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October-issue-2014October 2014

What a fantastic issue we have for you this month; Douglas Thompson runs away with a Cambodian circus, we have an exclusive interview with dance songster Aiden Leslie, Mariah Carey hits Bangkok and Brian Baxter asks if Clint Eastwood starred in the best gay movie of all time. Homoerotic hunks feature in OUT on TV and Ben Hart provides wise council to those wishing to start a business in the Land of Smiles; OUT iT is your key to success.

There is still time for you to give desperately needed help to The HIV Foundation of Thailand and save their vital operation by going to www.hivfoundation.com. The winners will soon be announced but you can still influence the outcome of the 3rd annual OUT iT Readers’ Choice Awards by visiting www.out-in-thailand.com/awards and your voice will be heard.

James-Barnes


Out This Week

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

 

    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.

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    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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    The Superior Baby Alternative

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    By James Barnes

    There has been worldwide publicity about surrogacy in Thailand, of late. None of it has been good. The result, we are told, is that there has been a clampdown by the authorities which has made an apparently, relatively, straight forward business, difficult. It is a typical example of how a few greedy and corrupt people can spoil things for the majority and it has affected thousands of would be gay parents all over the world. The Kingdom has, over recent years, become the global capital for gay couples who want to have children and it would seem that their hopes have now been dashed. Not so.

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    I have to come out, again

    Come-out-againBy James Barnes

    I came out as gay when I was eighteen years old. The first person I told was my best friend, Jon, with whom I had enjoyed uncountable encounters of the sexual kind since we were both thirteen. Although we did all the things that friends do and talked about all the things that friends talk about, the sex was never discussed. Sleepovers were organised by us both and the hanky-panky was implicit. I loved it and in a way, I loved him too. I complied with this conspiracy of silence because I sensed that the emotional component was all one way traffic. I got the feeling that as soon as Jon got a girlfriend, the fun would stop. He hadn’t got a girlfriend when I told him I was gay. He never spoke to me again.

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    The Rainbow in Black & White

    The Rainbow in black and whiteBy James Barnes

    If you have gained sufficient years to recall those innocent days, watching ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’ or ‘My Favourite Martian’, you will remember a television world that was all in black and white. Even when that innocence was corrupted as JFK was blown away, there was no colour. Actually, there was very little pure black or white; the monochrome was really a selection of shades in varying greys. Just like the real world. The true attractions of opposites are the areas in between.

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