Issue 215: LaBeija, gay racism, McKinney, Mykki Blanco, Celso Santebañes, RuPaul, Zebra Katz, Tyson Tyler, and more...

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left & found

The number one enemy of the LGBT movement.

Five most disappointing things we learned about the HRC's "white men's club". "A new internal diversity report reveals the Human Rights Campaign has a sexist work environment where only 'gay, white, male' employees advance into leadership positions."

Why is there an epidemic of pregnancy among queer youth?

Power in the crisis: Kia LaBeija's radical art as a 25-year-old, HIV-positive woman of color.

Dear white gay men... "Last month we asked guys to fill in a short survey about racism. Over 400 white gay men responded. We asked for their honest thoughts on racism on the gay scene – whether they discriminate against other races, whether they have ever experienced racism themselves, and their general thoughts about preference vs. racism. Of course not all white gay men are racist. Many of the men in the survey were shocked and outraged by instances of racism they had observed on the scene. However there were also plenty of examples of casual racism in some of the responses from the white guys in our survey. And we were surprised by some examples of more overt racism."

Anti-gay violence is down, but transphobic hate crimes are up. "While overall violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people is down, trans women and LGBTQ people of color are more and more likely to be attacked, even killed."

I'm deaf and gay. And that's totally okay.

At midlife, let your "cougay" come out! "When I was a younger therapist, older gay men in their 40s, 50s and 60s would tell me they disappeared at gay events, and that other gay men - particularly younger ones - didn't notice them. I didn't believe them..."

What it's like being gay and non-gay identical twins.

Seven things to expect when you come out as bisexual.

A brief history of pretending to be black.

news from america

Gay men of colour increasingly turning to crystal meth.

Murders of LGBT and HIV-positive people rise 11% in 2014.

Controversial owners of Out NYC Hotel hit with discrimination lawsuit - and activist group Queer Nation flew a banner over Fire Island calling for a boycott of their businesses.

Activists disrupt Boston Pride, demand more racial, trans inclusivity.

LGBT activists send racist, homophobic cultural appropriator Igloo Australia Iggy Azalea packing.

Pittsburgh is still cool as folk. "People like to take shots at Pittsburgh, but as demonstrated with Iggygate, this city has balls of steel."

Intolerance is rotting the Big Apple. "A recent attack on a trans woman in New York City is no anomaly."

This is Rick Jones, a young gay business in Utah who has owner been repeatedly terrorised - he even had "Die Fag" carved into his arms, was nearly forced to drink bleach.

Bayna-Lehkiem El-Amin, the man who assaulted a gay male couple and is himself gay, claims he is "the victim" of a "racist gay media."

Kalief Browder, who at the age of 16 spent a violent three years in jail at Rikers Island - without ever being convicted of a crime - has committed suicide. He was 22.

This is a government sign posted on an Indiana freeway. No agency has admitted responsibility.

Growing up gay in the South doesn't have to be horrible. "Hailing from South Carolina, GLAAD executive Zeke Stokes couldn't reconcile his childhood dreams of country music stardom with the fact that he was gay."

North Carolina introduces bill to allow anti-gay discrimination.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signs anti-gay adoption bill into law.

Hillary Clinton calls to ban LGBT discrimination in relaunch speech.

Arkansas ordered to recognise 500 "void" same-sex marriages.

LGBT groups to be re-banned from New York St Patrick’s Day parade.

How prom became queer. "LGBT kids in America are fighting for a different kind of high school experience — and 2015 has been a year of progress, from Jaden Smith's dress to a wave of newly crowned transgender prom kings and queens."

Honolulu Pride, in pictures. More here.

Kansas City Pride, in pictures.

Utah Pride, in pictures.

St. Charles County Pride (the first ever), in pictures.

Alaska PrideFest, in pictures.

“Sir, we just came from a birthday party, please.” Black kids in swimming trunks and bikinis, and a white cop with a gun.

The McKinney, Texas, pool party shows racial segregation is still alive in America.

How black kids like the ones in McKinney, Texas, can stay safe around cops: stop being black.

And he's gone: Officer Eric Casebolt resigns.

The only good news about the McKinney pool party is the white kids’ response to racism.

Life as a black cop: caught between love for the NYPD and the people they serve. "Black male recruits make up only 6.86% of the 2015 police academy class. At the end of civil rights movement in 1970 it was 7.3%."

The spectacular decline of the historic town next to Ferguson.

The man who was caged in a zoo. "In 1904, Ota Benga was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us."

Canada | Ontario bans gay conversion therapy.

news from the uk

Tories and UKIP vote against equality strategy in European Parliament.

Surprise! 80 percent of black gay men have experienced racism in the gay community.

Rightwing Ukip banned from Pride in London march after party's inclusion stokes anger.

Reject this apolitical Pride parade that embraces Ukip. "Queer activists must support Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Join my campaign for a Pride free from racism and prejudice of all kinds."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson shuns Pride for a fifth year in a row.

Harmful "gay cure" therapies could be banned in the UK.

Meanwhile, an "ex-gay" group is facing a £100,000 legal bill after its failed bus ad appeal.

The HIV-prevention trust Terrence Higgins has commemorated Terry’s 70th birthday; it was set up in 1982 in memory of Mr Higgins – who was one of the first British people to die of AIDS-related illness.

Squatters move into the historic Black Cap pub - which closed in April - protesting against the "massive gentrification" of Camden. They plan to reopen it. Don't miss these heartbreaking pictures from inside the gutted venue.

Owners and supporters of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern clash over building listing.

South London birthplace of UK garage to be turned into estate agents. "Elephant & Castle pub lost its licence after a stabbing in March and now faces permanent closure with developers planning to turn the site into a Foxtons." More.

London's deadly air is killing us.

Cocaine in London sewers at highest level in Europe.

Inside Appleby Fair: The biggest annual gathering of gypsies and travellers in Europe.

Northern Ireland | Over 20,000 march in Belfast in support of marriage equality; meanwhile, Belfast City Council has voted to back same-sex marriage.

Wales | Hair salon installs anti-bigot sign after man refuses services of gay stylist.

news from europe

Netherlands | Gay couple "choose happiness over tradition" in new Coca-Cola ad.

"Everyone is hurting": Paris’s luxury hotels running on empty. "The Charlie Hebdo attack accentuated a longer-term decline in trade for the French capital’s high-end accommodation sector."

France | Drips, leaks and blocked drains in chic Paris.

Lithuania | President Dalia Grybauskaitė rebukes musician Ten Walls for comparing gays to paedophiles.

Ukraine | Billboards urge people to use the word "gay" instead of "faggot".

Gay in Putin's Moscow: Why the city is pinker than you think. "LGBT nights are easy to find and Grindr reaches into the heart of the Kremlin itself. But two years after the law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, can being gay in the Russian capital really be much fun?"

Russia | Anti-gay Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov introduces bill to ban shirtless men in public.

Russia | Moscow police shut down LGBT photo exhibits.

Russians looking for the exit. "Many of its own people are also uncomfortable with the prevailing atmosphere of bellicose nationalism. Some are preparing to leave - and some have already left."

news from
latin america

Jamaica | Priest calls for LGBT tolerance, understanding.

Haiti | The rise and fall of drug lord Jacques Ketant.

Honduras | Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer forced to abandon honeymoon over homophobia.

Brazil | "Human Ken doll" Celso Santebañes dies of leukemia. He was 20-years-old.

Brazil | Rio de Janeiro's trans inmates allowed to choose between male or female prisons.

Brazil | Fighting back against helpline harassment. "A Facebook post uncovered a hidden world of sexual harassment by cable TV engineers and customer service operators in Brazil - and encouraged dozens to speak out about their own experiences."

I'll never forget the sound of the door shutting behind me': inside South America's toughest prisons. "He’s had a knife held to his throat, been pelted with bags of urine – even kissed behind the bookshelves in the prison library. Photographer Valerio Bispuri on his dangerous 10-year journey through South America’s most notorious jails." In pictures.

news from africa

Uganda | Anthropology researcher - and straight ally - Stella Nyanzi reads "sleazy mediocre local tabloid" Hello for filth.

Uganda | Scientists have endorsed a study showing being gay is natural.

Morocco | Campaign launched to save two gay men from three year jail-sentences.

Morocco | Magazine cover asks "should gay people be burned?"

South Africa | Oscar Pistorius parole: A symbol of being rich and white in South Africa.

news from asia

India | Boy forced to have sex with his mother in attempt to "cure" him of being gay.

China | The Yulin dog-eating festival outraging foreigners.

Australia is on the path to US-style fascism, Cornel West warns.

Australia | When it comes to smearing the Irish, Australia is the world's serial offender.

news from
the middle east

Israel | 180,000 people march at Tel Aviv Pride. In pictures.

Saudi Arabia | "Gay parties" broken up by police raids, several men arrested.

art & design

On understanding the art collection of Charles Leslie.

The gay art treasures of collector Charles Leslie, in pictures.

Chairman Zhang's flatpack skyscrapers. "A Chinese entrepreneur who took just 19 days to build a 57-storey tower says he has triggered a construction revolution. And his dreams soar far, far higher."

Gasworks wonders. "The urban landscape is changing for ever as hundreds of iconic Victorian gas holders disappear across the UK and Europe. But champions of their stark formalist beauty are many – and some ingenious repurposing is already afoot, from King’s Cross to Vienna..."

Spiegelhalter's: The ultimate symbol of holding out. "A shabby old shop that became an architectural landmark has evaded the bulldozer for a second time - almost 90 years after its first escape. Spiegelhalter's is the British equivalent of the Chinese 'nail house'."

Photographer Nicholas Contrera's pictures of New York City's genderqueer scene.


Lambda Literary announces 2015 Winners.

The BreakBeat Poets New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop: Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall on the queer aspects of hip hop.

Talking to Wayne Hoffman about his new novel An Older Man, and how gay sexual culture has changed over the past couple of decades.

John R. Gordon's writer's diary: Dynamic light and shade.

Review | A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. "The Great Gay Novel might be here. Hanya Yanagihara’s novel is an astonishing and ambitious chronicle of queer life in America."

The literature of Detroit.

Cambodia gets its first LGBT magazine, Q Cambodia.

Out musician Frank Ocean is starting his own magazine, Boys Don't Cry.

Hell is working at the Huffington Post.

Helter Skelter: The true story of the Manson murders. "An excerpt of Vincent Bugliosi's classic, the best selling true crime book of all time."

shouting in the night

Rainbow Playbills take Broadway for Pride month.

Broadway Bares Fire Island set the stage for a 25th season of Broadway Bares.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming back to London's West End.

Fifteen LGBT-themed plays and musicals that changed society.

Talking to writer/director David Rhodes about his new play, Consent.

Review | The Twentieth-Century Way. "Much more than an investigation into the laws that worked against homosexual men in the early 1900s."

Send out the clowns: why are they losing popularity? "They’ve been a cornerstone of the entertainment industry for more than 200 years, but children are increasingly turning away from them. Why? And will the clowns have the last laugh?"

at the movies

Why the black best friend has had its day.

How to film a virus: The evolving depictions of HIV/AIDS from Kids (above) to Precious.

Gay male sex in film and television has a lube problem. "By using spit-lube — or worse, failing to depict lube altogether — in gay male sex scenes, directors are doing a grave disservice to honest representations of gay men."

Why is the Department of Justice investigating the owners of half the movie screens in america?

Patrick Stewart explains his support for LGBT equality... and Northern Ireland's anti-gay bakery.

Ugandan film Outed: The Painful Reality on LGBT "outings" heads to US festivals.

Thirteen unforgettable films and shows about queer prison life.

Watch | Ryan Phillippe’s shirtless dance scene in the director's cut of 54.

Chicago residents fighting back against Spike Lee and the Chiraq moniker. "The director started shooting the film last week but opponents insist the city’s gun violence and pain is not entertainment."

The cult of Jurassic Park. "The Blu-ray is out this week. And to a weird subculture this is the event of the year."

How Jurassic Park got CGI right — and marked the end of an era for Spielberg.

The Goonies turns thirty. Where is the cast now?

TCM’s Film Noir Into the Darkness Course Study Group: Week 1.

Review | Gayby Baby. "A compelling look at children of same-sex couples. The vibrant personalities of the children at the heart of Maya Newell’s documentary make for a measured but entertaining film."

Watch | New documentary Oriented follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends, including an interfaith couple, living in Tel Aviv during 2014's conflict. Trailer:

Watch | The trailer for Out in the Night, a new documentary series from Logo. The first film "centers on a 2006 Greenwich Village assault case involving seven African-American women, who allegedly attacked a male filmmaker after he forcefully threatened the group of friends. The victim believed that the women, who are lesbians, committed a 'hate crime against a straight man,' according to NBC News. Dubbed "killer lesbians" by the media, four of the women were later tried and convicted for attempted murder. Mainstream media coverage often made fun of the women for defending themselves."

the box

Talking to Rick Egusquiza, the gay journalist who brought down the Duggars. "The West Coast editor of In Touch uncovered the molestation scandal among the anti-LGBT 19 Kids and Counting family."

Dustin Lance Black directs new Tylenol ad, featuring gay, lesbian, and biracial families.

Five things you didn't see on the RuPaul's Drag Race finale.

YAAS! How RuPaul's Drag Race has helped mainstream gay slang. "Google Analytics reports show phrases like 'throwing shade' and 'sashay, away' have spiked on social media since the Logo show's debut."

RuPaul’s Drag Race has gotten whiter, less Latina since season one.

Talking to Violet Chachki, the new winner of RuPaul's Drag Race.

RuPaul’s Drag Race's Violet Chachki’s gay porn past.

Jaden Smith to play a "psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer" in Baz Luhrmann's music drama The Get Down.

Britain's Channel 4 to launch "quality international" TV service 4World Drama this autumn.

The Dragnet effect: How TV has obscured police brutality. "In the most influential police procedural ever, even Joe Friday, America’s archetypal “good cop,” was blind to the problem."

Empire creator Lee Daniels received death threats for portraying gay relationships.

Sharp, original UnREAL savages reality TV stereotypes in Lifetime’s best show in years.

We are serious about bringing back US Queer as Folk, vows show's former star Peter Paige.

Twitter users slam "disgusting" gay kiss on EastEnders.

Australian soap Neighbours is planning a memorable entrance for its new gay regular, Aaron Brennan, played by actor and model Matt Wilson.

Thirteen LGBT (American) soap characters that broke new ground. Above, Ryan Phillippe - in his 1992 acting debut - in One Life to Live.

Gays of our lives: What sort of a week have our favourite gay characters in soap had?

Canadian public broadcaster's crisis: "When you create celebrities, you create monsters". "Gutted by a conservative government and forced to emphasize ‘host culture’ over content, the CBC has faced three scandals involving presenters in recent months, the latest Evan Solomon’s alleged influence-peddling in art deals."

Watch | New web series Paper Boys; BAIT (episode 4 - Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down); Social Theory, pictured above (season 2, episode 1 - We Cut 'Em Off By The Head); and (I'm late with this one) T.R.A.D.E IT ALL (season 1, episode 1 - Reconstruction)...

beats, rhymes & life

I'm thinking of getting rid of my physical music collection. Hold me.

Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny”.

Brands and bands – product placement in pop is a betrayal of fans’ loyalty.

Elton John forced to apologise after horrific rant against a female steward at a concert, during which he branded her a "fucking cunt".

Out rapper Mykki Blanco reveals he is HIV positive. "Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I'm healthy I've toured the world 3 times but ive been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am."

...Nick Jonas stepped in to replace her.

And now for the time Justin Bieber called a buff shirtless Drake “daddy” on Instagram. "I don’t know if Justin Bieber knew what he was writing when typed the words 'damn daddy', but I’m going to assume that it’s not what we think. Little kids get confused all the time and sometimes mistake other grown ups for their parents. You know, like when you accidentally called your teacher “mommy” in the 1st grade."

Talking to Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn. "A year after coming out, the Neon Trees front man talks about fighting for LGBT equality within the Mormon Church and writing 'completely honest' music."

Talking to Ty Herndon, the first established country singer to come out as gay.

Jagged Little Pill at 20: Three writers discuss the seminal Alanis Morissette album two decades after its release.

Lil Boosie may be hip-hop's most honest voice – but he's still relatively unknown. "The Baton Rouge rapper has bounced back after a stint in prison and his new album is a vivid exploration of just how mentally punishing lock-up can be."

Ten essential ’90s beach party music videos.

Watch | Zebra Katz - Nina Simone; Norwegian pop star Tooji comes out with sizzling new video, Father; Alaska Thunderfuck - Hieee, which chronicles a drag queen's life, [and] is something like a comedy routine over beats; Neon Trees - Songs I Can't Listen To (watch out for Dustin Lance Black - aka Mr Tom Daley - hooking up with lead singer Tyler Glenn); Ricky Rebel - of 90s boy band No Authority - Star; Out queer artist Sizzy Rocket - Bestie; Violet Chachki - Bettie; and Ginger Minj - Ooh Lala Lala...


Why we don't like to talk about eating ass.

Ridin' on the "threeway" of love. "It was the first time I'd been invited to join a threeway. 'Hey, handsome,' Sam began in a private Facebook message, 'you seem like a lot of fun.' A certified-platinum approval addict, I bit into the hook like a fish desperate for seven (or eight) inches of worm."

Talking to former CockyBoys model Jake Bass.

"Got $40 quickies with this one, I just bent it over and pounded it." The strange, seedy world of sex worker review forums.

Tyson Tyler indulges in an international buffet of butt play with Dario Beck.

Sean Zevran and Armond Rizzo play doctor.

Meet (the delightfully uninked) new porn star Drae Axtell.

Behind-the-scenes with Ken Ott and Sean Costin.

Cole Tucker, the gay porn star who won Gay Performer of the Year in 1998, is dead. He was 61.


Michael Sam abruptly leaves Montreal Alouettes because "he wanted to go home".

FIFA's not only corrupt, it's also homophobic.

Nike, Adidas and Converse are all engaged in the race for the "pink dollar".

Jeff Sheng's portraits of LGBT student athletes.

LeBron James "accidentally" flashes his penis on live TV.

Cristiano Ronaldo flaunts it in Monaco, gets close to hot male friend.

st. elsewhere

What's behind the rash of HIV and STD outbreaks?

Watch | The face of HIV and AIDS: Then and now.

New documentary explores what "the Truvada revolution" means for the fight against HIV.

Fungus can grow in the brain.

Don't freak out, but there are thousands of mites living all over your face.

How your eyes betray your thoughts.

ghetto romance

Why couples should consider booking pros for threesomes.

Seven same-sex Chinese couples reveal why they will marry in Los Angeles.

How to become attracted to people who are good for you.

What breaking up with my best friend taught me about male friendship.

The romance gone out of your marriage? Introducing Adam vs. Steve.

rag trade

Adidas cashes in on Pride with these new trainers.

Do my short-shorts make you feel weird about your masculinity? Good, I'm glad.

The ten worst haircuts in black male history...

...And why the “grown-ass black man with cornrows” is the greatest hairstyle ever.

hell's kitchen

Tallywackers is a Hooter's for gay men marketed to women. Let's cut the bull. "From Magic Mike to restaurants with beefcake waiters, marketers pander to the female gaze because the gay male gaze makes them uncomfortable."

Is booze at breakfast the best way to start the day?

Four vegetables you can regrow on a windowsill to use again every week.

Salads poison more Americans than hamburgers. Here's how to avoid getting sick.

betta work!

Why are Nigerians flocking to work in Texas prisons?

When I lost my hands making flatscreens I can't afford, nobody would help me.

French waiters aren’t rude, they merely demand respect. "France’s ‘welcome deficit’ may have more to do with British and American attitudes to service, than any perceived rudeness."

An exhausting day in the life of a petrol station employee.

planes, trains & automobiles

The return trip effect: Why the trip home always feels shorter than the trip there.

The forgotten art of hitchhiking — and why it disappeared.

Why cars went from boxy in the '80s to curvy in the '90s.

The real reason American passenger trains are so bad.

The Himalayan tea train that's running out of steam.


The last hedgehogs in central London "survived by learning to avoid roads".

A six-month-old koala clings to its mother as she undergoes surgery.

planet earth

The world in 2100, according to NASA's new big dataset.

How 1970s deodorant is still doing harm.

Why Americans still use Fahrenheit long after everyone else switched to Celsius.

inside the spaceship

Voicemail is terrible. Let's get rid of it.

Twitter's CEO is stepping down. Here's why the company's in trouble.

Why Twitter hasn't grown as huge as Facebook.

Twitter removes 140 character messaging limit.

Adam Harris was initially amused when his wedding pictures went viral. But then the meme turned dark. He writes about his experience.

FHM wrote a guide to the internet 20 years ago and it's hilarious.

How Google Photos (and its spooky-good features) stacks up.

and whilst you're thinking about that, think about this...

Decluttering: a load of junk? "A new book by Marie Kondo is the latest in the self-help trend encouraging us to purge our lives of stuff and it’s become a Twitter sensation."

And finally, Rogue "Marbie" Scott talks transitioning; Qaadir gets fired; Andrew on staying positive; and Walter talks about Rachel Dolezal.
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai

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Issue 215: 01-14 June 2015
On the cover: Celso Santebañes.



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