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His son died of a GHB overdose. Can a cop survive the drug & sex-fueled world of circuit parties? / Queerty

His son died of a GHB overdose. Can a cop

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Elusive: 7 Minutes

This French thriller took us off guard earlier this year with its mix of drama, eroticism and intrigue. 7 Minutes follows Jean (Antoine Herbez), a  cop mourning the death of his party-boy gay son and his son’s boyfriend after a GHB overdose. A grieving Jean seeks out Fabien (Clement Naline), another circuit boy who knew the pair in hopes of finding some closure. Instead, Jean—who is straight—finds himself drawn into the circuit world of drugs, dance and wild sex. As Jean begins to experiment with GHB himself, his “investigation” becomes something far more sinister.

7 Minutes doesn’t pull punches when it comes to scandalous content. The film features extended scenes of graphic nudity, drug use and intense sex. Some viewers may find Jean’s actions inexplicable at a certain point–then again, that might be the whole point. The film doesn’t shy away from ambiguity. When Jean becomes addicted to gay sex himself, we’re meant to ask if he’s secretly gay, obsessed with his son, or just addicted to GHB. The movie lets audience members decide, right up until its non-ending. The finale doesn’t offer resolution or catharsis of any kind; rather, it just stops, leaving viewers with some very big questions they are meant to debate within themselves. Captivating, erotic and elusive, we recommend the film to viewers who need a bit of a palate cleanse from holiday sweetness, and to anyone mystified or repulsed by the world of circuit parties.

Streams on Amazon, iTunes & VUDU.


World AIDS Day 2020: Parents and Children

World AIDS Day 2020: Parents and Children

Today is World AIDS Day, and even while another pandemic takes the headlines, HIV/AIDS continues to shatter lives, families, and communities. I’m therefore continuing my tradition of sharing stories and statistics about parents and children with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Ribbon

Here are the latest sobering worldwide statistics about parents and children of all orientations and identities. According to UNICEF:

Of the estimated 38.0 million [confidence bounds: 31.5-44.6 million] people living with HIV worldwide in 2019, 2.8 million [1.9-3.7 million] were children aged 0-19. Each day in 2019, approximately 880 children became infected with HIV and approximately 310 children died from AIDS related causes, mostly because of inadequate access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

As of 2019, roughly 13.8 million [10.2-17.9 million] children under the age of 18 had lost one or both parents to AIDS-related causes. Millions more have been affected by the epidemic, through a heightened risk of poverty, homelessness, school dropout, discrimination and loss of opportunities. These hardships include prolonged illness and death. Of the estimated 690,000 [490,000-990,000] people who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2019, 110,000 [74,000-180,000] (or approximately 16 per cent) of them were children under 20 years of age.

In 2019, around 150,000 [94,000-240,000] children aged 0-9 were newly infected with HIV, bringing the total number of children aged 0-9 living with HIV to 1.1 million [780,000-1.3 million]. Nearly 90 per cent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. One bright spot on the global horizon is the rapid decline of approximately 52 per cent in new HIV infections among children aged 0-9 since 2010 due to stepped-up efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, the number of new HIV infections among adolescents (aged 10-19) has declined at a slower rate of about -34 per cent.

While those numbers are marginally better than in the previous year, UNICEF also notes that progress “is at risk of stagnating or even reversing if women and children are unable to access essential HIV services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It’s not a matter of choosing to fight one pandemic over the other, though. Our work to address these diseases must go hand in hand. Perhaps some of the lessons learned from dealing with one pandemic can even help us address others. This is why epidemiologists are important and why we must listen to them as well as to people in the communities hardest hit by any pandemic. As we observe World AIDS Day today, then, let us also recommit to demanding that our elected officials to conduct science-based policymaking, guided by a sense of humanity, international cooperation, and social justice.

This year’s World AIDS Day also coincides with #GivingTuesday. I hope many choose to include AIDS-related organizations in their giving, for they are among the many charities that need our help this year.

Miles Morales pays touching tribute to World AIDS Day

Spider-Man: Miles Morales pays touching tribute to World AIDS Day

As Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales hits the stores, eagle-eyed players have noticed a subtle yet touching tribute to World AIDS day hidden in the game.

The new game for Playstation 4 and 5 follows web-slinging teen hero Miles Morales, who’s the very first Black character to don the Spidey costume.

The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe is packed full of clever details that bring Marvel’s New York City to life – including one very important flash of red on a jacket lapel.

The refreshing little touch of an AIDS ribbon didn’t go unnoticed by gay video game director Simon Smith, who shared a screenshot with his followers on Twitter.

“Awesome to see a World AIDS Day red ribbon featured on the Miles Morales game title screen,” he said. “The game is set in NYC around Christmas so this makes sense as World AIDS Day is 1 December.”

It’s not the game’s only nod to inclusivity.

Miles’ Afro-Latino culture is placed the heart of the story, with the young Spider-Man often heard speaking Spanglish with his Puerto Rican mother. His Black heritage is also acknowledged through the prominent hip-hop music interwoven through the game.

He’s accompanied by a refreshingly diverse cast, including his best friend Ganke Lee, who is Korean, while other major characters like The Tinkerer and The Prowler are both Black. There’s also a deaf character introduced partway through the story.

And as a special treat to fans, the game’s creators have included several subtle Easter eggs paying tribute to the Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, who tragically died in August aged 43.

Observant fans noticed that one of the New York streets was named after him and a special dedication to the “noble king” was placed in the credits.

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Hoping I can post my own fanart on this page....

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Glittering evidence Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara might just conquer the world / Queerty

Glittering evidence Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara

We’re Here

Welcome to the Weekend Binge. Every Friday, we’ll suggest a binge-able title designed to keep you from getting too stir crazy. Check back throughout the weekend for even more gloriously queer entertainment.

The Uplifting: We’re Here

Fans and non-fans of Drag Race take note: though the new HBO series We’re Here features three alumni of the beloved drag competition, do not expect tantrums and epic throwing of shade. We’re Here stars Shangela, Eureka O’Hara and Bob the Drag Queen. Each episode finds the three riding their handbag-shaped RVs to a different conservative city around the country with a singular goal: unite the queer and straight communities by putting on a drag show. For the three queens, that means finding drag protegees to add to the show in each episode. And, as anyone familiar with the work of Bob, Eureka or Shangela will attest: each drag number throbs with energy and joy.

What we didn’t expect, however, was just how poignant and moving We’re Here gets. All three queens experience moments of vulgar homophobia and racism at times, which serves to remind viewers that attitudes towards race and LGBTQ people still vary wildly around the country. Moreover, the stories of family rifts healed through drag performance had us reaching for the tissues. We’re Here reminds us that the great power of the queer community comes from its sense of love and joy, not just fabulousness. The kind of forgiving love on display here is hard to find in any TV series, scripted or reality. That earns a winning recommendation from us. The fabulous handbag RVs are just a bonus.

Streams on HBO Max. 

Guys list their favorite gay saunas around the world (for when covid is over) / Queerty

Guys list their favorite gay saunas around the world (for

Someday (hopefully) soon, quarantine practices will be phased out, and we’ll be free to travel around the world.

On Reddit, users are listing their favorite saunas, prompted by a guy asking for steamy recommendations.

“Maybe you’re like me — deprived of human touch since the pandemic and reminiscing about your past ways,” the original poster wrote, kicking off the conversation. “While gay saunas are not for every guy, I miss going to safe places to meet men and just feel liberated.”

Related: In response to coronavirus, gay sauna refuses entry to people who are ‘too hot’

Here are the saunas commenters recommended, illustrated with Instagram pics geotagged at each location.

The Babylon, Bangkok, Thailand

Der Boiler, Berlin, Germany

Sauna Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

Sauna Paraíso, Madrid, Spain

Related: Guys reveal their best and worst bathhouse experiences

Sauna Hispalis, Seville, Spain

Sauna Condal, Barcelona

Steamworks, Chicago, USA

We love World Book Day

We love World Book Day

World Book Day has always been a day I have looked back on fondly. I loved dressing up as a child and often got my parents to craft me outfits for my favourite characters as World Book Day approached.

My all time favourite costume was “Burglar Bill” from the fab children’s book ‘Cops & Robbers’. My parents made me a costume from the items I had in my wardrobe and wrote SWAG on an old pillow case. The copper to my robber was one of my Troll dolls and I had a moustache drawn on with an eyeliner pencil.

Back then our supermarkets weren’t full of World Book Day costumes and we didn’t have Pinterest to inspire our costumes. So I am quite impressed my parents managed to make me look reasonably similar to the character I wanted to go as.

Burglar Bill World Book Day

When it came time to send our little dude to his first World Book Day at school it was quite simple. He had a costume for dress up that fit a book he enjoyed reading, so it was as simple as convincing him it was a good idea. He looked adorable and no money was spent. But that was the last year we got away with that.

space world book day

The second World Book Day for our little man was a bit more tricky. He loved lots of different books but didn’t really have a costume that fit any of the characters. So we relied on a supermarket dash and came up with the idea of Zog, as we spotted a dragon costume. The dragon costume ended up being a hit in the dressing up box, right up until he out grew it, so it was a win all round.

Zog world Book Day

The next World Book Day seemed to launch itself at us super fast. Which meant we were totally under-prepared and forced to purchase another costume from the supermarket. Luckily this time we knew exactly what to purchase as M was really into pirate books at the time and we had just the book.

Pirate world book day

This year we started planning M’s costume a few weeks ago. He wanted to be a crocodile, I suggested the crocodile from Peter Pan and we saved toilet rolls and got crocodile textures printed to make our own homemade costume. Then everything changed.

I ended up poorly, spare time got filled and suddenly we were counting down the days. As we did our weekly shop we browsed through the available costumes. M is a big reader now so there was lots to fit books he had read. Yet he chose Harry Potter, a book he is yet to read. But never one to pass up the opportunity to purchase a new book, I got him the costume and the book. Clara and I have both read all the books and loved them. So we promised him we will all work our way through the books with him. I have to admit, he makes a fab little Harry Potter.

Harry World Book Day
Harry smile world book day

Do you love or loathe World Book Day? What are your kids dressing up as on Thursday?