a news compendium
with a gay bias
< Porn God Diego Lauzen (third from the left) is one of the stars filming in Costa Rica for Lucas Entertainment. More below.
> Calvin Klein's Matthew Terry totally stole the show from the woman whose voice makes my ears bleed.
||| Young, queer, and homeless. Do gay organisations "put more effort into marriage equality than finding homes for displaced gay youth?"
||| The gay youth suicide cover-up.
||| The 10 most scandalous gay love affairs.
US & CANADA NEWS
||| Obama breakfasts with Uganda "Kill The Gays" backers.
< "Ex-gay" blogger Matt Moore - of the Christian Post - caught on Grindr, admits his "disobedience to Christ".
||| Alabama high school teacher Bob Grisham suspended after student records his gay slurs.
||| Rutgers University to open student well-being and suicide prevention centre named for Tyler Clementi, who killed himself in 2010 after being outed by a room-mate.
||| Criticisms Ed Koch faced for his handling of the city's AIDS crisis have been added to the former mayor's New York Times obituary.
||| His passing leaves many unanswered questions.
||| Straight men who watch porn are more likely to support marriage equality.
||| Jeanne Manford, the founder of Parents and Friends of Gay and Lesbians (PFLAG), to posthumously receive second-highest US civilian honour.
||| Two Westboro Baptist Church daughters quit, apologise for pain they caused.
< We're not finished with the Gay Dog (Issue 138) yet! A Catholic group claims that the rescue of a dog that was due to be put down because its owner thought he was gay shows anti-straight bias.
> Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, 29th January 2013.
||| Remembering the crew of space shuttle Columbia.
> Trayvon Martin would have been 18 last week.
||| CANADA: "Gay cure" therapist given five years in jail for molesting male patients.
< This is 16-year-old Anthony Stubbs, who hanged himself after two years of anti-gay bullying at school.
> Gay Cameroon asylum seeker assaulted by private security team at Heathrow Airport.
||| Marriage equality debate: Tottenham MP David Lammy's speech was particularly electrifying: "Let me speak frankly. 'Separate but equal' is a fraud. Separate but equal is the language that tried to push Rosa Parks to the back of the bus. Separate but equal is the motif that determined that black and white could not possibly drink from the same water fountain, eat at the same table or use the same toilets. Separate but equal are the words that justified sending black children to different schools from their white peers – schools that would fail them and condemn them to a life of poverty. It is an excerpt from the phrasebook of the segregationists and the racists. It is the same statement, the same ideas and the same delusion that we borrowed in this country to say that women could vote – but not until they were 30. It is the same naivety that gave made my dad a citizen in 1956 but refused to condemn the landlords that proclaimed 'no blacks, no Irish, no dogs'. It entrenched who we were, who our friends could be and what our lives could become."
||| Who were the married MPs having gay affairs who voted against marriage equality?
||| We won the battle, but the war ain't over yet.
||| Some legal inequalities will remain: "Gay couples will not be able to divorce on grounds of non-consummation or adultery with someone of same sex."
||| Marriage equality: The saviour of the economy?
||| Are the Tories simply pushing conformity, not equality.
||| The marriage equality debate has uncovered a nest of bigots.
||| Why Muslims should embrace marriage equality.
||| Asylum seekers forced to record themselves having sex to "prove" they are gay.
||| Police officer resigns after using force's Twitter account to message gay men.
||| Ian McKellen: "Gay rights are advancing, but life is worse than ever for some gay people."
||| A sixth person has been arrested in London's anti-gay "Muslim Patrol" investigation.
> Talking to Sue Sanders, one of the founders of UK LGBT History Month.
||| Remembering Manchester's early 1990s gay scene. "Paul Cons, who founded Manchester's legendary gay night Flesh at the Hacienda, remembers the vibrant and confident gay scene of the 1990s."
> My gay son walked out after I caught him with boyfriend in the shower!
< Accident Claims website features testimonial from anal sex injury customer.
||| Burger King admits horse meat found its way into its burgers.
> SWEDEN: The family of the first gay Ugandan couple to be legally married face harassment after the news spread back home.
||| FRANCE: The French National Assembly approves the most important article of a bill to legalise marriage equality.
||| ITALY: Nichi Vendola, the gay governor of Puglia, says he is scared to go out alone at night in Rome.
||| RUSSIA: UN rights experts advise Russian Duma to scrap bill on "homosexuality propaganda".
||| POLAND: MP Krystyna Pawlowicz announces "gays are no use whatsoever to society".
||| MALI: French troops rescue two men who were facing execution for gay sex.
< UGANDA: Gay life in Uganda, in pictures.
||| UGANDA: "Kill the Gays" bill back again, and due to be put to a parliamentary vote.
||| KENYA: Nairobi police make arrest in "gay blackmailer" case. The group is known for extorting, and sometimes raping, gay men and women.
> INDIA: Around two thousand march for pride in Mumbai, the city's fifth such parade. Video.
|THE BIG PICTURE: Japan town Okuizumo demands underwear for Michelangelo's David.|
|THE BIG PICTURE: South Korean and US Marines join forces in half-naked snow run, 7th February 2013.|
< Complaint over "gay baby Jesus" billboard thrown out.
> AUSTRALIA: Qatari man jailed over love triangle murder. Mohammed Ahmed Almansouri stabbed Kenny Horack to death in August 2011, following tensions surrounding their shared lover Ben Campbell.
||| AUSTRALIA: Ex-gay group can't find enough gays who want to be ex.
MIDDLE EAST NEWS
||| SAUDI ARABIA: "Gay" Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir - who killed his manservant in a five-star London hotel - will serve his sentence in his homeland.
||| BBC wildlife shows hosted by Sir David Attenborough criticised for "leaving out gay animals".
< Animal pictures of the week. Left, an elephant wreaks havoc on a fence in the Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa.
||| Dark side of the Earth: What would happen if our planet became tidally locked?
BODY & MIND
> A real booty call.
||| 5 questions straight women ask about gay sex.
||| Gaydar, Grindr remove "cool gene" HIV immunity advert; the firm responsible for the advert apologises.
on losing his HIV-positive brother.
||| HIV infection rates are soaring amongst gay men in the UK. In London, one in 12 gay men have the virus.
||| Opioid dependency: What's it got to do with HIV?
||| The opioid solution and HIV: From the frying pan into the fire.
||| How to have sex in an epidemic.
||| I'm the guy with the double mastectomy.
||| Watching 20 hours of TV a week halves sperm count.
||| Sleep and dreaming: The how, where and why.
||| Evoking fear in the fearless reveals new ways to panic.
> My BFF wants to be my fuck buddy!
INSIDE THE SPACESHIP
||| Why I quit Facebook.
||| How to backup your Facebook data in 5 easy steps.
||| Is AI the end of us?
||| Household gadgets of yesterday.
ART & DESIGN
||| DC Comics hires anti-gay sci-fi author Orson Scott Card to pen new Superman series.
< Marko Manev's film noir-inspired superhero posters.
> LEGO pop culture riddles.
< Andre Cassagnes, the creator of the Etch A Sketch, is dead. He was 86.
||| What can other cities teach New York about micro-apartments?
> Visit Barcelona's Splash launderette.
< Welcome to the Sleepbox hotel.
> 11 of the most beautiful museum libraries in the world.
||| Vintage images of Grand Central Terminal, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last week.
< Miwk Publishing announce the release of JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, the story of Doctor Who's infamous (and openly gay) showrunner during the 1980s. It's "quite wonderful on many, many levels. Gripping, fascinating, appalling – and, by the end, truly moving," according to former BBC head of drama David Reid.
||| Books that illuminated gay life for Americans.
> Review: The Brothers Size. "The dialogue is often rhythmic, even musical; the actions fluid and often even dancelike, accompanied by the drums. The approach... is like no other I've seen – and it makes for riveting drama."
< Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque, in pictures.
||| David Cecil - the British producer of "gay play" The River and the Mountain - faces deportation from Uganda, after being charged with "disobeying lawful orders" of the Uganda Media Council.
> How to Survive a Plague nominated for a "Best Documentary" Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards.
||| Talking to How to Survive a Plague director David France: "All I see are ghosts".
< A look at Michael Douglas as Liberace, and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson, in HBO's Behind the Candelabra.
> Want to live in Grey Gardens?
||| A restoration of 1967's Portrait Of Jason will premiere at this year's Berlin Film Festival, home to the Teddy Award - one of gay cinema's most prestigious honours.
||| Londoners should flock to Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, where Deep Desires & Broken Dreams - a season of gay cinema - is running in the last week of February. Cal - a sequel to 2009's Shank (which ranked a respectable 12 in the kaos Top 30 Gay Films of all time) - premieres.
||| Walt Disney World gets gay president - the company's first.
||| 16 must-see black gay films.
< Review: Lisa and the Devil. "A beautifully styled psychological and symbolic contemplation of death, mortality and sexuality."
An interesting selection of pretty sexy shorts which do suffer a little from being thematically repetitious."
||| Watch a trailer for An Abominable Crime, a new documentary from film-maker Micah Fink, which looks at anti-gay hate in Jamaica. Please support this excellent project.
||| Pro football player comes out on drama Necessary Roughness.
||| Here TV celebrates 10th anniversary of gay programming.
< 5 reasons to revisit Smash...
...But this Bombshell looks to bomb again.
||| How Smash became TV's biggest train wreck. "Smash was supposed to be the show that saved NBC — but people laughed at it instead. How did it all go so wrong?"
> Filming has started on An Adventure in Space and Time, the BBC4 drama exploring the creation of Doctor Who.
< The daily Dalek.
> Patrick Robinson to return to Casualty after seventeen years.
||| Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford.
a new gay webseries written and directed by Max Freeman and Margaret Singer. It's about sex, love, booze, drugs, friendship, family and amazing acts of stupidity.
||| Watch the first episode of new gay webseries Steel River.
< Download Le1f's new mixtape Fly Zone, and read an interview with the man himself.
||| Review: Le1f - Fly Zone. "An epically audacious record, boiling down to essentially a 13-track demand from Le1f to be allowed access to a mainstream audience without sacrificing a shred of the identity that sets him apart from nearly every rapper a mainstream audience has been drawn to."
||| Frank Ocean can fly. Don't miss this fascinating NYTimes piece.
< Frank Ocean (branded a "faggot" during the Chris Brown parking space incident) won't be the man who slings Chris Brown's skanky ass back in jail: "AS A CHILD I THOUGHT IF SOMEONE JUMPED ME IT WOULD RESULT IN ME MURDERING OR MUTILATING A MAN. BUT AS A MAN I AM NOT A KILLER. I’M AN ARTIST AND A MODERN PERSON. I’LL CHOOSE SANITY. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES. NO CIVIL LAWSUIT. FORGIVENESS, ALBEIT DIFFICULT, IS WISDOM. PEACE, ALBEIT TRITE, IS WHAT I WANT IN MY SHORT LIFE. PEACE."
...So let's all feel sorry for Chris Brown.
< If you're impressed with this, you should see his reverse cowgirl (right, Ushrrr?).
||| Music that inspired a movement. "With the advent of HIV/AIDS came music that defined a generation."
||| The funniest and meanest things bands have said about their fans.
||| Miguel's mime act gone wrong.
< Arpad Miklos, the porn star and actor, is dead. He was 45. Industry stalwart Miklos committed suicide.
||| Arpad Miklos: A public memorial will be held on Sunday in New York, where he died.
||| Arpad Miklos: Friend Christopher Daniels writes movingly about him.
|Arpad Miklos, with Erik Rhodes.|
||| Arpad Miklos: As bloggers, I think it’s time we do a better job managing trolls.
||| No, the gay porn industry did not kill Arpad Miklos.
||| The AIDS Healthcare Foundation targets Treasure Island Media.
||| Barebacking in gay porn - a behind the scenes two-part video report, featuring Diesel Washington and Chi Chi LaRue.
< Porn star Arquez courts controversy with light skin preference Tweet.
||| Porn legend Ian Rock is recovering after "major surgery".
> Meet Ivan, Mr. New York 2013, Escort of the Year.
||| MenAtPlay auctioning off some of their classic suits!
||| Photos from the Lucas Entertaiment set in Costa Rica. Yes, that is kaos crush Diego Lauzen in the middle on that sofa. More pictures here, and here, and here.
||| Diego Lauzen (and boyfriend Wagner Vittoria) return to Tim Tales. Have I already made it clear that Diego Lauzen is possibly the most beautiful man in porn right now? I have? Okay...
||| Blondes have more fun: Max Ryder issues an ultimatum to Jett Black.
||| Austin Wilde and Anthony Romero give birth.
||| Diesel Washington plays a hooker with a heart of gold in NakedSword's Hooker Stories 2.
||| Asses covered in acne: hot or not?
||| The Skorpion Show spends some time getting to know Hotrod...
||| Anti-gay Chris Culliver to work with Trevor Project and gay youth.
> Brendon Ayanbadejo talks gay equality with Don Lemon.
||| Wade Davis on how straight silence betrays gay teammates.
||| But is America ready for the first active, gay NFL player?
||| Darnell Dockett sure ain't.
< Hot NFL players who heart the gays. Left, Ray Edwards.
||| 9 gay reasons to watch the Super Bowl.
||| The 50 hottest NFL players of all time.
||| Gay athletes at the 2014 Olympics in anti-gay Russia.
||| Ronaiah Tuiasosopo did his best lady voice for Dr. Phil.
||| 10 of the most incredibly unlikely celebrity feuds in history.
||| "I was trying to make the horse have a baby."
> The iron's out, the pussy is in.
||| And finally, Rogue Marbie Scott's Dryathalend, Walter Lee Hampton II's ruffles feathers, Davey Wavey answers your dating questions, and Domino Star is a BQ Sex Siren at the 18th Annual Dorian Corey Awards 2013.
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