Issue 226: FAKA, Jiraiya, Michael B. Jordan, Mark Salling, Le1f, Mickey Taylor, Rutanya Alda, John Boyega, ACT UP, and more...

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left & found

There’s a radical notion in a new report about gender language. "'To be culturally literate means knowing how to speak the new language of gender,' says consulting firm sparks & honey in a new report. But within its marketing recommendations lies a thought bomb of radicalism that could truly change society."

The LGBT population prides itself on "diversity," but actually diverse members of the community are getting shut out and shut down.

Fifty-three people who came out in 2015. Above, David Denson.

The new gay: What's really changed.

Why effeminate gays are fabulous.

When drag is activism.

Gay men should be ashamed of slut-shaming.

What should you do in an attack? "Attacks of the magnitude of those that took place in Paris, killing 129 people and injuring more than 400, are extremely rare. The authorities do prepare for these emergencies but what advice is there for ordinary people?"

The new campaign launched to highlight the harm cocaine users do to communities and the environment in cocaine-producing countries.

The defining moments of 2015.

Looking back at 2015's notable deaths.

news - america

Three LGBT youths describe being homeless in NYC.

Lawayne Childrey escaped abuse, racism, drugs, and homophobia to become of the nation's most respected journalists. This is his story.

This is 27-year old Manuel Baez. He has been charged with killing 75-year-old Dr. Howard Baker at a Center City Rodeway Inn, after the prominent Philadelphia psychiatrist allegedly paid him for sex.

Texas College football player Carlton Ray Champion sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his transgender girlfriend Ty Underwood in January.

A fourteenth gay man has been attacked in the "unabated Dallas crime spree".

Gay man brutally beaten in alleged hate crime on Christmas inside his home.

Guards at New York's Rikers prison are accused of harassing, beating up a gay man visiting his inmate boyfriend.

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical CEO who hiked the cost of a lifesaving HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has been arrested on charges of securities fraud, resigns.

The men who took on Kim Davis: "We're complicit in her fame".

D'Arcee Charington Neal is black, gay, and in a wheelchair. This is his story.

Saving black children from suicide.

Why gangland Los Angeles wasn't all bad.

The US inmates charged per night in jail.

The first black trans model had her face on a box of Clairol. "No one knew her secret. Until they did."

Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who eliminated homosexuality as mental disorder, is dead. He was 83.

Canada | Rolston Ryan was the victim of repeated homophobic attacks in his native St Kitts. Now Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board wants to send him back.

news - uk

What we learned from a gay man’s blog about living opposite a London mosque.

How Margaret Thatcher tried to block "bad taste" public health warnings about AIDS. "Newly released files show then PM tried to limit distribution of adverts as she feared explicit descriptions of ‘risky sex’ would harm young teenagers."

Scotland | The remains of "evil," sadistic gay gangster Martin Hamilton found by dog walker.

The hidden lives of knife-crime victims.

Teenage victims of knife crime in London in 2015 – their stories.

On the growing number of young professionals born in the UK choosing to migrate to Africa.

Palmyra arch from Syrian heritage site to be recreated in London's Trafalgar Square.

Watch | Out And Bad: London's LGBT Dancehall Scene...

news - europe

Greece | Parliament votes 193 to 56 to approve same-sex civil unions.

Italy | Italian priest accused of hooking up with teen boys via Grindr.

Belarus | Gay man dies after doctors were forced to remove 20% of his brain. 33-year-old Mikhail Pischevsky was attacked after he had left a gay party at a Minsk nightclub in May 2014.

news - latin america

Jamaica | Constitutional challenge filed against the 1864 Offenses Against the Person Act, which is seen as the basis for much of the nation's notorious homophobia.

Jamaica | Three men have appeared in court for attacking a 56-year-old man in a homophobic attack. The trio accused him of being a "batty man", saying only gays hold their genitals while sleeping.

news - africa

Nigeria | Vigilante group "arrest" uncle and his nephew for allegedly having sex, and forces them to undergo "spiritual cleansing".

Senegal | Eleven men arrested for allegedly having gay sex.

Kenya | Intersex teen mutilated and killed by own family for wanting to be a boy.

Malawi | MP and singer Lucius Banda ends concert early when he spots two men kissing in audience.

news - asia

Mobile dating apps spur HIV epidemic among Asia’s teenagers.

China | Was Communist China’s first premier Zhou Enlai gay? A new book says yes.

Taiwan | Viral video of a British man and his Taiwanese girlfriend being verbally abused on the subway sparks debate about racism.

Australia | Apple store accused of racial profiling after video shows staff ejecting black students.

news - middle-east

Syria | Life for gay men like Subhi Nahas has become unendurable with the rise of ISIS, but things were bad long before the militants took power.

What ISIS really wants. "The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it."

art + design

Visit Art Lives, the new online exhibit dedicated to honoring the legacies of a generation of artists lost to AIDS.

Talking to South African performance art duo Fela Gucci and Desire Marea.

On Round Hole, Square Peg 2, the juried international exhibition and first queer/LGBT show ever staged at Photo LA.

The battle to save concrete, post-war architecture.

The abandoned buildings of the Eastern bloc, in pictures.

Urban decay, in pictures.


Hasan Namir on God In Pink, his gay Muslim novel set in Iraq.

Gay romance author Laura Harner exposed as a plagiarist.

Actor James Franco to release a book of poetry titled Straight James/Gay James.

The most shocking thing about the tell-all Mommie Dearest Diary.

On Japan's curious passion for the business novel.

Magazines: A very queer year.

Adore Delano covers Queen, the new drag queen magazine.

On the rag, a weekly look at the free gay 'zines. Friday 30th here, Friday 6th here, Friday 13th here, Friday 20th here, Friday 30th here, Friday 4th here, Friday 11th here, Friday 18th here, and Friday 25th here.

in the night

Review | Invisible Thread. "A gay New Yorker goes to Uganda." (New York Times); "director Diane Paulus eschews the circus gimmickry and pyrotechnics of her recent Broadway outings (The Wrap).

The Red Ball, in pictures.

picture house

Why Finn and Poe are the real love story of The Force Awakens.

Will Michael B. Jordan be allowed to become a movie star?

Burt Reynolds thinks Charlie Sheen "deserves HIV".

Interview | Talking to John Waters.

The secret haven for the closeted gay stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. "Greta Garbo, Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro and the naked cocktail parties of the Garden of Alla." Above, Errol Flynn.

The ten James Bond moments you didn’t know are gay.

Michael Gross, the creator of the iconic Ghostbusters logo, is dead. He was 70.

Saeed Jaffrey, the Indian actor and Bollywood veteran, is dead. He was 86. Jaffrey appeared in the cult gay film My Beautiful Laundrette (1986).

Watch | The cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunite, 44 years on...

the box

Glee actor Mark Salling arrested for child pornography.

Watch | New Barbie advert includes a boy for the first time ever.

Modern Family's Reid Ewing speaks about body dysmorphia.

The BBC is planning remakes of '70s sitcoms Are You Being Served?, The Good Life - and more.

Netflix is planning a remake of cult '60s sci-fi series Lost In Space.

EastEnders, Jordan, and the "spanner of doom".

Gays of our lives: The latest news from your favourite LGBT characters in soap.

Timothy West on how dementia is causing the "gradual disappearance" of his wife Prunella "Sybil Fawlty" Scales.

Nicholas Smith, the actor who played store manager Mr Rumbold in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, is dead. He was 81.

Carol Burns, the actress who played psychotic lesbian Franky Doyle in the television series Prisoner, is dead. She was 68.

Sam Sarpong, the British actor and Tommy Hilfiger model, is dead. He was 40.

beats, rhymes & life

On Vivica Fox, 50 Cent, and queer baiting.

The twenty best R&B albums of 2015.

Review | Justin Bieber - Purpose: Track-by-track with his best album yet.

Diane Charlemagne, the artist best remembered for her work with '90s dance collective Urban Cookie Collective, is dead. She was 51.

Watch | Zebra Katz - Nu Renegade; Fly Young Red - Like This Like That; Russell Elliot - Around; Steve Grand - All I Want For Christmas; Bloc Party - The Love Within; The Corrs - Bring On The Night...


Out rugby player Keegan Hirst says athletes shouldn't be forced to come out.

Thierry Henry: "It should be okay by now" for pro footballers to come out as gay.

Cristiano Ronaldo and boxer Badr Hari are to spend New Year together in Morocco, it's alleged.

Rajon Rondo forced to apologise for homophobic slur.

This is 27-year-old Al Bangura, a former footballer who was brought to the UK as a child and forced into male prostitution.

Louis Smith: "You can’t put jazz hands on when you do a pommel horse routine".

Greek wrestlers, in pictures.


Does criminalising the Red Light do more harm?

Gay porn: An industry in recession. "Since the internet totally happened, adult film studios are cutting back on expenses and actors are finding it hard out there."

There is now braille gay porn for blind people.

Interview | Talking to Mickey Taylor.

ghetto romance

Marriage equality in 2015, in pictures. Above, Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin - the first same-sex couple to get married in Louisiana - exchange vows in New Orleans.

Eric Paul Leue on abolishing sexual shame.

rag trade

médecins sans frontières

What life would have been like without ACT UP.

The HIV year in review. "After a year of breakthroughs in the potential cure, treatment, and prevention of HIV, it’s hard to keep straight all the discoveries, competing research, and sometimes even contradictory findings. So we do it for you."

World AIDS Day 2015, in pictures.

The long history of World AIDS Day.

AIDS at 35: The history of a pandemic.

AIDS at 35: Iconic posters, in pictures.

HIV Smart launches stigma-busting photo campaign.

Ten tips for treating HIV-related stress.

Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of post-antibiotic era.

Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The hangover that led to the discovery of ibuprofen.

planes, trains & automobiles

Transport for London (TfL) unveils its new design bible, the Design Idiom: The DNA of a London Underground station.

Why do so many people hate US airports?

The "North Korea ghost boats" washing up on Japan.

inside the spaceship

Why is hi-tech Japan using cassette tapes and faxes?

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

Watch | This Lego Chicken Nugget machine though...

Inside the Ghostbusters LEGO Firehouse.

And finally, Walter on sex addiction in Atlanta; safe sex with Andrew; Martin goes on a date; and Jacob on bottoms...

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

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Issue 226: 26 October - 31 December 2015
On the cover: The Red Ball.



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