South Korea will revise or repeal rules on gays in the military after demands by human rights organizations: “The groups revealed some of [the military’s] counseling records, including the case of an army counselor who refused to counsel a gay solider unless the soldier submitted a photo of him having sex with a male partner to prove his homosexuality. The soldier was also forced to reveal how many times he had sex with male partners and even had to take a blood test to confirm whether he was infected with AIDS or other sexually-transmitted diseases.” No word on whether or not the homoerotic training exercises will continue, but we hope so.
Debate goes on in Iowa over anti-harassment policies in schools as father testifies with heartbreaking tale about gay son: “Even one of his teachers called him a faggot. My son was cheated out of a high school experience because he wasn’t safe in your hallways and classrooms. He was scared to death to be in school.”
Crystal Lake, Illinois gearing up for another round of Gay Games battle. Local paper peppered with angry letters from both sides: “How proud are we to live in such a narrow-minded, backward hateful community?”
Alan Ball signs on for feature film directing debut with Towelhead: “Set during the Gulf War, the coming-of-age story follows a 13-year-old Arab-American girl who must navigate a sexual obsession with a bigoted Army reservist under the oppressive eye of her Lebanese father.”
New Pet Shop Boys album may be delayed in America.