Sometime ago I wrote about my first sexual experiences with my school buddy Jan. Although Jan and I have had sex for many years after that initial time, soon he wasn’t the only one. After I left my parents’ house and moved to the big city, I just couldn’t get enough sex. In some way I was addicted to the thrills of unknown bodies and the uncertain possibilities of how I might be handled. So, a hot feeling still starts inside me and spreads all over me, whenever I think of an experience in the twin saunas which were part of a gym where I used to work a couple of months in the late 1970s.
Jeb’s “A Metropolitan slave Anthology”, a compilation of rather heavy SM stories, illustrated by Beau, was published in 1993. The artist depicts men who are willingly abused, chained, flogged, branded and fisted in eleven sketchy back and white line drawings. For a second volume, which appeared three years later, the subject matter basically remained the same - with the addition of scat, but Beau had however chosen for a different style, dominated by large grey and black patches.
The infamous Paris Hilton (“House of Wax”) is connected to a scandal again. The most surprising thing this time is, that Paris is not the victim but the cause. The heiress has admitted to have spread lies about Zeta Graff, a model and actress who also had an affair with Hilton’s ex fiancé Paris Latsis.
Outside it’s cold and grey, and even though the heater provides a comfortable warmth inside, is was a true pleasure when the mailman delivered the fifth issue of “XYfoto” recently. This issue is in its entirety devoted to guys in summer, since “It’s always summer in San Diego!,” as the cover screams. And San Diego is the hometown of both the editorial staff of “XYfoto” and photographer Sean Bentz. The editors again selected works by Bentz, which makes this the third issue to pay attention to his photographs.
With a history that goes back more than 800 years, Copenhagen is a modern metropolis without the skyscrapers or other towering buildings. The old center is a medieval jewel with proud buildings and churches. Not too large or too small, so everything can easily be seen by foot. No graffiti or dirty streets, but Danish order and cleanliness. And the 1.5 million inhabitants are very relaxed about existing gay/straight differences...
“Whoever knows history, knows the future,” people say. Hence this look over the shoulder to the past year of 2005. What were the issues on the gay movement’s mind, and: what did we learn from the past? Read and decide for yourself what you think of what was news last year.
The year started off great: a Lebanese professor claimed in an interview on TV that “certain indecent activities” were to blame for the disastrous tsunami of 2004 that hit several Asian countries.
Now that China slowly but surely wants to manifest itself within the Western nations, gays and lesbians can’t be excluded of course. The first real gay guidebook to China was published in 2005. 156 pages filled with bars, clubs, saunas, restaurants, hotels, cruising areas etc.
Utopia created this gay guide not just for gay men but also reserved space for lesbians.
Well, this was the season this past December for you party people. When most people are usually saving up to buy friends and loved ones Christmas gifts, we gays seem to be out in force, ready to party a little harder than an average office Christmas party. December was packed full of parties from beginning to end, although unfortunately another year goes by without any fabulous New Years Eve bash for the fags! Here is a quick review of December, see if you can keep up...
As the lights go out on 2005, Gay News columnist Christos Andreas takes a look at the winners and losers in the Amsterdam gay scene this past year.
Well, the year’s just over and I’m here sipping my champagne and tallying the books for 2005. The past year saw its share of ups and downs in gay Amsterdam, with the arrival of some bold new initiatives and the demise of just as many others.
In a daring daylight raid, thieves got away with a major piece of art from The Barracks Bar in Palm Springs on Friday, December 2. The piece of erotic art, interpreted by local artist William “Taurus" Webster from an original by Stephan, was secured by screws to the outside wall of the bar inside a locked patio area. The thieves removed part of the patio's wooden fencing to gain access to the area.
In the past we’ve paid attention to two comic books about Timmy, the well-built and sex hungry farm boy who becomes a popular porn star. The adventures of Timmy are created by Roscoe, a New Orleans artist. As we all know his native town suffered severe damage from hurricane Katrina. And now, more than four months later, the rebuilding has hardly begun.
A survey of the social exclusion of lesbian, gay or bisexual youth in Europe has started last December. The researcher is asking for cooperation i.e. personal experiences of exclusion of gay youth.
The research is done in assignment of ILGA Europe (the European branch of the Gay Youth Association). It is meant to put the position of gay youth on the agenda of European institutes. It is the aim to present the report this year during a hearing of the European Parliament.
A few days before Christmas, 85-year-old Hallam Tennyson was found stabbed to death in his bed. Scotland Yard didn’t release many details about Mr Tennyson or the murder, but police said Tennyson, who was openly homosexual, lived a “colorful” life and had “an open relationship, bringing back up to three men a week.”
Elsewhere in this issue we review a recently published gay guide to China. It’s the first time a guide of this kind has been published and therefore it might seem that homosexuality isn’t a taboo subject in China anymore. However, the release of a gay guide to China doesn’t mean that gay life is an accepted part of Chinese society. This is quite clear from the fact that Chinese police shut down the opening of a gay and lesbian culture festival on Friday, December 16. Participants said this action highlighted deep-rooted intolerance toward homosexuality.