Shout Out

March 2015 Issue

OUT51MAR2015WEB 1Thank you so much for all the calls and emails enthusing about the NEW OUT iT magazine print issue and the NEW OUT iT online Gay Guides to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Phuket. www.out-in-thailand.com has had a complete overhaul and the guides are bigger, better, bolder and more interactive than ever before. You can get FREE quotes for 1st & Business Class flights with up to 40% discount and even book your hotel with our NEW Hotel Search service.

This month’s cover story features a tale of tragedy and talent with twinkle toed Jay Margarita. You can win a FREE copy of controversial new novel “The Fallen Angels of Karnataka” by Hans Hirschi, who tells us about his life and work and Kenneth Dobson gives his take on gay marriage. We’ve done it again! Less pages but much, much more to read and enjoy!

Out This Week

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


    Sorry Elton, I can't join your boycott.

    84e6d297_464293020.xxxlarge_2xBy James Barnes

    Gay fashion gurus Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana face a backlash of controversy for saying they oppose gay “marriage” and adoption, find in vitro fertilization unnatural, and believe procreation “must be an act of love. We oppose gay adoptions,” the two told an Italian magazine. “The only family is the traditional one. You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce said. The family is not a fad. In it, there is a supernatural sense of belonging,” Gabbana added. They also expressed their vehement opposition to IVF, a technology that gay couples use to have children. “No chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed,” they said. Dolce said he opposed changing nature to create “children of chemistry, synthetic children, uteri for rent, semen chosen from a catalogue.” Oh really?


    Five Things I Love About Thai Gays

    otwBy James Barnes

    On a very superficial level, I admit that I do harbour a preference for south east Asian guys, generally. But with only a limited experience of the surrounding countries and after seventeen years living in Thailand, my penchant pivots on Thais. I have met comely Cambodians, lovely Laotians, brilliant Burmese (or now it’s called Myanmar, should they be called marvellous Myanmartians?) and very sexy Vietnamese but here are five things I love about Thai gays.


    A Notorious Convenience

    GentlemenBy James Barnes

    During a gay dinner party the other evening, there was plenty of banter and well natured bitching. It was a League of Nations gay expat gathering where latest beaus were discussed, the food was terrific and there were copious quantities of wine. When we were all socially lubricated, the subject of sex in Thai public lavatories floated into the conversation. Some were for, others against. It is a matter that I had honestly never considered but it did bring back the memory of a story that I was told to be utterly true.


    The Internet Attacks

    trans_thing_by_SzandorDuBoisBy James Barnes

    Last week’s OTW about the negative and outdated views expounded on internet forums by a ‘group’ of ‘old sexpats’ has produced more feedback and reader reaction than any previous musings I have made here or on our Facebook page. Most comments were positive- especially those from Thai readers. The piece unleashed a tempest in a tea cup, especially on one of those local gay forums. Hardly a surprise, I suppose but what did shock me was a personal attack that was so vicious, violent and vitriolic, that I was reduced to tears.


    5 Things They Don't Want You To Know About Gay Thailand

    IMG-0197By James Barnes

    There is a group of old gay expats who have been in Thailand, some of them, for more than 30 years. These oyster eyed oldies can be spotted drinking beer at breakfast. With too much time on their hands, they lurk in online forums, ready to snipe and bitch and advise the newcomer of ‘how things really are’. They haunt the go-go bars in search of their youth. Some own go-go bars and cannot understand why their decades old business models are devoid of customers. They are sad, jaded souls and trapped in their misery, they pose as experts but only strive to infect others with their cynicism. Here are 5 things they don’t want you to know about gay Thailand.


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