I don't care what you think unless it is about me

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THE THIRST IS REAL

Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty

MASS
in
MOTION

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you

MASS
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Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies

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Issue 205: Looking, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Smith, Suge Knight, Frank Ocean, objectum sexuals, white Oscar, and more...


the week's
news
& pop
culture,
with a
gay
bias.

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think, progress

The Gay Agenda is alive and well!

Sexting may make porn stars of us all, but you don’t have to be an Adonis.

Gay male sexual assault survivors speak out.


Why don’t we believe rape victims? Because of people like Phylicia Rashad.

Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes. Let's help LGBT kids get out.

Male gays and the male gaze. "Have you ever touched a female friend's boobs and claimed it was OK because you're a gay man? Then you might be sexist."

Feminists today are too obsessed with their own elite, metropolitan lives.

Inequality isn’t inevitable, it’s engineered. That’s how the 1% have taken over.


Where does the Black Lives Matter movement go from here?

White people see "black" Americans as less competent than "African Americans".

Is the gay community scaring away our straight allies?

A straight man holding hands with another straight man for a social experiment video doesn't teach you about the gay experience.

Six lessons a straight couple learned from owning a gay bar.

Rob Smith: Race-based dating preferences aren't racism, and what it’s like to come out to immigrant parents...

You can wake up now, the universe has ended

Tired
Old
Queen
at the
Movies

James Dean gives an iconic performance in Nicholas Ray’s classic study of troubled youth Rebel Without A Cause (1955).

With able Oscar nominated support from Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, it’s the story of a teenage misfit who moves to a new town and must juggle the pressures of an unhappy home life and his peers at school. Dean never lived to see his most famous screen role, which has served as the basis for countless movies about teenage rebelliousness ever since.

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Issue 204: Jussie Smollett, Michael Sam, Nazis, ISIS, Bayard Rustin, Rob Smith, Steve Grand, Sundance, Uber, and more...

the week's
news
& pop
culture,
with a
gay
bias.

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think, progress

Half of all black gay men in America will have HIV by the time they are 35.



The barely remembered gay victims of the Nazi concentration camps.

When you say you "don't see race", you’re ignoring racism, not helping to solve it.

Now that white people have declared "bae" over, black people can use it in peace. "Majority culture’s adoption of the word, stolen from African American vernacular, distorted it to the point of misuse and meaninglessness."

The fifteen brutal attacks that show anti-LGBT hate is still very real.

Inside the spiritual retreats that are helping homeless youth. "A buddhist and a christian joined forces to create an agency to help homeless youth. among the organization's work: mindfulness retreats that encourage spiritual practices." (Image.)

Our "impartial" broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite. "If you think the news is balanced, think again. Journalists who should challenge power are doing its dirty work."

Rob Smith: "We're giving Leelah Alcorn what she wanted. This is why we should stop."

Watch gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes come out to their father in an emotionally charged video - and their subsequent appearance on Ellen with said dad...

A straight dad of twin baby boys explains why we should all support LGBT rights.

We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns and he has influenced us

WORDS BY ZEON KANE

Everybody loves Sam Smith, we're told. But I was always pretty ambivalent about him. His old, churchy voice was off-putting; there was something cold and calculated about the mournfulness, something of The X Factor. But I was pleased one of us had made it. Then I discovered his not-so surprising background as the son of wealthy bankers. He's not one of us, he's one of them: the 1%.

Sam Smith's privileged, elite background matters, and something the establishment doesn't want us to think too hard about. According to fellow posh boy James Blunt, we aren't allowed to discuss the advantages afforded to the spawn of billionaires. It's the "politics of jealousy", apparently. But not discussing it ensures that the status quo is maintained, and we're all kept in our place (with Sam Smith and Blunt at the top, of course).

Smith's success hasn't been earned through blood, sweat and tears, but bought with the hard cash of posh, pushy parents with sharp elbows. Really, what could a 22-year-old rich kid, who has been handed everything he ever wanted, possibly have to say? Where is the life experience, the suffering, the pain? "Rich kids can be artists if they want," someone bleated on a friend's Facebook page after I posted a comment dismissing Sam Smith's validity. Well, of course they can be artists. They can be anything they want, which is the point. If Sam Smith had been the son of a plumber, he wouldn't be where he is now.

And what of the disproportionate coverage afforded to him by the mainstream gay media? They themselves aren't a million miles from the Sam Smith mould: white, well-off, in a cosy metropolitan world of their own; they boost Smith because he is like them. Sam Smith is big news. Le1f, Zebra Katz - even David McAlmont - not so much.

The whole subject of race, and soul, R&B and hip-hop is a separate issue that needs discussion. I don't have a problem with white soul artists per se. I've been an Annie Lennox fan since forever, and of George Michael since the crushing Jesus To A Child. Both artists have had tumultuous lives, and life experiences - Jesus To A Child, famously, is about Michael's lovers' death from AIDS. The question is why is soul and R&B - and, increasingly, hip-hop - a playground for rich white kids like Smith and Ed Sheeran? (The BBC's 1Xtra Power List was last year branded by rapper Wiley "the saddest list in music history. Not taking anything away from Ed [Sheeran], he is sick. But black artists in England, we are getting bumped. We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns and he has influenced us.")

A lack of authenticity isn't Smith's only problem. Not only is his gold plated background not very sexy, but (to be blunt) neither is he. In an industry that increasingly peddles softcore porn to sell music, chinless wonder Smith actually looks like a banker.

Unquestionably derivative, he is a rich kid playing dress up, a parasite, and whilst he might be a perfectly nice guy, everything he represents is rotten.

Kris Evans and Rhys Jagger

EROTICA

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