Interview – Seek and Find

April 23, 2014 by  
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 Eric Henry’s debut film, Seek, centres on Evan, a young, gay newspaper writer who attempts to shake off a lost love by taking on an assignment profiling Hunter, an alluring gay club promoter.   Around the guys are a host of other twenty-something urbanites, all longing for the same thing – approval. Whether it’s by the […]

HIV prevention – 30 years on and still more to do to educate gay men

April 23, 2014 by  
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Thirty years after the discovery of virus, new research from NAT (National AIDS Trust) reveals that gay men are in the dark about new HIV prevention tools, with knowledge among 16-24 year olds particularly low. Less than half (43%) of the gay men surveyed were aware that PEP, emergency HIV treatment to prevent HIV transmission, […]

Young Love in the cloisters

April 22, 2014 by  
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Sandel, a novel by Angus Stewart adapted for the stage by Glenn Chandler (creator of TV detective series Taggart) makes its London premiere on Tuesday 20th May at Above the Stag, having garnered 5 star reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The book was cult gay reading from its publication in 1968, and fetched […]

Bent America – Adam Joseph, Loverboy

April 18, 2014 by  
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By Paul Hutnick  Adam Joseph is best known for his underground gay anthem “Faggoty Attention”, however, the talented singer, songwriter, and producer is no one hit wonder. In 2009 he was featured as a vocalist on Grammy-nominated producer Bob Sinclar’s album “Born in ’69″. His song “Can’t Stop” was among the “Top 10 Most Played Dance […]

‘God Loves Queers’ at Bollox’s Non-Birthday Party

April 16, 2014 by  
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by Adam Lowe  The folks behind Bollox don’t celebrate birthday parties – they’re much too old for that! But this April, the sixth year since Bollox’s unholy creation, the organisers have decided to thank the Lord for their blessings. And quite rightly too. The impact of Bollox’s role on North West culture is visible in […]

Bright Summer – Hot Streetwear

April 16, 2014 by  
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“Bright Summer” is the name that has been chosen for the new Addicted Athletic and Streetwear campaign. Surely, when we think of our happiest summer moments certain images come to mind -  light, colour, bronzed skin and a fantastic smile that expresses the wonderful moments that one is living – probably the best of the […]

Puffball

April 16, 2014 by  
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Puffball is a new production devised and performed by a new company of circus artists and a young LGBTQ cast (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) in collaboration with renowned artist Mark Storor. The show comes to Cast on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd May, directly following its world premiere performances in London as part […]

Bent America – Jason Walker’s ‘Heart’ Beats

April 16, 2014 by  
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By Paul Hutnick Jason Walker hit the national spotlight with a winning performance on American TV’s It’s Show Time at the Apollo. Soon afterward, Junior Vasquez signed him to his label where they released two dance albums, “This Is My Life” and “Flexible”. From their collaboration, Walker amassed three Top 10 Billboard hits and was […]

Travel – Thank you for the music, Brighton!

April 15, 2014 by  
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Voulez vous? And does your mother know? Bent’s own little dancing queen, Adrian Gillan, takes a chance on the UK’s queerest seaside resort, where – where else? – ABBA won Eurovision almost exactly 40 years ago, their undoubted springboard to pop mega-stardom! On one fateful night in April 1974, 40 years ago this month, an […]

Spring Awakening with Jimmy and Friends

April 15, 2014 by  
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Jimmy Somerville, singer with Bronski Beat and The Communards, will perform an exclusive, short acoustic set at the National AIDS Trust’s flagship fundraising event, Spring Awakening, on Wednesday 14th May. Somerville will be performing classic hits such as Don’t Leave Me This Way, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and Smalltown Boy. The set will […]

Anti-gay ban for Olympic Games

April 15, 2014 by  
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Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to condemn Russia’s discriminatory […]

Meet meat

meat is a gay pinup print ‘zine’ featuring the very personal work of London based editorial photographer Adrian Lourie (adrianlourie.co.uk). An idea formed over a greasy spoon fry-up one hung-over Sunday afternoon, meat was inspired by BUTT magazine and Adrian’s desire to publish a printed magazine in the face of a culture dominated by online […]

Travel – Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakesqueer hits 450!

April 14, 2014 by  
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Adrian Gillan visits Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. But was the Bard really bent? 450 years after his birth (23 April 1564) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the sheer humanity, scale and scope of William Shakespeare’s work continues to ensure a fame-beyond-words – and without so much as a twitter or tweet! Ironic then, that his private […]

Shirts for the boys

April 12, 2014 by  
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Andrew Christian is one of today’s hottest designers. For us gay boys it seems that his superbly crafted underwear is the only thing to wrap our most important bits in. The ranges he keeps coming up with (and the videos he makes to promote them) are always the next must see and have items to […]

Queer Creative Fiction

April 9, 2014 by  
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Arvon, the creative writing charity, are running a residential Queer Fiction writing week, led by Kerry Hudson and Jonathan Kemp. The course takes place at Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, close to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Spend a week immersed in writing, with a mixture of workshops, tutorials and private writing time. […]

Bad Boys of Dance

April 9, 2014 by  
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After taking the US, Australia and Europe by storm, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance are to make their eagerly awaited West End debut in Rock the Ballet, a breath-taking fusion of classic ballet, hip hop, tap and acrobatics performed against a backdrop of animated scenery and stadium rock lighting. Rock the Ballet’s thumping, pumping […]

Copenhagen’s hosting of ESC 2014 is green

April 8, 2014 by  
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  Photo: Ty Stange Eat organic street food in Eurovision Village, quench your thirst with free tap water in the Aqua Bar and let the kids rollick in the Green Room. When the Eurovision Song Contest hits the capital of Denmark 4 – 10 May, it is not just about music and parties. Copenhagen has […]

Free speech v Hate speech

April 7, 2014 by  
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Buju Banton Homophobic hate music. Where to draw the line?   Together with crude misogyny, homophobic lyrics have long blighted some strands of rap and reggae music. Artists such as Eminem and Buju Banton have been in the firing line for incendiary anti-gay hate music; ranging from raps with insults like ‘faggot’ to overtly glorifying […]

Bent Fiction – Pledge Pants by Les Lea

The light was at red and said “DON’T WALK” and I waited patiently for the traffic to move away and the white “WALK” sign to appear to help get me across the road. As I hovered at the kerbside on a fairly bright Saturday morning here in Los Angeles I noticed a plastic carrier bag […]

Addicted to – Wet

April 4, 2014 by  
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WET ME UP! Is the first instalment of a wonderful trilogy in which the Addicted 2014 Spring/Summer Collection will be presented – swimwear, underwear, sportswear/streetwear. “The combination of beauty eroticism and desire makes the temperature rise to unexpected levels and this is the exact intention of the new Addicted Swimwear Campaign for summer 2014″, affirms […]

Save Civil Partnerships. Extend them to straights

April 2, 2014 by  
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“The government is considering abolishing all civil partnerships and converting them into marriages, regardless of what existing civil partner couples want. It is also considering retaining existing civil partnerships but refusing any new ones. The other government option is to keep civil partnerships and make them available to opposite-sex couples, as well as to same-sex […]

London Set To Be Crawling With Gays

A tour of London’s gay scene will soon become a reality for gay men visiting the city with the launch of Gay Bar Crawls, a new night-out led by gay locals every Saturday from the 3rd May for just £30.00. With reservations made online, Gay Bar Crawls delivers a fun, friendly and hassle-free way to […]

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