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Is This The Grand Return Of XY Magazine

Last summer, with Peter Ian Cummings, the owner of twink mag XY, in bankruptcy, the magazine’s mailing list (undoubtedly filled with underage and closeted names and addresses, and the old men who loved them) was expected to be sold to the highest bidder at auction.

Thankfully that didn’t happen, and XY’s database was reportedly destroyed. But now comes word that XY is going to live once again. READ MORE


Inequality is Unfair

…thinks a seven-year-old who has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn’t think it’s right for gay people not to be treated equally. Malcolm was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC. The cheque was accompanied by a hand written note that read: “I am sending you this money because I don’t think it’s fair that Gay people are not treated equally.”

A note from the boy’s mother said: “To teach the importance of improving the world around him, Malcolm was given $140 to give away to the charity of his choice. After hearing a story on the radio about the mistreatment of gays and lesbians, Malcolm became both upset and curious about the issue… to help, he chose to split his money between the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. read more:


BAMBIBOYS Free (the) Hugs

On the Free Range Kids blog, a senior at a New England high school writes in to discuss the petition she’s circulating to protest her school’s “appropriate touch” policy (“the only appropriate touch is a handshake”). As she says, “As a college-bound 17-year-old, I am insulted by the presumption that I am too immature to decide which kind of touches are appropriate for school. If the administration seriously thinks we can’t make that distinction ourselves, how do they expect us to survive in college?” Her petition is really good work, too:

* Interpersonal touch is not inherently sexual, and to treat it as such is to make it so. Touch can be a powerful bonding mechanism between friends, and any rule that fails to differentiate between acts of sex and acts of friendship seems arbitrary and inherently draconian.

* High school students will soon be turned loose and made responsible for their own decisions. Is it not the responsibility of educators to impart valuable life skills and ready us for autonomy? Outright bans are not the way to do so. Rather than be taught to see interpersonal touch as inherently bad, we should learn the nuances of what is and is not appropriate for public venues. Don’t force us to look at the world in black and white. Show us the shades of gray.

* Imposing limits on interpersonal relationships merely divides “school” and “life” into separate and often warring factions. This further alienates many teens who already fail to find much real-world meaning in school. School should be a holistic place in which social as well as academic needs are met. If we’re expected to integrate education into our lives, we should be allowed to bring our lives into our place of education.


I guess you know the drill by now for a typical Japanese zero to hero story, and while it’s easy to lump this together with Waterboys, this one plays it serious and is pretty much devoid of humour. However it is no pushover in its drama, and its role in elevating the sport itself, given ample opportunity to explain its basic 101 diving principles to any rookie. Watching this for its spectacular dives is pretty much akin to watching it on a television sports channel, but of course the actors here make their characters more endearing as they battle their own personal demons.

While there’s scope for rivalry and friendship, ultimately the story touches on personal struggles, and the strength that the characters find from one another as they battle their way to the pinnacle of the sport. And like all individual sports, it gets lonelier as you approach the top, wanting desperately to meet a challenger who can spar with you and give you a run for your money, and the achievement whether be it for personal glory, or the survivability of the flock. It also deals with motivation and the love for the sport, and newbies won’t feel alienated as you’re given ample coaching lessons on the different patterns and system of scoring.