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WEEKLY | Issue 108 | January 2012 | FREE | be.told.


< Alaz Brezhan lenses Derek Keeton for Fantasticsmag.

> Let's kick off with this beautiful shot of Air Force Airman Luis Peralta (left) reuniting with his boyfriend, U.S. Marine Peter Apiag, from the boys' Tumblr. Beautiful, sexy, inspiring.


|||| In California, the New Year brings a raft of new laws protecting the GBLT community.

< A gay San Francisco couple have won a two year reprieve against deportation; Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk have lived together for nearly 20 years in the Castro district, but the US immigration department want to deport Makk.

> Julius' - possibly New York's oldest gay bar - shuts its doors.

|||| Staten Island teen Christopher Orlando jailed for 60 days for his role in Stonewall Inn gay-bashing.

|||| Men can be rape victims too, America decides.

< The architectural firm behind New York's High Line has been chosen to redesign the gay landmark Fire Island Pines Pavilion.

> As if Dallas wasn't gay enough already.


|||| Tesco denies rethink on backing for gay pride festival. "Supermarket chain says it is fully committed to sponsoring event despite claim from conservative Christian group."

|||| Tesco, LGBT Pride and the trap the gay media fall into. "Tesco's supposed withdrawal of sponsorship from Pride is a non-story peddled by fundamentalist networks."

< Gay mathematician hero Alan Turing honoured with stamp.

|||| MP Diane Abbott is "sorry" for her Twitter race slur. She wrote, "White people love playing 'divide & rule'".

> This woman and her boyfriend tortured and drowned a 15-year-old boy because they believed he was a witch. Welcome to London 2012.


|||| SPAIN: Country's first gay retirement home passes its first hurdle. "Madrid suburb cedes land for project as gay NGO plans home 'where no one will have to hide their sexuality."

|||| HUNGARY: Anti-gay constitution becomes law.

|||| BELARUS: Love is equal.


|||| NIGERIA: Islamists unleash wave of violence against Christians.

|||| SIERRA LEONE: A mob of around 1000 anti-gay protesters hit the streets of Freetown on Friday.


< INDIA: Monks gather to hear the Dalai Lama, 4th January 2012.

|||| INDIA: In New Delhi, gay artist Balbir Krishan has been the victim of a homophobic attack at an exhibition of his own work. The attack was captured on video.


|||| An open letter to the UAE on human rights abuses.

> How not to advertise your gym.


|||| Cognitive decline sets in as early as 45.

|||| Would you die earlier for the perfect bod?

|||| Why "manscaping" isn't just for porn stars anymore.


< NORWAY: A dog walks on a beach carpeted in hundreds of thousands of dead herring.

|||| Boffins discover underwater world of creatures thriving in temperatures of 400C.


|||| Google home page gets radical overhaul.

|||| Microsoft celebrates IE6 death.

Tablet for two: The Brothers Mueller, twin maestros of the iPad, will make you see double. "They're the toast of New York media. And yes, boys, they're gay."

|||| Troubled Kodak prepares for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.


Hidden in the Open: A photographic essay of Afro American male couples.

|||| Fuerte Men: Finally, a Hispanic LGBT magazine for the rest of us.

> Kevin Keller - Archie Comics' first gay character - married boyfriend Dr. Clay Walker this week. Lovely.

< So, Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. "If you are concerned - and you should be - about how our collective community is being subsumed by a dumb-downed, consumer-driven and utterly vanilla existence, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book."

> Talking to Brontez Purnell about love, compassion, and rock & roll.

|||| Review: The Marbled Swarm, by Dennis Cooper. "A carnivalesque switchback of secret passageways, incest, cannibalism and a haunting sense of isolation."

|||| Eve Arnold, the photojournalist, is dead. She was 99. In pictures.


||| Naked Boys Singing! no more.


< Review: Silent Running. "It projects a strong, if simplistic, message mixed with a nostalgia for the period in which it was made and yet postulates a problematic hero."

|||| Why does Hollywood hate gay sex?

|||| Ian McKellen: Shakespeare enjoyed sex with men.

> Noel Clarke (Metrosexuality, Doctor Who) joins Star Trek 2 cast.

|||| How to Survive a Plague, a new documentary by filmmaker David France, is "the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition... Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms... Without rejuvenated vigilance, transmission is on the rise – most remarkably, among young gay men who are ignorant of how AIDS activists beat back a plague, and along the way changed the world."


|||| Controversial sitcom Work It is a ratings flop...

...Unlike the new Absolutely Fabulous specials, which were so successful the BBC now wants a full series.

< Kristy McNichol - star of 80s sitcom Empty Nest - has come out.

|||| Harry Connick Jr to guest star on Law & Order: SVU.

|||| EastEnders' Pat: Celebrities pay tribute.

> EastEnders' Pat: 10million watch much-loved character's passing on New Year's Day, and another 10million tuned in for the aftermath on Monday.

|||| EastEnders' Pat: St Clement "didn't want Pat to die", and "why it was time to leave".

|||| EastEnders' Pat: I've been watching Pat Butcher almost all my life.

|||| EastEnders' Pat: The funeral, in pictures.

< EastEnders: The Olympic Park is added to the titles.

> EastEnders: Meet newcomer Ray Dixon, played by former Footballers' Wives star Chucky Venn.

|||| MTV's True Life profiles gay chubby chasers.

|||| Here's a look at the new 10 part season of Spartacus: Vengeance.


< Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett reunite on New Year's Eve. More pictures at Brent Everett's blog.

|||| Sean Cody's three-way double-penetration breeding bareback bonanza!

|||| Should Sean Cody's decision to go bareback be met with a boycott?

|||| So, about raw desire, depicting bareback sex and calling out hypocrisy.

|||| Los Angeles "bareback ban" campaign launches.

> Is iconic 90s auteur Enrique Cruz about to make a comeback?

|||| Escort faces court for distributing gay fisting DVDs...

...and is acquitted in "a victory for sexual freedom".


|||| Magic Johnson on 20 years living with HIV, homophobia in hip-hop and the fight against AIDS.

< Alabama Crimson Tide fans celebrate gay bashing in t-shirt planned for National Championship win.


Own Mario Lopez's underwear!

|||| A small, beautiful tale of brotherly love.

|||| When eating out, make sure you start with a phone stack.

|||| On the menu: gay food, or straight food?

|||| Alcoholic soup!

|||| Eat your Christmas tree.

|||| And finally, imagine you're on the Tube with this boy. You'd smile, wouldn't ya?

Issue 108: 1-6 January 2012

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Mike said...

THANK YOU for your effort and love of the News!!

Unknown said...

LOVE your gay bias entries!

KAOS said...

Thank you for reading Mike, and for taking the time to say "thank you" - it means a lot!

KAOS said...

And I love that you're biased enought to read 'em! x

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