Friday, 30 September 2016

United Nations: Protection

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed its first independent investigator to help protect homosexual and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination.

The United Nations expert Vitit Muntarbhorn will have a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Mr Muntarbhorn is an international law professor at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and has served on several UN bodies, including inquiries on Syria and as a special rapporteur on North Korea.

The UN agreed on the new role in June, after the 47-member council overcame strong objections by Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries to adopt a Western-backed resolution by a vote of 23 states in favour and 18 against with six abstentions.

Human Rights Watch welcomed Friday's appointment, saying the UN council “made history”...

Well, it's certainly a better idea than thinking countries will like being bossed around by 'enlightened' America, but how is this going to work exactly?

Swiss Army Man: Gay Necrophilia

At one stage, it seemed as if the movie was going to be a traditional(ish) love story – Hank finds Manny, who helps guide him towards the woman he adores. But as it went on, it became apparent that it was something quite different – more about the relationship between the two male characters, and about loneliness. Was that always your intent?

In some ways, we thought we were making a more conventional guy trying to get back to his girl story. But the more drafts we wrote, the more we realised… it sounds stupid when writers say “I listening to my character”, but that’s how it ended up happening. We could tell that Hank and Manny needed each other more than Hank and Sarah ever did. We just kept rewriting and rewriting, until we allowed them to fall in love. And once we allowed ourselves to write that, that story really started to grow and blossom into something worthwhile.'

So that was a really interesting turning point – when we let Hank and Manny fall in love and accidentally made a gay necrophilia movie.' ...

Director Daniel Kwan, Telegraph.

Better known as 'the farting corpse film'.

Ofcom: How Rude

The watchdog found that television viewers and radio listeners were more likely to tolerate swearing if it reflected 'real world' situations. Of the swear words deemed 'milder', the study found they were 'generally of little concern' if used to express strong emotion or as a light-hearted insult.

The Ofcom report said: 'Many of these were thought to be in common use, including in front of children, and therefore mostly acceptable before the watershed.'

Derogatory language used to describe older people, including 'coffin dodger' and 'old bag', was deemed mild and 'not considered problematic by most'. Other words such as ginger or gay were only considered a problem if they were used as a derogatory term.

Viewers were less tolerant of swear words linked to body parts, or of religious insults or racist or homophobic language. The religious terms were included because of their use as expletives, not because of their use in a religious context...

Daily Mail.

Ofcom media release - and their hilarious list of offensive words and gestures from arse to whore.

We get our own list...

Boy George: Getting Away With It

Daily Star.

Cause mobile phones has cameras.

That's basically all he says in a brief interview at the Brit Awards - which were in February!

Alan Carr: Simply The Best


Sorry about you having t meet Dan Wootton.

PS She's got a book out, Alanatomy. So expect her to be everywhere next month.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Tom Of Finland: Your Actual Gay Art And Culture

Justin Bieber: Porn Star

Via Instinct.

The offer to the Biebs of $2 million to make a gay porn film was nothing but a PR stunt, obvs.

Worked though.

PS This would be AMAZING!

Cliff Richard: 'A Cloud Has Lifted'

BBC Radio 2 interview.

Big Brother: Wedding Balls

Not really sure who those two are, tbh, but I'm sure this marriage will last til death do them part.

Advertising: Toy Story

According to just about all gay media this ad for Smyths, an American toy store, 'helps smash gender stereotypes'.

If you say so.

This line has been so repeated so often, it may have come from a press release.

Probably just gay press laziness though.

Deep Water: The Real Story

Guardian Australia.

This is fascinating.

I don't know if either of these programmes will be shown in the UK.

Church Times: Son Of A Preacher Man


That's nice, dear.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Peter Tatchell: The Case For The Defence


It's actually planned as a defence of Saint Peter against his critics in the media etc.

Though I can't recall one critical piece written about this 'national treasure' in all the years I've been doing Fagburn.

It tends to be ordinary gay men - especially those on the left and/or who've tried to work with his mad vanity and ego - that think he's become a joke.

But please give generously.

Rainbow Flag: The Space Between Your Ears

Gay Star News.

Sorry, what's the point of this?

I don't understand the point.

What is the fucking point, please?

Roger Casement: Martyr

Guardian Books.

Think this was settled some time ago, dear.

Jeremy Corbyn: On Langston Hughes

As the great American poet Langston Hughes put it: “I see that my own hands can make the world that’s in my mind”.

PS JC tells Theresa May to read Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. So glad we've got a socialist literary fag hag leading the Labour Party. It feels like home again now. x

Bradley & Ottavio: State Of This

X Factor duo Bradley and Ottavio have claimed they were booted from Channel 4's Coach Trip because of 'homophobic bullying', according to a report.

The hopefuls - who made it through to Judges' Houses after Louis Walsh's controversial decisions saw him swap several groups during the Six Chair Challenge - have independently appeared on several reality shows including Channel 5's Strip Date and X Factor for a second time.

While on Channel 4's popular daytime show however, when they featured together, they were booted off after contestants deemed their behaviour to be 'irresponsible'.

Speaking about the departure, the pair have claimed there was much more to it, claiming the contestants were being homophobic, stating they wanted to 'get the gays out next'...


Could be justified here.

Coming Out: Jeffrey Weeks

From the barbaric legal and social oppression of the nineteenth century to the seismic impact of the gay liberation movement in the 1970s and beyond, COMING OUT maps the story of British LGBT identities and the ongoing struggle for equality. A compassionate and moving social history written in an open and accessible way, it lucidly illustrates the resilience and grit of the LGBT community in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Originally published to great acclaim in 1977 as a pioneering study of gay and lesbian lives, this classic prize-winning title is newly reissued in a revised and updated edition at a time when LGBT issues are a matter of national importance. As a gay activist and campaigner, Jeffrey Weeks has been on the frontline of the fight for equality for decades.

The third edition of Coming Out, the best history of the recent gays in Britain by far.

Love this book.

Matt Irwin: GHB GBH

A PHOTOGRAPHER whose showbiz pals included Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue and members of One Direction killed himself with a lethal dose of a party drug known as liquid ecstasy after splitting from his boyfriend, an inquest heard.

Matt Irwin, 36, said he could no longer “look himself in the mirror” in a suicide note on his laptop before taking a lethal dose of GHB...


Gay Media: Going Going...

Multimedia Platforms, the owner of LGBT publications in New York, Florida, and California, has apparently ceased operations.

Staffers have been terminated, and there will be no print issues this week of its publications, which include Next Magazine in New York City, Agenda Florida,and Frontiers in L.A., South Florida Gay News reports...

But which gay publication will be next?

Tick tick tick...

PS I seriously doubt they'll be a proper gay magazine still doing a print edition in a few years time.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Marilyn: Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Lovely interview with the real Peter Robinson by Alexis Petridis.

Corbyn: Mandy Speaks!

Oh do shut up, you awful right wing old queen.

And stop yer botox and bad hair-dye job.

Cliff Richard: Case Upheld

What a monumental waste of time and money this has been.

Calum McSwiggan: Another Gay Victimhood Hoaxer Fights On

YouTube star Calum McSwiggan denies lying to police about an assault in LA.

King Cobra: Trailer

Oh my god, this looks good.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Naked Men

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dad beat him with a belt when he was a boy – because he thought he was gay.

The love-cheat revealed on US TV: “He ran after me with a belt and beat me.”

And the Terminator star said his mum asked a doctor for help because she was worried there was “something off”.

Arnie, who admit-ted he betrayed wife Maria Shriver, 56, with a string of other women, said: “I don’t know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought there was something off. And ‘let’s catch it early’.

“She asked the doctor, ‘Can you help me? I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men.

"All of Arnold’s friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls.’” ...

Monday, 26 September 2016

Banned Books Week: The Final Countdown

As the American Libraries Association’s annual celebration of the right to read kicks off, take a look through the titles most frequently ‘challenged’ in 2015, and some of the reasons behind the calls to ban them...

Matt Hancock MP: Cock Gobbler

Actual 2015 election leaflet.
An MP managed to deliver an entire speech with a straight face, despite staring at the words ‘cock gobbler’ throughout.

Matt Hancock, the Tory MP for West Suffolk and minister for Digital and Culture, was addressing an audience at the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival when he revealed that his teleprompter was stuck.

‘You’re obviously getting me upset because it just says, in large letters, “cock gobbler” under the… *audience laughter*,’ Hancock said.

‘I have managed to do a whole speech without getting distracted by it.’

We assume he kept a face as straight as this one the whole time:

The Telegraph’s media reporter Patrick Foster then tweeted: ‘Due to screen malfunction, Matt Hancock has just given an entire speech at the Radio Festival, staring into the words “cock gobbler”.’

He later added: ‘For context, Matt Hancock had “cock gobbler” in front of him because previous speaker Scott Mills had been airing poultry-based innuendo.’

Hmm. We were wond. [Sic. Online media's lack of proofreaders comedy classic].


The Lost Boys: A Tale Of Two Coreys

Well, this is depressing.

Think we can guess who the abusive "Hollywood star" is - probably not an actor.

Turner Prize: Big Bottom

Untitled work by Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton.

Gay Star News: Hooray For The IDF!

GSN has to be the most politically disgusting right-wing power serving gay publication ever.

The IDF is a conscript army dedicated to evicting and killing Palestinians, you fucking gaytard.

Pride Of Place: Commemorating The Closet

An interesting piece by Dora Mortimer.

PS And should Rimbaud and Verlaine's house in Camden have a blue plaque?

Biggins: Ofcom

Ofcom are duty bound to "investigate" anything some people complain about, even if it's only 20.

This is sort of meaningless really.

Will & Grace: Tease

US magazine.
Oh please no!

Maybe if it was Jack & Karen it might be just about bearable.

Update: It gets worse, apparently they're doing it to get people to vote for Hillary.

GBBO: New Mary

Daily Star so bollocks quotient high.

Alan Turing: Man Machine Music

Researchers in New Zealand say they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by the British computer scientist Alan Turing.

The aural artefact, which paved the way for everything from synthesisers to modern electronica, opens with a staunchly conservative tune – the British national anthem.

Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch said it showed Turing – best known as the father of computing who broke the Nazis’ second world war Enigma code [sic] – was also a musical innovator.


Links fucked so erm click on the link above to hear it.

This is wonderfully bonkers, thank you Alan. x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Oral History: LGBTQ New Americans

Click on this link for other interviews with LGBT immigrants to New York on YouTube.

Fagburn: Behold The Mighty Manatee!

The papers have bored the bum off me today, so here's a photo of some beautiful manatees, surely the loveliest of Our Lord's creations.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Tom Daley: #AskTD

Diving, food, America, diving, food, food, America...

Jeremy Corbyn: ¡Venceremos!

Love you lots. x

Caravaggio: Beyond

Beyond Caravaggio at The Tate Gallery from October 12th.

Times article - says he was "possibly" gay.


Derren Brown: Any Happier?

His new book, Happy, sounds very interesting, but is it not okay to say I feel sad?

Guardian: Blind Date


Gay men are about 2-4% of the population, you don't need to feature them every other freaking week.

Paxo: Homosexual Communist From The BBC

Paxman is scathing about his father’s social pretensions and evolving accent as he leaves the navy and tries, falteringly, to rise in the world. Keith resents his wife’s family wealth, which pays for Jeremy, his two brothers and little sister to attend private schools. He becomes a typewriter salesman then ascends to manage factories across the Midlands. The family home grows to a country house and Keith adopts brass-buttoned blazers, a monocle and plus fours. Paxman sees him as a try-hard and a phoney who once introduced his son to his golf-club friends as “one of those homosexual communists from the BBC”...

As a homosexual communist formerly at the BBC, I heartily endorse this compliment/comment.

Orlando: 911 Transcripts

Note he makes no mention of homophobia, just opposition to bombing Syria.

Nathalie Evans: 1918-2016

She never married.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Alan Turing: Homosexual!

Court files recording details of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing's convictions for homosexual acts have gone on display for the first time.

One of the documents, to be displayed at Chester Town Hall, shows the mathematician admitted "acts of gross indecency" at a trial in 1952.

He then underwent chemical castration.

Helen Pickin-Jones, chair of Chester Pride, said: "Just a few simple lines of text reveal the appalling treatment of one of our national heroes." ...

Guardian online.

Get ready for the 'homosexual' media to make their usual howlers; he cracked the Enigma Code, he deffo committed suicide etc etc.

Click to enlarge.

Hate Crime: Inventing A Crisis

So someone called you a bad word - get over it.

It's not the same as getting queerbashed or murdered.

Tom Of Finland: Icon Of Gay

As ever, any journalist that uses the moronic term 'gay icon' should have their fingers broken, lest they be allowed near a keyboard again..

Here it's a bit surreal.