Issue 180: Jeremy Meeks, millennials, Mr Gay Europe, emoji, Cameron Fox, Ferras, Twiggy Garçon, Pride, and more...

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 Ponder This 

||| The 12 worst types of gay men.

> 10 people who make me proud of young gays.

< On the other hand... millennials are idiots.

||| Are men's naked bodies the stuff of nightmares? I think not.

||| What makes a slut? The only rule, it seems, is being female.

> Josiah Jennings (a.k.a. porn star Sean Zevran) on the backlash against political correctness.

||| Beware nostalgia – it's holding you back from the rest of your life.

 U.S. & Canada News 

||| President Obama signs executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT employees at companies doing more than $US10,000 of business with the federal government in any year.

< Senate makes history by confirming two black, gay judges - Darrin Gayles (left) and Staci Yandle - to federal bench on same day.

Happy anniversary to the defeat of DOMA. "Colin Hosten, a citizen of Trinidad, looks back on the day that made all the difference for him and his American husband Joe."

||| Alaska files brief arguing that "as a sovereign state" it has right to "define and regulate marriage".

||| Iowa Pride, in pictures.

||| Boston Pride, in pictures.

< Baltimore Pride, in pictures.

> Sacramento Pride, in pictures.

||| Portland Pride, in pictures.

||| Levi’s introduces gay pride clothing line.

||| Gay dads in Texas denied the right to have their names placed on birth certificates of their twins.

< This is 30-year-old Jeremy Meeks, and the picture you're looking at is his mugshot. You might have seen it on, say, any news site over the past week. He was arrested on felony weapons charges in Stockton, California. “I appreciate [the attention] but I just want them to know that this is really not me. I'm not some kingpin,” Meeks said from prison.

||| His wife is "furious" about the online jokes and memes. But what about the modeling offers?

||| The Independent has a gallery of "the handsome felon".

||| Jeremy Meeks shows us, once again, the complete hypocrisy of American women.

||| 7 reasons why Jeremy Meeks is the hottest felon ever. No.1 - he’s black. "Those dark features, that hair, I can’t! People of color, like Meeks, make up 30 percent of the U.S. population, yet they comprise 60 percent of the prison population. 1 out of every 15 African Americans are incarcerated, 1 out of every 106 white men are. 1 in 3 black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. But black don’t crack, right?!?!?"

||| Of course, the only analysis you really need of the whole mess can be found at Dlisted: "Madge and JLo are probably fighting to bail out so he can be their next toy."

||| No, that isn't Meeks' penis. That belongs to CocoDorm model Tae The Doug.

Woo cho bang bang. "Join a gang, shoot a classmate, go to jail for a few decades: business as usual for some kids in Brownsville, murder capital of New York City."

||| Two rival T.V. helicopter pilots who covered OJ Simpson chase 20 years ago are now transgender women.

> So just where is that infamous Ford Bronco?

||| Here's a map showing all 160 KKK chapters in the U.S. You're welcome.

||| Canada: Ugandan gay activists will be allowed to visit for WorldPride after all.

||| Canada: Second annual International Asexual Conference to be held at World Pride in Toronto this year.

||| Canada: WorldPride 2014 kicks off 10 day celebration with the raising of the rainbow flag at the Toronto City Hall.

 U.K. News 

||| The government doesn't know how many gay asylum seekers were deported last year.

< So many complaints, so little action. Do the police take racism seriously?

||| Labour MP Diane Abbott calls on churches to support black gay men on sexual health.

||| Teaching creationism as science banned in all state schools.

 Europe News 

||| Gay Pride across Europe, in pictures. Left, Thessaloniki in Greece, and right, Paris.

||| France: Pride parades in Lyon, Nantes, and Strasbourg, in pictures. Video.

< Spain: Activists denounce imported books that want to "cure" gay children.

> Germany: Christopher Street Day Celebration in Berlin, in pictures.

< Sweden: Meet the new Mr. Gay Europe, 20-year-old Jack Johansson. The competition, in pictures.

||| Sweden: Gay teen forced to clean up anti-gay graffiti targeting him by school principal.

||| Luxembourg: Passing of marriage equality bill makes the tiny European country the 17th to make legalisation of same-sex marriage a part of its national laws.

||| Netherlands: Proposed gay village that prompted fears of ghettoisation revealed as PR stunt...

...But the hoax "gay-only village" isn't so far-fetched.

||| Netherlands: Gay man beaten up, loses hearing in Amsterdam attack.

> Belgium: Opera house drops Georgia-born singer Tamar Iveri over anti-gay "faecal masses" rant.

||| Russia: St Petersburg repeals controversial "gay propaganda" law.

||| Ukraine: LGBT support organisation Insight opens a shelter for LGBT people who have escaped from the conflict-plagued areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

||| Kyrgyzstan: European Union declares draft anti-gay legislation one of "the most sweeping anti-propaganda bills ever published".

 Latin America News 

There is another Caribbean, beyond the blood, the beach and the banana. "Why have so few people heard of the Caribbean that produced Walter Rodney, CLR James and Toussaint L'Ouverture?"

||| Jamaica: In Jamaica, summertime is gay-bashing time, Maurice Tomlinson writes.

> Jamaica: Police save man threatened for wearing lipstick.

||| Colombia: Pro-gay President Juan Manuel Santos re-elected.

 Africa News 

||| Uganda: The U.S. is to block some Ugandan officials from entering the U.S., and cut or redirect funds from Uganda's aid package, in response to the country's anti-gay legislation.

||| Uganda: LGBTI rights activists in Uganda have praised the United States for following their advice on how to avoid harming the Ugandan people while penalising anti-gay Ugandan officials for the country’s harsh new anti-gay law.

||| Uganda: U.S. cuts aid in response to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, President Yoweri Museveni responds with tax rises.

||| Uganda: Court sanctions crackdown on LGBT equality organisations.

< Zambia: Trial of Philip Mubiana and James Mwape delayed again as magistrate fails to appear.

||| Cameroon: Bribe frees gay couple from jail, but they remain at the mercy of their neighbours.

> Tanzania: Human rights activists are raising money for a survey of LGBT people to measure how much harassment and discrimination they face from police, health-care professionals and businesses.

||| Botswana: Despite laws criminalising same-sex relationships, Botswana has joined calls to protect LGBTI rights.

 Asia News 

||| India: Gay extortionist gang busted for blackmailing doctor.

||| India: Homophobia costs the Indian economy $US30.8 billion.

THE BIG PICTURE: An eight ton statue of Marilyn Monroe lays discarded in Guigang, China.
||| Taiwan: Top Taipei hospital slammed for unauthorised HIV tests on gay patients.

||| Singapore: Gay people are detrimental to society, Archbishop William Goh rants.

||| Mongolia: Government proposes new laws to protect gay people from hate crimes after a wave of attacks by neo-Nazis.

< Australia: Finding justice for my gay brother. "Twenty-six years after his brother's violent sudden death, one man is part of a movement calling for his brother's case — and countless others like it — to be reexamined."

||| Australia: Georgian opera singer Tamar Iveri sacked by Opera Australia for anti-gay rant.

 Inside The Spaceship 

||| Three uses for incognito mode that don't involve porn.

||| There's 250 new emojis coming.

> But some people think adults who use emoji should grow up.

||| So, why do we care so much about emoji?

||| From YouTube to Amazon, tech innovators need to be held to account.

||| Amazon's first smartphone, explained.

 Art & Design 

< New Christopher Street exhibition Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, runs until 29th June 2014.

> The Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto presents What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility, an exhibition celebrating WorldPride 2014. It runs until 24th August 2014. Right, Gay Liberation March, New York City, 25th June 1971.

Be sure to check out Just Me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims, by Samra Habib.

> Is Terry Richardson an artist or a predator? From Dlisted: "New York Magazine gave human white windowless van Terry Richardson a platform to speak out against all the allegations from models who claim that they went to his studio thinking they were just doing a photo shoot and they walked out with a glob of his coagulated jizz in their eye."

||| Everything wrong with New York Magazine's Terry Richardson cover story.

> Man gets stuck in statue of giant vagina.

< The oldest known illustration of circumcision. 2400 B.C.E., since you ask.

Shouting In The Night

Talking to Twiggy Garçon, one of New York's preeminent ballroom gatekeepers.

< Broadway boyfriends Andy Mientus and Michael Arden announce engagement on Instagram.

||| Mothers and Sons to open in Boston, Philadelphia.

 At The Movies 

||| Ethan Hawke thinks there is "almost zero homophobia" in his children’s generation.

||| This weekend in 1984 was an incredible one for movies.

||| DVD review: Hawaii. "It may not be the fastest, most plot-filled movie out there, if you’re prepared to engage with the characters and what the tension growing between them means, it’s well worth watching."

< DVD review: Getting Go: The Go Doc Project. "Interesting characters, some intriguing ideas and plenty of sexiness."

||| Trailer: Writer-director Justin Simien's Dear White People; and Getting Go: The Go Doc Project.

 Telly Addicts 

> Dustin Ross joins Finding Me the Series.

||| Plenty of male nudity promised for True Blood's final season.

||| True Blood's most WTF scenes.

< The case of the tiny TARDIS.

||| Danger Mouse to return to TV screens.

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

||| Imagine if gay guys said the shit straight people say.

 Beats, Rhymes & Life 

> Black British musical identity is being erased by cultureless dance music, writes Kele Okereke.

||| 1960s boy bands and girl groups that deserve a biopic.

< Openly gay singer-songwriter Ferras is the first artist signed to Katy Perry's new record label. Check him out below.

||| Listen to Jessie Ware's latest, Tough Love.

||| 10 teen pop songs with decidedly disturbing lyrics.

||| Video: Watch Sam Smith cover Whitney Houston's How Will I Know.


< Cameron Fox, the former Falcon porn star, is dead. He was 36.

||| 10 reasons why gay porn stars need to be more angry, and scared, about Ab1576.

||| Mr. Gay Europe 2014, in pictures.

> David McIntosh gets naked for Attitude magazine.

||| Sean Cody’s Tanner on barebacking and gay for pay.

> Bel Ami boys model Addicted swimwear. Videos here.

< Robin Sanchez's live Tel Aviv sex show, in pictures.

||| 5 yoga poses to make you a better bottom.


||| FIFA says it's OK to chant gay slur at World Cup.

The faded smile. The life and death of Eddie Griffin.

 Betta Work 

||| The jobs where you could be making more money, in one chart.

||| The lamentations of Amazon customer service agents.

< 5 reasons U.S. workers hate their jobs more than they used to.

||| Yes, cleaners do a dirty job. But we don't deserve rubbish wages.

 The Human Body 

> Bisexual men "at most risk" from HIV.

||| A new single tablet treatment for HIV is on the way.

||| New anti-HIV sex gel trialled in Thailand.

||| Please feel free to call me a Truvada Whore.

< Gonorrhea rises 26 percent among gay men in England.

||| A fry-up does cure a hangover.

||| Staring at a computer all day (or night) totally does affect your eyes.

||| Leeches are making a comeback in modern medicine.

||| Anesthesia is still one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time.

||| The new dental treatment that could mean the end of drilling and injections.

||| A "sense of impending doom" is an actual medical symptom.

||| Why there's no reason for you to be afraid of public toilets.

||| Arthritis drug allows bald man to grow full head of hair.

||| Being on your feet for three hours a day can extend you life by two years.

||| When three’s a crowd. "Sometimes polyamory is fine in theory — until it gets a little too real."

 Planet Earth 

||| Why do sick animals pretend to be well?

> A pair of male bears have been observed regularly having oral sex at a wildlife sanctuary in Croatia.

||| President Obama is planning the world's largest ocean preserve.

||| The planet just had its warmest May on record.

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

||| Why you shouldn't wash raw chicken.

||| You've probably been cutting cake the wrong way. Here's how to do it right.

||| "All-natural" labels on food are meaningless.

> Flares are coming back.

< They made a bus stop out of Lego in London.

||| And finally, Andrew gets into booty sex; Walter considers cursing. Er, curse. Siobhan Thompson does 17 U.K. accents; and how do dogs respond when humans bark?

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Issue 180
16-23 June 2014
On the cover: Jeremy Meeks as Christ.
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