Why Steve Grand says haters target "young, good-looking, white" gay men.
Steve Grand is right — we do love to hate young, good-looking, white gay men. Because they're kinda the worst. "They sit unfairly at the top of a hierarchy within a minority, mindlessly exerting their influence while ignorant or indifferent to the world around them, the history before them, and the harm they cause."
Elliot Morales, standing trial for the 2013 hate crime murder of gay man Mark Carson in New York's West Village, has produced a former partner - who happens to be trans - to prove that Carson's murder wasn't a hate crime.
How Nancy Reagan turned down Rock Hudson’s plea for help nine weeks before he died. "Rock Hudson was desperately trying to get treatment for AIDS in France in 1985. Much of that story has been told, but one part hasn’t: After a simple plea came in for White House help to get Hudson transferred to another hospital, First Lady Nancy Reagan turned down the request."
The New York Times and Facebookjoin the chorus of voices against North Carolina's House Bill 2, which targets transgender people and rescinds LGBT protections statewide. Dow Chemical, PayPal, and American Airlines think it sucks, too...
...And entertainment behemoth Lionsgate has canceled a TV shoot there over the new law. But Governor Pat McCrory thinks it's all "political correctness gone amok".
GERMANY Bullet holes discovered in the Berlin Museum of LGBT History.
JAMAICA The challenges of running a queer homeless shelter.
JAMAICA On Kingston, a city born of "wickedness" and disaster. "When the devastating earthquake of 1692 ripped through Port Royal, aka the ‘richest and wickedest city in the world’, a very different Caribbean capital rose up in its place. But could Kingston’s rigid grid plan impose order after the chaos?"
You won't believe how Nike lost Steph to Under Armour. “The pitch meeting kicked off with one Nike official accidentally addressing Stephen as 'Steph-on.' ... It got worse from there. A PowerPoint slide featured Kevin Durant's name, presumably left on by accident, presumably residue from repurposed materials.”
James Franco explains his "gay obsession". “When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favourites was on queer cinema. We’ve told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere. I think it’s healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That’s what an artist should do.”
The gay performances the Oscars forgot. Above, Antonio Fargas, in Next Stop, Greenwich Village.
Even in the '40s, Oscar night in Hollywood sucked. "Show business has always been a little overnoisy, overdressed, overbrash. Actors are threatened people. Before films came along to make them rich they often had need of a desperate gaiety. Some of these qualities prolonged beyond a strict necessity have passed into the Hollywood mores and produced that very exhausting thing, the Hollywood manner,which is a chronic case of spurious excitement over absolutely nothing. Nevertheless, and for once in a lifetime, I have to admit that Academy Awards night is a good show and quite funny in spots, although I'll admire you if you can laugh at all of it." (March 1948)
How Meryl Streep battled Dustin Hoffman, retooled her role, and won her first Oscar. "At 29, Meryl Streep was grieving for a dead lover, falling for her future husband, and starting work on Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that would make her a star and sweep the 1980 Oscars."
River, with love and anger. "Somehow, River Phoenix’s reluctance to be a star only made him more famous. When he died outside an LA club in 1993, it only cemented his troubled legend." (March 1994)
The haunted twilight of Richard Simmons. "Two years ago, the flamboyant fitness guru abruptly disappeared from public life. Now, his closest friends, banished from his inner circle, have grown increasingly concerned. They worry that the pop-culture icon is being held against his will inside his Hollywood Hills mansion — with one suggesting more sinister notions are at play."
NEW Queer and Puerto Rican 1980s New York is explored in Bacalaitos & Fireworks, by Arlene Gottfried.
The godmother of manga sex in Japan. "A recent UN report weighed into a debate that provokes intense controversy in Japan, by including manga in a list of content with violent pornography. The BBC's Yuko Kato went to meet one of Japan's leading female manga artists, Keiko Takemiya, seen as the woman who opened the floodgates to sexually explicit manga."
INTERVIEWTalking to Garth Greenwell. "Cruising parks need to be written about with much more richness and nuance."
INTERVIEW Talking to A. Igoni Barrett about his debut novel, Blackass, about "a normal young guy in Lagos, Nigeria — until one day, on the morning of a job interview, he wakes up to discover he's been transformed overnight. His black skin has somehow been turned white, with the exception of one thing: his black ass."
READ An excerpt from Elliot Tiber's new memoir, After Woodstock.
The killing of Gus Hasford. "He came home from Vietnam, wrote the novel that became Full Metal Jacket, was nominated for an Oscar and riding high. Then he got thrown in jail for stockpiling stolen library books, started drinking, cut off his friends and fled to a remote Greek island. He never made it back." (June 1993)
Hollywood ending. "How a high-powered lawyer and a rough-edged private detective ended up at the center of the biggest, dirtiest scandal in Hollywood history." (July 2006)
REVIEW Pet Shop Boys - Super. "From smart studies of anxious millennials to compassionate portraits of unlikable politicians, the songs on the duo’s second album with producer Stuart Price are a celebration of camaraderie through music."
WATCH Michael Kiwanuka - Black Man In A White World; Jordan Bratton - Frank; Troye Sivan - YOUTH; Eli Lieb, Steve Grand - Look Away; out Australian singer-songwriter Brendan Maclean's Hugs Not Drugs (Or Both); Alex Newell - Basically Over You (B.O.Y).
The longest night. "One Easter Sunday, the Alaska Ranger — a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor — went down in the Bering Sea, 6,000 feet deep and thirty-two degrees cold. Forty-seven people were on board, and nearly half of them would spend hours floating alone in the darkness, in water so frigid it can kill a man in minutes. Forty-two of them would be rescued. Here’s how."
Up and then down. "Ask a vertical-transportation-industry professional to recall an episode of an elevator in free fall — the cab plummeting in the shaftway, frayed rope ends trailing in the dark — and he will say that he can think of only one. That would be the Empire State Building incident of 1945, in which a B-25 bomber pilot made a wrong turn in the fog and crashed into the seventy-ninth floor, snapping the hoist and safety cables of two elevators. Both of them plunged to the bottom of the shaft."
Apple rejects "Gay New York: 101 Can't-Miss Places" app for a second time.
Life and death in the app store. "As last year began, the app developer Pixite held its company retreat at a converted Old West movie set outside of Palm Springs. They spent a few days dreaming about the future while eating barbecue and sipping whisky in the sun. But 2015 was not a good year, and by last month the company’s dreams had narrowed to survival."
Why stealing Lego may be the perfect crime. And finally, Junior, Tochi, Kevin and Dammy on homophobia in London; Walter finds himself engulfed in a controversy; Andrew on religion; and story time with the Baddie Twinz!
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."