Issue 232: King B, DeRay Mckesson, Marcia Clark, James St. James, KillASon, Mykki Blanco, Troye Sivan, and more...

the week's
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left & found

We saw the backlash coming, but have you really noticed all of it?

On the isolation of identity politics.

Is it okay for white people to have dreadlocks?

A lot of rants about femmephobia should actually be about sexism.

The gender-fluid generation: Young people on being male, female or non-binary.

Eleven cisgender privileges you didn't know you had.

news - america

69-year-old Shehadeh Khalil Issa accused of fatally shooting his son - 29-year-old Amir Issa (above) - because he was gay.

Jordan Schaeffer and his boyfriend Eric Danko attacked after kissing in Florida Burger King.

North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law: When a cultural “transgender tipping point” doesn’t match reality.

Now North Carolina faces losing federal funding for highways, housing, and schools over its anti-gay legislation.

The Metropolitan Museum should cancel its event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the anti-LGBT Sultan of Brunei, argues James Duke Mason.

The racist and homophobic texts between officers is part of a deeper "systemic" culture at the San Francisco Police Department.

Is Buffalo really the most homophobic city in America?

Four decades of NYC Gay Pride, in pictures.

Julius, the oldest gay bar in New York City, recommended for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Bayard Rustin Residence in New York was listed on 8th March.

The Ranch, a fifty-year-old gay bar in Pennsylvania, has closed without warning.

Boy prays over homeless person, internet goes wild...

...And the story behind the picture.

Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco. "Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the neighbourhood where he spent his whole life. Did he die because a few white newcomers saw him as a menacing outsider?"

America's urban renaissance is only for the rich.

John Waters endorses DeRay Mckesson for Baltimore Mayor.

The Republicans' gay freakout. "Our infrastructure is inexcusable, much of our public education is miserable and one of our leading presidential candidates is a know-nothing, say-anything egomaniac who yanks harder every day at the tattered fabric of civil discourse and fundamental decency in this country. But let’s by all means worry about the gays! Let’s make sure they know their place. Keep them in check and all else falls into line, or at least America notches one victory amid so many defeats.”

Donald Trump’s domination is teaching us one thing: We’ll miss Obama.

A dark turn for the Sanders campaign.

Whatever happened to NAMBLA, America's paedophilia advocates?

Marcia Clark is redeemed. "With a push from the O.J. mini-series, the ’90s bogeywoman is set to become a feminist icon."

news - uk

Soldiers "forced to rape each other" as part of initiation ceremony in the Queen's Guards.

Two bouncers stabbed outside London gay club Fire.

London gay pub the Richmond Arms to close after thirty years.

On London's rising vogue scene.

Half of teachers have received homophobic, racist or sexist abuse from pupils and parents.

news - world

SWEDEN  NordPost to celebrate LGBT equality with a special rainbow Pride Flag postage stamp in May.

FINLAND  Nokia: Life after the fall of a mobile phone giant.

RUSSIA  Calvin Klein ad investigated as "gay propaganda".

UKRAINE  LGBT festival in Lviv abandoned after far-right protest - police ignore pleas to intervene.

POLAND  Warsaw LGBT shelter avoids imminent closure thanks to a bail out from All Out.

BRAZIL The sad fate of the vigilantes protecting the cars of Rio de Janeiro.

Is LGBT equality gaining acceptance slowly gaining ground in Africa?

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC French peacekeepers allegedly tied up girls, forced them into bestiality.

INDIA Old custom, new couples: Gay indians are having arranged marriages.

INDIA  To live and die in Mumbai. "A murder involving one of the India’s celebrity couples has mesmerized the country and exposed some of its darkest fears."

AUSTRALIA  History repeats: Twenty years of political homophobia from the religious right."

AUSTRALIA  Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, in pictures. More here.


Mexico national soccer players team up against homophobic "puto" chant.

Hate crime, HIV and stereotypes: Inside the world of LGBT boxing.

Manny Pacquiao banned from Los Angeles shopping mall over homophobic slurs.

Street football in Africa: flyovers and floating schools, in pictures.

picture house

The LGBT films of Tribeca 2016. Above, King Cobra.

Batman v Superman is 153 minutes of a grown man whacking two dolls together. "Unlike most of the movie, this latest superhero instalment is not a dream. It is really happening to you."

Batman v Superman is tedious, witless, interminable. "A film so incompetent, so jaw-dropping and lead-footed in its badness, it almost (almost) has to be seen to be believed."

Batman v Superman was trashed by critics. Fans think it’s because Marvel paid them.

Fifteen troubled male musical genius biopics, ranked.

Cinema’s darkest suburbs: Fifty films that venture beyond the picket fence.

WATCH  Waiting In The Wings: The Musical (trailer); Like Cattle Towards Glow (trailer); What We Have (trailer); Kill Your Friends (trailer).

Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer, is dead. He was 95.

Ken Adam – a career, in pictures.

the box

Guy Pearce to star in Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant’s forthcoming gay equality minseries When We Rise.

Empire has always known what TV is just figuring out: Black culture is mainstream culture.

REVIEW  Girls. "A gorgeous standalone episode... Girls is at its best when episodes act like short films. The Panic in Central Park is one of its best to date."

Is Friends still the most popular show on TV? "Why so many 20-somethings want to stream a 20-year-old sitcom about a bunch of 20-somethings sitting around in a coffee shop."

Friends is still a hit after 22 years. And I think I know why.

The OC: Seven bananas episodes that explain its greatness.

INTERVIEW  Talking to London Spy star Ben Whishaw about sexuality, privacy and playing troubled heroes. "I'm not damaged. Not more than anybody else.”

Make racism great again: Introducing Dark Justice, a web series.

WATCH BOXX, a fictional web series following two black, London-based trans artists "while they create a documentary about their lives and experiences"; new web series Dark Justice, an "absurdist satire" that "deals with issues around and relating to racism, activism, and of course police brutality and the justice system"; and the latest episode of About Him.

shouting at night

São Paulo’s eighth black LGBT Batekoo party, in pictures.

Pornstar/artist Colby Keller performs monologue from Shakespeare’s As You Like It for Grindr.

art + design

On Malian photographer Seydou Keïta's black-and-white images of mid-20th-century youth in his native Bamako.

On Black Sands, the interactive visual novel based on pan-African, Middle Eastern, and Indian mythologies.

Arndt Schlaudraff's architectural masterpieces in Lego.


On Scotty Bowers' scandalous sex tales of gay Hollywood. "Not a shred of evidence exists to support Bowers's writings. But does that mean none of it happened?"

INTERVIEW  Talking to James St. James about drugs, murder, and dance. The author of Disco Bloodbath and former member of '90s Club Kid clique on Andy Warhol, Michael Alig, and how he's made his downtown fantasy last a lifetime.

Posture Magazine, exploring art and fashion of identity.

On the rag, a weekly look at the free gay 'zines. Friday 25th March here, and Friday 1st April here.

Rolodicks, Pringled and slayground: New gay slang.

On Polari, the secret language of the gays. There's a more in depth article here.

Are you a grammar pedant? This might be why.

beats, rhymes
& life

Meet the jaw-dropping French rapper KillASon. You're welcome.

Inside Atlanta’s booming hip-hop dance scene. "Kids with the right moves are racking up huge YouTube views, but where's their future?"

Dein Moore, of the band Sonitus, on being a black rocker.

Brooklyn-based teen metal collective Unlocking The Truth announce their first full-length album Chaos.

LISTEN  Brooklyn-based Solo Woods - H20.

LISTEN  "Alt hip-hop/nu metal" Band Nerds - Respect.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Perfume Genius.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Troye Sivan.

WATCH  Alaska Thunderfuck (and Langaja Estranja) - Gimme All Your Money; UK hip-hop collective Black/Other - Windmills; British soul vocalist Desi Valentine - Asylum.

red light district

The cover of The Kaos Theory #232 features former Flavaworks model King B (real name Kris Brown) who has died, aged just 28. His Facebook page has been flooded with condolences.

Is prostitution just another job?

WATCH  Leo Forte on racism in the gay porn industry; and Bryan Hawn and Brad Jan flaunt their wares. Watch with the sound off.

ghetto romance

InstaCouples, in pictures.

Can you tell he’s a bottom just by looking?

Our black transgender marriage is not revolutionary.

When women won't date bisexual guys.

médecins sans frontières

The curious case of the phantom penis.

hell's kitchen

No amount of "free from" labelling will make processed food good for you.

Soda consumption hit a thirty year low in 2015.

betta work!

Middle-class feminism has a blind spot over female cleaners. "One in three families outsources its domestic work, mostly to women. But these isolated and low-paid workers often get a raw deal."

I own 51% of
this company!

The forgotten shopping malls of Belgrade.

planet earth

The invisible catastrophe. "Over four months, a methane well in southern California’s Aliso Canyon leaked Lebanon’s equivalent of yearly emissions into the atmosphere. No one knows what the long-term effects will be."

Will no one stop Poland destroying Europe’s most precious forest?

The unprecedented coral bleaching disaster at the Great Barrier Reef, explained.

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica.

inside the spaceship

The demolition of Japan’s videogame history.

Why I'll never quit Twitter, even if it totally sucks.

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

Brutal, cruel and awkward stories of people breaking up with their best friends.

Fifty signs of hope for culture in 2016.

And finally, Junior, Tochi, Kevin and Dammy on dating in London; Walter on HIV; Andrew on gender roles; and meet Jacob's friend Pedro.
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai

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Issue 232: 22 February - 03 April 2016
On the cover: Flavaworks model King B, who has died.



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