Issue 290: Jamel Myles, Stephen Port, Sauvage, 1985, MNEK, Corbin Colby, Max Konnor, Jerome Exupery, and more...

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Yes, men can be sexually assaulted. Gender stereotypes make it hard to talk about.

Why gay men must stop judging women.

Why are lesbians the most likely to be biased against bi women?

Why I came out as being poor.

How masculine stereotypes fuel mass shootings.

Why is the far right dominated by men? "It is time we take masculinity more seriously in discussions of the far right and rightwing politics"

Terms like "cultural appropriation" and "safe space" can be annoying, but it makes a change from straight white men owning the language.

Over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel. "The world’s most beautiful places are being loved to death. Tourists ought to think hard about why and how they are travelling."

A new wave of serial killers in 2035. "Investigative historian Peter Vronsky argues war and economic crisis play a role in making murderers."

Why were there so many serial killers in the 1980s? "Over three decades in the late 20th century, there was a rise in serial homicides in North America. One historian asks whether the ravages of World War Two were a factor."

Thirty-five horrific facts about Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee cannibal who kept body parts in his fridge.

Trump tweets about white farmers while indigenous peoples face annihilation. "As the alt-right obsesses over white South African farmers, indigenous activists are murdered in ever greater numbers."

Why obvious lies make great propaganda.

Why America doesn’t win wars anymore.


9-year-old Jamel Myles commits suicide after coming out and being bullied.

After the death of Jamel Myles, we need to talk about child self-harm and suicide – even though it’s difficult.

Telling kids that they're not old enough to come out makes you the problem.

Long Read
The trigger effect. "In September 2017, a police officer shot and killed a queer college student in Atlanta. By the end of the year, several of the student’s friends had been arrested, and two were dead. What happened at Georgia Tech?"

Man writes heartless letter about killing gay couple before judge orders execution. Peter Avsenew killed Steven Adams and Kevin Powell.

Gay San Francisco police officer files sexual orientation harassment and discrimination lawsuit against SFPD.

Southern California jail to stop keeping LGBT inmates in solitary for twenty-three hours a day.

California becomes first state to honour LGBT veterans.

Charlotte Pride, in pictures.

Bishop blames "homosexual subculture" for Catholic church abuse scandals.

How a 1968 police raid on Fire Island led to one lawyer making LGBT history. "The Mattachine Society picked cigar-chomping lawyer Benny Vuturo to represent 27 men arrested in 1968 for sodomy. That changed everything."

HRC executive resigns after using n word. "Mary Beth Maxwell did not use the term with 'bad intent,' but that doesn't make it OK, said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin."

Florida Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones comes out as gay.

America's new opposition: the women standing up to Trump. "A refugee, a Native American, a transgender woman – these primary winners are changing the face of the progressive left."

Brett Kavanaugh confirmation means forty more years of Trump values.

Why “drop the soap” jokes about Manafort and Cohen still aren’t funny.

How will we come together when Trump finally gets the boot?

Gay Utah GOP leader Dave Robinson says high LGBT suicide rates partly caused by too much sex.

In-N-Out Burger donates $25K to GOP, sparks boycott.

Long Read
Paul Manafort, American hustler. "Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington."

John McCain, and grieving an America that never was. "When we pretend that America was all butterflies and rainbows before Trump, we refuse to face the ugly, necessary truth."

John McCain opened Pandora’s box – Sarah Palin came out, but Trump was right behind her. "The senator regretted his choice of running mate. In 2008, no one could have imagined what it would mean."

Why conservatives love to hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

San Francisco’s famed gay strip club Nob Hill Theatre shutters after fifty years.

Why is San Francisco... covered in human feces?

Man charged with ignoring HIV medical treatment.

Hillhurst United Church unfurled a new Pride flag design to promote inclusiveness ahead of this year’s Calgary Pride.

Montreal Pride, in pictures.

Inside Canada’s first-ever Flat Earth Conference.


Could Stephen Port have been stopped? Questions haunt victims' families. "Family of Jack Taylor, 25, the serial killer’s final victim, describe the agony of the case."

Grindr serial killer Stephen Port appeals against murder convictions.

Gay man who had his spine broken after Pride "thought he was going to die".

Man who sexually assaulted sleeping men banned from London Underground. 37-year-old Fernando Enclada assaulted at least two men on Night Tube services.

Stormy Daniels judges stripper contest at London gay club. "The former porn actor who alleges a fling with Donald Trump appeared at G-A-Y in Charing Cross, London."

A "sex-starved" ASOS employee put a camera in the men's bathroom at a work party.

Fears for Manchester's LGBT hub as cranes swing in.

"Pride is followed by disgrace": anti-Pride leaflets are being posted through people’s mailboxes.

Anti-LGBT Christians target Essex gay club.

Pride rainbow vandalised with vile "filthy perverts" and "burn in hell" graffiti.

Hundreds of same-sex couples still opting for civil partnerships, despite option of marriage.

Streets of fear: how London death toll reached one hundred.

Here’s the main issue behind the Jamie Oliver jerk rice row – and it’s not cultural appropriation. "People object to a minted man making money from an inauthentic dish, while those who eat the real thing get diddly-squat."

Notting Hill Carnival: Family Day, in pictures.

Long Read
The only way to end the class divide: the case for abolishing private schools. "The continuing gap between state and private education is reinforcing privilege and harming the prospects of another generation. The only solution is integration."

The strange disappearance of Andrew Gosden. "Eleven years ago, the 14-year-old rock fan left home, never to be seen again. Here, his father tells us about the family's efforts to track him down."

Gay son reunites with birth dad after thirty-five years and finds out he's also gay.

Northern Ireland
Fundamentalists claim God set fire to Primark because of Pride window display.


Finally someone is looking out for Aboriginal and LGBT youth.

Man who threatened to out Grindr date to his female fiancee pleads guilty to extortion.

Meet the sixth Prime Minister in eleven years. "New PM Scott Morrison is against same-sex marriage and is in favor of religious freedom to discriminate against LGBT people."

Far-right politician Bruno Weber faces calls for his resignation after calling gay couple "faggots" and branding one of the men a "negro".

One year after homophobes forced it to close, Brazil's queer museum reopens.

Another journalist expelled – as China's abuses grow, who will see them?

Gay men finally allowed to donate blood.

Gay man hospitalised after putting fifteen eggs up his butt while on chemsex drugs.

Five charged in Paris murder of transgender prostitute Vanesa Campos.

Paris's new super public urinals are tearing the city apart.

Gladbeck: the deadly hostage drama where the media crossed a line.

Men brawl at gay XLSIOR Festival in Mykonos to The Greatest Showman song.


Man who killed his friend uses "gay panic defence" to have his sentence reduced. "The man said his friend was trying to have "unnatural sex" with him and that's why he stabbed him multiple times."

Gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil launches LGBT university course.

How Delhi's rising heat and a love of concrete caused a deadly water crisis. "Reports warn it could run out of groundwater by 2020. Has Delhi run out of time to reverse years of mismanagement and unchecked urbanisation?"


Police raid Malaysia's oldest gay club for the first time in its 30 year history.

Sixth LGBT pride festival kicks off.

Myanmar's LGBT welcome first community cafe. "Although homosexual sex is illegal in Myanmar, actress Khine Hnin Wai and her partner have launched a LGBTI safe space in commercial hub, Yangon."

Nepal Pride, in pictures.

Fifty-seven men arrested in Nigeria for alleged "homosexual activity".

62nd trans woman shot and dismembered.

Apple blocks rainbow watch face.

Instagram couple respond to gay teen they inspired to come out. "A 16-year-old boy in Spain said the Instagays gave him the courage to come out to his family and friends."

How the LGBT community is putting up a fight for their right to a safe place.

VietPride Parade, in pictures.

A Venezuelan journey, in pictures. "On foot, by bus, on the back of juddering trucks, like tens of thousands of others they slogged for days along the Pan-American highway through Colombia and Ecuador. Grubby and sleepless, their goal was to reach Peru, a sanctuary of sorts for a desperate Venezuelan family. Exhausted and sleepless from the endless wash of traffic noise on the highway’s shoulder, the Mendoza Landinez family had the additional pressure of a deadline: to enter Peru before new rules required them to produce a passport."

Nicolás Maduro’s plan for Venezuela adds bewilderment to despair.


Meet James Falciano, the New York artist celebrating queer identity, sexuality, expression and romance.

The secret gay history of tattoos and their hidden meanings.

Nicholoas Pollack's portraits of summer love, in pictures.

The race to save one man's collection of black Americana. "From a slave’s collar to segregation signs, Oran Z has spent years collecting often shocking mementoes of America’s racial struggles. Now it all lies in shipping containers – and no institution will touch it."

Back to the Futuro: the spaceship house that landed in Yorkshire. "Dreamed up in Finland and shaped like a flying saucer, Matti Suuronen’s ‘house of the future’ turned out to be an impractical curio – but its atomic-age aesthetics are still alluring."

Carbuncle Cup: six vie for title of UK's ugliest new building of year.
Carbuncle Cup contenders for the prize architects want to avoid, in pictures.


Nine queer books we can't wait to read this autumn.

What it means to be a gay man who is free: reflecting on Dancer From the Dance.

Remembering The Lure, the queer novel that broke barriers between gay and straight readers.

Meet Belo Cipriani, the blind gay man developing a coming-of-age book by people with disabilities. Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities is out October 2018.

Talking to Justin Torres about We the Animals: "Latinos are 'dehumanised,' but literature is an antidote."

Talking to DeRay McKesson what white people still don't get about racism.

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart. "Stewart’s book is meticulously researched and in terms of queer scholarship reclaims Locke and other prominent homosexual artists of the Harlem Renaissance from the sketchy and sometimes evasive histories of that past. By showing Locke as the Other, both as being homosexual and Black, Stewart gives us a far more complex reading of this complicated man."

Has the Gay Movement Failed?, by Martin Duberman. "[It] will anger some gay people and inspire a few others. But after Duggan, Warner, and Signorile, and after the passionate laments of so many of my queer academic colleagues, the argument comes off as slightly rote."

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound. "When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age."

The Village Voice has been shut down. "The loss of the legendary New York publication is a tragedy for local media, alt-weeklies, and criticism."

On The Rag, your guide to the gay weeklies: part one, part two, and part three.

At Night

Homos, Or Everyone in America. "Jordan Seavey’s provocatively titled new play charts the ups and downs of a relationship while making sharp points about the persistence of homophobia."

Homos, Or Everyone in America. "Inspiring and exhausting as watching lovers fight."

Broadway performer Hernando Umana reveals he’s HIV positive to help tackle stigma.

John Glines, the Broadway producer who was instrumental in bringing Torch Song Trilogy to Broadway, is dead. He was 84.


Don't get the outrage over Jack Whitehall "playing gay"? Listen to these queer actors...

King Cobra actor Garrett Clayton comes out and reveals his boyfriend.

Netflix's LGBT Film section is mostly gay men and people aren't happy.

We The Animals proves the power of art in queer self-discovery. "Jonah’s escape into the blank pages of his journal illustrates the particular value of artistic expression for queer youth."

We The Animals is the Latinx queer film America needs.

Meet the "quiet heroes" who cared for AIDS patients in the '80s. "A new documentary follows the lesbian medical professionals who treated patients with HIV/AIDS when no one else would."

"What's it like to be black in this system?": life in a Chicago high school. "For his captivating new documentary series, film-maker Steve James spent a year with students at Oak Park River Forest high."

Here's the trailer for Sauvage, the gay prostitute film people walked out of at Cannes; and Yen Tan’s 1985.

"Passing for white": how a taboo film genre is being revived to expose racial privilege. "Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing, a theme little seen since the likes of Show Boat and Pinky."

Riz Ahmed acts his way out of every cultural pigeonhole. "From HBO to Star Wars to Shakespeare, he has discovered how to excel beyond tidy genres."

Film in the public domain: here be buried treasures. "They’re not pretty, or easy to navigate, but online film archives are a huge free source of classics and curios."

Seven reasons Hollywood doesn’t make romantic comedies anymore.

Why romantic comedies matter.

Talking to Guy Pearce. "‘Everybody feels fragile’: Guy Pearce on fame, family pressures and fatherhood at 50."

James Bond on film – 007's best and worst movies ranked!


How Netflix outsmarted everyone else in TV.

Queer As Folk's Russell T Davies is penning a new gay drama about the UK AIDS crisis.

Queer Eye's Karamo Brown opens up about past suicide attempt.

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness thinks US politics shouldn't go "too left". Can you even?!

Drag Race's Bianca Del Rio booed for rape jokes about Blair St. Clair. "Then you’ve got that other bitch, 'I was raped!' No – fuck you! You notice she wasn’t raped until she was in the bottom two? Think about that, bitch – that’s fucking strategy!"

“Nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling,” RuPaul allegedly tells Drag Race contender.

Drag Race queens defend RuPaul after Pearl's comments, slam racists in fanbase.

Miss Vanjie fans keep sending her videos of them saying "Vanjie" during sex.

Celebrity Big Brother: Rodrigo Alves ejected after racist language warning.

Goodbye for now, Big Brother. It was a pleasure watching you. "After 20 years, the show is a shadow of its former self – and it’s easy to forget just how formative it once was as TV’s original reality programme."

The rise and fall of the TV chef. "There may never be another Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay. Why would today’s young chefs be interested in working in food television?"

The naked truth about Shortland Street's new gay doctor, Dr Lincoln Kimiora (Alex Tarrant).

Was it racist for a judge to dismiss a copyright lawsuit targeting Empire?

Very Smart Brothas look at the second and third episodes of Insecure's third season.

Sharp Objects shows its teeth in a killer season finale.

Sharp Objects’ season finale: the shocking credits scenes, explained.

The Big Bang Theory is ending – our long nightmare is finally over. "The inexplicably popular geek sitcom has announced that its 12th season will be its last. Its demise should come as a relief to everybody."

Reboot no more: the overused characters who should be retired. "The release of Amazon’s Jack Ryan marks the fifth time the character has been brought to the screen, one of many who need to be swiftly retired."

Thirteen EastEnders businesses you've probably forgotten existed.

Beats, Rhymes
& Life

Does the album format make much sense anymore?

Queer musicians Montell Newton and Kiwan Benson drown in tragic accident in Atlanta.

Classical music stars David Daniels and Scott Walters accused of drugging and raping singer Samuel Schultz when he was twenty-three.

MNEK on inspiring "queer kids of colour" and why comparing himself to Sam Smith made him sad.

Jake Shears opens up about body image and mental health struggles.

Mykki Blanco rejects your "black, queer, and struggling" rapper narrative.

Why the world needs Troye Sivan's queer love songs.

Talking to Troye Sivan talks being a queer icon — and being labeled a bottom.

Talking to Kiddy Smile: "People in France were upset I was black, gay – and proud".

Talking to GAIKA, the Brixton-raised musician who "imagines a utopia where the whole world is at his fingertips. And yours too".

50 Cent tweets death threat after someone photoshops him with rainbow teeth.

The insidious cultural history of Kanye West’s slavery comments.

Every one of Madonna's 78 singles – ranked!

Aretha Franklin: a life of heartbreak, heroism and hope. "The queen of soul’s fraught personal life informed songs that will endure in the hearts of people all over the world."

Why Aretha Franklin, the original diva, was a LGBT icon.

Heroine, agony aunt, wise woman: Aretha’s soundtrack to my life. "As a young black British woman, I drew inspiration from Aretha Franklin, and will hold her dear long after the world stops mourning."


Chicago Cubs debut Daniel Murphy, who "disagrees with the (gay) lifestyle, 100 percent," five days before LGBT Pride night.

Aaron Hernandez broke down in tears while admitting he was gay, his lawyer says. "A new book details the last days of the former NFL star who is said to have struggled to come to terms with his homosexuality."

NFL's first male cheerleader makes history with the New Orleans Saints.

The Serena Williams catsuit ban shows that tennis can’t get past its elitist roots.


The ten most influential gay porn stars of the 2010 decade?

There are only two gay porn studios left in the United States that don’t make bareback gay porn.

Less than half the stars on new black gay porn site Noir Male are black.

Billy Santoro trashes Jon Blitt and Chi Chi LaRue’s Noir Male studio.

Gay porn star Shane Cook reveals cancer diagnosis with candid Twitter posting.

Marcell Tykes signs on as new Helix exclusive.

BelAmi's Kevin Warhol's parents got him something special for his birthday.

Talking to Corbin Colby about his fans, his favorite scenes, and taking life one step at a time.

Talking to Dink Flamingo about why he sold Active Duty, what it was like making gay porn with real-life military men, how he recruits models at Walmart, and more!

Talking to Kyle Goffney. (September 2015)

Thirst traps, in pictures. More here.

DeAngelo Jackson puts in the hours on JustForFans, and Noir Male.

Ken Summers, Lucas Fox, Viktor Rom and Emir Boscatto do it.

Andre Donovan, Guillaume Wayne and Andrey Vic do it.

Diego Sans, Steven Roman and Jeremy Spreadums do it.

Brian Bonds, Riley Mitchell and Blake Hunter do it.

Wagner Vittoria, Jeffrey Lloyd, Geordie Jackson and Leo Rex do it.

Blake Bishop and Jay C do it.

Devon Lebron, Diego Summers and Aaron Blue do it.

Kevin Warhol and Pip Caulfield do it. In pictures.

Elder Edwards and President Ballard do it.

Diego Lauzen, Wagner Vittoria, Viktor Rom, Louis Ricaute, Rico Marlon and Konrad Cummings do it.

Bandit, Manny Killa and Stylez do it.

Santi Sexy and Bela Barbell do it.

Sean Zevran and Ben Masters do it.

Just Angelo and Leo Sweetwood do it.

Max Konnor, Bruno Bernal and Papi Suave do it.

Noah Donovan, Ziggy Banks, Aaron Reese and Kurtis Wolfe do it.

Trent King and Beau Reed do it.

Marcell Tykes and Aiden Garcia do it.

Kris, Ray, Ruben and Xavier do it.

Joey Mills and Danny Nelson do it.

Adam Archuleta and Pierre Cezanne do it.

Enrique Vera, Bastian Dufy and Orri Aasen do it.

Hoyt Kogan and Pip Caulfield do it.

Sean Zevran leaks his sex tapes on JustForFans.

The latest from LatinLeche.

BelAmi's Jerome Exupery flaunts it.

18-year-old Laszlo flaunts it.

Excerpts from the Helix Studios classic, Helix Academy.

Temptation Sundays, in pictures.


The beauty in being a slut. "I’m a slut. A total fucking slut. I don’t like to think of myself as a top or a bottom. I’m 100% versatile. I seriously love it all. I love to fuck, I love to get fucked, I can get dom or I can sub out, I like intimate sex and nasty sex, I just love queer gay ass sex. I don’t say this to be provocative or to make your dick hard (though, if it does... that’s awesome)... I say it because in this day and age, being a faggot slut is political. It is radical."

Why some men may feel sad after having sex.

Other people are having much less sex than you think.

Twenty-two same-sex couples celebrating their engagements, in pictures.

Sixteen iconic same-sex couples through history.

If you’re wondering why you’ve lost friends in adulthood, this is probably why.


How Viagra went from a medical mistake to a $3-billion-dollar-a-year industry. "Two unlikely dudes took on Wall Street, pharma nerds, and God—and got America hooked on a little blue pill."

100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.

2017 was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America.

Is one drink per day really unsafe? That new alcohol study, explained.

The bad news is we’re dying early – and it’s all down to "shit-life syndrome".

Face transplant: a "second chance" for young suicide survivor.

My year without a nose. "Attempting to smell the roses when sino-nasal squamous cell carcinoma (aka nose cancer) has left me with a plastic imitation schnoz and put my life in peril."

Why panic attacks aren't the same for everyone. "In movies, the character who's having a panic attack clutches at his chest, gasps for air and then breathes into a paper bag to calm himself. But that's never been my experience."

Why small talk makes some people so anxious.

I work with hoarders. Forget the stereotypes. "Hoarding has many triggers, such as trauma, depression or brain injury. I’m privileged to help those with a condition that is still being understood."

Long Read
Tearing our hair out: learning to treat compulsive hair-pulling. "Trichotillomania is a blight on many people’s lives – and until now there has been very little understanding of how to tackle this distressing condition."


Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record. "Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary."

Food prices "to rise 5%" because of extreme weather.


Birds in thirty-year same-sex interspecies relationship to get statue.

The week in wildlife, in pictures.

The White
Heat of This Revolution

Meet LifeSite News, one of the most anti-LGBT online outlets.

Facebook targeted young LGBT people with "gay cure" advertisements.

Facebook can’t control its users. And it has no incentive to do so.

Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media.

Grindr is going public.

The bizarre, nostalgic afterlife of Vine. "The seven-second video app may be dead, but its best clips are having a resurgence on YouTube. What does it mean for creators?"

Seeing double: the twins turning a profit. "Social media is a crowded space for bloggers looking to make money from likes and follows, but for a select few, standing out means looking exactly the same. So what are the secrets behind a #twinning brand?"

We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril. "Data could be used to draw conclusions about who you are, what you believe, what you have done – and what you might do in the future."

Planes, Trains 
& Automobiles

London Crossrail opening postponed until autumn next year.

Victoria underground line gets go-ahead. (August 1962)

Get smart! How a 90s bus pass trial transformed London travel.


LGBT employees who aren't out at work suffer professionally.

Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors show hard work isn’t enough – employers expect forced cheerfulness too.

Too many Americans die on the job. Are things about to get worse? "A US supreme court that is dominated by right-wing justices will have a devastating effect on worker’s rights and protections."

I Own
51% of This Company!

How an ex-cop rigged McDonald’s Monopoly game and stole millions. "Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched Operation 'Final Answer'."


Ace's Adventure's tours Northridge Mall in Milwaukee; and Sal explores the Security Square Mall in Baltimore.


How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”.

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

Porridge and boiled mutton? New York foodies still love trolling London. "Britain made its transition to globalised food a long time ago – yet outdated stereotyping is the fixed menu of some critics."

The unstoppable rise of KFC. "KFC has survived health scandals, veganism and a major delivery fail: can the fast food behemoth stay on top?"

One in five vanilla ice-creams have no vanilla, cream or fresh milk.


Nike under fire for marketing of "menacing" balaclava. "Marketing of product appears aimed at youngsters aiming for gang-inspired look, critics say."

The best men's T-shirts for all ages, in pictures.


The worst fanbases on the internet, ranked.

What monster would call me from a landline? We need to ban phone calls. "They are tedious time sucks. I let my calls go to voicemail, where thousands of unchecked messages pile up like dirty plates."


Finally, the latest with Walter, Davey Wavey, Nejhé Rŷutt, and Darius.

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