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December 2013

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays or Bah Humbug! Up to you! Whatever your brand of seasonal cheer, we’ve got a bumper package that is a festive feast just for you. Brian Baxter has written a special profile of Sir Ian McKellan whose second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, opens this month and we embark on a grand tour of gay Thailand: ‘OUT and about in Gay Thailand-Eat, Drink, Sleep & be Merry!’ As the New Year approaches, Darika looks younger courtesy of RMS and Kenneth Dobson shares a short story that features a Santa in Thailand!

At the close of the year, I would like to offer my personal thanks to the tens of thousands of you who have supported OUT iT over the last 12 months by reading the printed magazine, logging on to or participating on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Of course, there’s a special thanks to all our sponsors without whom, there would be no magazine!

James Barnes

Out This Week

Out-in-Thailand's Editor in Chief James Barnes: thoughts for the week

bi 2-Dec-13

Research suggests that bisexual people can hold Alzheimer’s disease at bay for longer. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease seems to be delayed by around four years in bisexuals and it can improve your cognitive skills and delay the onset of dementia, according to researchers who compared bisexual individuals with heterosexual people. Read More…

Previously in Out This Week

onion-jfk 21-Nov-13

Back and to the left…

As the world’s media ‘celebrate’ the fiftieth anniversary of that sunny Dallas day when an assassin’s bullets blew away JFK and launched a conspiracy theory movement that only grows with the passing of time, a line from Oliver Stone’s terrifically toshful cinematic hokum keeps ringing out in my head: ‘Back and to the left…’ Technically […]

onion-jfk 14-Nov-13

You’re not popular- you’re a slut!

To pinch an idea from P.G.Wodehouse, spotting the difference between a gay queen with a grievance and a ray of sunshine, is not an easy task; such is the relish with which the inevitable tirade is launched. The opportunity to bitch is rarely missed. The bitching is not just bitching. It is elevated to the […]

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OUT at the Movies Special!  Sir Ian McKellan

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Lou Reed (1942 – 2013)

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Christmas Surprises

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Ask Darika

My problem is at work, where I am a department manager for a large company in Thailand. I hate to admit it because I know you are going to be a judgmental...