.

The myth about smart black kids and “acting white” that won’t die.


Want to be part of the next wave of activism? Move to rural America.

How America's "war on terror" was (unwittingly) designed to last forever.

The Human Rights Campaign is calling on the State Department to apologise for all the gays and lesbians it fired in the 1950s.

The anatomy of a mass shooting at a house party. "How a teenage get-together turned into a scene of bloody chaos that left one neighbour dead."

A guy walks into a bar... and is never seen again. "On spring break in 2006, an Ohio State med student vanished into thin air. A decade later, his friends and family are still aching for answers."


News
UK

Philip Anschutz, the billionaire businessman who operates London's O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) has been exposed as a donor to a number of listed homophobic hate groups.

People living with HIV in the UK are way more likely to die from AIDS complications than they are in the US.

The families of gay serial killer Stephen Port's victims are seeking witnesses for possible action against police, who failed to link the deaths of the four young gay men Port killed.

Stephen Port victim's landlord John Pape: "I felt I hit a brick wall with the police".

This is 24-year-old Ernest Kalawa from Southwark in south London. He was stabbed to death on a Peckham street on 30th December.

Spat on and ignored: What I've learned from a month sleeping rough in London. "Medical student James Beavis spent his Christmas on the streets of the UK capital, to raise money for – and try to better understand – this marginalised community. His conclusion? ‘Society has dehumanised homeless people’."



Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell on turning down the offer of a knighthood: “I could never accept an honour because the titles reek of aristocracy and empire, and the system is corrupted when financiers and friends of the Establishment scoop the top awards."

Why hasn't the government banned caste discrimination?

Did British secret agents try to stop World War II by "turning Hitler into a woman"?

A London untouched by gentrification, in pictures.

Julie Frank, one of Britain’s first out gay police officers, is dead. She was 56.


News
World

MACEDONIA  The Iraqi refugee who found love with a Macedonian border guard.

MEXICO  In Juchitán, trans people are celebrated. So why do they feel so left out? "The people of Juchitán have long shown love for their gender-bending “muxes.” But beyond the glitz and glamor, some say pageantry is no substitute for equal rights."

BRAZIL  The new Mayor of Rio de Janeiro - evangelical preacher Marcelo Crivella - thinks failed abortions cause homosexuality.

BRAZIL  Men helped to become better fathers to reduce gender violence.

CAMBODIA  Police to arrest people who photoshopped the King Norodom Sihamoni having gay sex.

CHINA  The couple who saved China's ancient architectural treasures before they were lost forever. "As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's riches."

NIGERIA  Two men arrested, bailed for homosexuality.

SOUTH AFRICA  "Death to gays" pastor Steven Anderson to open Cape Town church despite being banned from country.

AUSTRALIA  Gay man thrown off bridge for refusing sex to married man.

AUSTRALIA  United Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing after homophobic passenger’s angry rant.

AUSTRALIA  Melbourne’s iconic Greyhound Hotel gay bar closes after 163-years.


Arena

171 LGBT people in sports who came out publicly in 2016.

Orlando City Soccer Club unveils permanent memorial to the forty-nine people killed in last year's Pulse nightclub massacre.

LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers is engaged to producer/director Greg Berlanti.

Ohio State gay gymnast Jake Martin picked by teammates to be senior captain.

U.S. runner Nick Symmonds, gay rights champion, to retire.

What ever happened to Joseph Randle? "Fifteen months ago Randle, not Ezekiel Elliott, was the Dallas back ripping off chunks of yards behind that awesome O-line. Then came a possible concussion, an array of off-field misdeeds and massive confusion about it all."


Art +
Design

INTERVIEW  Talking to queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer Mikael Owunna.

Tyrus Wong, the Bambi artist thwarted by racial bias, is dead. He was 106. "He left China at 10 and would never see his mother again. He lived in extreme poverty once he arrived in America. He found his calling in art, became the creative force behind one of Disney’s iconic films, but didn’t get recognition for his brilliance until late in his life, when in addition to painting and illustrating he began to make fantastical kites."


Word!

New LGBT poetry journal Impossible Archetype is accepting submissions.

S.E. Hinton claims she’s being "attacked for being heterosexual".

Children’s magazine Highlights is featuring a family with same-sex parents for the first time just months after being accused of homophobia.

Add Lambda Literary to those angry with Simon & Schuster over "white supremacist" Milo Yiannopoulos book deal.

The latest best seller in Germany: Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.


The twenty comics to watch out for in 2017. "The golden age of cartooning is set to continue, with stories spanning everything from black superheroes to post-apocalyptic pet adventures on the way."

On the rag, your weekly look at the free gay 'zines.


Shouting
At Night

Vivica A Fox doesn't want gay men in her all-male strip club. "They dance for women. It’s called ‘The Ultimate Girls Night Out’ for a reason.”

INTERVIEW  Talking to Glenn Close about her role in Sunset Boulevard.

WATCH  The world's oldest drag queen.


Film
Forever

Cheryl Dunye, director of The Watermelon Woman: "This is the most important time to make queer art."

Dustin Lance Black slams closeted Hollywood stars.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins.

Does Moonlight show gay cinema has to be sexless to succeed? "Barry Jenkins’s coming-of-age drama is a major Oscar contender and proof that queer cinema is escaping its arthouse niche. But it’s hard to imagine an equally accomplished yet more explicit film receiving the same acclaim."


Star Wars has always been political. Here's why the alt-right is claiming otherwise.

Cher to star in Flint water crisis Lifetime movie from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

REVIEW  Second Coming. "Debbie Tucker Green’s dreamy, ambiguous urban parable is rooted in utterly believable performances." (June 2015)

Why a film celebrating McDonald's is the perfect start for Trump cinema. "The Founder, about the man who built McDonald’s, is a fitting start to the new era. But Hollywood’s love affair with Trump’s kind of anarcho-capitalism began long ago."

Will Hollywood ever end its love affair with guns?

WATCH  Here's the trailer for I Am Not Your Negro, a film that uses James Baldwin’s own words to explore contemporary American race relations; and trailers for Staying Vertical; and Lovesong.


The
Box

Gay TV stars are the highest paid in the world...


Celebrity Big Brother launches with homophobia row after Stacy Francis brands Austin Armacost a "gay boy".

Fifty years after CBS Reports: The Homosexuals, one man tells his story.

Why is it so difficult to update The Wizard of Oz? "NBC’s Emerald City is just the latest Oz revival to fall flat on its face."


The naked men of Sense8's Christmas special.




Gays of our lives: All the latest news from gay soapland!

EastEnders: Why Ronnie and Roxy got the deaths they deserved.

EastEnders: Ronnie survives and Roxy dies in alternative ending.

EastEnders: Samantha Womack speaks out following Ronnie and Roxy's deaths.

What killed-off EastEnders cast members look like now, from Trevor Morgan to Danny Moon.

Tyson Anthony (The Pharm, Raising Eli) has a new webseries: Entercourse. Here's the trailer:


Case closed: It's beyond reasonable doubt – we've reached peak cop drama. "With Death in Paradise guilty of crimes against TV, it’s lucky No Offence and Unforgotten make for arresting viewing. How far can we push this creaking genre?"


WATCH  Drew Droege’s Chloë Sevigny discovers she has grandparents.


WATCH  Here's out news anchor Don Lemon drunk on New Year's Eve.


WATCH The latest episode of Steel River; and the trailer for Love Is Blind.



Beats, Rhymes
& Life

Global grime, political struggle and a Chinese pop explosion – what will be 2017’s music trends?



George Michael: His former publicist reflects on the lawsuit that crippled his career. "George Michael, pop star, was no more. It was a world-class implosion and completely voluntary."

The battle for George Michael. "Three years, scores of acrimonious meetings and millions of pounds later, the singer and songwriter George Michael is free at last to make music with the record company of his choice. Simon Garfield reveals, for the first time, the full story of how Michael was sprung from the Sony Corporation by Virgin, David Geffen and a courtroomful of lawyers and advisors." (July 1995)


George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz questioned by police as part of a probe into the singer’s death.

Boy George mocks bisexuals, implies George Michael "suicide" Tweets were real...

...and then posts series of Tweets in response to the criticism of his alleged biphobia.

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock is dating footballer Andre Gray, who has said gay people should “burn” and “die”.

INTERVIEW  Carrie Fisher talks to Madonna. (June 1991)


Red Light
District

The most homophobic countries in the world are watching gay porn...


Seattle Eagle's New Year's party, in pictures.

Micah Brandt opens up about his health problems, launches a GoFundMe page to raise money for his medical bills.


MEN.com releases Micah Brandt and Diesel Washington scene two years after it was filmed.


De we already have the worst porn name of 2017?

INTERVIEW  Talking to Levi Karter.

New model Leo Brooks has made his debut alongside veteran star Brandon Jones.

New Bel Ami stunner Miguel Estevez debuts with Joel Birkin.

Hot new talent Jacen Zhu gets gang-banged by Mario Domenech, Alex Kof, Alejandro Castillo & Viktor Rom.

Austin Wolf, Gabriel Cross and Alexander Volkov get together for a muscle overload.

2017's most anticipated models, including Luke Diamond (above).


Ghetto
Romance

Did he just call me Daddy? "I ever really got the ‘Daddy’ thing. I generally dated guys who were of a similar age to me while looking to older black gay men as potential mentors; gathering hints as to how to navigate growing up in a racist, hetero-sexist, unequal city."

The seven things I did to get over a big breakup — and why research says they work...

...And why it’s so hard to get over your ex, according to a relationship psychologist.


WATCH Gay kissing lessons with Davey Wavey, Sean Ford and Blake Mitchell.



Médecins Sans Frontières

A brand-new human organ has been classified.

HPV: The health crisis we’re not talking about. "The top cause of penile, cervical, and anal cancer can’t be prevented with condoms, and the LGBT community is particularly at risk."

Should I be worried about the HIV in rectal secretions?


On the Gates Foundation's revolutionary new anti-HIV drug device.


...And the government: It'll cost $350 billion.

Micro-dosing: The drug habit your boss is gonna love. "What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD — all in the name of self-improvement. Can you afford not to keep up?"

The case for eliminating sugar. All of it.


Hell's
Kitchen

Tales from the bar - a tour of London's great pubs.


Rag
Trade

Stefano Gabbana, one half of the designers Dolce & Gabbana, has praised Melania Trump for wearing one of his dresses...


Former Celebrity Big Brother inmate (and very gay friendly) David McIntosh has underwear shot pulled by Instagram.


Betta
Work!

Bartender accuses management at upmarket New York restaurant Bagatelle of calling him a faggot.


The UK’s top CEOs have already made more money than workers will the entire year.


Planes, Trains & Automobiles

NYC's brand new subway is the most expensive in the world — that's a problem.

Transport for London’s latest annual orgy of statistical delights tells of ongoing successes and growing challenges with keeping the capital moving.

Louisville’s “Spaghetti Junction” is a testament to how cars degrade cities.


Tomorrow's
World

Facebook Live is changing the world - but not in the way it hoped. "Facebook’s betting big on everyone streaming their lives in real time, but has it unleashed a monster it can’t control?"

Facebook has blocked a photo of a 16th century Italian statue as "explicitly sexual".


Planet
Earth

Fifteen before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet.

The vertical farm. "Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light."

Death of a giant. "Stalking the disappearing bluefin tuna." (June 1994)


And Whilst You're Thinking About That, Think About This...

And finally, Walter takes on the Kim Burrell mess; the Baddie Twinz; Kenneth confesses: I went home with a stranger! And previously in 2016, with Andrew (get ready to hit the pause button. He's totally naked).

Issue 247: 1-6 January 2017
On the cover: NextDoor model Leo Brooks.

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