October is Black History Month, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the Black History Month organisers for not celebrating the sexuality of black heroes such as Malcolm X.
Speaking in the Guardian Tatchell expresses concern that the Black History Month website fails to identify the majority of past black figures who are LGBT, including Malcolm X who Tatchell has identified as bisexual. Tatchell states
“Perhaps it is unintentional but Black History Month sometimes feels like Straight Black History Month. Famous black LGBT people are not acknowledged and celebrated. Either their contribution to black history and culture is ignored or their sexuality is air-brushed out of their biographies.”
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Squirt is both a hook-up site and a site to get off. It is about sex, period, and unlike some of its competitors it does not pretend to be anything more than it is. Log in to Squirt and you’re faced with several pictures of big dicks in your face straight away.
The whole site has a friendly approach with tongue-in-cheek touches such as stick men in various sex positions to put on your profile to show what you’re into, and a screw facing horizontal, pointing up or pointing down to show whether you’re versatile, passive or active.
Branding is in red, black and white and is nicely done, although site navigation was a let down.
Not only do you have both a vertical and horizontal navigation bar, but you also have drop down boxes and further seemingly random buttons. Add this to Squirt’s unique terminology and way of categorising things and you’re left with a very confused user.
Questions and answers are flying around after Stephen Gately’s death.
Here’s what we know:
Stephen Gately was only 33, in the prime of his life, and as far as we’re aware, in good health.
It is far from normal for a fit 33 year old man to die sleeping on the sofa.
The night before he and his civil partner Andy Cowles had gone to Palma’s Black Cat gay club and had met a bulgarian guy there. The bulgarian guy (Georgi Dochev) had returned with them to their apartment.
Now the plot thickens.
Georgi and Cowles retired to the bedroom together, while Gately remained on the sofa. The following day, at 1pm, Dochev left the bedroom and discovered Gately’s dead body on the sofa, and according to him, in a weird ‘praying mantis’ position. Read the rest of this entry »