Issue 171: Le1f, Domino Star, Bisi Alimi, Armistead Maupin, Shawn Pyfrom, Jason Collins, and more...

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 Ponder This 

||| Do you want me just because I'm black? "Being desired for only one external attribute gets pretty tiresome."

||| A question for high street brands: why shouldn't blackness mean beauty?

> If we shut gay saunas, the crackdown on sex won't end there, Bisi Alimi writes, responding to gay soldier James Wharton's idiotic call to close them.

||| Gay victims of domestic abuse rarely catered for – or acknowledged.

||| Why suburbia snobs are wrong. "Popular culture depictions continue to accentuate an image of the suburban environment as a tasteless mass devoid of critical thought. It's time to put those stereotypes to bed."

 U.S. & Canada News 

||| Los Angeles meningitis outbreak claims three gay men's lives. Authorities urge gay men to get vaccinated.

< Downtown Los Angeles to get its first gay bar.

||| Harlem preacher warns "white homos" will steal black men, highlighting the tension between poorer black residents and the "white homos" gentrifying the area.

> This woman - Jessica Dutro - beat her 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was gay. "He walks and talks like it. Ugh," she wrote to boyfriend Brian Canady. A jury took an hour to find her guilty.

< The amazing family who rescued rejected, sick and suicidal gay teen Corey.

> Here's what the commemorative stamp honouring gay equality activist Harvey Milk will look like.

||| Mississippi legislature passes "turn the gays away" bill, which will allow business and individuals to discriminate, or turn away, LGBTI individuals on religious grounds.

||| Ban young adult novel Two Boys Kissing, Virginia parent demands.

< Scott Thorson, Liberace's former lover, jailed for twenty years.

 U.K. News 

||| Ugandan MPs won't be banned from entering the UK over their anti-gay laws, Government decides.

> The UK dehumanises immigrants – no wonder tragedies happen in detention.

||| African Christians will be killed if we back gay marriage, Justin Welby - the head of the Church of England - claims.

||| Man who slept with over 200 men thinks he is now "straight", gay cure group claims.

< Marriage equality comes to Britain: in pictures.

The betrayal of teenagers by this government is a disgrace. "Young people are being hammered by austerity in Britain. We need a new vision to end this wilful abandonment of investment in the future."

 Europe News 

||| European Parliament President Martin Schulz warns African governments "disgraceful" anti-gay laws will lead to aid withdrawal.

||| RUSSIA: Lawmaker Vitaly Milonov calls for "moral police" to deal with gays.

< RUSSIA: Judges in Kostroma have ruled the city was wrong to ban a gay equality protest over "propaganda" fears.

THE BIG PICTURE: African migrants brave razor wire as they try to enter Spain from Morocco.

 Latin America News 

||| JAMAICA: Jamaicans answer the question, what would you do if you found out your child was gay?

THE BIG PICTURE: Venezuela's skyscraper slum. 30-year-old Gabriel Rivas - one of
3000 residents - lifts weights on a balcony on the 28th floor.

 Africa News 

> Gay African history lesson: Randy kings and gay sex as medicine.

||| Indeed, the idea that African homosexuality was a colonial import is a myth.

||| A continent at war with itself: Why Africa is the world's most anti-gay continent.

||| But "rescuing" gay people from Africa is no answer to anti-gay laws.

< UGANDA: 18-year-old and 22-year-old arrested, tortured after they were allegedly were caught "red-handed engaging in homosexuality" in the northern town of Oyam.

> UGANDA: Kampala throws a party to celebrate the passing of anti-gay legislation.

< UGANDA: Meet Rev. Christopher Senyonjo, who ignores anti-gay legislation and still ministers to the gay community.

||| UGANDA: Police raid the Makerere Walter Reed Project, an organisation that provides HIV support to gay Ugandans.

> ZIMBABWE: Gays are tools of the devil, self-declared "prophet" Emmanuel Makandiwa tells audience of 50,000.

||| NIGERIA: Seven men on trial for allegedly belonging to a gay club secretly released on bail.

 Body, Mind & Soul 

||| Nine reasons to test for HIV.

||| Removing the ego in the fight against HIV.

> Is alcohol damaging your memory?

||| If you want to know how to help an alcoholic, you're asking the wrong question.

> Sugar is now enemy number one in the western diet.

||| Why almost everything you've been told about unhealthy foods is wrong.

||| Could angry outbursts trigger a heart attack?

||| What is the cost to boys of our traditional view of masculinity? "Men are hemmed in by narratives telling them that stoicism is manly."

||| The nightmare of living with OCD.

||| How the tech industry's youth cult is driving older workers to plastic surgery.

 Inside The Spaceship 

||| Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns following outrage over his anti-gay views.

 Art & Design 

< The Dark Parade, an exhibition by David Armstrong, opens 11th April in New York City.

> Maze planned for National Building Museum in Washington DC.


< John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Resist all hostile programming. "This is the deep shit, the necessary journey within to set your work free to better serve humanity. This is the way you use your suffering to connect you with other human beings, which is perhaps the only point of suffering, to the extent anything has a point in a universe where we must constantly construct the meanings of our lives."

> Book review: The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin. "Maupin’s characters, as well as the author himself, have perfected the art of the graceful exit."

||| Book review: Necessary Errors, by Caleb Crain. "A novel of incredible beauty and clarity."

< Attitude magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary.


> Team Angelica is looking for fifty actors to perform in a selection of dynamic five-minute plays as part of Team Angelica's AmBush festival. The performances will take place at London's Bush Theatre on 28-29 April 2014.

< Meanwhile, Beadle-Blair's new play Manoeuvres opens on 30th April. "After staring death square in the face during overseas duty in Iraq, Corporal Aaron Pliskin returns home with a new-found determination – to come out, find a boyfriend, fall in love, get married and be the first to move his husband into married quarters in barracks."

||| Clayton Pettet, the 19-year-old art student who promised to lose his "anal virginity" in a live performance piece called Art School Stole My Virginity, didn't.

> Songs From an Unmade Bed, "a love letter to gay men living in the city", makes its Chicago premiere.

 At The Movies 

||| Stonewall, a new feature film based on the historic 1969 New York City riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn, launching the modern gay equality movements, to be directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow).

< How Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac exploits female degradation, and is "an ugly, judgmental reprimand about unchecked sexual behavior".

> Film review: G.B.F. "Mostly swishy, sweet fun, although admittedly it might have benefitted from a bit of tweaking to fluff up bigger, better, and bitchier one-liners."

< Film review: Yves Saint Laurent. "Pierre Niney is a dead ringer for the fashion designer, but this is a lifeless account of his career."

||| Film review: Under The Skin. "Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror-flick, starring Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial roaming Glasgow in a white van, picking up men, is visually stunning and deeply disturbing."


> Shawn Pyfrom, the actor who played gay on Desperate Housewives, opens up about his battles with drugs and alcohol.

< Danny Pintauro - of '80s/'90s sitcom Who's the Boss - marries longtime boyfriend.

> Amor à Vida becomes first Brazilian soap opera to air a gay kiss. The show airs on Rede Globo, the most watched T.V. network in Brazil, and the second most watched worldwide (after America’s ABC network).

||| That Days of Our Lives gay wedding in full.

Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford. Left, Secret Lives (Finland).

||| Coronation Street's new Muslim family: Six cliches scriptwriters should avoid.

||| There aren't enough gay characters on T.V., the BBC's (gay) drama controller admits.

||| NBC cancels flop Sean Hayes vehicle Sean Saves the World after just 12 episodes.

 Beats, Rhymes & Life 

> Anti-gay hate merchant Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison for murder.

< Le1f issues verbal smackdown to gay hate merchant Lord Jamar. "I'm darker than you. I'm African. I'm a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority?"

||| Le1f: the future of rap?

||| Le1f talks to Vogue about getting a record deal, Macklemore, and David Letterman...

...Newsweek is courting him, too.

> Blue's Lee Ryan cheated on fellow Celebrity Big Brother star Jasmine Waltz with a man within "minutes" of her returning to Los Angeles.

||| Pet Shop Boys new song The Best Gay Possible samples Irish drag queen Panti Bliss' viral speech.

||| "I don't think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know niggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he’s gay, but they need him on the fucking song and that's so terrible to me man." T-Pain on anti-gay hate in the hip-hop community.

||| Steve Grand raises $US326,593 on Kickstarter to finance debut album.

< Jermain Jackman wins The Voice.

||| White singers deserve the same scrutiny for sexism as Snoop Dogg. "Feminists – some of whom tried to ban Snoop Dogg from entering Australia – are keen to hold to hip hop singers to account for their sexism. So why do others get a free pass?"

||| Videos: Le1f - BOOM; and he also performs WUT live on David Letterman; Leo Ihenacho performs I Wanna Know What Love Is on The Voice; and Mykki Blanco - She Gutta.


> Irish footballer Cathal McCarron targeted with "a torrent of homophobic abuse" after his gay porn video surfaces.

< Domino Star is back!

Talking to Knockout.

||| 20 performers you don't know that you should know.

< Model David McIntosh flaunts it in Miami.


||| Tom Daley confirms he's gay, not bisexual.

||| Openly gay University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam wants to be seen only as a football player, not "the gay football player".

||| Openly gay baller Jason Collins signed to Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

||| Openly gay football player Anton Hysén signs with US team Myrtle Beach Mutiny.

< London Wasps player Christian Wade strips to raise awareness of male cancer.

||| Cockocracy: Size matters in the locker room, researcher finds.

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

||| And finally, Rogue "Marbie" Scott examines the "Venus Porn Trap"; Martin talks about his movie (Alaska Is A Drag: it's brilliant); Andrew discusses being ugly and proud; and Walter vents over straight black folk and their obsession with the gay agenda.

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Issue 171
11 January - 04 April 2014
On the cover: Domino Star.

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