Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Tom Bosworth: Sorry, Who?

Rio 2016 hopeful Tom Bosworth has become only the second British track and field athlete to openly say he is gay.

Bosworth is the British No.1 race walker over 20km and British record holder over 5km and 10km.

Former British No.1 hurdler Robert Newton, who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, was the first.

Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show, Bosworth said: "It is a big decision, but it's not going to change my life. I'm comfortable and have been in a happy relationship for the last four or five years.

"I guess it is still news, but in a few years time, anyone [will be able] to do this. It's a scary thing, but I'm really lucky." ...


Who knew (who he was)?

So brave etc etc.

Mac: Hahaha!

The Daily Mail's hopelessly shit cartoonist, Mac.

Remember this classic? 

Papers are a bit boring gay-wise today, sorry - Fagburn might go on strike til the fantasist bully Tom Watson resigns.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Lynne Featherstone: Featherbrain

The Daily Mail's inhouse Aunty Tom, Andrew Pierce - famously A Gay Against Gay Marriage.

This assertion is (sort of) correct.

Neil & Olly: No

They were one of our fave showbiz couples, but 3am can reveal that Clean Bandit’s Neil Amin-Smith and Years & Years singer Olly Alexander are on a break. Sad face.

The pair had been dating for eight months after meeting on the gigging circuit and, for a while, couldn’t stop gushing about each other.

dating for eight months after meeting on the gigging circuit and, for a while, couldn’t stop gushing about each other.

However, we hear that the pressure of being in two hugely successful bands and touring all the time has put a strain on their relationship.

With both groups regularly in different countries Olly and Neil, both 25, have found it increasingly hard to see each other.

A source tells 3am: “Neil is a bit gutted but is hanging out with friends. The couple definitely still have feelings for each other but both think they are too young to deal with the pressure. Instead, they’re enjoying being single pop stars.”


An unnamed source, you say?

Who'd question that?

Hope this is true, though.

ʎɐpoʇ ʇnoqɐ ǝʇᴉɹʍ oʇ ƃuᴉʇsɹǝʇuᴉ ƃuᴉɥʇou sᴉ ǝɹǝɥʇ 'sǝ⅄

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Coming Out Day: Ernst Röhm

Happy coming out day, here's Ernst Röhm - out and proud!

Science: The Ever Elusive Gay Gene

So, ultimately, what we have is an underpowered fishing expedition that used inappropriate statistics and that snagged results which may be false positives. Epigenetics marks may well be involved in sexual orientation. But this study, despite its claims, does not prove that and, as designed, could not have...

The Atlantic.

Can't believe how much crap has been written about this.

Coz science! 

Full disclosure: The working title for Fagburn was 'The Gay Brain', cause that nonsense was a thing then, as now, but Peter 'Marilyn' Robinson told me it sounded insufferably smug.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tom Watson: Cunt

Peter Brookes, The Times.
I don't think Fagburn will ever tire of saying what a colossal cunt this fucking cunt is.

Dear Tom Watson MP

Winston Churchill cut off my penis and ate it on toast with Alphabetti Spaghetti while Harold Macmillan and the Andrew Sisters watched, laughing, and then we were abducted by aliens.

No-one takes me seriously, not even David Icke, but I know you will.


A Loon


The World: You're Too Gay

Sometimes you just have to concede defeat and admit the world is too thrilling for words.

Peter Tatchell Watch: PS I Am Mad

Daily Telegraph.

Peter Tatchell has an honorary masters degree in stating the obvious and repeating what someone else has written yesterday.

God bless you.

NB These days Peter's ever madder musings are usually only published by International Business Times - a shady right-wing religious nutter outfit. Go figure.

PS Whilst it is oft rumoured Peter Tatchell is in the pay of MI6, the CIA etc, I have found no evidence for this, and believe his defences of American empire are due to his own stupidity.

Thought For The Day: Ben Whishaw

"With gay characters being played by straight people, straight characters being played by gay people, come on, we're actors.

"I do not understand what the problem is. Actors play all sorts of things. I've played murderers, journalists and kings - I'm not any of them. The whole thing is a fiction, it's about imagination, it's play. I am baffled to why it's such a big thing.

"And also, I'm baffled because it feels like we're in a time where there are lots of gay people, not just actors but in all walks of life, and let's be where we are. We're human beings and I don't understand why it's really a discussion now.

"The Matt Damon thing, it has probably been taken out of context but I don't understand the heat around it. It feels like a story that's trying to be drummed up, even though there are more important things we should be talking about."

Press Association.

Fagburn now retracts his statement about Ben being boring and dim-witted.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Breaking: Yup, We're Not Sure If He's A Fag Yet Either


Gay Star News.

The Advocate etc etc

Imagine if he's not just AN AMERICAN HERO but a GAY AMERICAN HERO! Imagine!


EastEnders: Feel The Fury

That 'negative media response' in full - one silly tweet from the Yorkshire Post!
Everyone seems over the Michael Moon about this, silly.

Even Mail Online readers.

Gordon Honeycombe: He Never Married

Daily Telegraph.

'Off camera, he was a flamboyant, fun-loving character with a devilish sense of humour....'


Gay Soldier: Gotten Married!

Gay Star News.

Cause there's nothing more likely to make a supine right-wing gay media spunk its trunks than a hired state killer getting gaymarried.

Just like regular people!

Tom Watson: Bore Of Duty

Huffington Post.

Tom Watson is as close to evil as any human being could get.

Maybe people should now start spreading false and unsubstantiated rumours he's a kiddy fiddler in the interest of fair play?

John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

If John had ditched the ill-advised cod rap numbers, this would be a great Stephin Merritt album.

Peter Tatchell: Equality Ball 2015

Tickets for the Equality [sic] Ball are just £50 (+£2.50 booking fee) - no concessions, obvs.

Money raised goes to the Peter Tatchell Foundation (a limited company, not a charity).

Here are their latest (non-audited) accounts.

Declared income: £119,995.

Wages and salaries: £76,164 (number of employees unknown).

Rent and service charges: £12,896 (think this means Peter's flat, could be wrong).

There was a surplus of £13,649.

But remember, Saint Peter of MI6, lives a monkish life and eats but two lentils a day - or so he keeps reminding us.

So please attend - or give a donation - to help Peter carry on his wonderful and tiresome tireless campaigning work.

* ie Taking selfies of himself holding up rubbish placards and sending them out to an increasingly disinterested global media.

Petition: Don't Deport Mike Phelan

An American living in Bexhill is facing deportation at the end of the month, despite living in the country for the past decade with his partner of 19 years.

Michael Phelan came to the UK in 2005 with his British partner John Wilde and the couple entered into a civil partnership in 2006.

Michael, who lives in Singleton Walk, received a temporary residence for five years and when this expired he applied for an indefinite leave to remain.

He was refused and was forced to wait three years for an answer from the Home Office as to what they were going to do since he had been declared an overstay.

Michael has now been told he is to return to the USA on October 22, forcing him to leave behind his partner of 19 years.

Supporters have set up an online petition urging the Home Office to reconsider its decision...

Bexhill Observer.

Don't Deport Mike Phelan, change.org petition

Thanks to Mike A. x

Daily Mail: Sorry

Daily Mail.

With the help of the BBC’s Panorama this week, the full evil lunacy of the child abuse and murder conspiracy allegations relating to Dolphin Square, Elm House, Leon Brittan, Ted Heath, Field Marshal Lord Bramall etc is now emerging. There is a long, long way to go, however, before the names are properly cleared and the police have apologised for their disgusting behaviour. There also needs to be a long list drawn up of those in public life and the media who gave credence to these cruel fantasies. The behaviour of Tom Watson MP puts him in the same class as Titus Oates, Noel Pemberton Billing and Senator Joe McCarthy. Many of us tut-tut that Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the Labour party, but it is far more shocking that its deputy leader is Mr Watson.

Charles Moore's Notes, The Spectator.

Post-Leveson score-settling from the Labour-bashing Mail and Moore?

Well duh, but this sorry, shitty episode shows the man is a power-crazed bully.
Oh. And erm Richard Littlejohn also hates the 'Nonce Finder General'...

I thought Orwell once wrote something along the lines of, 'Something is not necessarily false just because it's appeared in the Daily Mail', but I can't find it.

So can you just pretend he said it and nod sagely?

[Edit: And similarly, an accusation isn't necessarily true just because it's made against a public figure you despise].

Young Thug: Whatever You Say I Am

“I like everything that people say,” he insists. “No matter what they say. You gay, you a punk. You got a nice girlfriend, you’re ugly, you can’t rap, you’re the hardest.” Is it important that hip-hop has looks other than the hyper-masculine stereotype? His manager jumps in: “That’s why you like him in Europe. That’s how you dress. If he was some masculine guy, I’m not saying they wouldn’t like him, but he’s more relatable. To people who just like old hip-hop.”

“Yeah,” agrees Thug, “Because you’re from Atlanta, Georgia, and you’re dressed like a fucking European. Of course.”

The Guardian - who still seem to find the idea of a black man being gay somewhat 'exotic', if not incongruous.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Pink News: Learn How To Write

Pink News.
A reader writes...

'Also considering the utterly appalling standard of writing on the site how useful can this work experience actually be?'

QX: When In A Last Sad Whimpering Cry For Help A Free Gay Print Magazine Anticipates Its Own Demise

QX magazine.

'Talk Dance Laugh Live Advertise!'

New Scientist: Check My Junk

Gay or straight? A saliva test can predict the answer, and get it right 67 per cent of the time – for male identical twins at least.

The test, which uses clues from tiny modifications to a person’s genome, is the first that claims to detect sexual orientation. Many scientists have expressed caution over the results, while concerns over potential misuse of the test have led the study’s lead researcher to quit the project entirely.

“The scientific benefit to understanding [why people vary in sexual orientation] is obvious to anyone with an iota of curiosity,” says Michael Bailey at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. “The predictive test needs replication on larger samples in order to know how good it is, but in theory it’s quite interesting.” ...

New Scientist.

Who needs gaydar when you've got an 'algorithm using the modification of the genetic information contained in DNA'? 

How ironic that this research is based on looking at something called 'junk DNA'.

If you read the article it becomes clear this is junk science.

What makes us gay?

Nobody has a clue.

If you made a list of all the 'boffins' who've claimed they'd discovered what causes homosexuality, it would reach Uranus.

Update: Picked up all over the place, and presented as some kind of Eureka-like moment - 'coz a scientist says...'

Update2: Some boffins on why it's probably bollocks.

“While there is strong evidence in general for a biological basis for homosexuality my personal impression has always been one of a multiple contributory factors, including life experiences. 

"My gut feeling it that, as the complete story unfolds, the association may not be quite as simple as the summary (abstract) and press release suggest."

Darren Griffin, professor of genetics, University of Kent.

Kids: Child Abuse - The Funny Side

'Icing'? Love it when posh white boys use words like this
Gay Fart News.

Adorable! etc. 

Let us not let them be fucked up for life!

Sex Survey: Oh Really?

UK-based gay men’s charity GMFA has carried out its biggest ever survey into gay men’s sex lives – with results that are both encouraging and others that are slightly worrying.

Of the 3,000 responses, high numbers of men admitted not using condoms when they had sex – although the majority of respondents also claimed to have had a sexual health test in the past twelve months.

In addition, over half of the men in the sample had fewer than five sexual partners in the last year – with 58% saying that they had had sex in the last week.

However, some of the most interesting results were those concerning HIV awareness and treatment.

Over half of respondents had not been diagnosed with HIV admitted that they were worried about becoming HIV-positive – but only a third admitted to using condoms the last time they had anal sex.

By contrast, 90% of gay with HIV said they used condoms the last time they had a sexual partner – and 71% claimed that they would use PrEP immediatley if it was available on the NHS...

Pink News. 

Yes, very interesting, but for the love of cock, you can't generalise from a self-selecting online survey.

And any sex survey should be taken with a rather large pinch of salty spunk.

The full survey results are in FS magazine's The Sex Issue.

Fagburn wonders if PN have read the editorial? 'Stats can be great to use. We love using them. But they can be manipulated to create a headline that doesn’t paint a full picture...'


PS Yes, Gay Star News got the same press release and used the same headline (with added anal).

Owen Jones Watch: When Grindr Goes Wrong

Lance Bass: Inappropriately Touched

Lance Bass has revealed he was sexually harassed as a teenager.

The former N Sync singer, whose bandmates included Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, says they were "inappropriately" touched by a member of their team when they first formed the group in 1995.

While discussing Insurgent actress Ashley Judd's recent revelation that she was once "sexually harassed" by an unnamed Hollywood mogul, the 36-year-old star told The Meredith Vieira Show: "This also happens to men, too. It's a two-way street. It had happened to me.

"When we started there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us.

"I was even aware then, at 16, that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me oddly, but I didn't feel victimised at the time because I was very aware of it."

While the Girlfriend singer never told anyone outside the boy band, who split in 2002, he admitted "the guys would talk about it" together, but didn't say whether they were subjected to the same treatment.

He added: "We would kind of joke about it, but it's not a joking thing, but as a kid, it was just odd. I am glad that we were aware of it and we didn't feel victimised at the time."


One might hazard a guess the unnamed man is Lou Pearlman, manager of N Sync and Backstreet Boys - and currently in prison for running a £300 million dollar investment scam.

Here's a fascinating 2007 Vanity Fair profile about this notorious pederast, Mad About The Boys.

James Wharton: Get Back To North Korea

James Wharton, 'gay ex-soldier', puritan, philosopher, gay marriage poster boy, and Tory shitbag there.

Thanks to Leó Kristófersson x

PS Read this thread for a loltastic discussion on the above which James Wharton joins in.

Tom Watson: Abuse Of Privilege

Three days after Leon Brittan’s death in January this year, Tom Watson, a Labour MP and now the party’s deputy leader, said that the deceased peer was “as close to evil as any human being could get”. That was the opinion of one of the people who had told Mr Watson they had been raped by Lord Brittan, a former home secretary. Mr Watson wrote that he “stands accused of multiple child rape. Many others knew of these allegations and chose to remain silent. I will not.”

After many months of inquiries using dozens of officers, the Metropolitan police has informed Lord Brittan’s widow that its investigation into her late husband is now at an end for lack of evidence. Mr Watson might reflect that those “many others” privy to the allegations stayed silent because they judged them to be false.

Following the BBC’s Panorama revelation that one of Lord Brittan’s chief accusers now admits he may have been confused over his identification, having been encouraged to name him by campaigners, perhaps Mr Watson will consider that having quite properly passed on his information to the police, he should have remained similarly mute. That, surely, would have been the correct course. Allow the proper authorities to assess the veracity of the information and in the meantime keep his mouth shut.

Mr Watson, however, rather revels in keeping his mouth as open as possible, as often as possible. In 2012, he used the platform of prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons to refer to the existence of a “powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”. He wrote to the prime minister suggesting that the organised abuse of children might have taken place in Downing Street. He said that senior politicians, some of them still holding powerful positions, had been involved in widespread child abuse and its concerted cover-up. He added that he had been told these powerful people might kill him if he did not stop pursuing his allegations.

Conspiracy theories are precisely that — theories. They are often wildly implausible, spinning a vast web of conjecture from one or two isolated strands of truth. Such theories, fascinating while they may be to devotees, should never be employed to destroy a man’s reputation, unsupported as they are by anything worthy of the name of evidence.

From the cramped 18th-century coffee house to the 21st-century chatroom, public figures have always been the subjects of rumour, innuendo and gossip, only a fraction of which tends to be true. Not every well-known personality is a Jimmy Savile in waiting. Panorama exposed several other purported witnesses to, or purported victims of, Mr Watson’s alleged “powerful paedophile network” as either dubious or delusional characters.

Mr Watson’s final intervention before Lord Brittan’s death was to write to the director of public prosecutions demanding that he be interviewed by police. This served no purpose other than to ensure that the dying peer’s name became publicly linked to the investigation.

In the cause of righting what he considered an injustice, Mr Watson perpetrated an injustice himself. As a politician who has made something of a fetish of demanding apologies from various agencies for what he judges to be past wrongs, Mr Watson should now consider offering one to Leon Brittan’s family. 

The Times leader.

Worth publishing in full - and, yes, I know there's Murdoch/Watson beef - but the man, self-appointed Witchfinder General meets Citizen Kane, seems drunk on power.

PS Daft statement on the Panorama programme by the Met - issued before they'd seen it.

Books Are My Bag: Bagsy!

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BOOKS ARE MY BAG - Thursday October 8th - Saturday October 10th - is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. And in fact 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop, but we must continue to celebrate - and shop in! - our high street bookshops so they are not under threat...

PS And you can pick up a limited edition tote bag designed by that Grayson Perry.

VIP Paedo Cover Up: And While You Were Looking In The Other Direction...

Prince Charles was last night sensationally linked to Establishment support for a predatory bishop that led to a cover-up of his crimes.

The heir to the throne was forced to deny interfering in the legal process to help Peter Ball escape sex abuse charges as the 83-year-old was finally brought to justice yesterday over offences against boys dating back 40 years.

Charles's dramatic intervention came after the Old Bailey was told a royal had written in support of the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester when he was first investigated.

The prince is understood to have been among MPs, cabinet ministers, public school headmasters and a former lord chief justice all said to have assisted Ball...


Well, he always stood up for his beloved uncle, the alleged pederast and VIP paedophile Lord Louis Mountbatten, didn't he?

Justin Bieber's Penis: Respect

Thank you.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Paul Gambaccini: Only Connect

Oh, yes. I mentioned the last line. There has not been a month in my life when I have not thought of it. The message from downstairs reminds us that circumstances may be individual but humanity is universal: “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?” 

Paul Gamabaccini chooses Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as his Book Of A Lifetime, The Independent.

It's not hard to see why.

For what it's worth, it's a favourite of Fagburn, too.

Gambo's memoir, Love, Paul Gambaccini:My Year Under the Yewtree, is reviewed here.

Chemsex: Exterminate! Exterminate!

So looking ahead, what’s the future for chemsex within our communities?

Easy. We’ll eradicate it. Quicker than it started. We’ll do it through kindness, tolerance, and dialogue. We’ll do it by reflecting on what it means to be an awesome, great gay man, and by being productive, fearless contributors to a robust gay community. How many gay men does it take to screw in this lightbulb? Every single damned one of us, together. I have faith. See ya later chemsex, you’re licked. 

The quite astonishing conclusion to an article in FS by David Stuart.

David runs the 'chemsex clinics' at 56 Dean Street.

Surely the first drugs worker/campaigner who wants to 'eradicate' drug use since Nancy 'Just say no' Reagan?

PS Thanks to How Upsetting.

David Stuart will be talking at this next month, The Rise Of Chemsex.

Joining Matthew [Todd] in an explosive discussion will be William Fairman and Max Gogarty directors of the new feature length documentary ‘CHEMSEX’; David Stuart, Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street and Pat Cash organiser of the popular ‘Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs’ events...

Forgive me, but don't all the panellists agree that 'Chemsex = sad/bad/mad/wrong'?

If so, I can't see the 'discussion' being that 'explosive'.