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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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