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After teasing us for weeks, Aaron Porter has blessed us with a sexy video for I Wanna Let Love. Get it.


If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them


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Issue 286: Diego Grant, Rick Day, Aquaria, Iceman, Colm Tóibín, Joivan Wade, Steve Grand, Denis Ten, BelAmi, and more...


Left &
Found

Who cares what straight people think? On the uncertain state of queer narratives.

Long read
The killing trail. "Since April 1993, there have been eight brutal murders in Texas that echo the bloody heyday of the Ku Klux Klan. But the victims are not black; they are homosexual men who are being stalked, terrorized, and killed by teenage boys. Buzz Bissinger traveled thousands of miles across the Lone Star State, from suburban Dallas and San Antonio to towns such as Tyler and Lubbock, to find the trouble in the heart of Texas."

"No Asians" is not a preference. It's racism.

Five alternative terms you can use instead of LGBT.

The waves of feminism, and why people keep fighting over them, explained.

Gay men can be misogynists too.


An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic. "This ‘joke’ sends the message that being gay is something to be ashamed of, with horrible effects for actual queer people."


Are you queer and bad with money? This book is for you.

The hard right can only be defeated from the left, not from the centre. "Some dream of a centre party, but the old politics of Blair and Clinton cannot address insecurity and economic stagnation."

Five human rights we should enjoy – while we still can.

The truth is still out there. Remember that, as we are all gaslighted. "We’re living in dangerous times, when our leaders are lying like two-year-olds and denying there’s an objective reality."

The Bible might have originally permitted gay sex, leading scholar reveals.

The "strong black woman" stereotype is harming our mental health. "The trope of the steely, resolute black woman is ingrained in society, and helps fuel a growing problem with depression and self-harm."

The ten best things about being a "confirmed black racist".


The cashless society is a con – and big finance is behind it. "Banks are closing ATMs and branches in an attempt to ‘nudge’ users towards digital services – and it’s all for their own benefit."


News
America

This is 27-year-old Sasha Garden, the fourth trans woman murdered in Florida this year.

Ohio executes killer who attempted "gay panic" defense.

Man arrested for blindfolding straight men and tricking them into making gay porn.

Male models accuse photographer Rick Day of sexual assault. "Barrett Pall and Kai Braden say the renowned photographer coerced them into an erotic shoot, then forced them into sexual acts."

Fredy Alanis, the man who ended up in ER after fellatio, says his parents are still "super upset" over the story.

Watch
Talking to gay four-time prison escapee and fraudster Steven Russell about life after I Love You Phillip Morris.

Man arrested in a toilet and falsely accused of exposing his penis is now suing the MTA.

Gay Republican calls police on black woman for using "fraudulent" coupon.


Stand your ground law protects white man who killed black man over parking spot.

All LGBT children in foster care are under attack as Republicans go after our most vulnerable.

Can't unsee: TIME magazine cover merges Trump and Putin.


...whilst one of the orange one's allie, Tony Perkins, says decriminalising homosexuality was "a mistake".

New York Times blasted for homophobic Trump-Putin cartoon.

Hate doesn't pay! Scholarship revoked from wrestler who was filmed at a pro-Trump rally shouting homophobic slurs.

Vile Trump fan pickets house with sign: a gay Asian with AIDS lives here...

...whilst another MAGA loon screams "half-breeds" and "faggots" at teens eating ice cream at McDonalds.

Watch
Crazy old MAGA lady explodes over racist Valerie Jarrett tweet: "God damnit, I thought the bitch was white!"

Remember Nixon. US spy agencies are vital to bringing down Trump. "Liberals may feel uneasy – but the intelligence agencies are essential to protecting the country from a rogue president."

America must deal with Donald Trump, the first rogue president. "His meeting with Vladimir Putin revealed the US leader to be a one-man threat to global peace and security."

Trump's Putin summit: a slippery slope to a violent, darker world. "From Europe to Asia, Trump is destroying alliances with democracies, while making friends with authoritarian leaders."

Trump is not delusional. "White House aides want you to believe the president stands with Putin because he doesn’t get what’s going on."

Trump and Putin: what we know is damning.

Why Trump’s Putin meeting was worse than you think. "It’s not just that Trump trashed America’s intelligence community — it’s that he did so while getting very little from Putin."

The six most bizarre moments from Trump’s post-Putin interview with Sean Hannity.

Republicans have decided to follow Trump off a cliff of treachery. "‘America First’ is now ‘Russia First’; the GOP favors a dictator over a heroic US marine. We are through the looking glass."

Spotted a Trump apologist in the wild? Here's what you should say. "Instead of hiding behind civility, maybe it’s time for us to shame those flouting decency and norms."


If the economy is "roaring", why are so many Americans still struggling? "On Monday night at a town hall with low-wage workers, we will address the disparity between the wealth of executives and the wages and treatment of employees."

Democratic left senses national star in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Gay college students have less sexual satisfaction than straight peers, study finds.

Children of same-sex parents doing fine at age 25, according to long-running study.

San Diego Pride, in pictures.


News
UK

England
Police warn "real possibility" of increase in LGBT hate crime due to Brexit.

What would happen if a London gay club was targeted with acid attacks? "Emergency services carried out an acid attack simulation in gay nightclub Heaven."

Man urinated on in homophobic attack.

Leading HIV and LGBT equality charities tell NHS to offer everyone PrEP by next April to slash HIV.

LGBT sex ed to be taught in England, including in faith schools.

Two in five LGBT teachers "have been bullied and harassed because of their identity".

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Aquaria booed off stage in London gay nightclub.

UK Pride on the Isle of Wight, in pictures.

Hidden landscapes the heatwave is revealing.

It’s never their fault: why the Brexiteers love to cry betrayal. "In Britain and America, the new right is cultivating a dangerous sense of victimhood and shifting blame for its failures elsewhere."

Beware the coming of Jacob Rees-Mogg and his Brexit apocalypse. "The omens couldn’t be clearer. Chaos and catastrophe will loom as Britain edges closer to a no-deal scenario."


Ranking those Tory sexts from least to most horrid.

Tommy Robinson’s cheerleaders are hypocrites, but his strategy is working. "Despite stirring up hatred and silencing opponents, he is still presented as the underdog by the global far right."

The real Grenfell scandal: over a year on, nothing has changed. "Because 72 people died in their home, we see inaction on cladding, re-housing and privatisation. Imagine if it had been a terror attack."

The immigration crisis facing London's Chinatown. "Waiters, chefs and others plan to down tools on 24 July in protest against a growing number of Home Office raids."

The Sheffield estate where the garage has become an art gallery.


Phyllis Nicklin: Views of Birmingham recaptured fifty years on.

Scotland
LGBT community raises thousands for Rainbow Project after their office was ransacked.

Pride Glasgow reaches capacity, turns away prepaid ticket holders.

Wales
Vegan group claims "chemical pollutants" makes people gay and trans.


News
World

Australia
Black population systematically erased and removed in whitewashing effort.

Common struggle: Black Lives Matter leader talks of painful parallels with Indigenous Australia. "Countries can acknowledge their histories without being captive to them, says Hawk Newsome, who is visiting Sydney."

Trans woman hacks two people with axe after hearing voices and blacking out.

China
The mega-machines helping China link the world.

Cuba
Draft constitution paves the way for marriage equality.

East Timor

Timor-Leste's Pride, in pictures. More here.

Finland
Gay activists project messages to Trump and Putin on Finland's palace as the bosom buddies arrive in Helsinki.

France

Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa, explained.

Germany
Far-right youth feel "unwelcome" at Berlin Pride after being denied a stall.

Japan
Tokyo to provide free housing to homeless and poor LGBT people.

Hong Kong
The city still shaped by feng shui. "Feng shui masters are still regularly consulted to help make the city’s buildings harmonious and prosperous."

India
Trans people hired as bodyguards to protect women from rape.

Mobs are killing Muslims in India. Why is no one stopping them? "A spiritual leader was lucky to escape with his life this week. Yet Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP keeps fanning the flames."

The world’s worst industrial disaster is still unfolding. "In Bhopal, residents who survived the massive gas leak and those who arrived later continue to deal with the consequences."

Israel
LGBT surrogacy protests snowball bringing Israel to a standstill. "Strikes, demos and support as top firms rally around LGBTI community."

Japan
Dying alone in Japan: the industry devoted to what’s left behind. "As the country’s population ages and shrinks, there’s increasing demand for services that clean out and dispose of the property of the dead."

Lebanon
Top court rules homosexuality is not a crime.

Nigeria

How Nigeria's poorest people struggle to survive. "Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty."

Long read

Philippines
Gay Manila nightclub Nectar responds perfectly to bachelorette party who asked if they'd be safe from HIV. (Image)

Qatar
New York Times coverage regarding LGBT equality censored.

Romania
Residence rights granted to same-sex married couples.

Russia
Zelimkhan Akhmadov, a survivor of the Chechen gay purge, has been kidnapped by his father.

Singapore
The grandson of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, Li Huanwu, comes out as gay.

Somaliland
When is a nation not a nation? Somaliland’s dream of independence. "Though unrecognised by the international community, this self-declared state in the Horn of Africa has its own flag, parliament, currency and national identity. What has to happen before its status changes?"

Spain
Barcelona Pride, in pictures.

Why Barcelona is a street crime hotspot – and how to beat the thieves.

Thailand
Cave rescue boys speak.

What the new photo of the Thai cave boys tells us about their ordeal. "The boys gather around a portrait of Saman Kunan, who died in the rescue attempt. Their expressions show a deep recognition of the overwhelming spirit of altruism that saved them."

Zimbabwe
Men’s Health Centers to open in five cities to help curb the growing number of new HIV cases.


Art
Skool

A wrongfully jailed artist confronts America's legacy of slavery.

Iceman enjoys first gay one-night-stand in the comics.

Charlotte Swinburn’s photographic series Homos Where the Heart Is, in pictures.

Matthew Schell's photographic series featuring Paul Mwesigwa, in pictures.

War-torn Sarajevo’s camera kids, then and now – a photo essay.


Word!

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, whose wide range of work has drawn from his native Ireland, his life as a gay man and his travels as an international journalist, honoured with a US lifetime achievement award.

Watch
PEN America hosts a reading examining the legacy of AIDS in literature.

Poem
One Ending: Of Learning, by Malcolm Tariq.

Review
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler. "Any good book is an awakening of sorts, and as good books go this was certainly that, but beyond that, Tinderbox was for me a moment of true epiphany and self-reckoning; primarily through its cathartic bridging of the closeted gay past, the AIDS years, the social advances of the early 2000s, and the gay present. This was a book which reaffirmed and renewed in my own heart the quest, the yearning for dignity and justice in my homeland."

Smart, cool... and in print: how indy mags became all the rage.

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


Shouting
At Night

Barry Humphries - the man behind Dame Edna Everage - is pro-Trump, brands trans people "terrible rat-baggery".

Interview
Talking to Bianca Del Rio.

Gary Beach - Roger De Bris in The Producers - is dead. He was 70.


Film
Forever

Generation Wealth: how the doc fails to capture Trump's America. "The latest film from The Queen of Versailles film-maker Lauren Greenfield is a frustratingly empty look at late capitalism."

Disney fire Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director James Gunn over "pedophilia" jokes.

Interview
Talking to director Billy Clift about his new film, A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years.

On Light in the Water, the inspiring story of gay LA swimming club WH20.

Watch
The latest LGBT movie trailers.

The Wizard of Oz to be remade - with Toto the dog as the main character.


Michael B. Jordan flaunts it.

Jean-Claude Van Damme was "coked out of his mind" during Street Fighter, director says.

The streaming era is ignoring classic movies. Twitter is helping keep them alive.


The
Box

Interview
Talking to Pose series creator Steven Canals.

Pose offers a soulful look at the AIDS crisis — and its best episode yet.

Netflix announces one of the main Voltron heroes is gay and in an interracial relationship.

Watch
The gay Spaniard who dated seven men in seven cities and made it into a video series.

Wilson Cruz will be back for Star Trek: Discovery season 2.

Meet Piyarat Kaljareuk, the man who brought Drag Race to Thailand.

Why are surprise releases becoming so popular? "From the OA and UnReal to Who is America?, dropping shows into the world with little or no promotion is the latest TV trend. Is it just gimmickry and do viewers lose out?"

Sharp Objects recap: season one, episode twoDirt. "The gore gets ramped up as the Sky Atlantic show confirms it’s going to be a gruesome as well as gripping watch. The question here is what side of Camille’s personality will prevail?"

Seven shows that helped make Netflix so popular.

Netflix has revolutionised television. But is its crown starting to slip?


Beats, Rhymes
& Life


Interview
Talking to Steve Grand about fame, therapy and overcoming his demons.

George Michael committed suicide, his lover Fadi Fawas claims.

How Madonna opened the door to gay culture. “People forget the role Madonna played in opening up gay culture to the mainstream. She wasn’t gay herself, but from the beginning she talked about how gay people were part of her life: her gay mentor, her dance teacher, Christopher Flynn; the artists and photographers she hung around with like Keith Haring and Herb Ritts; the gay dancers she paraded around so proudly in the film In Bed With Madonna. You cannot imagine what it was like to witness her doing that when you were being mercilessly bullied about your sexuality at school, as I was. This was when George Michael, Freddie Mercury and the Pet Shop Boys didn’t dare to come out.”


Moronic, racist rapper Wiz Khalifa thinks eating a banana whole in public is gay.

Chance the Rapper has bought the news website Chicagoist.

Why Drake fell in love with the UK (and vice versa). "The rapper fell for Britain after a UK tour that saw him buying Winnie-the-Pooh books. And, by unselfishly giving a global platform to British artists, he has found that respect returned."

Behind the scenes with the biggest soul stars of the 70s.

Now That's What I Call Music: how one compilation came to rule them all.

100 not out: now that’s what I call a cheesy compilation triumph. "The Now That’s What I Call Music! collections aren’t cool and they don’t care. Which is why they’re still going strong."

Watch
Here's the Gay Music Chart, the week's top fifty LGBT-related music videos. Find more music at KAOS.


Arena

Wrestler loses college scholarship after yelling gay slur at protest.

British boxer Amir Khan apologises for calling Caitlyn Jenner by former name.

Denis Ten, the Olympic figure skater, is dead. He was 25.

Fifteen (usually) white pickup basketball players we need to start calling the cops on too.

Nebraska football hires homophobic activist and coach to lead player development.

TV ratings down, team revenues up: have protests really hurt the NFL? "Donald Trump believes that players’ attempts to highlights racial injustice have hurt the league. But the figures suggest otherwise."

Watch


Meat
Market

Why so many women watch gay porn.

Behind the paywall of OnlyFans with model Jack Mackenroth. "'Instafamous' men are turning into paid fetish models and porn stars, including Project Runway alum Jack Mackenroth."

Interview
Talking to Danny Yates (aka Sean Cody's Brysen).

Sean Cody's Jack is now Ottaviani, a male escort in Las Vegas.

BelAmi's Summer In Prague, in pictures.

Meet Diego Grant, aka @fulltimepapi.

Sean Zevran and JJ Knight do it.

Pheonix Fellington, Austin Wolf and Kurtis Wolfe do it in Raging Stallion’s Rideshare.

Max Konnor and Aaron Perez do it.

Puteria, Precinct DTLA, in pictures.

Sex tapes exposed: Gabriel Cross, Jason Vario, Francois Sagat, Armond Rizzo, and more.

Splash Days, Austin, in pictures.


Ghetto
Romance

Almost half of gay male couples experience intimate partner violence.

Seventeen safety tips for size queens.

Ten problems guys with big dicks have.


Medicine
Ball

More evidence that Treatment as Prevention (TaSP) is a good way to stop HIV.

Mobile phones and cancer – the full picture. "An article we published last week about links between mobiles and cancer proved highly controversial. Here a cancer expert and physicist argues that it misrepresented the research and that fears are ill-founded."

Watch
Duncan Teague on the epidemic among black gay men in Atlanta; and Joe Ferreira talks about overcoming debilitating anxiety.


While we sleep, our mind goes on an amazing journey. "Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle. But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy."


Planet
Earth

The big heatwave: from Algeria to the Arctic. But what’s the cause?

Pollutionwatch: hitting home, the everyday chemicals that boost the smogs. "Households as well as factories in the UK are pushing volatile chemicals into the air, helping to create those long-lasting hazes."

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet. "The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry."

Yes, plastic is an eco nightmare. But it’s also tired, old technology.

Excessive plastic packaging, in pictures.


Zoo

Crows sometimes have sex with their dead.

The week in wildlife, in pictures.


The White Heat of This Revolution

Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, has some regrets. "Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it."

The rise of rage in social media politics, in one chart.


Is it possible to turn online aggression into a frank debate? "While trolls and idiots are best ignored, there can be value in seeking to genuinely understand those who disagree with us."

Grindr finds new home in Asia after opening offices in Taiwan.

On Google’s mammoth fine: tackling big tech.


Betta
Work!

Amazon must be forced to change, for the sake of its workers. "With 89% of its employees feeling exploited, we see the result of disempowered unions and unenforced regulations."

Wellbeing is a nice buzzword. But when employers use it, ask why. "Poor employee mental health is not treated with the humanity it requires – instead, it’s seen as a risk, or a barrier to profit."


I Own 51% Of
This Company!

Happy Prime Day! Experts worry Amazon is building a dangerous monopoly.

Video shops could be frustrating and weird. But for me, they were a lifeline. "Thanks to Netflix and co, there’s only one Blockbusters branch left in the US. But are the VHS temples worth our nostalgia?"

Long read
For one last night, make it a Blockbuster night. "Everything is 10 years behind in Alaska—including the way people see movies. In three stores across the coldest state in the union, Blockbuster captured the imagination of its residents long after the company ceased operations around the rest of the country. But now, the late fees are finally coming due, and the end of the Blockbuster era is upon us."


Rag
Trade

Male model Zander Hodgson opens up about being told he couldn’t model with a "gay voice".

Gianni Versace, Paris couture show. (20 July 1994)


And
This:


Finally, the latest with Blake, Andrew, the twins, and Davey Wavey.

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