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Your sizzling September issue spotlights Jeza Belle’s latest book, The Harlot’s Guide To Classy Cocktails, John Ellis recalls a true story of spontaneous sex with The Motorbike Guy and our resident legal eagle, Ben Hart explains how Thailand could become a safe haven for persecuted gays around the globe. Pink Mango reveals Bangkok’s Awards news and in an OUT iT first, Darika writes a letter to herself!

Following last month’s shocking cover story in OUT iT, I would like to personally thank you for your vital donations to the HIV Foundation of Thailand, a cause that is very dear to my heart. There is still time to urge your friends and family to make full use of the sophisticated, secure online donations system at www.hivfoundation.com Please help restore this tremendous organisation following the heartless withdrawal of support from US AID and send them the message: “We care and we show it with the colour of our money.”

James-Barnes


Out This Week

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

 

    You've got to laugh...

    308664_196745597066585_1969061406_nHe was twinkling at me in the airport café. I twinkled back. I guessed that he was in his early twenties and he was very easy on the eye. Boldly, he was walking towards me with the ubiquitous Thai smile, and that graceful gait, exclusive to the undeniably fabulous. It was quickly established that we had different planes to catch and our respective boarding gates were beckoning, so telephone numbers were exchanged and as we parted, he rested his hand on mine as if to state that which was already obvious… but I liked it.

    A courtship of sorts then followed, thanks to the wonders of interweb chat. He worked in a swanky hotel on one of the southern islands, more than 1,200 kms from my Chiang Mai nest and work prevented me from accepting his frequent invitations to visit him. In a month, he would have a week off and he decided to fly north and spend it with me. Cynically, I waited for the request for me to fund his trip. Surprisingly, that request was never made.

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    Bi Brains Baffle Boffins

    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.

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    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 tremendous but utter twaddle, JFK did not convince me. Of course, the murder of a bright, youngish man in front of his wife and, as the Zapruder film enabled, the world, was tragic but the whole Kennedy clan never ranked higher than opportunist gangsters in my estimation. And the conspiracy freaks have not even flirted with the truth.

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    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 status of high art and demonstrates an eloquence that is universally coveted, admired and feared. The waspish wit is cloaked in a humour that is particularly gay, particularly rapier in thrust and particularly devastating in effect. The recipient is struck dumb. Stunned into speechlessness. The victim will have to withdraw, retreat and maybe, just maybe, come up with the witty repost after several stinging hours of humiliated reflection.

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    Stephen Fry Made Me Cry

    The brilliant English writer, scholar, comedian, actor and broadcaster, Stephen Fry has often made me cry with helpless laughter. The humourist has such a witty turn of phrase that it is difficult to imagine anyone with a pulse not being amused, at the very least. But in recent years, Mr Fry has extended his remit into writing and presenting documentaries which are unfailingly touching. He famously suffers from bi-polar disorder and his two part special on the subject was hailed as a breakthrough in public awareness of the manically depressed.

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