Issue 284: Uzodinma Iweala, Michael Arceneaux, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvester, Austin Armacost, Andre Donovan, BelAmi, and more...

Left &

Long read
Ordinary person, wild radical. "Seventeen years before the Stonewall Riots, Dale Jennings proclaimed to a California court that he was a homosexual. It was the first glimmer of a civil rights revolution. This is the story of an unsung, and reluctant, hero."

Pride has changed the world for LGBT+ people. Long may it continue. "Since 1972, Pride’s joyful form of protest has become a liberating force. This year we stand with persecuted Russian LGBT+ people."

It's time for people in privileged nations to help LGBT people in Asia.

This isn't a real Pride flag — it represents pedophiles. "Many on social media are urging people, especially minors, to stay away from anyone who uses this flag or references 'Minor Attracted Persons'."

After Pride comes Wrath Month — here's how to celebrate. "Now that June has passed and corporations are ignoring queer people again, let's raise some hell."

Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand.

Long read
Summer of rage. "White men are the minority in the United States — no wonder they get uncomfortable when their power is challenged."

Long read
"We believed we could remake ourselves any way we liked": how the 1990s shaped #MeToo. "While promising liberation and endless possibility, the culture of the decade drove us relentlessly in pursuit of perfection."


Is America worth saving? "It is time to start asking ourselves, can this country still become the dream that we hoped for, or is this divide unhealable?"

Queer Native Americans on the Fourth of July. "When colonialism has erased your heritage, patriotic holidays can feel insulting. Just ask a Two-Spirit person."

Second person pleads guilty in gruesome murder of transgender teen Ally Lee Steinfeld.

This is 19-year-old Jackson Sugrue, who has been accused of brutally beating a 50-year-old gay man he held captive for four days.

Drag kid picture used to promote fake Pride sponsored by pedophile group.

The best five states for homeless youth — and the worst.

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie is giving $1 million to help LGBT kids in schools.

Updated regulation in Delaware schools would bar students from self-identifying their gender without parental permission.

The church group angry about gay people having "raw naked sex".

How a gay evangelical learned to love himself and wear heels. "Matt LeGrande, the son of Christian missionaries, recounts his coming-to-Jesus moment of queer acceptance."

He fled homophobic violence in Ghana. Now he fears ICE will send him back.

Trump's military ban was struck down, so why are trans people having problems enlisting?

A US civility crisis: Total political war. "Interrupted dinners, driveway confrontations, threatening leaflets. Trump administration officials are increasingly facing harassment from liberals enraged by the president's words and actions."

If Trump wants civility, why does he trash political correctness? "The president’s supporters demand the right to insult others. Yet when people take a stand against this, they get upset."

Long read

The mystery behind Trump’s Twitter capitalisation habit, somewhat explained.

Republican Jim Jordan accused of failing to stop sex abuse of college wrestlers while coach at Ohio State.

Long read
"Nothing to worry about. The water is fine": how Flint poisoned its people. "When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem."

Long read
His brother’s keeper. "In America’s deadliest big city, the task of announcing each new murder falls to police spokesman T. J. Smith. One year ago, he confronted a killing like no other."

Long read
Can the A.C.L.U. become the N.R.A. for the Left? "The suit filed on behalf of families separated at the border was just the latest action against the administration by the civil liberties group."

Long read
How Brooklyn lost itself. "Giving and getting directions is an unsung ritual of civic life, a measure of local knowledge and belonging. But what happens when your neighborhood, your city, seem to have lost their way?"


Britain cannot stay silent as LGBT rights are rolled back across the world. "From Poland to Egypt to Trump’s USA, independent judges are the last bulwark against governments who threaten gay rights."

Homophobic attack inside London gay bar leaves staff with fractured bones.

Cambridge University hires professor who said being gay is wrong.

Drag queen Tess Tickle calls out homophobic UK mayor Richard Smith - then he resigns.

Peter Tatchell invited to Downing Street by Prime Minister after decade-long ban.

Prides slam Stonewall for failing to support them, demand apology.

The truth about Stonewall – the LGBT group that won't support London Pride. "The spat between the largest LGBTQ organisation and Pride shows a courageous new era for Stonewall, under the leadership of Ruth Hunt. But there’s still room for more radical voices."

Black Pride: Why we need an event to celebrate being black and gay.

Black Pride: Queer people of colour on how to be a better ally.

Why people must use Pride in London to fight against Brexit.

Pride in London: 30,000 march as huge crowds line route. "Hundreds of thousands look on as close to 500 LGBT groups take part in annual event."

Pride in London: Lesbian activists block parade to protest against trans women...

..."Hot weather" blamed for the anti-trans group being allowed to lead the parade.

Pride in London: a sea of rainbow flags, in pictures. More images here.

Royal Mail unveils rainbow postbox in Soho to celebrate Pride in London.

Number of LGBT venues in London increases for the first time in a decade.

London clubs and racism: The West End is a hostile environment. "Allegations of discrimination are rising, including stories of black women being rejected for being ‘too dark’ or charged more than white customers."

The army of first-time protesters who are getting ready to take on Trump. "More than 50,000 are to march in London when the president visits Britain – and for many it will be their first demo."

Trump cowers away from Londoners during UK visit.

Theresa May now says she "shouldn’t have" voted against the repeal of Section 28.

Rudderless and riven by Brexit, the Tories have only one ambition left. "The party has abandoned business and the union and now cares only about keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of power."

The Tories' Islamophobia problem isn't going anywhere.

Esther McVey has to go. Her downright lies are dangerous. "The work and pensions secretary’s fabrications about universal credit are worse than the actions that led Amber Rudd to resign."

Three hundred transgender children a year choose to delay puberty.

I knew I wasn’t white. Realising I was working-class hurt more. "Growing up in an east London immigrant community, I didn’t feel different. That was forced on me by the middle-class world."

London's housing crisis has turned the Stratford Centre into a homeless shelter.

London's beautiful launderettes, in pictures.

Controversial plan for Bengali housing in Brick Lane. "There are mixed feelings about a ghetto of safe houses in the East End of London." (June 1978)


New HIV cases surge 33% among Aboriginal people.

Gay couple attacked by pack of homophobes outside Queensland nightclub.

Police find more human remains in gay serial killer investigation. Toronto’s Bruce McArthur is already accused of killing eight men.

Murder rate falls - except for violence against LGBT people, one hundred of whom were killed last year.

Costa Rica
Pride in San José, in pictures.

The controversial plan to get rid of immigrant neighborhoods. "Denmark’s low-income immigrant children are being labeled 'ghetto' and forced to learn about 'Danish values'."

Court rules that the nation’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal.

Marseille fights cruise liner pollution. "Shipping is estimated to account for 10% of city’s air pollution, and campaigners are targeting cruise industry in particular."

Germany used to be a champion of open borders in Europe. Not anymore.

Hong Kong
Support for same-sex marriage jumps up to 50%.

Anti-LGBT crackdown leads to five-fold increase in HIV.

Priest in gay sex video scandal goes into hiding. More on that story here.

Dublin Bus video of proud dads being picked up alongside their LGBT kids and driven to Pride.

Kerala announces a quota for transgender students in universities.

Gay Muslim activist receives death threats after Pride kiss with Moroccan flag.

Far-right, Catholic group prays the gay away during Pompeii Pride.

Latin American Pride in Mexico City, in pictures. More here.

The incredible Buddha Boy. "A legend is growing in Nepal, where people say a meditating boy hasn't eaten or drunk in seven months. He barely moves, just sits under a tree, still as a stone. It's impossible, some say. Is it a miracle? A hoax? Let's find out."

Tiny coffins: how the country's spiraling violence ravaged a family. "Six family members were killed, including two infants, after a home was torched allegedly by a pro-Daniel Ortega militia, in a horrific episode caused by Nicaragua’s political convulsion."

Christian group carries "I'm sorry" signs in Philippines Pride parade.

Manila Pride turns grey, wet day into rainbow of colour. In pictures.

Majority of people oppose same-sex civil unions.

HIV prevention for gay men funded for the first time in ten years.

Gay activist Borys Zolotchenko attacked by pack of ten homophobes ahead of Pride parade.

What it was like growing up in the Children of god cult.

Police storm Istanbul Pride with rubber bullets and teargas, arresting dozens.

Istanbul Pride pictures taken moments before police stormed the march.

The cops banned Pride, so Istanbul’s queers got stronger than ever. "We may not have water cannons or tear gas, but we’re getting more empowered and organized every year."


Elska magazine exposes the guys of Los Angeles, in pictures.

Drag legend Divine celebrated in new makeover photo series.

The Elegant Senegal of the First Half of the 20th Century, an exhibition of images taken by Senegalese photographer Mama Casset in the 1950s and an unknown photographer. At Madrid's Círculo de Bellas Artes, until 26 August.


Nine best LGBT novels to look out for in 2018.

Brother, by David Chariandy. "This is an exquisite Canadian novel about growing up in a poor immigrant neighbourhood of danger and futile dreams."

Into? by North Morgan. "An immensely satisfying, modern tale of contemporary urban gay life with many twists and turns, not all of which are expected."

Speak No Evil, by Uzodinma Iweala. "A gay student in Washington DC feels the backlash from his religious Nigerian parents in a novel that examines homophobia and racial injustice in the US."

Uzodinma Iweala talks about his novel, Speak No Evil.

Talking to Michael Arceneaux about his new book, Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, And Other Reasons I’ve Put my Faith in Beyoncé.

Discover Gay's The Word, London's only LGBT bookshop.

On The Rag, your guide to the gay weeklies. Read this week's Boyz magazine here.

At Night

This musical featuring white people picking cotton and singing slaves songs just closed due to protests.

Theatre’s for everyone, even for smartphone peekers. "Two women in the front row at Titanic were berated for watching the England game on their phones. Stars should toughen up."


Tone deaf white director Terry Gilliam lashes out at minorities: "My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition” because white men "get blamed for everything."

Scarlett Johansson is mad we're mad about her transface.

Why Scarlett Johansson — or any cis actor — should never play trans roles.

Jean-Claude Van Damme compares people in same-sex relationships to dogs.

33% of people are "uncomfortable" with idea of gay Disney princess.

Mo’Nique and Precious director Lee Daniels' beef heats up.

Kevin Spacey hit with three additional sexual assault claims.

Talking to Lakeith Stanfield talks about Tupac, cockroaches, and his star turn in Sorry to Bother You.

Sorry To Bother You. "The disturbing and brilliant element of Sorry To Bother You is not just how absurd the film is, but how close the absurdity flirts with our current accepted reality."

The original Jaws poster is getting the limited edition version it rightfully deserves.

You can now buy a replica Barbasol can from Jurassic Park.


The twenty-four best TV shows of 2018 so far.

Ryan Murphy (The Normal Heart, Pose, American Crime Story): "When I was first starting out in this business in the late 1990s... I was told I was too weird, I was too faggy, I was too unusual. My mannerisms and my voice were mocked by executives in note meetings."

Burmese actor Okkar Min Maung comes out as gay, shares cheeky kiss with boyfriend.

It’s not just Queer Eyebad subtitling is a daily problem for deaf viewers. "Netflix is at least looking into complaints about shoddy captioning, but virtually all on-demand services treat us as lesser customers."

RuPaul's Drag Race's Trixie Mattel under fire for racist joke, refuses to apologise. "If you think drag queens apologize for jokes at a roast, you watch too much TV," she hit back...

...Drag queens and others react.

How RuPaul's Drag Race fakes the final.

Monét X Change’s mother had the best response to finally discovering her son’s drag career.

Why RuPaul's Drag Race alum Aja is no longer using the term "drag queen".

EastEnders: Knife crime episode of soap praised.

Thank goodness they renewed Netflix's On My Block for a second season.

What makes HBO’s Sharp Objects so good is hiding in plain sight. "This new Amy Adams vehicle might seem slow. But it’s teaching you how to watch it."

The Expanse is an excellent sci-fi space opera. But it’s fundamentally a detective show.

The Handmaid's Tale recap: season 2, episode 7. "After last week’s defiance there is hell to pay with the regime looking to gain control as flashbacks reveal the cost of rebellion and resistance."

The Handmaid's Tale reminds every follower that, eventually, they'll come for you too.

Here's a preview of West 40s, a new gay web series from Mark Sam Rosenthal and Brian Sloan; the trailer for Trayvon Martin docuseries Rest In Power; and on What Would You Do?, parents reject their drag queen son.

Beats, Rhymes
& Life

The extraordinary musical legacy of Sylvester. "Thirty years after his death, the creator of the classic Pride anthem You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) is the subject of academic symposia. Not bad for a drag queen who was ‘just trying to get on to the radio’."

Talking to Steve Grand about alcohol almost destroying him, and "closet sobers" in gay community.

Will Young is selling his Brit Awards so he can move on from a "not very happy time" in his life.

Where the dogs run: British pop's unsentimental view of the high street. "With the high street in crisis, Michael Hann surveys British pop for tributes to its quirks and characters – and finds a bleak outlook compared to its American counterpart."

Just in time for Pride, openly gay K-pop star Holland drops your new favourite anthem, I’m Not Afraid.



Teen LGBT athletes are overwhelmingly closeted, Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the University of Connecticut study finds.

Lewis Hamilton wears kilt to "make amends" for mocking dress-wearing nephew.

Mumsnet users accuse Tom Daley of "child abuse" for becoming a father.


Is porn to blame for our bareback obsession?

Gay porn stars in 2018. "How the job description of porn stars is continuing to evolve in 2018." (Image)

Trenton Ducati to roll out a “Next Steps” program for the gay adult performing community, focusing on mental health issues, and offering educational assistance for multimedia production.

Brandon Cody launches scathing attack on MEN and things may have gotten worse for the model.

Treasure Island Media launches TIMFILTH flash drives.


Celebrity Big Brother housemate Austin Armacost flaunts it for London's Pleasuredrome sauna.

Love & Hip-Hop's Milan Christopher gets a Fleshjack.

Watch an interview with BelAmi's Kevin Warhol and Jerome Exupery.

BelAmi's Hoyt Kogan, Sven Basquiat, Helmut Huxley, Jason Bacall, Nils Tatum and Santiago Arias do it.

BelAmi's Kris Evans, Kevin Warhol, Christian Lundgren, Adam Archuleta, Mario Texiera and Brian Jovovich do it.

Andre Donovan, Bama Romello and Shawn Reeve do it... an interview with Andre.

Jay Landford and Bruno Bernal do it.

Blake Mitchell and Joey Mills do it.

Introducing Dylan Hayes.

Helix model Angel Rivera, by Alejandro Palomares, in pictures

Gay porn before and after: Austin Wilde 2008 vs. 2018.

Prowler Awards 2018.

MEAT, in pictures.


Only 20% of gay men and lesbians would have unprotected sex with a HIV-positive person on effective treatment.

Five tips for safer hookups.

New Zealand cop proposes to boyfriend at his police graduation.

Cute guys getting married around the globe, in pictures.

Everything you need to know before your first gay sex party.

How to date a prisoner. "How prisoners stay intimate with romantic partners on the outside."


Why penis size is a mental health issue. "An academic studying penis size and self-esteem received endless puerile messages. But for many men, it’s no joke."

Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think.

Does cheap alcohol give you a worse hangover?


Japan's appetite for eel could see it share fate of bluefin tuna. "Diners eat eel for an energy boost in summer, but its popularity has depleted stocks."

We know ocean plastic is a problem. We can’t fix it until we answer these five questions.

The week in wildlife, in pictures.

The White Heat
of This Revolution

Facebook group for gay "muscle bears" tries to block Asian and African men from joining.

Facebook is under scrutiny from four federal agencies, including the SEC.

YouTube apologises on last day of Pride to LGBT creators.

Instagram apologises for taking down photo of two men kissing.

Why Twitter needs to treat misgendering trans people as hate speech.

Social media apps are "deliberately" addictive to users.

Private telegram, public strife. "The precarious future of messaging apps."

Planes, Trains
& Automobiles

Can Andy Byford save the subways? "The new president of the New York City Transit Authority wants to make the trains (and buses) run on time. It won’t be easy."

The mega mural movement: how India’s rundown railway stations have been transformed. "Many Indian stations are a microcosm of the squalor that afflicts the urban landscape. But all that is changing, in an explosion of birds, tigers and Buddhist statues."

Eurostar's London terminal unveils rainbow carpet to celebrate Pride.

Heathrow Airport unveils Pride flag made of 6,000 passengers’ kisses.

British Airways sponsors Pride. So why help to deport LGBT asylum seekers? "Virgin took a stand against forced deportations in defiance of the law. Britain’s national airline should follow suit."


The tiny union beating the gig economy giants. "A grassroots fightback is helping to win basic rights for couriers, cleaners and other workers on zero-hours contracts. And the IWGB is showing how unions can thrive again."

Thousands are losing their jobs as retailers close – why is there no outcry?

With 95% of British architects white and 75% male, a new campaign is encouraging diversity in the profession.

I Own 51% Of
This Company!

As stores close, retail workers lose out to big tech. "It’s becoming a common story across America: the opening of an Amazon ‘fulfilment center’ hastens the end of local department stores, like this Sears in Sacramento."

Dan Bell visits the tiniest mall in America; Ace's Adventures checks out the infamous Regency Mall; Sal ventures into the abandoned Landmark Mall; and Retail Archaeology ponders on Best Buy's decision to drop CDs.


Forty-three dead (or dying) gay bars in the United States.

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again.

"Bleeding" vegan burger to get UK launch in Tesco next month.

Tripe, kidneys and giblets on their way out? I wonder why.

Long read
He could’ve been a colonel. "The hamburgers at Ollie’s Trolley are among the best in the world. With all that flavor, why aren’t there Trolleys all over the South — all over the nation, even? Maybe the world wasn’t ready for a guy like Ollie Gleichenhaus."

Long read
Eating alone. "We’re eating alone more often than in any previous generation. But why should a meal on our own be uninspired? Why shouldn’t the French saying “life is too short to drink bad wine” still apply?"


Dakar Fashion Week, in pictures.

Sneakerness trainer convention comes to London for first time.


Finally, the latest with Walter, the Baddie Twinz, and Davey Wavey.

That's all for this week - please like, follow and share!
KAOS is on FacebookTwitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Issue 284: 01-07 July 2018
On the cover: Indya Moore in Pose.

Missed the last edition? Get it.

The Small Print
KAOS is not responsible for the content of external websites.

KAOS is an independent website and is not linked to any of the organisations which are listed within the website or the THE KAOS THEORY ezine.

The mention or appearance or likeness of any person or organisation on KAOS, or THE KAOS THEORY ezine, is not to be taken as any indication of the sexual, social or political orientation of such persons or organisations.

All rights reserved.

"You know, we might just as well not have
bothered to come. The whole thing's been ridiculous."

© 2018


◄Design by Pocket