Boy George: ‘I slept with Prince’
Boy George has said he has slept with Prince.
During the show’s live audition stage the Voice coach made the claim in front of a studio audience, bringing production to a halt.
‘[It] sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming,’ an insider told The Sun.
Boy George talked with the other UK Voice coaches Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith on the subject of who they’d all duetted with in the past.
The gay singer-songwriter said: ‘I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.’
Paloma responded: ‘Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.’
To which Boy George replied: ‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.’
The crowd went wild, the source said: ‘Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.
‘After that, Boy George started backtracking saying that he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that, he just had his poster on his wall in reality.
‘But as far as the crowd were concerned the cat was already out of the bag.’
The Voice UK returns in January on BBC 1.
June 4, 2016
Man called homophobic slur and then attacked for holding his penis while sleeping
A 56-year-old was victim of a homophobic attack for doing nothing except holding his penis while sleeping in Jamaica.
After it reported ,Randy Livingston, 54, Janil Barette, 25 and Wayne Richards, 19, all from Kingston, appeared in court ,they beat up and injured the 56-year-old man, called him a ‘batty man’.
In a community center on 5 September, around 6.30am the man was sleeping ,when Livingston saw him sleeping with his hands inside his shorts.
‘Wha kinda ting dat you a do?’ he said ,adding ‘Lef de area.’.
When the man said that he would call the police, other men got together with Livingston in his alleged attack.
The men said it was a ‘batty man’ thing to hold onto your genitals in your sleep, adding that he was a ‘dog’.
When the 56-year-old rapidly ran from the room, they caught him. One of the men with the Livingston forced him unconscious, using a stick to beat him on the head.
When the man regained consciousness in a police station, he immediately reported the incident.
Barette was charged with assault causing bodily harm, while Livingston and Richards were charged with unlawful wounding.
The men will return to court on 16 November, because they all pleaded not guilty.
The case will continue.
June 3, 2016
This is what happened when a gay guy was contacted by his school bully on Scruff years later
John Paul Brammer freelance writer, based in Washington DC, went home to rural Oklahoma to visit his hometown.
And when he was chatting to guys on Scruff, he got a message from a familiar face.
‘“Hi,” the message read. Curious, John Paul responded. “What’s up?” A few minutes passed. “I think you know me lol.”’
Blank profile said ‘went to school together’.
‘“We did?” John Paul replied, on edge. “Who are you?”
‘“You probably don’t like me… haha. I was a little mean to you.”’
‘I think it was the casual way he joined in on the harassment that made me hate him. The way after someone called me “faggot” he would parrot them, ally himself with them, use me to form solidarity with others,’ he said.
The profile asked: ‘Are you mad?’
‘Yes,’ John Paul responded, then asking him if he remembered anything he’d done.
‘No lol,’ he said. ‘But I was a real asshole back then.’
‘I thought about it, and when I calmed down, I reached a conclusion I didn’t expect,’
‘This person wasn’t the one-dimensional villain I’d made him out to be. All this time, he’d been closeted. Just like me. Yes, he had hurt me. Yes, he was wrong to hurt me. But I realized he was a victim too. In the town he and I had grown up in, being gay was seen as one of the worst things you could be. You might as well not even be human.
‘When he saw me getting pushed or getting my books smacked out of my hands or getting slurs thrown my way, he must have been relieved it wasn’t him.
‘And I can’t forgive that. But I can understand it.’
‘”Want to fool around?”, John Paul said.
‘No,’ John Paul responded. ‘Have a good life, man.’
June 2, 2016
You have to watch Will Young’s moving new music video about a naked trans man
For choice for the video, Will said: ‘I know that transgender people do not like being called brave. It is something that is innate. Not a choice, but a given. Being a gay man I feel the same. I wasn’t “brave” to come out it was simply what I had to do.
‘I am used to prejudice though. Through tough times embracing myself as someone “different” allowed me to embrace all differences in others, to embrace their vulnerability and their struggles as well as their inner strength and determination to be their true authentic selves. When I wrote the song, this is what I was referring to – the determination in modern life to be my authentic self.
‘In this video we see a man determined to be himself in the face of all adversity from inside and outside. It isn’t brave but, my god, it shows true grit and strength. What a wonderful thing. This video isn’t about selling records or my personal benefit. This video is about taking a moment in time to explore a section of society who stand up for themselves. To tell a story and offer a window through music into someone’s life.’
June 1, 2016
Fired Priest: No ‘Gay Lobby’ in Vatican
“I met homosexual priests, often isolated like me … but no gay lobby,” Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa (pictured above) told an Italian TV station in an interview broadcast Sunday, reports Agence France-Presse. Charamsa was fired from the Vatican press office just weeks ago after speaking to an Italian newspaper about his identity and his relationship.
Earlier in 2013, Pope Francis told a group of Latin American church leaders that there is indeed a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. A report commissioned by the previous pope, Benedict XVI, alleged there was a Vatican-connected gay network that met in and around Rome.
“There exists a convent where priests who manifest inappropriate sexual tendencies are sent to reflect,” 44-year-old Mario Bonfanti told the newspaper. “It’s a place where they help you to rediscover the straight and narrow. They wanted to ‘cure’ me but I refused to go.”
Catholic officials acknowledged the existence of the convent outside Milan, but would not address the specific nature of the issues addressed at the Venturini Convent.
“Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection. At the moment we have neither gay priests nor pedophile priests here,” Father Gianluigi Pasto, 71, the head of the convent, told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. “Certainly our job is to welcome everybody.”
May 28, 2016
Gay party gone wrong in Edo
Gay party was organised in a hotel in Oben community, off Sapele road in Benin City on Tuesday night degenerated into a free for all over allegations that a partner belonging to a particular young man was caught in a compromised position with another male during the party.
It would be recalled that this Act sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende then representing Edo North Senatorial District was one of the few private sponsored bills and were passed and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last Senate.
“We have been suspecting the management of this hotel for some time now because the last time some girls who are lesbians held a party here. We were shocked that no single male was in attendance.”
“But today, I wanted to go and buy a drink at the hotel when a young man walked up to me at the gate and told me that his people have taken over the place. I was shocked to notice that he was putting on tight leggings and wearing red lipstick and wig, so I left the place immediately.”
“It was later in the night that we heard loud noise and saw some boys fighting over another boy thereby attracting the neighbourhood,” the source said.”
It was, however, gathered that before police men on patrol could arrive the scene, most of the boys had absconded.
May 23, 2016
Cyprus hotel kicked out gay man for being HIV positive
A gay man was kicked out of the hotel he was staying in in Cyprus, because he is HIV positive. To add more on that, they burned bedsheets he used.
After an injury in Paphos, he was taken in private clinic. He told the medical staff that he is HIV positive and to handle accordingly. But when he returned to hotel where he was staying, they told him he can no longer stay.
Stella Michaelidou, Head of the HIV/AIDS Support Center, told the Daily Mail that the man was “in shock” and “feeling dizzy”.
She explained that: “A doctor from the clinic called the hotel where the injured man was staying and informed them of his condition. A clear breach of medical confidentiality and strictly forbidden.”
She added: “The clinic informed the hotel to burn the sheets and the bedspread and to disinfect the room. It’s like in the 80s before we knew what HIV was.”
The worst of all, the hotel informed other local hotels about the situation and the man was refused accommodation and other private clinics denied him treatment. After six days without medication, he returned to the UK.
Eliza Savvidou, Commissioner for administration and human rights, made a statement, saying: “Unfortunately, the elements of the case reveal the deeply rooted, widespread and extremely persistent prejudices surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS and are based on ignorance and lack of information, even by health professionals.”
May 16, 2016
Argentina terminated ban that didn’t allow gay men to donate blood
Health minister Daniel Gollan said that the decision was “scientifically and technically accurate”. Gay rights advocates in the country were trying to change this ban for 15 years. And now they finally did it. – According to Slate reports.
Argentina removed its ban that didn’t allow gay and bisexual men to give blood. This decision can also make an impact on other countries, the United States included also, who have the same ban still applying.
Many countries, and the United States too, have banned gay and bisexual men giving blood. The ban was active since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. But some countries, like Italy and now Argentina, are changing the law so that for blood donation, acceptance is based on overall risk and not on sexual orientation. In italy for example, everyone is tested, both men and women, and who is proven to practice safe sex are able to donate blood.
In November, 2014, the FDA voted 16-2 to accept a one-year ban deferral method, which would allow gay people to give blood only after they have been abstinent for one year.
Anthony Hayes, vice president of public affairs and policy for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), stated: “The FDA’s move to implement a one-year deferral is nothing more than a defacto lifetime ban. They require men who have sex with men, including married monogamous gay couples, to be celibate for a year. They are not doing this to heterosexuals who could also come in contact with HIV.”
May 11, 2016
How To Get Away With Murder to navigate living with HIV
When How To Get Away With Murder’s gay couple Connor and Oliver got tested for HIV towards the end of the show’s first season, it seemed that the very promiscuous law student Connor was the one at most risk.
But it turned out that computer nerd Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) was the one who tested positive while Connor (Jack Falahee) did not. Show creator Peter Norwalk sees the twist as an opportunity to offer viewers a storyline about living with HIV in 2015.
‘Our goal is to treat that in a very realistic and contemporary way,’ Norwalk tells Entertainment Weekly. ‘How do you live with an HIV positive gay man as a boyfriend?’
‘We take it to places I hope viewers don’t expect coming,’ Norwalk promises. ‘Especially now that Oliver is a huge security blanket in Connor’s life and a necessary balance to all the murder.’
May 7, 2016
New pill that promise a lot! We already have results
Brand new pill designed to block HIV infections is now described as “game changer by some of the 450 gay man taking part in the Australian tirals of the drugs.
In 2012, the number of new HIV cases in Australia hit a 20 year high at more than 1,000 and since then that figure has remained virtually the same.
But the Truvada PrEP pill has offered gay men a solution to tackling the risk of HIV.
Daniel MacPhail, 32, has been taking the pill for the past 15 months as part of a trial based in Melbourne.
“This is a game changer in terms of people feeling like they have opted in and taken responsibility for themselves,” he said.
“It doesn’t rely on someone else being responsible enough to put on a condom; it doesn’t put your protection in the hands of someone else.
“I wake up in the morning, I take the pill and I’ve taken responsibility for myself.”
The pre-exposure prophylaxis pill is not a vaccine but contains antiretroviral drugs which help stop HIV negative people becoming infected.
Dr Robert Grant from the University of California is in Brisbane this week for the World HIV Congress.
Dr Grant has conducted PrEP trials in San Francisco and said the pill was having a dramatic impact on reducing HIV infections there.
“People started using it in the past two years and in those two years we’ve seen a 30 per cent decrease in the number of new cases of HIV infection,” he said.
“So we are seeing a public health impact and seeing that people can and will use PrEP when given the opportunity to do so.”
April 27, 2016