Shout Out

November 2014

OUT47NOV2014WEB-1This month we are rolling out the first part of an EXCLUSIVE interview with former First Lady and US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. This international icon has been a tireless advocate for gay rights since long before it was a fashion. Amazingly, she talks candidly about her relationship with Bill, killing Bin Laden and all the inside info on the Monica Lewinsky affair. Don’t miss part two next month!

Along with all your regular favourites, look out for a very special OUT iT readers’ offer on first and business class travel from PoshBerry and you can get amazing savings at www.out-in-thailand.com.

November sees the spectacular Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand so I wish you fun and happiness as you celebrate.


Out This Week

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



    Gay-Man-Burned-AliveBy James Barnes.

    Hacks like me are a privileged bunch. Special access is granted. We have a license to be nosy. We get to hear the news first. Those advantages also mean that we are the first to be touched by the pitiful heartbreak that this world serves up. Our tears are the first to fall. And then we are duty bound to dry our eyes and report the horror without bias. The latest, shocking awfulness is happening in Africa. But I am not going to be unbiased.



    Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 8.26.26 AMBy James Barnes

    Ok. I admit it. I am mean. I don’t mean, mean, unkind. I mean, mean, mean.. A skinflint. A penny-pinching, parsimonious, cheapskate. Look after the Satang and the Baht will look after themselves. None of this is in my generous and unthrifty nature but in these days of pecuniary uncertainty with the financial naysayers openly discussing the possibility of not just a third dip depression but the total collapse of the global banking and monetary system- it could pay to be careful, so here are some ingenious tips for any hedonist to preserve a bulging wallet.


    Let's Abolish Gay Rights

    Gay rights are human rightsBy James Barnes

    There is a complex relationship between discrimination and discernment at the heart of queerness, but it gets no recognition in these times of pop monoculture and the LGBT mainstream campaign for normality. Unlike Pride, I prefer the importance of gayness by celebrating our difference from the societal mainstream. The irony in that, of course, is that I have always been treated as different by society and there is no way of proving what came first: my gayness or their attitude? My feeling is that societal values took precedence. My outsider status, my otherness, made me special because I rebelled against those values and that was inextricably bound to my sexuality.


    The Art of Conversation

    The Art of ConversationBy James Barnes

    Best-selling author, Stephen King has just named his most hated expressions. Certain phrases (‘Many believe’ and ‘some people say’ for example) make his skin crawl. Good for him. It is true that language is an organic, evolutionary business and will change, subject to fad and fashion but that does not mean we should be sloppy, sloth-like or slipshod when we attempt to communicate.


    10 Top Tips For The Best Online Profile

    10-top-listsBy James Barnes

    It is vital that you realise that your online profile is essentially an advertisement. The assumption is that you are not a multi-million dollar conglomerate, employing a super smart ad agency to champion your cause and come up with an irresistible campaign. This is why most online profiles are so bad and why you need these tips and hints to market your charms:

    A picture paints a thousand words…


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