Issue 244: Reggie Yates, Louis Smith, Stephen Port, Haha Clinton-Dix, Kris Evans, King Cobra, Westworld, Jean Alexander, and more...

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Thirty-six notables who busted out of the closet this year. Above, out gay imam Nur Warsame.

These are the trans people killed in 2016.

Us v Them: The birth of populism. "It’s not about left or right: populism is a style of politics that pits ‘the people’ against ‘the establishment’. Its rise is a warning sign that the status quo is failing."

WATCH  Roderick and McKee's coming out stories.


Washington, D.C. dentist Bilal Ahmed indicted for sexually abusing anesthetised male patients.

Troll Milo Yiannopoulos thinks his divisive rhetoric makes him a queer rebel fighting the system. Hardly, writes Garrett Schlichte.

Ten years of Pat Robertson: Our very favourite Robertson moments of the decade, including such hits as "divorce your wife with Alzheimer’s", and "gays don't exist".

The dark depths of hatred for Hillary Clinton...

...And why Michelle Obama is the best thing about America.

TIME magazine's latest cover says it all.

...Wonder if their car has one of these decals on it?

And then there's this guy.

Dangerous idiots: How the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans. "Trump supporters are not the caricatures journalists depict – and native Kansan Sarah Smarsh sets out to correct what newsrooms get wrong."

Watch Asian Americans recount racist microaggressions they experience every day.

Have queer Muslims gained acceptance in their communities since the Pulse shooting?

On the racial divide in Philadelphia's Gayborhood.

2nd Lieutenant Deuntay Diggs (of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office) steals the show with a performance of Beyoncé's Formation.

One in three doctors don't know about PrEP.

Why are Latinos at higher risk of HIV?

Rodney Antonson wins dismissal of 1995 indecency case stemming from police sting.

17-year-old James Charles is the first male CoverGirl in 58 years.

This native american trans beauty queen is reviving an ancient tradition. "Before white settlers came, tribes revered those who embodied both genders. This year’s Miss International Two Spirit is bringing that reverence back."

On the military sexual assault survivors fighting to become visible. "Sexual assault within the ranks has reached shocking levels and while some awareness around female service members’ has belatedly begun, the 52% of male victims still struggle to get justice – and redemption."

Reggie Yates: How I confronted police brutality on the streets of Chiraq. "In Chicago, someone is shot every two hours. BBC presenter Reggie Yates headed there to ask what is going on, but he hadn’t prepared himself emotionally for what he would find."

The most radical thing the Black Panthers did was give kids free breakfast.

Americans don’t know crime has plummeted. In fact, they think it’s gone up.

The weather inside. "The prison system seems intent on ensuring that a man convicted of stealing $264 in 1981 dies in jail."

Iphigenia in Forest Hills. Anatomy of a murder trial. (May 2010)

Held back. "I’m not here to put the blame on anybody. I’m here just to reflect. Just imagine being at a school where you sit down, get your education, you get back up, go home, next thing you know you brought bedbugs from school to your home. Now you have an infestation at your house. Just imagine being at a school where your teachers are all sick and tired, and they’re acting like they’re not able to teach because they’re not getting paid for what they do. Just imagine when your teachers say, 'I don’t know what’s going to happen to me next year, I don’t know if I can afford my car loan. How can I afford to pay rent, how can I afford to even live with the wage I’m getting?'"

ATLieNation. "A dystopian meditation on Atlanta’s disappearing Afrofuture."

A report from occupied territory, by James Baldwin. "Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro's education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog." (July 1966)

WATCH  The incredible thank you video from the survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre.


Stephen Port: Teenage victim recalls "waking up naked, face down" being raped after drinking spiked red wine.

Stephen Port: Another victim recalls waking up naked after drinking a spiked Coke. "The next thing I remember I was on the floor screaming and shouting. It was like I was going mad."

Stephen Port: Killer told his sister of dead body in his bedroom. "I just told him to go to the police station straight away. It was a bit of a shock."

Stephen Port: Jurors watch home-made videos showing Port raping an unconscious man.

Defiant pro-LGBT church restores Pride flags torn down by vandals.

"Britain's vainest man" Ryan Staveley attacked in Gay Village club.

Islamic faith school that expelled gay pupils closed down.

Hospitals and GPs "failing to offer" HIV tests.

London's annual Africa on the Square event, in pictures.


IRELAND  Drag queen Panti Bliss wants to run for President.

FRANCE  Tens of thousands march on Paris in protest against marriage equality.

POLAND  TV presenter Jakub Kwieciński and his boyfriend David made a coming out video. They got death threats in response.

TURKEY  Syrian LGBT refugees organise meetings to provide a safe space for LGBT Arabic-speaking refugees.

CAMEROON  Police arrest everyone at a Yaoundé gay bar.

ETHIOPIA  The country is in a state of emergency. The tyrannical government must go. "The country’s deadly protests stem from ethnic division, endemic corruption and high youth unemployment. The world must support calls for a new government."

SOUTH AFRICA  Christo Oncke found guilty of the brutal 2014 assault and murder of Dawid Olyne (above), who he burned alive.

INDONESIA  Police arrest two gay men for affectionate Facebook photos.

AUSTRALIA  Why the Labor party blocked a public vote on marriage equality.


Green Bay Packers' Haha Clinton-Dix wore an Orlando United shirt under his jersey.

High school football player and hurdler Dylan Baker came out as gay and found nothing but love...

...But an athlete is suing his former high school for not protecting him from anti-gay bullying.

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s daughter Trinity killed in Kentucky shooting.

Straight footballer Cathal McCarron says doing gay porn made him a gay icon.

Homophobic boxer Tyson Fury quits sport over cocaine controversy.

The first LGBT powerlifting championships are coming to London in July 2017.

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has apologised after a video leaked online suggested he was mocking Islam.

The official coming out party. "For two decades, NBA ref Bill Kennedy was hiding in plain sight - watched by millions but never truly seen. Then came the biggest game-changer of his life, the call he had to make."

Colin Kaepernick on Ruth Bader Ginsburg critique: It’s “disappointing” but common from powerful white people.

The NFL has no idea how to treat its stars.


Uncut Funk: The internet's funkiest museum of black culture. "It’s free, open 24/7 and contains a magnificent archive of African American culture ranging from afros to blaxploitation movies. Is the Museum of Uncut Funk a step ahead of the new Smithsonian?"


On Dipolelo Tsa Rona — Our Stories, stories of LGBT love, hate, coming out and hope in Botswana.

Fred and Wilma fight for marriage equality in the latest addition of The Flintstones comic.

Fifteen LGBT love stories from ancient Greece and Rome.

XY magazine is back after folding in 2008.

On the rag, your weekly look at the free gay 'zines.

At Night

REVIEW  The Boys in the Band. "I was rapt, barely noticed the time pass. Parties that go wrong are often the stuff of great drama and this play is no exception."

REVIEW  One Night in Miami. "The acting is outstanding and the issues are timely in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Kemp Powers’ passionate play."

REVIEW  The Mountaintop. "Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King and a hotel maid’s long night flirting over civil rights issues gains fresh resonance in the context of Black Lives Matter."

WATCH  Drag slang, explained.


On 24 x 36: A Movie About Movie Posters, and the birth, death, and resurrection of true movie poster art. Here's the trailer:

How a 100-year-old movie house became the gayest theater in America.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Tarell Alvin McCraney about Moonlight.

King Cobra star Garrett Clayton defends an actor’s "veil" of sexual privacy.

Christian Slater on his King Cobra role: “You gotta feel the fear and do it anyway. That’s how I got through it.”

REVIEW  Iris Prize Festival LGBT International Short Films 2016.

REVIEW  Closet Monster. "Sometimes a gay-themed coming-of-age movie stands out from the crowd, and Closet Monster certainly manages that."

REVIEW  The Ways of Man. "The idea of a modern look at Judas Iscariot is an intriguing one, but ultimately The Ways Of Man doesn’t feel like an idea that’s been fully fleshed out."

REVIEW  Uncle Howard. "Howard Brookner may be a relatively little known figure, but his nephew, Aaron, has made a more than fitting tribute to his uncle."

Why Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th is the only recent release you must see.

Sin, cinema, and Nate Parker: The complicated case of The Birth of a Nation.

Black films matter – how African American cinema fought back against Hollywood. "The late 80s and 90s heralded a breakthrough led by Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. At first, Hollywood embraced this wave of talent, then it ignored it. Now, in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, black film is rising again."

Fifteen Rita Hayworth moments that slay.

WATCH  Trailers for Fire Song; and Coming Out. And Antino Crowley-Kamenwati talks about working on black gay short Once A Star.


Taiwanese actor Lee Tien-chu picks up prestigious acting award, celebrates by claiming homosexuality is a “curse” that will “end humanity”.

WATCH  A short film about Nur Warsame, Australia's first openly gay imam.

The good, the bad and the cyborgs: Westworld's robot forebears. "As Westworld’s rogue robots begin to revolt, we take a look at some of their artificial forebears who gave new meaning to the phrase ‘technical glitch’."

How HBO’s Westworld bridges the divide between evil robots and empathetic robots.

On Chicago Hope and The Practice creator David E. Kelley's first streaming series, Goliath.

Divorce: Sarah Jessica Parker's comedy is a messy breakup you pray never ends. "Sharon Horgan delivers a kick to the nuptials with her caustic HBO sitcom, which sees the Sex and the City star struggle through marital disharmony..."

...But ABC’s latest half-hour comedy American Housewife is "a weird Frankenstein’s monster of liberal and conservative values... It’s shiny, boring plastic. It’s the reason people hate sitcoms."

INTERVIEW  Talking to RuPaul.

The Simpsons is 20 years past its creative high point. It’s still the best show ever made.

Gays of our lives: All the latest news from gay soapland!

Jean Alexander, the actress best known as Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden, is dead. She was 90.

Jean Alexander: Twenty-three years a triumph as hairnet queen Hilda. "With her perm, pursed lips and pinny, Alexander made Coronation Street’s ultimate battleaxe Hilda Ogden so memorable she became shorthand for strong Northern women."

Jean Alexander: A life, in pictures.

Jean Alexander: Obituary.

Alan Partridge on Noel Edmonds: He is a total wazzock and I cannot stand him. "In an exclusive extract from his new book Nomad, Alan Partridge unpicks the many insults of his TV nemesis, from humiliation at the Our Price Christmas party to the shame of a BBC safety tutorial."

REVIEW  Feral, season one. "Across its eight episodes, Feral has plenty of interesting ideas, good (if a little pretentious) characters and a nice way of observing life for a section for the young, gay population. It may be a little uneven to start with, but it’s worth sticking with."

WATCH  The latest episodes of Fallacies and Steam Room Stories; the trailers for Steel River and Brandon Jones; the first episodes of new webseries Feral and GayTerns...

Beats, Rhymes & Life

Sade’s only child Ila Adu comes out as a transgender man.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Craig David.

If Mos Def’s Black On Both Sides came out today, it might be considered the blackest album of all time.

WATCH  Out gay artist Tyler Glenn's Shameless.

Red Light

A gay man's journey from boy to daddy. "Kristofer Weston has a boy, two sirs, a pup, and a pig, and he likes to push them to their limits. 'Once your hand is inside,' he said, 'you can feel their heartbeat.'"

How has the male escort industry changed since Rentboy was shut down?

How porn consumers gorged themselves on creampies.

Lots of straight men are watching gay porn.

INTERVIEW  Talking to Colby Keller, the communist porn star who’s backing Trump because “he’s a destabilising force.”

Gay porn models Harlow Raymond Cuadra and Joseph Manuel Kerekes charged with the murder of Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis in battle for gay porn star Brent Corrigan. (May 2007)

Falcon's Ryan Rose speaks out against Donald Trump.

Bel Ami God Kris Evans keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Jean Franko has announced his return to porn, with Lucas Kazan.

Carter Dane, Levi Karter and Jimmy Durano appear in the latest (beautifully filmed) Cocky Boys release.

They made a movie called Foreskin Fanatics.


Why gay sex in a park is still popular in 2016.

Beyond the invisible. "There isn't a soul in sight as we venture into a virtually pitch black Hyde Park in central London. But as we move deeper inside, away from the boundaries, shadowy figures begin to appear out of nowhere. Men: on the moonlit paths, loitering in arbours, and disappearing into trees and bushes." (September 2011)

Médecins Sans Frontières

60% of gay men don’t actually know what PrEP is.

Can we stop the doctor bias against queer black men?

Boffins think party drug ketamine could prevent depression and other mental disorders.

Trying to be creative when you're on antidepressants isn't easy.

Are you drinking too much water?


Our fancy foods, ourselves. "Three days at the world's greatest assemblage of exotic, expensive, absurd, and occasionally delicious snacks."

What makes us think a wine tastes good? A neuroscientist explains.


When you die, I’ll be there to take your stuff. "I spend my days clearing every last thing from homes of the recently deceased and soon-to-be-departed. The only thing odder is entertaining the cast of characters who swoop in to buy it all up."

How my time as a private prison guard changed the way I see inmates.

Planes, Trains
& Automobiles

Crash: How computers are setting us up for disaster. "We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?"

The American way. "President Obama promised to fight corporate concentration. Eight years later, the airline industry is dominated by just four companies. And you’re paying for it."


Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not. "A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe."


The deepest dig. "The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it."

On Yasuni Man, an intimate portrait of a beautiful land under siege for its oil. "US biologist Ryan Killackey spent seven years filming a polemical account of a remote forest community under pressure from US and Chinese oil companies."

1491. "Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought — an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact."

What we lose when we lose the world’s frogs.

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

And finally, Jack and Ben on dating a friend's ex; the Baddie Twinz are back with storytime; Rogue "Marbie" Scott introduces his new channel; and Andrew isn't happy...

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

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Issue 244: 10-16 October 2016
On the cover: Once A Star, a short film from The Each-Other Project.




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