Issue 220: Stonewall, Vito Russo, Key West, Micah Brandt, Darryl Stephens, Shaun King, Dismaland, NWA, Milan Christopher, and more...

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left & found

I didn't always know I was gay. "You’re only gay if somewhere deep down, you’ve always known. Right?"

The 31 icons of 2015's Gay History Month. Above, Ugandan gay equality activist Frank Mugisha.

Why we shouldn’t judge African countries by their anti-gay laws.

Ten countries where the penalty for gay sex is death.

The truth about political correctness. "Those who argue that you can't say anything anymore really just want to preserve the status quo."

Black Lives Matter, ACT UP and the urgency of violence and death.

Silencing the screaming queens: Roland Emmerich's Stonewall, and the erasure of queer rage. "I can be open about who I am and whom I love. And I have transgender people, butch lesbians, queer youths of color, and angry drag queens who rejected the status quo to and fought to revolutionize society to thank for that - not a cute boy from Kansas named Danny. Not a boy like me."

Stonewall whitewashes trans history. Why I'm seeing it anyway.

Remembering Vito, 25 years later: Vito Russo, the visual arts and AIDS.

Steve Grand is right about our fixation on the male body, but it’s not going away.

Why aren't young guys going to the gay paradise of Key West.

Hispanic, Latino, or neither? Why people can't agree on these labels.

Six things I wish people understood about being biracial.

Can you guess if black people are more homophobic than white people?

Why hook-up apps are the wrong arena to demand equality.

The real reason Americans fight about identity politics.

What black and white people really think about one another.

The one superpower all black people possess? Detecting blackness.

When the media misrepresents black men, the effects are felt in the real world. "We need a nuanced narrative of African-American men, as well as black history, culture and life in America. We are individuals, not types."

Why bisexual people have lower life satisfaction.

Ten queer girl sex myths debunked.

The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here's what they're like in person.

news - america

A third of young Americans aren’t "100% straight".

Wealthy gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass raise thousands for anti-gay Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.

A surprising number of Republicans have had gay sex.

Christopher Street Gay Liberation monument vandalised to protest the "whitewashing" of the Stonewall riots.

The NYPD has arrested a suspect in the attack on two gay, married West Point military school graduates.

The NYPD is accused of assaulting gay man Jacob Alejandro during Pride 2014.

The NYPD and the copwatchers who film their every move.

The Shaun King controversy, explained.

Two Texas men have been indicted for hate crimes against a gay black man; they beat him, poured bleach in his eyes, stripped him naked, and sexually assaulted him with the handle of a broom or a mop.

Gay panic claim rejected in teenage murder trial. 19-year-old Marquavyian Gude shot and killed 17-year-old Devontavius McClain (above) two years ago after the pair met in an online chat room.

23-year-old Fernando Rosales, a Sergeant in the US Army, has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing to death Sean Crescentini, who he met on Grindr.

Could the Philadelphia gay-bashers walk free?

Alleged prostitute Randy Wigle-Stevens charged with failing to disclose his HIV status, claims he was raped by Indiana mayor Richard Fledderman.

Rupert Murdoch's New York Post advocates prison rape.

Charlotte Pride, in pictures.

Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans ten years later.

The hurricane station. "Through deadly winds, rain and floods - the New Orleans radio station that fought to keep listeners alive during Hurricane Katrina."

Influential pastor Bishop Jakes is "evolving" on LGBT equality.

The Christian who spent a year pretending to be gay.

Social security for two: What every LGBT couple needs to know now.

Ann Coulter, outrage, and angry gays. She's a human being (apparently).

What the rest of the world thinks about the Republican Party

Coming to America. On the difference between being African - and being African-American.

The story of 12-year-old Don-re Carroll, and City Water Tunnel 3, the largest construction project in New York City history.

"We’re surrounded by murders": A day in St Louis’s most dangerous neighbourhood. "Residents in overwhelmingly black College Hill see poverty, despair and a lack of jobs, plus ineffective political leadership, as the causes of the violence."

Canada | Montreal Pride, in pictures.

Canada | Dr. Shock. "How an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Alberta."

Canada | What turned London, Ontario into the "serial killer capital" of the world?

news - uk

This is 31-year-old Richard Danter (left). He has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of 20-year-old student Billy Mankelow (right). The pair met in a Leeds gay bar.

Gay couple jailed for blackmailing married man they met on Grindr.

East London pub the George and Dragon is to close after "a dramatic increase in the cost of our lease".

Half of the UK's young adults are not "100 percent heterosexual". "I’m a bisexual homoromantic": Why young Brits are rejecting old labels.

Looking star Russell Tovey has become a patron of the LGBT homeless charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Council "accidentally" celebrates Pride with rainbow roof.

Why is Tony Blair so unpopular?

Former Prime Minister Ted Heath was "completely asexual", one of his closest friends has claimed.

London's exploding pavements are putting lives at risk, after 80 fires in five years.

news - europe

Spain | Entire villages are up for sale — and they're going cheap.

Belgium | Antwerp Pride, in pictures.

Denmark | Copenhagen Pride, in pictures.

Czech Republic | Prague Pride, in pictures.

Russia | Coming soon to Europe's favourite insane backwater: Mandatory HIV testing for couples getting married.

Ukraine | Masked men smoke bomb gay event in Odessa.

news - global

Jamaica | First there was Jamaica Pride, now comes Montego Bay Pride.

Jamaica | Maurice Tomlinson on why the Charter of Rights is also a blackmailer’s charter.

Portugal | Watch what happens when two men hold hands in Lisbon.

South Africa | Homosexuality is not "un-African", the influential Academy of Science of South Africa has found. (Image)

South Africa | Read the emotional tribute paid by the best friend of Charl Van Den Berg, Mr Gay South Africa in 2009, and Mr Gay World in 2010. He died aged 33 earlier in August.

Cameroon | Who killed Roger Mbede? "Mbede became the global face of the fight for gay rights in Cameroon when he was arrested but died alone and in poverty."

Cameroon | Remembering gay journalist and activist Stephane Tchakam.

Senegal | Seven men sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of homosexual activity.

Yemen | Can the gay community survive the Iran-backed militias? "Being gay in an Arab state is never easy. Since the Houthis made their move on Yemen, it’s become unlivable."

Israel | Gay activists are angry with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who stayed away in the US after an extremist stabbed six people, one fatally, at his city's Pride celebration. Jerusalem in the wake of the LGBT Pride murder, in pictures.

Israel | Doctor sacked for calling gay people "perverts".

New Zealand | Unlocking Maori identity: Keeping indigenous people out of jail.

Australia | Senior Aboriginal leaders petition federal parliament to oppose same-sex marriage...

...But Aboriginal elders who signed anti-marriage equality petition don't speak on my behalf, writes Dameyon Bonson.

Australia | Alice Springs Pride Carnival, in pictures.

Australia | Homophobic Prime Minister Tony Abbott vows to force ministers to leave their positions if they break ranks and vote for a marriage equality bill.

Australia | 48-year-old Phillip Donald Jason was "distressed and upset" to learn the man he raped was HIV-positive, court hears.

Australia | Boy raped at youth training centre, and given electric shock therapy to "cure" his homosexuality.

art + design

On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life, a new exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, until 25th October. Above, Blackbird author Larry Duplechan and his husband, in Sunday Morning, 1989.

Art AIDS America, a new exhibit opening 3rd October at the Tacoma Art Museum. "This exhibition underscores how powerfully a plague that is still with us has changed us,” curator Jonathan D. Katz says.

Guatemalan photographer Eny Roland Hernandez's El Poder de la Palabra project, unveiled as part of the Copenhagen Pride 2015 celebrations.

Banksy's Dismaland, in pictures. There's more here.

These pictures of 1960s Liverpool.

1970s Hollywood skate scene, in pictures.

This is a lamp.


Blacklight: The past, present, and future of LGBT crime fiction.

Read an excerpt from Ryan Berg’s No House To Call My Home.

Interview | Talking to Darryl Stephens about about his new book, Required Reading: How To Get Your Life For Good.

Review | God Save the Queen Diva!, by Big Freedia and Nicole Bain. On the healing power of contradiction.

Bombastic, Uganda's only LGBT magazine, needs our help.
On Polari, the nearly extinct "gay language".

How conservatives took over sci-fi's most prestigious award.

A life in feuds: How Gore Vidal gripped a nation. "Spats with Truman Capote, punch-ups with Norman Mailer, a TV showdown that electrified the US and has now been made into a feature-length documentary."

The posthumous pornification of H. P. Lovecraft.

The terrifyingly world of dancefloor fanfiction.

Magazine covers documenting counterculture.

shouting in the night

The Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is to close. Taye Diggs' performance has had a less than enthusiastic from critics and ticket sales have slumped.

Jonathan Ollivier, of Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake, is dead. He was 38.

picture house

Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBT short film prize – has announced its 2015 line-up.

The Stonewall whitewashing controversy rumbles on. Former child star Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street) tweeted, "Stonewall wasn’t one of the parties at [director Roland Emmerich's] house exclusively for young, fit, white, gay men."

Miss Major Griffen-Gracy, one of the veterans of the 1969 Stonewall riots, has also criticised the film.

Fifteen queer box office hits that prove Hollywood’s reluctance to feature LGBT characters and themes is wrong.

The amazing story behind To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

Kiss Me, Kill Me, a contemporary film noir set in West Hollywood, sees Queer As Folk icon back in a gay role.

RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio’s drag comedy film is coming, and it sounds terrifying.

On 50 Years of Fabulous, a new documentary chronicling the oldest, and most glamourous, surviving LGBT charity organisation in the US.

The Celluloid Closet turns twenty.

Review | It’s All So Quiet. "A melancholic but surprisingly affecting look at isolation and sadness, seen through the eyes of someone whose sexuality and possibilities lie hidden perhaps even from his own consciousness."

Review | Stand. "An engrossing look inside a deep and dangerous moral dilemma that works both as an exploration of the specific problems in Russia and of issues that touch all our lives."

Arthouse blues: Why did indie films have such a terrible summer? "Dope, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, failed to become ‘this year’s Boyhood’ with blockbusters instead leading the way."

Universal made more money than any movie studio ever this year — without a superhero movie.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Hollywood’s boring white guy problem.

Fantastic Four's director says Fox made his great movie terrible. Is he right?

Why bad films aren't getting the disrespect they deserve. "Adam Sandler’s Pixels was a recent rare example of a truly terrible movie getting a cinema release. With studios now burying their turkeys on Netflix, we’re unlikely to enjoy the pleasure of hating another Showgirls or Gigli."

Straight Outta Compton is a boilerplate music biopic — but here’s why it works.

Why I have no interest in seeing Straight Outta Compton.

Remembering Robin Williams: Ten iconic LGBT film characters.

Gay iconography: Why Julie Andrews is one of our favourite things.

Why Alan Smithee is officially the worst Hollywood director of all time.

Interview | Talking to Gremlins director Joe Dante about the rituals of editing, and the lost art of film trailers.

Cover art from the golden age of VHS, in pictures.

Watch | Kiss Me, Kill Me (trailer); Best of Enemies (trailer); Velociraptor (trailer); and a parody version of the Stonewall trailer...

the box

Six new queer shows coming this autumn.

On the high camp, highly contagious world of Todrick Hall.

On Paper Boys, the webseries with a novel protagonist: A gay Asian guy.

Little Britain star Matt Lucas blasts gay TV presenter Evan Davis for saying that Tinder allows straight people to "behave like gay men."

Tyra Sanchez, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season two, posts insane rant about suicide: "Hate it or love it I have no sympathy for people that commit suicide. They're cowards. They give it & give in. Stop tweeting me about it. If you want to kill yourself, go ahead it’s your life. Am I gonna be sympathetic for you & give pity? I think not. Too busy living MY life."

Review | Show Me a Hero. "Everything you could want from a David Simon miniseries."

Why it’s time to start watching Survivor’s Remorse.

Seven reasons for the utter disaster that was True Detective season two.

Six Feet Under revisited: The 10th anniversary of the finale makes us recall the show's impact.

Why Deadwood - "the best drama HBO has ever made" – must be revived. "The network made a catastrophic error in cancelling the profane period drama, but can finally correct it by greenlighting a rumoured follow-up film."

After Mad Men and Breaking Bad, what’s next for The Great American Drama?

Showtime has released this promo image from its forthcoming Twin Peaks reboot.

A reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is in the works. Or not.

What if the Friends characters were gay?

Seinfeld recut as a Lifetime movie.

Lifetime's new Full House movie is as terrible as you think.

EastEnders' funeral parlour gay sex scene cleared by media regulator Ofcom; seventy-six people complained.

How Coronation Street lost the plot. "Outlandish storylines, poor acting and stunt casting has turned the soap into a parody of itself, argues an increasingly disillusioned fan."

Sesame Street at HBO: Do the pros outweigh the cons?

Six LGBT ads that challenged traditional adland thinking.

Watch | Freefall season 3, episode 302; Social Theory series 2, episode 6 - No Loose Ends; The Boyz Next Door LA episode 5 - A Is For Amber; and how 1970s and 1980s sitcoms portrayed gays...

beats, rhymes & life

Frank Ocean, the July album that didn't come, and the desperate pain of being a music fan in 2015.

Out rapper and model Milan Christopher says Love & Hip Hop Hollywood co-stars - such as Ray-J, Soulja Boy, are Omarion, are shunning him.

How widespread is ghostwriting in music and how okay with it should you be?

Interview | Talking to Young Thug, eccentric-in-chief.

Interview | Talking to Tom Goss about his new video, Breath and Sound.

Musician Morrissey claims he was assaulted by airport security after they put a finger in his "rear cleavage".

Gay iconography: Why Tina Turner is simply the best.

Is it okay to release "new" music after an artist’s death?

Jerry Heller expresses himself. "The legendarily controversial N.W.A manager talks about never being consulted on ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ why he still defies the accusations of financial malfeasance, and what he really thinks about Ice Cube."

How NWA came straight outta Compton and went mainstream.

Trap kings: How the hip-hop sub-genre dominated the decade.

Sallok & James work it at Herts Pride 2015. In pictures.

D'Angelo live at Summer Sonic in Japan, in pictures.

A requiem for Columbia House, the original Spotify.

Listen | New Major Myjah - Headed For The Dark.

Watch | Tom Goss - Breath and Sound; Eric Alán's - My Favorite Sin; and Seann Miley Moore's X Factor audition...


Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes, his football future in doubt.

Rugby league player Keegan Hirst has come out as gay. Here he is naked with teammate Joe Chandler.

Minor League Baseball pitcher David Denson has come out as gay.

The courageous journey of Ian Roberts, rugby league's first openly gay player.

World Athletics Championships | What Gatlin v Bolt means for athletics.

World Athletics Championships | Justin Gatlin on track to be least popular 100m world champion ever; the American has served two bans for doping offences.

World Athletics Championships | Is the answer to drugs in athletics to have two races: doped and clean?

World Athletics Championships | Usain Bolt destroys Justin Gatlin, winning in 9.79sec and retaining gold. As it happened.

Usain Bolt’s final turn. "The legendary runner is less than a year away from vying for a third consecutive dominant Olympic performance. But as he nears the end of an unprecedented career, questions of doping in track linger, and the competition is gaining on him."

How Jamaica stays so fast. "Is the Caribbean island’s fiercely competitive school sports system responsible?"

On Beijing's Bird’s Nest standing as an empty monument to China’s magnificence...

...And the New Orleans Superdome, a great American comeback story.

Adrian Peterson's suspended reality. "The running back’s life since he was indicted on charges of beating his son and suspended from the NFL."

Friday night lights. "On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show."

Twelve reasons you're willfully ignorant to still assume male athletes are homophobic.


The best evidence for banning prostitution is absolutely terrible.

The drug-addicted male escorts pressured to take mephedrone and GHB at chemsex parties.

The right way to put on a condom.

Damien Crosse, Stag Homme, go bareback for the first time.

Falcon legend Roman Heart, then and now. And this.

Brent Corrigan calls out maniacal director Nica Noelle for abusing models (again).

JD Phoenix reveals meth addiction, seeks bareback breeding scene with Treasure Island.

Bel Ami's Jack Harrer attacked In Prague.

By putting Pope Francis in a gay porn movie, has BelAmi finally gone too far?

Behind-the-scenes with Bel Ami's Adam Archuleta, Kevin Warhol, Dylan Maguire, Ronny Lamarr, Brian Jovovich, and Andre Boleyn.

Behind-the-scenes with Bel Ami's Kevin Warhol, Kris Evans, Andrei Karenin, Roald Ekberg, Jean Daniel, Rhys Jagger and Hoyt Kogan.

Behind-the-scenes with Bel Ami's Luke Hamill, Joel Birkin, Peter Annaud and Orri Aasen.

François Sagat's live sex show at the BlacKKnighT party in Montreal, in pictures.

The increasingly insanely sexy Micah Brandt plays with Jessie Colter.

An abridged catalogue of things that have recently been up Armond Rizzo’s ass.

You will laugh forever: Fourteen people react to the absolutely insane perfection of Zachary.

Watch | The insanity of the Folsom Street Fair promo.

ghetto romance

Twenty-one dating struggles gay men face in their twenties.

Eleven clear signs it's time for your relationship to be over.

rag trade

Dolce and Gabbana are sorry for attacking gay families.

NWA style. "With Straight Outta Compton opening in US cinemas this weekend, now is the time to reassess NWA’s monochrome look and its massive influence on contemporary fashion."

hell's kitchen

Black pitmasters are being left out of the US barbecue boom.

On the future of lab grown meat...

...But is there a moral case for eating meat?

Why eating too much chicken might be bad for us.

Coca-Cola says its drinks don't cause obesity. Science says otherwise.

médecins sans frontières

Scientists discover how to block HIV in semen.

Seven ways the gay community is failing our youth on HIV.

Why next generation of gay men needs a Pedro Zamora.

Are PrEP-refusing gays the new "anti-vaxxers?"

Wade Davis, Julian Walker: #BlackLivesMatter means stopping HIV.

Six things HIV-negative people are sick of hearing.

The problem with psych meds and LGBT people.

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.

Even light drinking increases the risk of cancer, apparently...

...But drinking red wine can slow your inevitable mental decay.

Asian flush, explained. "The science of why alcohol makes so many Asians turn red."

Which medical tests are actually worth doing?

Is the quest for a gym body putting us at risk of a new eating disorder?

Skipping breakfast doesn't make you fat.

Seven things I wish people understood about OCD.

The scientific guide to napping.

betta work!

Ten reasons Amnesty International is right about decriminalising sex work.

The office after Amazon: Is the workplace becoming a jungle?

Inside Amazon: Wrestling big ideas in a bruising workplace. "The company is conducting a little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers, redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."

The real Amazon scandal has nothing to do with its white-collar workers.

Why the New York Times’s Amazon story is so controversial, explained...

...And why even the New York Times can’t agree on its Amazon exposé.

The link between work-life balance and income equality. "The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money."

I own 51% of
this company

The fat lady sings for Columbia House as the former giant in mail-order music files for bankruptcy protection.

Amazon to challenge UK grocery giants Tesco and Sainsbury's with its Fresh service.

planet earth

What is killing America's bees and what does it mean for us?

The carnivorous North American plant in France that eats bee-killing Asian hornets.

Who killed the Venus flytrap?

Pawsapalooza, the annual West Hollywood festival for dogs and their lovers in support of PAWS/LA (which provides animal companionship to vulnerable people), in pictures.

This bizarre "spaghetti monster" discovered 4000 feet under water.

On the indoor rainforest Iowa almost built. "It was the failed dream of the heir to the Frank-o-Matic sausage-link machinery fortune."

Shade balls are a thing in the world.

planes, trains
& automobiles

Why August 1985 was the worst month for air disasters.

How the vomit bag became part of every flight.

The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster.

tomorrow's world

The book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water.

This is a vomiting robot, and it is a thing in the world.

Tinder's full, epic Twitter meltdown.

Google’s $6 billion miscalculation on the EU. "European antitrust regulators just won’t leave Google alone."

Is this really the beginning of the end for web ads? "Users complain about load times and third-party scripts, but if ad-blocking continues to rise, what happens to the web’s business model?"

"LOL" has had its last laugh, "haha" is the new king of online comedy.

Windows 95 turns 20: 9.5 surprising facts including Friends stars, the Rolling Stones and 13 floppy disks.

How a 1960s font became the #1 typeface of internet memes.

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

Twenty-seven things you’ll only know if you grew up gay in the ’90s.

Is New York getting too loud, or are New Yorkers just too whiny?

Disney Princes on Grindr.

And finally, Andrew wonders where the diversity is; Walter talks about why he quit Facebook; how the Baddie Twinz got snatched; and Rogue "Marbie" Scott gags on shows us gag reel...

See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai

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Issue 220: 10-23 August 2015
On the cover: Vito Russo and Marsha P. Johnson.



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Anonymous said...

Just a quick note: There's no click-able link on the "Hollywood hunks laid bare: 1920s-1930s."

KAOS said...

Thanks for the heads up Manuel - it's fixed now! :)

Anonymous said...

Why always deceased celebrities on your covers? Its depressing.

KAOS said...

Hello Anon.

Sorry the subjects of THE KAOS THEORY covers depress you. Here at KAOS, it's a policy to remember the great, and memorialise the fallen. This week, I chose Vito Russo and Marsha P. Johnson. If you don't know who these "celebrities" are, Google them.

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