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LET­TERS First of all, I would like to con­grat­u­late you for the ex­cel­lent magazine. I’m Brazil­ian and when read­ing The Best Of Brazil [DNA #170], some lines caught my at­ten­tion! Marc An­drews wrote, “Brazil has some of the most lib­eral gay anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws in the world, which puts many coun­tries to shame.” Brazil’s society and govern­ment are very ho­mo­pho­bic. The law guar­an­tees rights on mar­riage and other fi­nan­cial mat­ters, but gays and les­bians still have to live in the closet. You have to be very coura­geous to come out at work or to go out hold­ing hands with your part­ner. A sim­ple kiss on the street can mean your death cer­tifi­cate. If you are beaten up on the street by ho­mo­phobes, in most cases the law won’t be on your side. In Brazil, you can still be sacked for your sex­u­al­ity and the law won’t do any­thing for you. The com­mis­sion for Hu­man Rights has been try­ing to pass a law crim­i­nal­is­ing ho­mo­pho­bia, but the govern­ment makes no effort for it to hap­pen. Some time ago a very well known politi­cian said to the par­ents of an ef­fem­i­nate boy that they should beat the child up and he would get bet­ter. What hap­pened? The child died! That is why I’ve lived in Lon­don for 16 years and can’t see any chance for me to live there again. That is the real Brazil for gay peo­ple. An­gelo Almeida, Lon­don It is the first time I have writ­ten to con­grat­u­late you on such a great magazine. The pho­tos of Calum Winsor [ Physique Pic­toral, DNA #171] were sim­ply a stun­ning recre­ation of the pe­riod of nude men mag­a­zines. Calum has the body beau­ti­ful that he ob­vi­ously is proud of and has worked prob­a­bly hard to achieve and I’d say with­out the use of drugs. Some of the best mus­cle­men don’t do G-string biki­nis jus­tice like Calum has done. Wow and wow again. Name with­held, Dar­linghurst, NSW I re­ally must com­pli­ment you on the thor­ough job you did writ­ing such a com­pelling nar­ra­tive on the com­plex story of the Corona mur­ders [ Ma­chete Mur­ders Of

Sut­ter County, DNA #169]. I knew not just the ranch on which the bod­ies were un­cov­ered, but I worked as a pho­tog­ra­pher at the Ap­peal

Demo­crat in the years prior to the mur­ders. Trust me, this was a story that had fas­ci­nated me and I thought I knew it pretty well and then I read your story. I was as­tounded to learn of all the gay an­gles and sub­plots. In those years I was still bat­tling my way out of my own closet and I could just as eas­ily have con­ve­niently glossed over such de­tails if I ever read them. De­spite my ob­vi­ous vested in­ter­est, I knew (or re­mem­bered) lit­tle of the ex­ten­sive ground you cov­ered. I make it home to Marysville and Yuba City ev­ery year or two. I’ll cer­tainly take the magazine with me on my next trip and com­pare notes with my best friends. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the story is re­mem­bered by my home­town buds. Thanks for shed­ding new light on part of my past. Keep up the great work. Wes­ley Triplett, Man­hat­tan.

Ore­gon res­i­dent Jes­sica Dutro, 25, re­ceives a life sen­tence af­ter beat­ing her son to death be­cause she be­lieved he was gay. Zachary Dutro suf­fered in­ter­nal tears that leaked into his body for at least two days be­fore medics were alerted; he was four years old. Rus­sia in­tro­duces a bill that will re­quire peo­ple with dan­ger­ous dis­eases, in­clud­ing HIV, to un­dergo fin­ger­print­ing for a na­tional data­base. Blatino Oa­sis, a week­end re­treat for gay men of colour and their ad­mir­ers, is held in Palm Springs. Is it just us or does Blatino Oa­sis sound like a porno? The United Methodist Church in Seat­tle pub­licly an­nounces its sup­port for Ge­off McGrath af­ter he is ejected from his po­si­tion as boy scout troop leader be­cause he is gay. In re­tal­i­a­tion, the Boy Scouts Of Amer­ica re­voke their char­ter agree­ment with the church. When it is dis­cov­ered he do­nated to Cal­i­for­nia’s anti-gay Propo­si­tion 8 back in 2008, newly ap­pointed Mozilla Fire­fox CEO Bren­dan Eich re­signs. Fol­low­ing his oust­ing, con­ser­va­tives re-float the the­ory of a gay mafia. Not help­ing ru­mours that Kurt Cobain may have been slightly gay, Courtney Love tells Gay Times that she was a “fag hag” who learned how to be a rock star by hang­ing around drag queens. Two days af­ter pledg­ing to in­clude same­sex mar­ried cou­ples in their em­ploy, Chris­tian charity World Vi­sion back­tracks fol­low­ing a firestorm of hate from their fi­nan­cial sup­port­ers who called it the work of the devil. The Wal­ter Reed Project in Kam­pala, a non-profit pro­vid­ing health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices to peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS, is stormed by armed po­lice who claim the charity “trains youths in ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity”. One worker is ar­rested and the pro­gram’s op­er­a­tions are sus­pended. The United Na­tions es­ti­mates that 1.5 mil­lion Ugan­dans are in­fected with HIV. Univer­sity Of Mas­sachusetts sopho­more Derrick Gor­don, 22, comes out and be­comes the first openly gay player in Divi­sion 1 Men’s Col­lege Bas­ket­ball.

What were we smok­ing? DNA #172’s most mem­o­rable typo goes to Bong, James Bong.

Calum Winsor from Physique Pic­toral DNA #171 page 78

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