Issue 178: Robert Garcia, Godzilla, Game of Thrones, Tyson Tyler, Forever Families, Kenrick Stephenson, Darryl Stephens, Justin Bieber, The Normal Heart, and more...

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 Ponder This 

||| Why deep-rooted, rife anti-gay prejudice is ultimately doomed.

||| 13 things never to say to bisexual people.

||| The reality of dating white women when you're black.

||| The majority of gay couples have arrangements for outside sex.

||| Reconciling Jewish, queer identities.

> How does The Normal Heart beat today? "With HBO's recent screening of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, one has to wonder how the hearts of gay men beat 30 years after the iconic play's 1985 premiere."

 U.S. & Canada News 

< Gawker founder Nick Denton marries his boyfriend, actor Derrence Washington, at the American Museum of Natural History, 31st May 2014. In pictures.

||| Lawsuit filed against North Dakota's gay marriage ban. It was the last U.S. state to go unchallenged.

> Robert Garcia, Long Beach's new mayor, makes history by being young, Hispanic and gay.

||| Kordale and Kaleb Lewis, the black, gay, Atlanta-based fathers of three young children, respond to the storm over that picture. Watch:

< Forever Families exhibit launches in New York, seeking to "fulfill the dreams of adoption for a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth".

> Two gay men stabbed outside Alabama nightclub.

||| Gay Americans will spend at least $US860 billion in 2014, so why aren't more businesses actively courting consumers?

||| Seattle tops the list of most gay-friendly cities in the U.S.

||| Gay couple kicked out of Mississippi restaurant in new What Would You Do? video. And a set of 1970s news clips on the fight for gay equality:

||| The City of Los Angeles unveils plaque commemorating 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s gay community two years before Stonewall.

||| New York City Pride history, in pictures.

> What gay pride looked like in 1970.

||| Salt Lake City police officer refuses assignment to Utah Pride Parade.

< Phoenix Pride, in pictures.

||| HIV "criminals" cut free of GPS monitoring devices after Iowa removes outdated law.

||| Gentrification comes to L.A.'s skid row, and the homeless get the shaft.

> Canada: Toronto gets permanent rainbow crosswalks for WorldPride 2014.

 U.K. News 

< This is Kevin Maxwell, a gay former Special Branch detective who claims was forced to quit after a campaign of anti-gay abuse.

||| Stonewall wants Pride to be more inclusive for black and trans people.

||| Charity calls on gay drug and alcohol treatment to be improved.

> Bored of London's queer club scene? Manchester's is wild and wonderful.

||| Just how good do gay Britons really have it?

< Oxford Pride, in pictures.

||| Kings College London is under pressure to strip the Sultan of Brunei of honours for backing a law that decrees gays be stoned.

> Outrage as London apartment block installs "anti-homeless studs".

||| Hundreds evacuated from the Shard - western Europe's tallest skyscraper - as smoke billows from the basement.

THE BIG PICTURE: A stranded giant octopus brings London's Oxford Street to a standstill, 3rd June 2014.

 Europe News 

||| Ireland: Three arrested after attack at Dublin gay cruising spot.

||| France: Three Muslim men who brutally bashed a gay Dutchman last year have been jailed.

> France: Mister Gay May, Matthieu Chartraire, promotes racist far right party.

< Belgium: Pride in Brussels, in pictures.

||| Slovakia: Legislators overwhelmingly pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

> Russia: This is Andrey Zaytsev, an openly gay lawyer. He was brutally attacked by his neighbour in Moscow, who routinely abuses him, and has tried to gain entry to his apartment by force.

< Greece: SS songs and antisemitism - the week Golden Dawn turned openly Nazi. "Supporters of the far-right party gave Hitler salutes and sang the Horst Wessel song outside parliament last week. Helena Smith reports from Athens on how Golden Dawn has taken on a sinister new tone."

> Cyprus: First gay pride goes ahead despite Orthodox protesters. Video.

 Latin America News 

< Jamaica: This is Kenrick Stephenson, an openly gay activist for the ruling Peoples National Party (PNP). He was shot dead outside his home in Montego Bay last month.

||| So, why do so many Jamaicans hate gay people?

||| Jamaica: Anti-gay laws set for parliamentary review.

||| Jamaica: The island's most influential newspaper, The Gleaner, endorses marriage equality, taking local gay equality activists by surprise.

> Mexico: Inside the lives of Mexico City's male hustlers.

 Africa News 

||| African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights adopts resolution pledging to fight for gay equality and oppose anti-gay laws on the continent.

||| Uganda: Anti-gay Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa rejects criticism of his appointment to become the next president of the United Nations General Assembly.

< Uganda: The day anti-gay hate came to Uganda. The martyrs of 3rd June 1886 "were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity".

> Sudan: What the Meriam Ibrahim case can tell us about the state of Islam.

 Asia News 

||| India: Census uncovers half a million trans people.

||| Korea: Korea Queer Festival in Seoul disrupted by Christian protestors.

< Thailand: Curfew hits Bangkok’s iconic nighttime gay tourist spots hard.

||| Hong Kong: British consulate banned from performing same-sex marriages.

 Middle East News 

||| Israel: Cabinet approves surrogacy bill for gay couples.

||| Israel: Two thirds of Orthodox gays are married to women, gay Orthodox organisation claims.


> Lambda Literary announces 2014 winners.

< My Chacha Is Gay, Pakistan's first gay-themed book for children.

||| John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Dialogue.

> New book Splendid Magnificent chronicles the early days of British hip-hop, and details the 50 most influential records between 1986 and 1993.

||| Books do furnish a room – but not for much longer if Jeff Bezos has his way.

||| The war on Amazon is Big Publishing's 1% moment. What about other writers? "More people are buying more books than ever, and more people are making a living by writing them. Why do millionaire authors want to destroy the one company that's made this all possible?"

||| We are losing the art of reading.

 Shouting In The Night 

< Actor John Lacy fired after confronting an anti-gay heckler at a California production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

||| Two Royal Ballet dancers boycott Russia tour over anti-gay laws.

 At The Movies 

||| The silences of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. "HBO adaptation of his account of AIDS' early years enshrines his biases as fact."

> The Normal Heart's Taylor Kitsch discusses the intensity of the filming process and his character, Bruce Niles. On the horrific scene in which Bruce is forced to stuff his dead lover's body into garbage bags: "It’s so inhumane on so many levels. It was just — that was the one scene I just wasn’t a big fan of doing a lot of takes of. And [director Ryan Murphy] knew that as well. And yeah, we didn’t do a lot of takes. We didn’t need many. It was something you kind of try to forget that is just scarred in your memory."

< The Normal Heart's Matt Bomer gives a HIV-positive performance unparalleled in cinema history.

||| Film review: The Normal Heart. "Moving, sad, angry and extremely well-acted, The Normal Heart is a timely reminder of the past."

||| Roland Emmerich has built a replica of New York City's Christopher Street in Montreal for his forthcoming film Stonewall. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) is to star.

||| Hollywood screenwriter Abdi Nazemian has criticised Hollywood films like Dallas Buyers Club and Philadelphia for their depictions of gay men who are saved by straight, homophobic characters.

> New documentary Out In the Line-up follows two gay surfers as they uncover a taboo in surfing.

< Jonah Hill tells paparazzo: "Suck my dick you faggot!" 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum has jumped to Hill's defence.

||| The battle of the Tupac biopics.

> Film review: Test. "Dance becomes the unexpected, yet surprisingly effective, backdrop in the new film, Test, about the introduction of the first AIDS test." Read the kaos review here.

< Film review: The Case Against 8. "Though the filmmakers do an excellent job at crafting dramatic tension from a subject whose ending is a foregone conclusion, one cannot help but feel that the tone, so insistently hopeful about (and focused only on) marriage equality as 'the gay issue,' is slightly passe."

> Film review: Fruitvale Station. "Powerful, if rather crudely and manipulatively constructed."

||| Talking to Michael B Jordan about Fruitvale Station.

||| Godzilla: 5 things Roland Emmerich's 1998 version did better.

||| Godzilla 2014 or Godzilla 1998? Only one way to find out… GODZILLA FIGHT!

||| 10 ’80s nostalgia movies that are better than most actual ’80s movies.

< Aliens: In Lego!

 Telly Addicts 

||| Game of Thrones, sex and HBO: Where did T.V.'s sexual pioneer go wrong?

> Why Game of Thrones is the gayest show on T.V.

||| Doctor Who has become Doctor Mysogyny since Steven Moffat took over as showrunner.

< Could Marcus Collins & Robin Windsor be Strictly's first same-sex couple?

||| Gay salsa dancers John Narvaes and Andrew Cervantes work it on America's Got Talent.

Talking to Noah's Arc star Darryl Stephens.

< Don't miss these shots of Omari Hardwick naked in new drama Power.

< NBC's worse promo photos, in pictures.

||| Gays of our lives: The latest from our favourite gays in soaps, with Anthony D. Langford.

||| Watch a new trailer for The DL Chronicles; the second part of the new Finding Me minisode; and the return of Rogue "Marbie" Scott's fantastically nutty dramedy Drunk Dialers.

 Beats, Rhymes & Life 

< Justin Bieber sings One Less Lonely Nigger, warbles about joining the KKK...

...The video is here.

||| Justin Bieber, we don't accept your apology. "Telling racist jokes for fun is basically bathing in white privilege like a pig in shit."

||| Still, plenty of rich black people are lining up to defend little Bieber, from Usher, to Whoopi, who claims "nigger" just doesn't mean anything in Canada.

||| Why it matters that TMZ suppressed the racist Bieber tape.

< So, One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber... Which cynical popstar gave the most insincere apology?

||| Why so many artists want to break up with major labels.

||| Does the Dr. Dre-Apple deal mean hip-hop is selling out?

||| Read a 1976 interview with Curtis Mayfield.

||| Video: Sherry Vine - Dark Horse.


< 36th annual International Mr. Leather conference, in pictures.

> Production company Twiintone Entertainment are interested in a biopic about twin porn stars Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, with twin cops Trevor and Troy Parham playing the boys.

< This is a real thing. As The Sword says, it's the only porn parody of an Oscar-winning film you never wanted to happen.

||| Cover star Tyson Tyler knew nothing about the title.

||| Jessie Colter thinks bareback sex in porn is wrong because porn stars "are role models for the community". No. You're not. Really.

||| What Truvada means for the future of HIV prevention for porn stars.

> Here's a few more pictures from the 2014 Grabbys Awards.


< Brooklyn Nets basketball player Jason Collins poses with his boyfriend for Marriott Hotel's #LoveTravels inclusivity campaign, releases It Got Better video.

||| Michael Sam talks about being welcomed by his new teammates at the St. Louis Rams.

||| Nike releases #BETRUE line to celebrate gay community.

||| Anonymous gay German footballer on why he can't come out.

||| Australian football player Rhyian Anderson-Morley comes out as gay.

< Rugby brothers Sam and Thomas Burgess speak out against anti-gay hate.

||| One fan's guide to the 180 hottest World Cup players.

THE BIG PICTURE: Men play footvolley, a combination of soccer and volleyball, on Copacabana Beach 1st June 2014.

 Betta Work! 

||| Middle class jobs are disappearing — and women are handling it better than men.

 The Human Body 

> Interactive graphic shows the extermination of a generation of mostly queer Americans.

> Turning AIDS into a punchline.

||| HIV remains a global health problem, thanks to ignorance and prejudice.

||| Fasting for two days could regenerate the immune system.

||| Viagra may increase a man's risk for melanoma by as much as 84 percent.

||| Scientific proof that Google is destroying your memory.

||| How drowsiness alters our awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage.

||| Bedtime procrastination is the modern phenomenon causing sleep deprivation.

||| The plague of light in our bedrooms.

||| Now we've got Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.

< A tiny genetic mutation — a single letter change from an A to a G among the 3 billion letters in the book of human DNA — gifts people with blond locks.

||| How do you get narcissists to care about other people?

||| What's that weird feeling of illusory movement on trains?

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

||| How do you do 'How do you do?'? "The English language lacks a standard greeting, leading us into all manner of embarrassing situations. This must change."

||| Why your shower curtain attacks you.

< A prankster replaced shelf edge wine descriptions in a UK supermarket with his own versions.

||| And finally, Andrew ponders diversity in movies; Rogue "Marbie" Scott gets into the movies; Walter talks about forgiveness; and Martin gets something off his cute little chest.

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Issue 178
01-08 June 2014
On the cover: Love Travels.
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