News: Usher, Shark, Bank of America, Matthew Mitcham, HIV
Bank of America convenes "legal SWAT team" to prepare for potential Wikileaks attack.
Ryan Gosling fills out New York magazine.
LOSER: Usher breaks World AIDS Day pledge, rises from digital dead.
Survey: HIV programs worldwide ignoring MSM: "Initial analysis of the survey's results indicates that fewer than half of MSM worldwide have access to even the most basic HIV prevention and services," the release states (11/29). "Only 39 percent of respondents said they have easy access to free condoms and only about 25 percent said they have easy access to free lubricant, while another 25 percent said free lubricant was unavailable," according to HealthDay/Businessweek. "The survey also found that access to other essential services was difficult or impossible, including HIV testing (57 percent), HIV education materials (66 percent) and HIV treatment (70 percent)"
Gerard Butler attacks photographer at Art Basel.
Jaws-style serial shark attacks plague Red Sea resort.
Christian church declares war on Christmas.
War veteran faces conspiracy charge against Westboro Baptists Church.
LGB teens face expulsion, arrest at higher rates: "Bisexual, gay, and lesbian youth are more likely than their straight peers to be punished by their school or the criminal justice system for the same transgressions. In an analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, teenagers attracted to people of the same sex were 41 percent more likely to be expelled from school, and 42 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime as an adult, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics."
Portland Rescue Mission won't accept coats from gays?
Male model fix: Tyler Kenyon.
MLK Research Institute: Is it time to mount a Democratic primary challenge to Obama?
Outlands: Australia's getting a new gay comedy sitcom.
Brian Whitaker looks at gay killings in Iraq and the challenges for acceptance of homosexuality in the Middle East in general: "Homosexuality and refusals to conform to traditional notions of Arab-Islamic masculinity present a fundamental challenge to the old authoritarian and patriarchal order and to notions of an east-west “clash of civilisations” binary. That makes the struggle for gay rights in the Middle East more appear daunting than it might otherwise be but also, if it eventually succeeds, hugely rewarding for society as a whole."
Jeremy Renner joins Tom Cruise in Vancouver.
Matthew Mitcham on keeping up appearances: "I sometimes like to avoid the mirror, actually. I pick myself to pieces. There’s always something you want to change, right? I don’t have great skin — I’ve got pimples everywhere. And I need to lose a couple of kilos to get to my optimum weight for Delhi...In the lead-up to Beijing I got on the straight and narrow and totally stopped drinking. Since then I’ve maintained a relatively well-behaved lifestyle. I go out every now and then but not often compared to a normal person. I probably drink a glass of wine once a month. It’s just my way of life. And because I haven’t drunk much for so long my body doesn’t handle it well. I don’t get the nice tipsy phase; I just get sick."