Issue 237: Brandon Karson, Raúl Castillo, Brontez Purnell, Pulse, intersectionality, Derrick Gordon, Danez Smith, and more...

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Left & Found

We're living LGBT history. Will we remember it?

On the problematic gender politics between masc and fem gays.

Gay teens, sex, drugs, and HIV: The latest numbers.

PTSD: It comes with the territory if you're LGBT.

Spenser Clark felt stuck between homophobia in the black community and racism in the gay community. But now he's finding his place in both worlds.

What are LGBT organisations doing to support Black Lives Matter?

It's time you realise #AllLivesMatter is racist.

How The Advocate coined the term "bear" in 1979.

Gay nightlife is dying and Grindr (surprise!) and gentrification are to blame.

The most moving photos from Pride this year.

Why the West needs a history lesson on fascism "There are too many parallels to ignore between the Germany of the 1920s and many Western nations of today."

Tennessee Williams on queerness, aging and authorship.

Bathhouses: Then and now.


The Federal Appeals Court rules discrimination based on sexual orientation is not covered under the Civil Rights Act.

A war is raging in Ohio over LGBT equality.

An anti-LGBT Christian legal group - who supported rabid bigot Kim Davis - will sue Palm Beach County Commission if it tries to ban gay "cure" therapy.

Chelsea Clinton blasts Republican "child abuse" over gay "cure" therapy.

The American Family Association checks out over pro-LGBT Hilton ad.

22-year-old Michael George Smith Jr. was found hanging from a tree in an Atlanta park. Society can only blame itself.

Nurse Dee Whigham has become the 16th trans person to be murdered in 2016.

After Pulse, LA gay venues have been briefed on terror precautions.

Who burgled Pulse nightclub, and why? "Orlando police report someone broke-in to the shuttered club after police released the premises back to its owner, almost a month to the day after the massacre."

Did Pulse killer Omar Mateen have "'roid rage"?

Orlando's Pulse nightclub to become a permanent memorial to the forty-nine victims massacred there in June.

Christopher Andrew "Drew" Leinonen died with his boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero, and forty-seven others at Pulse nightclub. Now his mother is demanding gun control in her son's name.

MTV has announced its docuseries True Life will next month air an episode following four Pulse nightclub survivors.

Gays Against Guns, formed post-Orlando, attracts hundreds of supporters.

Hillary Clinton on Pulse: "It is still dangerous to be LGBT in America."

One of the officers injured in the sniper attack at a Dallas protest against police brutality was a gay man named Jesus Retana.

The Out Hotel is closing - thank Ted Cruz.

Homophobic Republican senator told to step down after "sex video" is discovered on his work laptop.

Male escorts are making a killing off closeted gay Republicans at Cleveland's Republican National Convention...

...whilst Donald Trump and Ted Cruz get passionate.

HRC President Chad Griffin shreds Trump claims he’s pro-LGBT...

...And how the media allows hatemonger Trump to appear LGBT-friendly.

Why is the media still interviewing Milo Yiannopoulos, who Twitter banned for hate speech?

Rob Smith talks to gay Republicans about why they support the GOP.

Nate Silver’s terrifying prediction: Prepare for President Trump.

The Advocate endorses Hillary. "In November, voters will have the opportunity to choose between a vetted and vocally pro-LGBT candidate and an ethically insolvent, chaotic carnival barker."

The NBA's first out baller, Jason Collins, on how Hillary helped him come out.

THRIVE SS founder Daniel Driffin was the first HIV-positive person to address the DNC in 16 years. Here's what he said.

What Mike Pence left out of his acceptance speech could kill you.

Gay New York City man Marquis Devereaux knifed by one man while another taunted him with homophobic slurs, in an attack similar to one he suffered five years ago.

Twenty-one LGBT people accused of faking a hate crime.

LGBT history lessons are coming to California schools.

Barbara Gittings (1932-2007) helped remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders. Philadelphia has unveiled a monument in her honour.

Charles Kinsey proves black men don't have the option to de-escalate.

Queer L.A. Protesters declare "Black Lives Matter Here", in pictures.

Housing discrimination: A shared experience for LGBTs and Muslims.

San Diego Pride, in pictures.

Gay Navy sailor opens up about accidentally coming out in Instagram photo.

Church distributes LGBT-affirming pamphlet at Louisville Pride.

UN rapporteur expresses concern that atheists can be put to death in thirteen countries.

The $3million lottery winner who invested his money in a crystal meth ring. “[Ronnie Music Jr] 'decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,' U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said in a statement. 'As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison.'"

Man accused of tricking ex into making porn with teenage son.

The coroner has ruled Justin Bieber "lookalike" Toby Sheldon died of a drug overdose.

Private schools, painful secrets. "More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today."

White privilege and gentrification in Denver, "America’s favourite city". "For the first time in its history, Denver is so desirable that its vast neighbourhoods of bungalows are proving finite. The cost of this growth is the displacement of the city’s remaining working class."

Downtown is for people (April 1958). “It is not only for amenity but for economics that choice is so vital. Without a mixture on the streets, our downtowns would be superficially standardized, and functionally standardized as well. New construction is necessary, but it is not an unmixed blessing: its inexorable economy is fatal to hundreds of enterprises able to make out successfully in old buildings. Notice that when a new building goes up, the kind of ground-floor tenants it gets are usually the chain store and the chain restaurant. Lack of variety in age and overhead is an unavoidable defect in large new shopping centers and is one reason why even the most successful cannot incubate the unusual--a point overlooked by planners of downtown shopping-center projects.”

From belief to outrage: The decline of the middle class reaches the next American town. “Fast food and hedge funds. That’s where we’re going.”

Why the very poor have become poorer. "More and more Americans are trying to survive on less than $2 a day."

Thousands of police calls. You paid the bills. "The number one place Tampa Bay cops visit: Walmart. And it’s not even close — they average two trips an hour."

A trial by fire. "In eight minutes, Miashah Moses took out the trash and a blaze consumed the apartment where her nieces were watching television. What happened, and who’s to blame?"

A few things that are right with America right now.

Keen to move to Canada? Here are some things to consider.

CANADA  Toronto Pride, in pictures.

CANADA  Welcome to the new Toronto: The most fascinatingly boring city in the world.

CANADA  Fighting racism where black folks are nearly invisible.


Alleged serial killer Stephen Port charged over attacks on eight other men, to stand trial in October. Port was originally accused of drugging and murdering four men he met online.

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has slammed the UK government over North Carolina trading hub.

There's more to the UK than London: On the hidden pleasures of Liverpool, Blackpool, and 

UK justice officials ignored warnings about radical Jihadi "death to gays" pamphlets in UK prisons.

Romanian parents have attacked the UK social services after their two children - who were taken away from them over fears for the children's safety - are adopted by a gay couple.

INTERVIEW  Talking to activist Bisi Alimi.

Five years after the riots, tension in Tottenham has not gone away. "For five nights in 2011, London and other cities were engulfed by fire and violence. The anger persists, raising fears British streets could burn again."

How Britain has been kept safe for a decade.

How Tony Blair came to be so unpopular.

David Cameron: a prime minister of broken promises. "He seemed to offer a modern version of Conservatism but no strategy to achieve it. Now he will go down in history as the man who took Britain out of Europe."

The fall and rise of the council estate. "For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now – just as it is being demolished – many people are starting to think again."

SCOTLAND  Mr Gay Scotland Jamie Love stripped of his title in dispute over funding a £1,000 trip to Stockholm to compete in Mr Gay Europe.


SWEDEN  Far right activists disrupt Pride in Stockholm because of threat “traditional family values.”

POLAND  What will Brexit mean for Polish "ghost towns"?

SPAIN  Police arrest gang members involved in the sexual exploitation of trans women.

SPAIN  23-year-old Daniel Rodriguez has become the first openly gay man to win the Mister Spain pageant.

ITALY  Gay civil unions begin despite sabotage attempts by Catholics.

At least eight countries allow tests where doctors penetrate men accused of being gay. The international community needs to stand up to this abuse.

PUERTO RICO  The island's first LGBT monument honours Orlando's Pulse victims.

BRAZIL  With the Rio Olympics almost upon us, the international media has zeroed in on Zika, crime, and political and economic instability. But what about the increasingly desperate plight of LGBT Brazilians.

NIGERIA  On the new support line for LGBT Nigerians.

CAMEROON  The third anniversary of the death of activist and journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe.

TANZANIA  Sexual lubricants banned to limit gay sex.

MOROCCO  Two jailed for homosexuality.

TUNISIA  Activist Ahmed Ben Amor, the vice president of the Tunisian LGBT rights association Shams, is in a critical condition following his second suicide attempt in a month.

EGYPT  Leading religious leader Grand Mufti Shawki Allam speaks out against homophobic violence.

JORDAN  LGBT magazine My.Kali introduces Arabic edition, provoking outrage from conservatives.

IRAQ  Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr has banned the use of violence against gender-non-conforming individuals.

INDIA  The out celebrities trying to decriminalise homosexuality.

INDIA  If no-one helps you after a car crash, this is why.

JAPAN  Manga, the secret to battling homophobia in schools.

JAPAN  Nineteen killed in knife attack on care home for the disabled.


Hollywood's forgotten gossip girl. "Fifty years ago, Rona Barrett forged a Hollywood gossip empire. Then she left it all behind, her innovations attributed to others, her legacy almost entirely overlooked."

The worst Oscars ever (March 2010). "A look back at the 1989 Academy Awards—the cheesiest, campiest show on earth (so far, at least)."

Can movie theatres make a comeback?

Sunk. "An $140 million blockbuster written and funded by a billionaire, Empires of the Deep was supposed to be China’s Avatar, featuring mermaids, Greek warriors, pirates, sea monsters, and an even international stars. Six years after being filmed, the movie has never seen the light of day."

Twenty-four films every straight person in Hollywood should see.

Outfest filmmakers call for more diversity and intersectionality in LGBT storytelling.

Outfest 2016's Opening Night Gala, in pictures.

The 2016 winners of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. Above, Kiki.

Thirty-one reasons why LGBT directors make better films.

How the all-drag movie Vegas in Space forever changed queer cinema.

Ten movie remakes that were better than the originals.

They can’t even make a decent Bourne movie anymore. "Greengrass and Damon come off like aging rock stars, back out for an encore of a song they’ve grown tired of singing."

Star Trek Beyond boldly introduced a gay character (Spock!) into its universe. And it paid off with a stellar opening weekend.

What happened to the gay kiss in The Legend of Tarzan?

REVIEW  Holding The Man. "A moving and thought-provoking adaptation of Tim Conigrave’s acclaimed memoir, that successfully evokes a memory of real love amidst a world of trial and tragedy during the 1980s AIDS crisis."

REVIEW  Daddy. "Not many gay movies have had genuinely surprising moments, but Daddy does (even if it crosses your mind earlier in the film that might be where it’s headed, you’re likely to dismiss the idea a movie like this would go there). It certainly helps make it memorable, and thankfully the rest of the movie is entertaining too."

REVIEW  Like Cattle Towards Glow. "Anyone going in to this for its explicit side may like the penises, but if that’s all you’re interested in, you’ll probably think the rest is pretentious drivel. However, for those who are prepared to do a bit of mental work and to consider what the vignettes are actually doing, it’s worth a look."

REVIEW  Gayby Baby. "An interesting, empathetic and well-made look at kids with same sex parents, which doesn’t shy away from the issues such children may face, but is also keen to show that with love they are far from insurmountable."

REVIEW  Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer In Rural America. "Powerfully puts a human – and queer – face on the issues of immigration in the US, and some of it may prove quite shocking to those who aren’t intimately familiar with the issues facing undocumented people. It’s an inspiring watch and well worth seeking out."

INTERVIEW  Talking to Macaulay Culkin about about the drug rumours and dodging paparazzi.

WATCH  Trailers for Wonderkid; Retake; Front Cover; and Boys On Film 15.


Raúl Castillo on his Looking character Richie. "I'm excited for what comes next and what young Latinos, or young people of color, that are being exposed to these kinds of characters, like Richie, will bring to the table."

Looking creator Michael Lannan: Richie would have gone to a club like Pulse.

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has come out as gay...

...Oh, wait, no he hasn't. It was a joke.

John Barrowman is "in talks" to resurrect Torchwood.

Why homophobia is the real monster in Stranger Things.

Inside the troubled production of Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, Netflix’s most expensive series yet.

About the unbearable whiteness behind Orange Is the New Black...

Somehow, HBO is still surprised by criticism of sexualized violence on its shows.

Eastenders' Jonny Labey, who played gay Paul Coker in the BBC soap has shared some of the horrific homophobic abuse he has received, including this on Twitter: "You should’ve died in Orlando instead pal."

Eighteen unforgivable deaths of LGBT TV characters.

Are we witnessing the birth of TV’s intersex liberation?

Nashville saved by the CMT network after ABC cancelled the country music drama.

The lead role of Doctor Who was previously offered to a black actor, the show's current showrunner has revealed.

Reggie Yates: "There can be a black Doctor [Who] - but it won't be me."

Eleven TV shows that went unaccountably batshit crazy: Heroes, Sliders, Lost and more.

Sesame Street has canned its veteran human characters. I'm heartbroken.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Don Lemon about Donald Trump, black pride, and the pressure of unfair expectations.

High-stakes football and small-town angst: On new Netflix documentary series Last Chance U.

REVIEW  O.J.: Made In America. "OJ: Made in America should be a conversation-starter, a way to discuss what happened in the ‘80s and ‘90s in terms of race and celebrity and what it says about today. OJ’s story may be over. Ours is not."

EastEnders' Michael-Joel Stuart is all grown up.

Vivean Gray, the actress best known for her role as Mrs Mangel in Neighbours, is dead. She was 92.

WATCH  The latest episode of About Him. Plus: An interview with About Him's star, Brandon Karson.

WATCH  The latest episodes of BAIT; The (Misguided) Adventures of Daniel & Bradley; and the season finales of Living 4 The Weekend and Go-Go Boy Interrupted.

At Night

Twenty-one plays that put LGBT rights centre stage. Above, Immediate Family.

Rent: An oral history. "Twenty years after Jonathan Larson’s posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast and creative team relive the rise of a musical that changed theater."

Chris Fonseca is a dancer, a dance teacher, and a choreographer - and he's profoundly deaf.

Male pole dancing champions, in pictures.

Art + Design

A Black Lives Matter painter explains how art can be activism.

Corsets and chickens: the East End in the 1960s, in pictures.


Books of queer Latino love we all need right now.

Queer poet Danez Smith dismantles the racist myth that "All Lives Matter." Plus:

READ An excerpt from Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, by Clayton J. Whisnant, the new book "about the true stories behind Cabaret, and what was possibly the most thrilling gay party scene the world has ever known."

James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room voted best erotic passage.

James Baldwin's much anticipated new novel (June 1974).

On James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Brontez Purnell.

READ  An excerpt from Jazz Moon, the new novel from Joe Okonkwo.

REVIEW  Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis, by Kevin J. Mumford. "The author has an agenda, to offer insight into how generations of black gay men grappled with racial and sexual oppression, and he achieved this, while also providing blueprints for black gay men today."

REVIEW  Night Sweats, by Tom Cardamone. "A heady mix of subtle, understated wonder, unmitigated horror, and powerful eroticism, with each story working its individual magic on the reader."

REVIEW  Infidels, by Abdellah Taïa. "Both stunningly beautiful and utterly heartbreaking... a novel that will linger in the reader’s memory."

REVIEW  Arcade, by Drew Nellins Smith. "A book-long vivid, voyeuristic thrill, and he continually takes the novel in unexpected directions."

REVIEW  Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall, by James Magruder. "His sparkling novel owes much of its success to Magruder’s remarkable ability to manipulate words to get to the heart of all matters, especially matters of the heart."

REVIEW  Desert Boys, by Chris McCormick. "Utterly poignant and breathtakingly heartfelt... a stunning debut from a promising voice in contemporary fiction."

REVIEW  Draw the Line, by Laurent Linn. "[It] showcases classic superhero tropes (evil is absolute, the good guys ascend into their powers) and then tweaks and usurps these tropes to grapple with real world complexities."

REVIEW  Original Fake, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and illustrated by E. Eero Johnson. "This marriage of text, art, masculine, feminine, legal, contraband, revenge, rebellion, and understanding is a handbook of ambiguity’s spectrum. What’s not ambiguous? The satiated feeling of having read the written and illustrated version of a tasty wood-fire pizza, carbs be damned."

REVIEW  Marlene, by C. W. Gortner. "As a gay author, Gortner shows a special sensitivity to Dietrich’s queer affinity, her inner lesbian self-identification, and the strong female bonds that shaped her life and career."

REVIEW  Cursed Legacy: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann, by Frederic Spotts. "Klaus was blacklisted and denounced as 'a dangerous half-Jew,' his books were burned around Germany and his German citizenship was revoked. Thus began a life of amazing courage, tragedy and struggle. As a homosexual and a drug addict who suffered from paralyzing bouts of depression and insecurities fostered by the formidable shadow of his famous but aloof and critical father, Klaus became a driven, prolific writer of novels, plays, essays."

REVIEW  Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World, by Gregory Woods. "The fact is we should never have had to put forth so much effort to find the most basic information about those who have come before us. Now, thanks to writers like Gregory Woods and books like Homintern, we won’t have to."

REVIEW  Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, by Jim Downs. "The world Downs describes is rapidly disappearing. Gay churches and synagogues have experienced precipitous numerical decline in the recent years. Community-based bookstores and newspapers are suffering a similar fate. Downs challenges our movement not to let the horror of AIDS or the rush to assimilate cloud the memory of our roots."

REVIEW  Communal Nude: Collected Essays, by Robert Gluck. "This is a cumulative accounting of Gluck’s interests: socialism, moral language, AIDS, movie stars, art stars, his house in San Francisco, and men. Dead and dying, living and yearning. It is part of the secret history of gay literature, the one not yet taught in school."

On the rag, a weekly look at the free gay 'zines. 29th July here; 15th July here; 1st July here.

Beats, Rhymes
& Life

The future of hip-hop is here — and queer as hell.

MNEK hopes to be the gay black popstar he wanted to see on TV when he was younger.

Seven reasons to fall in love with Shamir.

What are the highest-charting TV themes of all time?

The 1990s were the best of times... until the Spice Girls ruined everything. "A decade of unbridled musical creativity also saw the rise of brand-pop muses the Spice Girls, celebrity culture and hyper-capitalism."

Bobby Shmurda's surreal saga. "One minute he was a hip-hop sensation starting a viral dance craze, the Shmoney Dance, and rhyming about guns and drugs and murder. The next he was locked up, indicted on a slew of charges involving…guns and drugs and murder. The government’s case against Bobby Shmurda, now heading to trial, raises all kinds of nagging questions, but none more troubling than this: Does the justice system fundamentally misunderstand the world of rap?"

Aaliyah: Angel so fly. "Baby Girl, better known as Aaliyah, conjured the future between the beats. She was as enigmatic and cutting edge as R&B, pop and the rest of the music world may ever see. We glimpse the brief life of an angel. So fly."

Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison is the most 90s song of all time!

A love letter to 1996, hip-hop's best year ever.

LISTEN  Ken Dahl is back, with Dumas.

WATCH  The long-awaited return of gay music show The GrooveOUT; Troye Sivan - Wild; Mister Wallace - It Girl; and Ruba - Love Me.


Out gay basketball player Derrick Gordon announces he is leaving the sport to become a San Francisco firefighter. Derrick Gordon didn't get drafted into the NBA.

Vile Mexican soccer fans continue to chant homophobic slur — including at own goalie — even after Orlando.

Gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz wins fight dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre. The boxer lost four friends in the mass shooting at the Florida club.

The Tampa Bay Rays raised $300,000 for the victims of the Orlando shootings.

Why is the straight sports world erasing "gay" and "LGBT" from the Orlando massacre?

The NBA will pull its 2017 All-Star game from North Carolina because of the state's homophobic House Bill 2.

O.J. Simpson's father was a gay man who died from AIDS-related complications in 1986.

Olympic figure skater Javier Raya comes out as gay with photo kissing his boyfriend.

The forty-two out athletes of the Rio Olympics. Above, Finland's Ari-Pekka Liukkonen...

The Rio Olympic Village is apparently uninhabitable.

The first gay Olympian in history competed in 1928.

South African football player Lekoloane comes out as gay.

South Africa's first gay rugby team launches provocative recruitment campaign.

Australian rugby player Michael Quinn pleads guilty to visiting America to rape six-year-old boy.

How (and why) athletes go broke. "Recession or no recession, many NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball players have a penchant for losing most or all of their money. It doesn't matter how much they make. And the ways they blow it are strikingly familiar."

Red Light

35-year-old gay porn performer Emanuelk Rosado was one of the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.

Bear Week, in pictures.

Diesel Washington calls out racist gay porn stars, studios.

Cameron Diggs: "I prefer to stay inside my race. Why is that so wrong?"

Racist Sean Cody model Jacob Porter is upset over Trump troll Milo Yiannopoulos' Twitter ban.

Every single Sean Cody model who isn’t white, ranked.

Introducing Ken Rodeo.

Tommy Defendi taken by Bel Ami God Kris Evans in his final gay porn scene ever.

Why Kris Evans is the most flawless gay porn star on earth.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Diego Sans.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Mickey Taylor.

Nineteen things on the floor in the Sketchy Sex house, ranked.

WATCH  Bryan Hawn - Kiss My Ass.


Gay couples in open relationships are likely to be closer.

Twelve ways to ask your boyfriend for a threesome.

Fifteen WTF personal ads from a 1969 Advocate.

Médecins Sans

Over 30,000 LGBT Americans die from smoking every year. Equality California wants to end this silent calamity.

Surge in US meningitis cases affecting gay men baffles health officials.

Zika is coming to a city near you.

There's a Dalek producing bacteria that could help exterminate infection.

Gay men talk about PrEP, chem sex, and smuggling HIV drugs at the 2016 International AIDS Conference's pre-conference.

HIV cure a step closer after scientists remove virus's DNA from living tissue.

INTERVIEW  Talking to athlete and activist Jamil Eric Wilkins.

HIV-positive in the golden years. "You and your doctor should watch out for depression, substance use, and Alzheimer’s disease."

Five reasons I’m on PrEP but still don’t do bareback.

LGBT PTSD, the ADA, disability rights, and why it matters.

On the gay community and body image issues.

What's the best way to get rid of belly fat?

Drinking wine before bed helps you lose weight. Science says so.

Personality change may be an early sign of dementia.

"You want a description of hell?" Oxycontin’s 12-hour problem. "Purdue Pharma’s marketing materials say OxyContin works for 12 hours. It doesn’t. And this problem, long-denied by the drugmaker, is what makes it highly addictive."


Twenty years of Akbar, Silver Lake's gay bar for everyone.

What comes after the death of the lesbian bar?

"Deconstructed flat white" gets Australia hot and frothing.

The tangled web of lies behind many restaurant menus.

Nestlé wants to sell you both sugary snacks and diabetes pills.

The hidden calories in your booze, explained.

The food marketing myths we’ve swallowed whole. "Who says breakfast is the most important meal of the day? And why does spinach make you strong? It sounds like conventional wisdom, but most of it was cooked up by ad men."

Playing chicken. "The agriculture industry has known for 40 years that using antibiotics can create superbugs. Only one company has taken the science seriously."

The twenty-five foods most likely to cause foodborne illness.

If you knew sushi. "In search of the ultimate sushi experience, the author plunges into the frenzy of the world's biggest seafood market—Tokyo's Tsukiji, where a bluefin tuna can fetch more than $170,000 at auction—and discovers the artistry between ocean and plate, as well as some fishy surprises."

What it’s like to eat some of the worst prison food in America.


Nike releases 2016 BeTrue line featuring rainbows, triangles and Air Max Zero.

WATCH  Boxers or briefs? And Frank Ocean in his Calvins.

Betta Work!

Millennials set to earn less than Generation X.

I Own 51% Of
This Company!

Sweden bans M&M's logo in trademark battle.

London is getting a brand-new flagship Lego shop in Leicester Square.

High street blues: British retail casualties since 2011. "From BHS to Phones 4U, multiple chains have sunk without trace thanks to tough trading conditions and an online shopping surge."

Ten High Street stores of 1976 that have disappeared.


Butterfly on a bullet - a 6-part investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

The false promise of DNA testing. "The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable."

Seventeen things you'll only remember if you were an MSN Messenger addict.

Production of the videocassette recorder (VCR) in Japan has ceased.

Ten retro features we really miss from our '00s phones.

Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo, explained.

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback. "The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong."

A writer kept a blog for 10 years. Google deleted it. Why?

Planes, Trains
& Automobiles

Is Boeing about to end production of its iconic 747 aircraft?

Don't mourn the L train – make the bus cool again. "The closure of a subway line vital to New York’s sense of cool needn’t spell disaster. Here’s how to make the most of it."

Why German trains don’t run on time any more. "For all the old cliches about Teutonic efficiency, much of Germany’s transport infrastructure is in a terrible state of disrepair, and many major works have been badly botched. A chronic lack of investment is to blame."

The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland.

Nine things you probably didn't know about Waterloo station.

London's rising population will make the Tube system "inoperable" within fifteen years.

London Underground's typeface to change "for digital age".

In praise of the tram: how a love of cars killed the workers' transport system. "At their peak in the late 19th century, trams provided working people with a fast, efficient means of getting around. Now, argues Christian Wolmar, it is time to follow the Swiss model and put them back at the heart of urban transport policies."


The cute creature Sweden wants to wipe out.

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

The Lego "arms race": Bricks growing more violent, study says.

And finally, Qaadir gets into "White Pride"; Andrew takes on depression; and the Baddie Twinz on being gay twins; and Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Lady Red Couture, Sherry Vine and a pack of underwear models are the Tuckbusters!

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

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Issue 237: 01 May - 30 July 2016

On the cover: "About Him" star Brandon Karson.




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