Issue 269: Diego Lauzen, Matthew Rush, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Moses Sumney, Weinstein, Travis Alabanza, Blade Runner, Vegas, and more...

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The tragedy that chemsex drugs can cause.
At the beginning of last year, Henry Hendron would have been forgiven for thinking he had it all - a successful career as a barrister, representing high-profile figures and politicians, a flat in the heart of London, and a happy, loving relationship.

After witnessing terror in Barcelona, a gay writer reflects on the reasons we travel, and why we must continue.

The student taking selfies with the men who whistle and ask for sex.
Student Noa Jansma has been taking selfies and posting them on Instagram with every man who harasses her in the street.

Twenty game-changing queer women from history.

Why Harvey Weinstein can fall and Donald Trump and Breitbart can rise at the same time.

On academia’s role in legitimising conservative hate speech.

Long read
Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt.


70-year-old man who murdered his wife and gay son in "perfect crime" found guilty.

Businesses in Manhattan have received letter with the Swastika and Trump slogan, threatening jews, blacks, gays.

Trump-loving drag queen Elaine Lancaster (aka James Davis) fired after posting racist, anti-semitic remarks.

Vile Republican congressman Steve Scalise, whose life was saved by lesbian police officer, is to speak at a national anti-LGBT convention.

Trump-backed Senate candidate Roy Moore praises Russia’s gay propaganda law.

Emails show gay Vice editor worked with Milo Yiannopoulos to disparage women.
Mitchell Sunderland, editor for Vice's feminist vertical Broadly, leaked stories to proud misogynist Yiannopoulos.

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”

Watch "not racist" Milo Yiannopoulos smile as people give him the nazi salute.
An exposé on the disgraced gay troll features him singing "America the Beautiful" as his admirers give him the "Sieg Heil" treatment.

Lesbians are confused straight women, Yiannopoulos claims.

14-year-old transgender student brutally attacked at New Jersey school after classmate yells "there’s the tranny!"

LGBT students heckled with "make America straight again", told to "kill themselves" during Kansas homecoming parade.

Orange County teacher distributes flutes tainted with his semen to students.

The media, illegal immigrants, and NFL protests are all popular now.

Republican senator Bob Corker blasts Trump: "The White House has become an adult day care center."

Why wouldn't the US condemn the death penalty for gays?
The State Department has excuses for voting against a pro-LGBT U.N. measure, but it still belies Trump's pledge to protect "the gays."

Trump administration attacks LGBT Americans with license to discriminate.
The "religious freedom" order means federal agencies and contractors could turn away LGBT people and others without repercussions.

Religious right overjoyed by license to discriminate.

License to discriminate: reaction.

Jeff Sessions reverses policy that protects transgender people from discrimination under Title VII of Civil Rights Act.

Trump administration tries to throw out suit against trans military ban.
The administration says legal challenges to the ban are "premature" because, it claims, trans service members haven't been harmed by it yet.

A real crisis comes and Trump can’t handle it.

Trump dedicates golf trophy to people of Puerto Rico as they continue to beg for help.

Trump praises himself again for "great job" in Puerto Rico, slams critics as "politically motivated ingrates".

Alec Baldwin’s Trump returns to SNL to not handle the crisis in Puerto Rico.

San Francisco HIV hospice program saved after government funds cut.

Here's how you can support Puerto Rico's LGBT community center.

Robert Eardley watched his boyfriend, Cameron Robinson (pictured, right), died after being struck in the neck by a bullet.

The Las Vegas massacre reopens old wounds for Pulse survivors.

Some wingnuts are pushing the idea that the gunman was with ISIS or wanted to kill Trump supporters, or that the massacre was part of a shadowy plot.

White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners.
Since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners.

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.

How gun control works in America, compared with four other rich countries.

America's gun problem, explained.
The public and research support gun control. Here's how it could help — and why it doesn't pass.

After the Las Vegas massacre, fury over the gay blood ban.

Utah’s "no promo homo" law now history.
After decades, Utah teachers and students can discuss LGBT issues in school thanks to a settlement finally reached.

LGBT pride flag to fly permanently on federal land for the first time.

Conservative Detroit residents are unhappy with this gay hook-up billboard.

Trump voter Caitlyn Jenner is very upset that everything she was warned about is true.

Trump and his "deplorables" wish she'd just go away, but she's too busy providing a moral compass for the flailing administration.

Oprah may have just hinted that she might run for President.

From dropping protections for transgender students to fostering a friendlier climate for for-profit colleges, DeVos has made an immediate mark.

Tim Piazza fought for his life for 12 hours before his Beta Theta Pi brothers called 911. By then, it was too late.

He’s the subject of documentaries, dramas and enduring fascination. But as OJ Simpson walks free, does he still stir a meaningful debate about race?

Calgary education trustee candidate Karyn Draper blames terrorist attacks on LGBT people.


London train evacuated over man "reading homophobic Bible verses".

London's air deadlier than knives, cars and homicide combined.

Man with HIV sabotaged condoms to secretly infect men he met on Grindr, court told.
26-year-old Daryll Rowe sent a text to one victim reading, “Maybe you have the fever. I came inside you and I have HIV LOL. Oops!”

80% fall in new HIV diagnoses at Europe’s largest sexual health clinic, 56 Dean Street, in central London.

The mother of 14-year-old Corey Junior Davis, who was shot dead in an east London playground, has pleaded for help to find those who killed her "lovable" son.

"Fastest school ever built" opens for pupils displaced by Grenfell Tower fire.
Constructed in nine weeks, Kensington Aldridge academy’s temporary home is helping its young people to move forward.

HIV cases in gay men plunge by 21 percent.
It's PrEP what done it.

Vile Conservative hate rag the Daily Mail outs one of its own - against his will.

The Sunday Times mocks transgender people with offensive "birds and bees" cartoon.

Germaine Greer attacks Cambridge University college for welcoming transgender students.

To celebrate the start of Black History Month, the charity is sharing its archive of photographs and poignant testimonials with the Observer, at last giving a voice to the orphans it welcomed into its homes 120 years ago.

Thirty years ago Ikea opened its first store in the UK. It’s had a huge impact on our homes – and us.


First gay marriages celebrated after decades of struggle.

Meet the first gay couple to marry after the long wait.
Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, the first to take advantage of the country’s new law, walked down the aisle in Berlin.

Hundreds arrested for anti-Putin protests.
Thousands of protesters celebrated Vladimir Putin's birthday on October 7 by marching through streets calling for his ouster.

This country has the worst LGBT equality record in Europe.

LGBT people targeted in wave of arrests and violence.
Dozens of people are said to have been detained in crackdown after rainbow flags were waved at Cairo rock concert.

Men arrested last month for waving a rainbow flag are being subjected to forced anal examinations that amount torture, reports Amnesty International.

Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans struggle to carry on with no school, little electricity and few indications of when the island will overcome the effects of Hurricane Maria.

From the uninhabitable Barbuda to widespread power outages in the Virgin Islands, islands are limping toward recovery.

Puerto Rico: the lasting, racist legacy of colonialism on the environment.

This Puerto Rican Pride organiser swam through a flood to find his partner's family.

Homophobia raises its ugly head once again as three shot.

Three quarters of all murders of trans people take place in South and Central America. In Colombia, fear and prejudice force many into sex work. Will the end of the country’s civil war finally bring acceptance?

Trans life in Colombia, in pictures.

A collapsed factory in a working class area, and the lack of information about who died there, is a poignant reminder that in Mexico City not all deaths are equal.

Police arrest fifty-eight men in a raid on a gay sauna.

Beautiful photos of ghost villages left abandoned in Mt. Agung's wake.

Yes vote unbeatable "unless a lot of people are straight out lying", says pollster.

While the yes camp has good cause for optimism, two caveats could make the polling wrong, and voter turnout will be crucial to what happens next.

Marriage equality could bring $1 billion tourism boost to Australia.

Vile Tony Abbott brands 87-year-old Bob Hawke a "silly old bugger" over his support for marriage equality.

Politician warns gay people will create a new country with Same Love as national anthem.

Two radio stations abruptly cut a live feed when Macklemore’s gay anthem Same Love started.


They watchin'.

Leopard captured after 36 hours on the loose at Indian car plant.

The week in wildlife, in pictures.


How doctors save lives after a mass shooting.

The latest case of PrEP failure has loose ends.
Despite data showing a man became HIV-positive while practicing PrEP, researchers have a theory that he became poz after stopping PrEP.

The strain of E. coli was “highly resistant to antibiotics," according to his death certificate. Here's what poz people can learn from it.

The harrowing rise of heroin, in one chart.

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk.

Aromatic oils have become big business. But are they medicine or marketing?

That sweating, trembling feeling: Ten strategies to cope with your shyness.
Social anxiety can manifest itself mentally and physically. Here are ways you can learn to manage it.

New research argues that just a small glass of wine a day increases the risk and that "responsible drinking" targets are misleading.

And it's not just your liver falling down on the job.

Long read
After thousands of years of failure, some scientists believe a breakthrough might finally be in sight.


The Facebook group bringing gay dads together.
Adopting and raising a child is easier when you have 5,000 other queer dads by your side.


Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book is the story of race in America — and of Coates himself.

Colbert asked Ta-Nehisi Coates if he has hope for America. Coates said no.

Talking to Ta-Nehisi Coates: the laureate of black lives.
Coates’s eloquent polemics on the black experience in America brought him fame and the admiration of Barack Obama. Here he talks about the rise of white supremacy – and why Trump was a logical conclusion.

Spoken word with Ta’Leon Goffney.

Ten short stories by queer people of colour.

Simon & Schuster argued that Yiannopoulos waited too long to sue over cancellation of his book deal, but a judge disagreed, and the suit will proceed.

Salman Rushdie makes gender reassignment warning.

Romance novel publishing has a diversity problem.

At Brixton Library each month a group of black gay men gather to attend "Black Gay Ink"; a writers’ workshop. Since starting in February, they’ve created a safe space where they can discuss, debate and express their issues, challenges, joys, and triumphs unapologetically through writing.

Your Silence Will Not Protect You, by Audre Lorde. Prophetic and necessary.
The black lesbian feminist writer and poet, who died 25 years ago, is better known than ever, her words often quoted in books and on social media.

Novel rejected as "too gay" receives flood of crowdfunding support.
The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain was turned down by mainstream publishers more than 30 times, but has won keen backing from readers.

The Sparsholt Affair, by Alan Hollinghurst. Passion and folly, beautifully observed.
An assured chronicle that moves from a charmer’s wartime years at Oxford to his son’s experiences in modern-day London.

An excerpt from Camille Beredjick's new book, Queer Disbelief, about the intersection of queer identity and atheism.

As the era of imperialism ended, new divisions and faultlines emerged in the difficult aftermath of empire.

On the rag: your guide to the gay weeklies.

At Night

Another week, another badly behaved RuPaul's Drag Race star. This time, it's RuPaul’s Drag Race season seven winner Violet Chachki, who recorded men in a private sex cruise area and posted it online.

Talking to Kwame Kwei-Armah: "As a black male you’re told you can’t do this. I’ve tried to go: yes we can."
The new artistic director of the Young Vic in London will break the arts glass ceiling for African-Caribbeans. It’s a role he has performed before in Baltimore, making theatre about police violence and experiencing the "rage" gripping the US.

Like Kate Tempest and Inua Ellams, the Nigerian-born performer is breaking new ground with Coat, his tale of two cultures, told while he cooks up a stew on stage.

Talking to Travis Alabanza: The critically-acclaimed artist and performer talks harassment, visibility and perceptions of gender.

On the subway it’s forbidden but breakdancing has been part of New York life for decades. Now, visitors can see top performers in the streets and parks, for free.


Transgender filmmaker and activist Reina Gosset claims documentary maker David France stole work from her; The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson has debuted on Netflix.

The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson. Trans icon inspires stirring documentary.
How to Survive a Plague director David France explores the heroic life and tragic death of an often forgotten leader of the gay rights movement in this illuminating, if scattershot, film.

Mykki Blanco explores queer Johannesburg in new documentary, Out of This World.

Talking to queer filmmaker Jordan Firstman about his new short, Call Your Father.


On the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations.
An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.

For years rumours surrounded the movie mogul behind films such as Shakespeare in Love and Gangs of New York, but now his accusers are going on the record alleging sex assaults.

Harvey Weinstein is the tip of a huge Hollywood iceberg — that may be starting to melt.

The movie mogul’s lawyers have dismissed "false" reports of sexual harassment, but industry insiders claim there have long been rumors about his behavior.

What Trump’s Access Hollywood tape reveals about Harvey Weinstein and men in power.
On the anniversary of the tape's release, Trump has faced no consequences. Will it be the same for Weinstein?

Outfest, the nonprofit organisation that produces the Los Angeles LGBT film festival, will no longer be honouring the Weinstein Company at the Outfest Legacy Awards later this month.

Italian director Sebastiano Riso victim of homophobic attack in Rome.

The pick-up line Trump used on Brooke Shields is as excruciating as you’d expect.

Roman Polanski is now facing a fourth accusation of sexual assault against a teen.

Six actors we lost prematurely to AIDS.

Jared Leto on why he'll never watch Dallas Buyer’s Club: “It was on page a beautiful role and I saw the opportunity that was there. It moved me to tears when I read the script and I really fell in love with the character. I’ve actually never seen the movie,” he added. “It was such a deep and emotional experience and the response was so overwhelmingly positive, I just don’t have any business watching it. I don’t need to look at it like we all would do, knit pick or find some fault or criticism. To let it be what it is, it works for people great, if it didn’t that’s fine.”

Audiences may be surprised to discover they’re getting something this odd and potentially alienating.

After across-the-board raves, hopes are riding high for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel. Is it really as good as everyone seems to think?

What Blade Runner 2049’s dystopia tells us about 2017.
The best sci-fi films hold up a mirror to the age in which they are made. So what can we learn from the future – and what it means to be human – in Denis Villeneuve’s film?

Blade Runner’s 2019 Los Angeles helped define the American city of the future.
In many ways, Ridley Scott’s 1982 film set our expectations of what future urban centers should look like.

These Blade Runner 2049 posters will be free at New York Comic Con.

There are lots of versions of the 1982 Blade Runner. Here’s how to choose which to watch before seeing the sequel.

What Philip K. Dick really thought of Blade Runner.
"How is this possible? How can this be?"

Ten things you didn’t know about the original Blade Runner.

The hype around Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 opus suggests we have to wait a mere 35 years for critical flops to become classics.



The best and (mostly) worst new autumn TV shows, in one chart.

Former Glee star Mark Salling has plead guilty to child porn charges.

Actor Dan Amboyer, who plays twins on the TV Land show Younger, comes out as gay.

Downton Abbey's Robert James-Collier claims playing gay has hurt his career...

...“Nah mate. Never did little Charlie Hunnam any harm after QAF did it?” Doctor Who actor Andrew Hayden-Smith Tweeted in response.

Talking to Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp on playing the show's first openly gay character.

Here’s Anthony Rapp’s debut scene as the first gay character on Star Trek.

Will & Grace replaces an original character and tackles gay millennials.

Little Britain's Matt Lucas apologises for the show's trans and blackface.

Six terrible soap storylines saved by brilliant endings.

Sex work and survival in The Deuce.
In George Pelecanos and David Simon’s latest work, sex work unites marginalised people in the unlikeliest of places.

The Deuce: episode 5 recap.
This week's highlights include the return of Harvey, and an acting tour de force by Maggie Gyllenhaal and... Method Man?

Rejoice, all ye lovers of bitch-slaps and all-day evening wear – the Carringtons are back and better than ever.

He made his name with Monster’s Ball and Precious but, as Empire begins a new season, the writer-director-producer insists his work isn’t just for black audiences.

Roman, Samurai or sci-fi: which realms should Westworld season two explore?
The usually tight-lipped creators of HBO’s hit have suggested a few directions the robot drama could take, but which has the most artificial intelligence?

The Apprentice: episode one's winners and losers.
And you thought TV over-analysis was just for Game of Thrones.

Here's new black gay superhero webseries X7 Origins; new webseries About Percy; plus the latest episodes of T.R.A.D.E. and The Come Up.

Beats, Rhymes
& Life

The singer has gone back and forth on the matter for years and now says being gay or transgender is "unnatural."

Twenty-three country stars who faced a backlash from fans.

Watch the impactful Same Love performance they tried to stop.

Out gay former NFL player Esera Tuaolo turns to singing in beautiful The Voice audition.

Great song intros, where a tune builds up before the vocal kicks in, are becoming an endangered species as fickle music fans skip tracks if they don't get immediate gratification.

Talking to Moses Sumney: "I have an obsession with loneliness, singledom, isolation."
It’s impossible not to love the genre-spurning singer with a heavenly falsetto – despite his "obnoxious obsession."

Talking to Terence Trent D'Arby Sananda Maitreya.
In 1987, his debut album saw him hailed as a rival to Michael Jackson and Prince – but then his star crashed and burned. He talks about the nervous breakdown that triggered his identity change, living as a recluse and the music industry’s ‘Olympian’ conspiracy to bring him down.

JLS star Marvin Humes flaunts his ripped body transformation.

Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope is twenty. It’s still dope AF.

Twenty years on, this richly experimental and deeply personal album is still the template for pop rebels.


Four years after Michael Sam became a household name, asking why we still have no out athlete in the major sports leagues may be the wrong question.

Vile rugby star Israel Folau has doubled down on his opposition to marriage equality.

Charlton Invicta have become the first LGBT-friendly team to take a Football League team’s name and their players hope it can encourage others to play the game.

Ticket sales and TV ratings are down after the president attacked player protests. But he also exposed plenty of ugly truths about America.

There is a morally corrupt contract that white fans make with black athletes. We will accept you: but only if you surrender your political voice.

International male athletes get naked for the 2018 Dieux Du Stade calendar.

Talking to Max Whitlock: "My dream is to do a skill that nobody has ever done before."
Max Whitlock heads to the world championships after struggling with glandular fever and has set his sights on a long career and legendary status in gymnastics.

The most beautiful basketball courts in the world, in pictures.

Red Light

Jon Ronson’s new podcast The Butterfly Effect explores how the internet has devastated the porn industry.

Matthew Rush arrested again after court cancels bond.

Chris Bines found guilty of conspiring to distribute up to $1,000,000 of marijuana in Florida.

Las Vegas-based studio Corbin Fisher shares letter encouraging donations to victims of Las Vegas massacre.


America's funniest home videos: Micah Brandt slips while fucking Ryan Rose in porn blooper.

Diego Lauzen and Theo Ford do it...

...Then Andy Star and Diego Lauzen do it too.

BelAmi twunks Kevin Warhol, Gino Mosca, Helmut Huxley and Jerome Exupery do it.

Kiern Duecan Jason Vario and Bruce Beckham do it.

...Dolf Dietrich responds to Seth Knight’s claim that he wears five pairs of socks: “That is completely false. I only wear two pairs of socks.”

Bound at the Seattle Eagle, in pictures.

The White Heat
of This Revolution

What was on the Russians' fake LGBT Facebook page?

Google and Wikipedia have a responsibility to see that their content isn’t skewed – and we users should hold them to account.

AOL is shutting down AIM, its iconic instant messaging service.

A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.

Top directors call on TV manufacturers to finally kill the "soap opera effect".

Planes, Trains
& Automobiles

As managers scrambled to save the firm, there were few clues anything was awry – it was even still holding recruitment days.

Will Geary’s experimental TransitFlow tools help visualise the flow of buses and metros as colourful ant-like particles flowing across world cities.

Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?


Finally, the latest from Walter, the Baddie Twinz, Davey Wavey, and Jontavian and Brandon.

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Issue 269: 01-08 October 2017
On the cover: Diego Lauzen and Andy Star.

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