December 19, 2013

L’attrape-nigaud-homo du FN à Paris

Bruno Clavet alias « Bruno May », ancien candidat de « X Factor » et tête de liste du Front National pour les municipales à Paris en 2014.

June 28, 2013
micropolisnyc:

Outside the Stonewall Inn, as a crowd was celebrating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, I met Don Russell, 84, and his 100-year-old partner, Charles Schaeffer.
These two men have been together for 62 YEARS. 
When they started dating, Harry Truman was president. It was an entirely different world for gay men, to put it mildly. 
"You couldn’t walk around like this," said Don, looking down. Their hands were clasped tightly together. 

micropolisnyc:

Outside the Stonewall Inn, as a crowd was celebrating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, I met Don Russell, 84, and his 100-year-old partner, Charles Schaeffer.

These two men have been together for 62 YEARS. 

When they started dating, Harry Truman was president. It was an entirely different world for gay men, to put it mildly. 

"You couldn’t walk around like this," said Don, looking down. Their hands were clasped tightly together. 

June 19, 2013

June 11, 2013
Quand nos luttes sont instrumentalisées | Choses Aléatoires
Par Janis Bing
14 avril 2013
S’il y’a une chose qui m’a toujours agacée, c’est bien le sentiment qu’on me confisque ma voix. Etant lesbienne, je subis la double peine d’être invisible en tant que femme dans la société, et dans la communauté “LGBT” (ou plus honnêtement, “GGGG”). Je dispose déjà de peu de temps de parole.
J’ai donc énormément de mal avec la récupération des luttes, notamment celles qui me concernent directement, à savoir les “Droits LGBT” et le féminisme. Cela peut prendre plusieurs formes, comme la promotion du mariage à des fins économiques, mais aussi impérialistes et colonialistes. J’appelle ca du pinkwashing - au sens large -, on peut aussi parler d’homonationalisme dans certains cas.
Qu’est ce que le pinkwashing? C’est ça:

"Soutenir la Palestine = Soutenir l’oppression des gays Soutenir Israel = Soutenir une véritable démocratie"

A l’origine, il s’agit de l’instrumentalisation des “LGBT” (ou “GGGG”) sous la forme de la promotion de leurs droits et de la manière dont ils sont plutôt bien traités, accueillis en Israël, afin d’atténuer les critiques de l’occupation israélienne, du siège sur Gaza ou encore des violences envers les Palestiniens.
Cette stratégie, qui porte le nom de hasbara (ou “explication”), a été reconnue par Israël lui-même. (1) (2) (3)
On peut donc lire dans le Jerusalem post que le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères “promeut l’Israël gay dans le cadre d’une de ses campagnes, visant par là à contrer les stéréotypes négatifs sur Israël chez les progressistes Américains et Européens”.
Un exemple clair de cette stratégie a été la vidéo de “Marc" tweetée par le Bureau de Presse Israélien, dans laquelle celui-là se plaignait d’avoir été écarté de la flottille pour Gaza en raison de son orientation sexuelle, accusant ainsi les activistes d’homophobie. "Marc" s’est plus tard avéré être un acteur et son récit, fallacieux.
En Novembre 2011 Sarah Schulman, une activiste américaine ouvertement lesbienne et membre de Jewish Voice For Peace, a publié dans le New York Times un article d’opinion présentant la stratégie israélienne de pinkwashing, l’une des premières grandes médiatisations de cette méthode. Elle y décrit celle-ci comme la “récupération des homos blancs par des forces politiques anti-immigrés et anti-Musulmans en Europe de l’Ouest et en Israël”.
En citation dans l’article, Aeyal Gross, professeur de droit à Tel-Aviv affirme que “les droits LGBT sont essentiellement devenus un outil de communication”.
Schulman a plus tard publié sur Mondoweiss une chronologie très détaillée de l’articulation du pinkwashing, officiellement apparu en 2005.
L’argument souvent avancé selon lequel les “LGBT” seraient donc non seulement mieux lotis en Israël qu’en Palestine (et partout ailleurs au Moyen Orient) mais fuiraient ces territoires pour y demander asile efface par ailleurs les voix des LGBT de pays arabes. Plusieurs associations se sont érigées afin de faire entendre leurs voix et leur dissidence par rapport à cette idée.
alQaws (association Palestinienne pour la diversité de genres et d’orientations) a été fondée dans le but de contribuer à construire une société Palestinienne ouverte et diverse. Sa présidente, Haneen Mailey, appelle à “cesser de parler en son nom”, en précisant “si vous voulez me faire une faveur, arrêtez de bombarder mes amis”, démontrant ainsi comment la parole queer, spécifiquement la parole de queers Palestiniens, a été confisquée et instrumentalisée au delà de toute considération pour leurs intérêts (“Quand je me fais arrêter à un checkpoint, la sexualité du soldat qui m’arrête a peu d’importance”, dit elle en faisant référence au droit des gays à rejoindre l’armée israélienne).
Une seconde association Palestinienne, “Palestinian Queers for BDS”, est directement axée sur l’appel au boycott d’Israël.
Si la notion de pinkwashing désignait à l’origine l’occupation israélienne, elle peut néanmoins s’étendre à d’autres pays, et d’autres causes. L’association libanaise Helem l’évoque par exemple au sujet des invasions de l’Irak et de l’Afghanistan dans cette interview (à mon sens une ressource précieuse sur le sujet).

"Une autre question qui a contribué à établir Helem a été le début de l’ingérence de groupes LGBT européens dans les droits des LGBT libanais, et leur tentative de parler à leur place. Une part importante de cette ingérence a été articulée politiquement autour des interventions des Etats-Unis et des Nations Unies — donnant l’impression que les droits de l’Homme, les droits des femmes et dans ce cas les droits LGBT au Liban et dans le monde arabe nécessitaient une intervention de l’ONU et des Etats Unis."
(…) “Un certain nombre d’Occidentaux se servaient des droits de l’Homme dans les mondes musulman et arabe comme d’une justification pour intervenir, comme ils l’ont fait en Afghanistan avec les droits des femmes.”
(…) “Des voix occidentales prétendent souvent parler au nom des LGBT libanais alors que notre oppression est en réalité utilisée pour justifier une intervention occidentale, sans grande considération pour nos vies.”

On a également pu constater ce phénomène en France avant l’invasion de l’Afghanistan, avec le mythe des petites afghanes aux mains coupées pour avoir porté du vernis à ongles.
Alain Gresh a parlé de cet intérêt orientaliste souvent feint et hypocrite pour les droits des femmes dans cet article:

Si la liberté des femmes en Afghanistan préoccupait tellement l’Occident, on se demande pourquoi celui-ci n’a pas soutenu le régime communiste de Kaboul entre 1978 et 1992. A aucune autre période de l’histoire de ce pays, les femmes n’ont disposé d’autant de droits…

Et l’émergence de ce prodigieux intérêt pour le droit des femmes ne s’arrête pas là, on a par exemple pu entendre des hommes politiques “prendre notre défense” contre le voile récemment, une prise de position aux motifs islamophobes à peine dissimulés.
Le blog “Frustrated Arab” a notamment dénoncé ce phénomène suite à un article de Mona Eltahawy dépeignant uniformément les hommes arabes comme les oppresseurs des femmes.

“Mona Eltahawy has penned both men and women into a non-negotiable situation, charging men with hatred and women with helplessness; and as a woman of colour, of Middle Eastern origin, I will not allow my voice to be co-opted. “

L’homonationalisme peut prendre une définition à mon avis encore plus large. Il englobe le croisement nationalisme avec la cause gay, mais sert aussi à redorer l’image de l’armée (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell en étant une parfaite manifestation) et des causes impérialistes (invasions violentes de pays au profit de l’industrie de l’armement, par exemple).
En bref, l’homonationalisme, c’est ça:

Bilerico a résumé la question dans un article, en remettant en question la lutte pour le droit des gays à servir dans l’armée.

Ce nouveau droit à servir ouvertement dans l’armée ne ressemble pas du tout à un “droit”. Les gays d’Amérique ont été détournés de l’antimilitarisme vers une cause que le gouvernement nous a présentée comme honorable. Le désir LGBT d’inclusion a remplacé ce qui devrait être le but principal de tous les mouvements militants: la Paix.

Je partage cet avis. Il m’est tout bonnement impensable de me battre de quelque manière que ce soit pour grossir les rangs d’une armée, ca va à l’encontre de tout ce que je défends: la paix, le respect de l’autodétermination, la lutte contre le lobbying de l’industrie de la défense. La lutte contre les carnages. Mon militantisme féministe, mon militantisme LGBT ne peut pas cautionner le million de morts en Irak, la moitié des bébés qui naissent encore avec des malformations à Fallujah et Bassora à cause des bombes.
Les campagnes homonationalistes omettent par ailleurs soigneusement de rappeler que l’homophobie est bien souvent un héritage de la colonisation; ainsi que le souligne Schulman dans son article du NYT, les lois criminalisant l’homosexualité en Jordanie (et Cisjordanie aujourd’hui) trouvaient leur origine dans le mandat britannique. De même, les lois homophobes au Liban sont l’héritage de la colonisation. (1) C’est vrai pour le continent Africain également. (2) (3) (4)
Pourquoi tout ceci me concerne-t-il? D’une part parce que j’ai un intérêt profond pour les droits de l’Homme, contre la guerre, contre l’impérialisme. Je considère au demeurant que “personne n’est libre tant que tout le monde n’est pas libre" (Emma Lazarus? L’internet n’est pas sûr mais la phrase me parle)
D’autre part, et plus directement, parce qu’on m’a impliquée dans cette histoire sans me consulter, en confisquant doublement ma parole (en tant que femme puis en tant que lesbienne) et en l’instrumentalisant.

Quand nos luttes sont instrumentalisées | Choses Aléatoires

Par Janis Bing

14 avril 2013

S’il y’a une chose qui m’a toujours agacée, c’est bien le sentiment qu’on me confisque ma voix. Etant lesbienne, je subis la double peine d’être invisible en tant que femme dans la société, et dans la communauté “LGBT” (ou plus honnêtement, “GGGG”). Je dispose déjà de peu de temps de parole.

J’ai donc énormément de mal avec la récupération des luttes, notamment celles qui me concernent directement, à savoir les “Droits LGBT” et le féminisme. Cela peut prendre plusieurs formes, comme la promotion du mariage à des fins économiques, mais aussi impérialistes et colonialistes. J’appelle ca du pinkwashing - au sens large -, on peut aussi parler d’homonationalisme dans certains cas.

Qu’est ce que le pinkwashing? C’est ça:

"Soutenir la Palestine = Soutenir l'oppression des gays Soutenir Israel = Soutenir une réelle démocratie

"Soutenir la Palestine = Soutenir l’oppression des gays Soutenir Israel = Soutenir une véritable démocratie"

A l’origine, il s’agit de l’instrumentalisation des “LGBT” (ou “GGGG”) sous la forme de la promotion de leurs droits et de la manière dont ils sont plutôt bien traités, accueillis en Israël, afin d’atténuer les critiques de l’occupation israélienne, du siège sur Gaza ou encore des violences envers les Palestiniens.

Cette stratégie, qui porte le nom de hasbara (ou “explication”), a été reconnue par Israël lui-même. (1) (2) (3)

On peut donc lire dans le Jerusalem post que le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères “promeut l’Israël gay dans le cadre d’une de ses campagnes, visant par là à contrer les stéréotypes négatifs sur Israël chez les progressistes Américains et Européens”.

Un exemple clair de cette stratégie a été la vidéo de “Marc" tweetée par le Bureau de Presse Israélien, dans laquelle celui-là se plaignait d’avoir été écarté de la flottille pour Gaza en raison de son orientation sexuelle, accusant ainsi les activistes d’homophobie. "Marc" s’est plus tard avéré être un acteur et son récit, fallacieux.

En Novembre 2011 Sarah Schulman, une activiste américaine ouvertement lesbienne et membre de Jewish Voice For Peace, a publié dans le New York Times un article d’opinion présentant la stratégie israélienne de pinkwashing, l’une des premières grandes médiatisations de cette méthode. Elle y décrit celle-ci comme la “récupération des homos blancs par des forces politiques anti-immigrés et anti-Musulmans en Europe de l’Ouest et en Israël”.

En citation dans l’article, Aeyal Gross, professeur de droit à Tel-Aviv affirme que “les droits LGBT sont essentiellement devenus un outil de communication”.

Schulman a plus tard publié sur Mondoweiss une chronologie très détaillée de l’articulation du pinkwashing, officiellement apparu en 2005.

L’argument souvent avancé selon lequel les “LGBT” seraient donc non seulement mieux lotis en Israël qu’en Palestine (et partout ailleurs au Moyen Orient) mais fuiraient ces territoires pour y demander asile efface par ailleurs les voix des LGBT de pays arabes. Plusieurs associations se sont érigées afin de faire entendre leurs voix et leur dissidence par rapport à cette idée.

alQaws (association Palestinienne pour la diversité de genres et d’orientations) a été fondée dans le but de contribuer à construire une société Palestinienne ouverte et diverse. Sa présidente, Haneen Mailey, appelle à “cesser de parler en son nom”, en précisant “si vous voulez me faire une faveur, arrêtez de bombarder mes amis”, démontrant ainsi comment la parole queer, spécifiquement la parole de queers Palestiniens, a été confisquée et instrumentalisée au delà de toute considération pour leurs intérêts (“Quand je me fais arrêter à un checkpoint, la sexualité du soldat qui m’arrête a peu d’importance”, dit elle en faisant référence au droit des gays à rejoindre l’armée israélienne).

Une seconde association Palestinienne, “Palestinian Queers for BDS”, est directement axée sur l’appel au boycott d’Israël.

Si la notion de pinkwashing désignait à l’origine l’occupation israélienne, elle peut néanmoins s’étendre à d’autres pays, et d’autres causes. L’association libanaise Helem l’évoque par exemple au sujet des invasions de l’Irak et de l’Afghanistan dans cette interview (à mon sens une ressource précieuse sur le sujet).

"Une autre question qui a contribué à établir Helem a été le début de l’ingérence de groupes LGBT européens dans les droits des LGBT libanais, et leur tentative de parler à leur place. Une part importante de cette ingérence a été articulée politiquement autour des interventions des Etats-Unis et des Nations Unies — donnant l’impression que les droits de l’Homme, les droits des femmes et dans ce cas les droits LGBT au Liban et dans le monde arabe nécessitaient une intervention de l’ONU et des Etats Unis."

(…) “Un certain nombre d’Occidentaux se servaient des droits de l’Homme dans les mondes musulman et arabe comme d’une justification pour intervenir, comme ils l’ont fait en Afghanistan avec les droits des femmes.”

(…) “Des voix occidentales prétendent souvent parler au nom des LGBT libanais alors que notre oppression est en réalité utilisée pour justifier une intervention occidentale, sans grande considération pour nos vies.”

On a également pu constater ce phénomène en France avant l’invasion de l’Afghanistan, avec le mythe des petites afghanes aux mains coupées pour avoir porté du vernis à ongles.

Alain Gresh a parlé de cet intérêt orientaliste souvent feint et hypocrite pour les droits des femmes dans cet article:

Si la liberté des femmes en Afghanistan préoccupait tellement l’Occident, on se demande pourquoi celui-ci n’a pas soutenu le régime communiste de Kaboul entre 1978 et 1992. A aucune autre période de l’histoire de ce pays, les femmes n’ont disposé d’autant de droits…

Et l’émergence de ce prodigieux intérêt pour le droit des femmes ne s’arrête pas là, on a par exemple pu entendre des hommes politiques “prendre notre défense” contre le voile récemment, une prise de position aux motifs islamophobes à peine dissimulés.

Le blog “Frustrated Arab” a notamment dénoncé ce phénomène suite à un article de Mona Eltahawy dépeignant uniformément les hommes arabes comme les oppresseurs des femmes.

Mona Eltahawy has penned both men and women into a non-negotiable situation, charging men with hatred and women with helplessness; and as a woman of colour, of Middle Eastern origin, I will not allow my voice to be co-opted.

L’homonationalisme peut prendre une définition à mon avis encore plus large. Il englobe le croisement nationalisme avec la cause gay, mais sert aussi à redorer l’image de l’armée (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell en étant une parfaite manifestation) et des causes impérialistes (invasions violentes de pays au profit de l’industrie de l’armement, par exemple).

En bref, l’homonationalisme, c’est ça:

Bilerico a résumé la question dans un article, en remettant en question la lutte pour le droit des gays à servir dans l’armée.

Ce nouveau droit à servir ouvertement dans l’armée ne ressemble pas du tout à un “droit”. Les gays d’Amérique ont été détournés de l’antimilitarisme vers une cause que le gouvernement nous a présentée comme honorable. Le désir LGBT d’inclusion a remplacé ce qui devrait être le but principal de tous les mouvements militants: la Paix.

Je partage cet avis. Il m’est tout bonnement impensable de me battre de quelque manière que ce soit pour grossir les rangs d’une armée, ca va à l’encontre de tout ce que je défends: la paix, le respect de l’autodétermination, la lutte contre le lobbying de l’industrie de la défense. La lutte contre les carnages. Mon militantisme féministe, mon militantisme LGBT ne peut pas cautionner le million de morts en Irak, la moitié des bébés qui naissent encore avec des malformations à Fallujah et Bassora à cause des bombes.

Les campagnes homonationalistes omettent par ailleurs soigneusement de rappeler que l’homophobie est bien souvent un héritage de la colonisation; ainsi que le souligne Schulman dans son article du NYT, les lois criminalisant l’homosexualité en Jordanie (et Cisjordanie aujourd’hui) trouvaient leur origine dans le mandat britannique. De même, les lois homophobes au Liban sont l’héritage de la colonisation. (1) C’est vrai pour le continent Africain également. (2) (3) (4)

Pourquoi tout ceci me concerne-t-il? D’une part parce que j’ai un intérêt profond pour les droits de l’Homme, contre la guerre, contre l’impérialisme. Je considère au demeurant que “personne n’est libre tant que tout le monde n’est pas libre" (Emma Lazarus? L’internet n’est pas sûr mais la phrase me parle)

D’autre part, et plus directement, parce qu’on m’a impliquée dans cette histoire sans me consulter, en confisquant doublement ma parole (en tant que femme puis en tant que lesbienne) et en l’instrumentalisant.

June 10, 2013
The Meth-Fueled, Weeklong Orgies Ravaging London’s Gay Sex-Party Scene | VICE United States
By Max Daly
June 3, 2013
Weeklong, unprotected orgies fueled by intravenous doses of crystal methamphetamine are an increasing feature of London’s gay sex-party scene.
The orgies—or “slamming parties,” as they’ve been dubbed (“slamming” is a euphemism for “injecting”)—are known to a small but rapidly expanding section of London’s gay community. They are covertly organized over social networking sites like Grindr and Bareback Real Time.
However, that’s not to say they’re particularly exclusive. As long as you’re gay, don’t mind potentially exposing yourself to a host of STDs, and can get into the idea of taking Viagra and injecting crystal meth (and sometimes mephedrone) for several days straight, you’re welcome to swing through the revolving doors and join the party.
The various slamming get-togethers are pretty fluid affairs, taking place over several days and in several venues, from darkened private homes and West End saunas to dingy apartments and suburban mansions. There are constants, however—the nonstop porn being streamed on massive projector screens, the cascading synth lines of shitty Euro trance, and the glow of guests twiddling with their iPhones as they attempt to get hold of more drugs and bodies to invite along.   
“This new scene of bare-backing and injecting is pushing the limits of what’s socially acceptable,” says Tim, a 39-year-old web publisher who hosted and attended slamming parties for two years before giving it up. “Injecting crystal meth makes you incredibly horny and willing to do anything. People turn into animals when they come up on it. It’s basically a blizzard of sucking and fucking.”
Yes, the scene might sound a bit like the more hedonistic, cosmopolitan equivalent of dogging, less Micras, more Mosley madness—Dogging: A Love Story reimagined by William S. Burroughs and Tinto Brass. But, given the sharing of needles and lack of condoms, the repercussions that come from these blizzards of sucking and fucking are arguably much more grim than what you’re left with after a stolen encounter in a Stevenage lay-by.
Specialist drug services are witnessing a rise in gay men addicted to injecting crystal meth and, more worryingly, a jump in gay drug users who are testing positive for HIV.
According to David Stuart, director of Antidote—London’s only dedicated LGBT-specific drug-and-alcohol support service—the number of crystal meth and mephedrone users injecting the drugs in a sexual context leapt from 20 percent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2012. Seventy percent of those injecting are reportedly sharing needles. “It’s a staggering and frightening increase,” Stuart told me.
And, of course, what makes these slamming parties unique is the slamming itself. Injecting meth (or “Tina,” as it’s commonly referred to in the gay community) provides a far more intense, longer, and therefore cheaper hit than smoking it, ramping up your libido and stripping inhibitions. It’s turned London’s already pretty athletic gay sex-party scene into an extreme sport, with revellers apparently averaging up to five sexual partners a session.  
“The one thing I want to do on crystal is to get fucked by the biggest dick,” says Tim, whose teeth have rotted away due to a combination of being HIV positive and many years of injecting and smoking meth. “I was known as a total party bottom,” he continued.
Some slamming parties are more extreme than others, with those at the harder end of the scale usually involving hardcore S&M, whipping, and bondage. And if two people want to indulge in something others might not be comfortable with—like fisting or scat, for example—then they carry on the party elsewhere.
“People are often awake for days with no food or water, just fizzy drinks and Dunns River Nurishment [a nutritional milk supplement],” Tim told me. “But the stupid thing is that no one can ever come, because crystal meth stops you from coming—as does Viagra—so it’s just never-ending sex. It’s painful. Most people end up with no skin on their dicks and some end up in hospital because of panic attacks brought on by too much crystal,” he continued.
Tim says that, although he was one of the first to organize slamming and sex parties, the scene has become more widespread in the last couple of years. And many of the people now involved in bareback slamming are reportedly well-heeled professionals, despite the extreme nature of their drug use.
“There are those who pay for the drugs in order to attract parties. And, at the other end of the scale, there are people who are invited to parties because they’re well hung and can get an erection on crystal with or without Viagra,” Tim told me, before recounting one of the parties he held a few years ago. “People came down from Manchester one time and there were about 12 guys coming in and out of my house. I remember my dark, sweaty living room with half a dozen men having sex with each other. Everyone else was checking out the internet for people in the area or squabbling over which porn stream to watch.”
Tim says the golden rules to holding these kind of parties are to hide your keys and your drugs, and to lock your doors, “otherwise your drugs will be gone and you’ll have guests freaking out in the street.”
Victor—a 23-year-old Romanian who moved to London four years ago—has just finished treatment for crystal meth addiction after being involved with the slamming party scene.
“I had used cocaine and ecstasy before coming to England, but I met a dealer and he introduced me to lots of people. I tried smoking crystal meth and drinking GHB. I had great sex,” Victor explained. “The first time I injected Tina was at a party in West London. Everyone was injecting and I tried it and it gave me an even bigger high. It was so incredible. I wanted that high again. I had no inhibitions, I tried new things, I got involved in sex parties. It was crazy.”
Both Tim and Victor know how deadly the slamming scene can be. Both have friends who have ended up in the hospital, died, or committed suicide, either because of the psychological effects of meth addiction or because they had contracted HIV or hepatitis C.
David Stuart told me that around 75 percent of the 800 men being treated at Antidote’s services are HIV positive, with 60 percent failing to adhere to their HIV treatment when under the influence of drugs. “Lots of things are driving [the drug use], including the ease of finding the drugs themselves and the use of internet sites to find sex parties and drug dens where people can carry out this behavior,” he told me.
Stuart said the motives for getting involved in the scene are more complicated than pure hedonism. “Many gay men feel their sex is ‘diseased’ or sinful—the kind their parents disapprove of. A culture of online hooking up for sex is eradicating the usual process of developing an intimacy of sorts before having sex. Drugs can overcome these problems, too, providing an uninhibited abandon that these men rarely feel.”
Yusef Azad is the director of policy at the National AIDS Trust, which, as an organization, has sent a letter to all London councils calling for action to address the lack of specialist services that address the “recent and rapid rise in the use of crystal meth in the context of high-risk sex.”
Speaking to Azad, he explained the circumstances that prompted that letter: “What has changed is the sort of drugs that are used and the context in which they’re used. A lot of drugs are moving from clubbing to private sex parties. Apps like Grindr are facilitating networking among gay men for extended sex sessions on drugs. Everything we are hearing from clubbers and gay men on this scene is that it is prevalent and increasing. Three years ago, this wasn’t mentioned at all.”
For both Tim and Victor, being involved in such an intense sexual scene has left them unable to have sex without the drugs. “It’s boring,” says Victor. “I can’t get horny without drugs. So for me now, I cannot give up drugs without giving up sex. It’s a been a huge waste and it’s ruined my life.”
Max Daly is a journalist and author specializing in social affairs and illegal drugs. He is the co-author of Narcomania: A Journey through Britain’s Drug World, published by Random House
Follow Max on Twitter: @narcomania
More stuff about drugs:
Hey Straight People, You’re Using Sex Drugs Wrong  
Drugs That Make Me Cry  
I Used My Stock Market Millions to Throw Raves and Sell Drugs 
Copyright © 2013 Vice Media Inc.
[Photo: Tim, who used to organize “slamming” parties until he got out of the scene a couple of years ago.]
[Article traduit en français. Voir aussi : Gays : du Slam à revendre, par Didier Lestrade.]

The Meth-Fueled, Weeklong Orgies Ravaging London’s Gay Sex-Party Scene | VICE United States

By Max Daly

June 3, 2013

Weeklong, unprotected orgies fueled by intravenous doses of crystal methamphetamine are an increasing feature of London’s gay sex-party scene.

The orgies—or “slamming parties,” as they’ve been dubbed (“slamming” is a euphemism for “injecting”)—are known to a small but rapidly expanding section of London’s gay community. They are covertly organized over social networking sites like Grindr and Bareback Real Time.

However, that’s not to say they’re particularly exclusive. As long as you’re gay, don’t mind potentially exposing yourself to a host of STDs, and can get into the idea of taking Viagra and injecting crystal meth (and sometimes mephedrone) for several days straight, you’re welcome to swing through the revolving doors and join the party.

The various slamming get-togethers are pretty fluid affairs, taking place over several days and in several venues, from darkened private homes and West End saunas to dingy apartments and suburban mansions. There are constants, however—the nonstop porn being streamed on massive projector screens, the cascading synth lines of shitty Euro trance, and the glow of guests twiddling with their iPhones as they attempt to get hold of more drugs and bodies to invite along.   

“This new scene of bare-backing and injecting is pushing the limits of what’s socially acceptable,” says Tim, a 39-year-old web publisher who hosted and attended slamming parties for two years before giving it up. “Injecting crystal meth makes you incredibly horny and willing to do anything. People turn into animals when they come up on it. It’s basically a blizzard of sucking and fucking.”

Yes, the scene might sound a bit like the more hedonistic, cosmopolitan equivalent of dogging, less Micras, more Mosley madness—Dogging: A Love Story reimagined by William S. Burroughs and Tinto Brass. But, given the sharing of needles and lack of condoms, the repercussions that come from these blizzards of sucking and fucking are arguably much more grim than what you’re left with after a stolen encounter in a Stevenage lay-by.

Specialist drug services are witnessing a rise in gay men addicted to injecting crystal meth and, more worryingly, a jump in gay drug users who are testing positive for HIV.

According to David Stuart, director of Antidote—London’s only dedicated LGBT-specific drug-and-alcohol support service—the number of crystal meth and mephedrone users injecting the drugs in a sexual context leapt from 20 percent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2012. Seventy percent of those injecting are reportedly sharing needles. “It’s a staggering and frightening increase,” Stuart told me.

And, of course, what makes these slamming parties unique is the slamming itself. Injecting meth (or “Tina,” as it’s commonly referred to in the gay community) provides a far more intense, longer, and therefore cheaper hit than smoking it, ramping up your libido and stripping inhibitions. It’s turned London’s already pretty athletic gay sex-party scene into an extreme sport, with revellers apparently averaging up to five sexual partners a session.  

“The one thing I want to do on crystal is to get fucked by the biggest dick,” says Tim, whose teeth have rotted away due to a combination of being HIV positive and many years of injecting and smoking meth. “I was known as a total party bottom,” he continued.

Some slamming parties are more extreme than others, with those at the harder end of the scale usually involving hardcore S&M, whipping, and bondage. And if two people want to indulge in something others might not be comfortable with—like fisting or scat, for example—then they carry on the party elsewhere.

“People are often awake for days with no food or water, just fizzy drinks and Dunns River Nurishment [a nutritional milk supplement],” Tim told me. “But the stupid thing is that no one can ever come, because crystal meth stops you from coming—as does Viagra—so it’s just never-ending sex. It’s painful. Most people end up with no skin on their dicks and some end up in hospital because of panic attacks brought on by too much crystal,” he continued.

Tim says that, although he was one of the first to organize slamming and sex parties, the scene has become more widespread in the last couple of years. And many of the people now involved in bareback slamming are reportedly well-heeled professionals, despite the extreme nature of their drug use.

“There are those who pay for the drugs in order to attract parties. And, at the other end of the scale, there are people who are invited to parties because they’re well hung and can get an erection on crystal with or without Viagra,” Tim told me, before recounting one of the parties he held a few years ago. “People came down from Manchester one time and there were about 12 guys coming in and out of my house. I remember my dark, sweaty living room with half a dozen men having sex with each other. Everyone else was checking out the internet for people in the area or squabbling over which porn stream to watch.”

Tim says the golden rules to holding these kind of parties are to hide your keys and your drugs, and to lock your doors, “otherwise your drugs will be gone and you’ll have guests freaking out in the street.”

Victor—a 23-year-old Romanian who moved to London four years ago—has just finished treatment for crystal meth addiction after being involved with the slamming party scene.

“I had used cocaine and ecstasy before coming to England, but I met a dealer and he introduced me to lots of people. I tried smoking crystal meth and drinking GHB. I had great sex,” Victor explained. “The first time I injected Tina was at a party in West London. Everyone was injecting and I tried it and it gave me an even bigger high. It was so incredible. I wanted that high again. I had no inhibitions, I tried new things, I got involved in sex parties. It was crazy.”

Both Tim and Victor know how deadly the slamming scene can be. Both have friends who have ended up in the hospital, died, or committed suicide, either because of the psychological effects of meth addiction or because they had contracted HIV or hepatitis C.

David Stuart told me that around 75 percent of the 800 men being treated at Antidote’s services are HIV positive, with 60 percent failing to adhere to their HIV treatment when under the influence of drugs. “Lots of things are driving [the drug use], including the ease of finding the drugs themselves and the use of internet sites to find sex parties and drug dens where people can carry out this behavior,” he told me.

Stuart said the motives for getting involved in the scene are more complicated than pure hedonism. “Many gay men feel their sex is ‘diseased’ or sinful—the kind their parents disapprove of. A culture of online hooking up for sex is eradicating the usual process of developing an intimacy of sorts before having sex. Drugs can overcome these problems, too, providing an uninhibited abandon that these men rarely feel.”

Yusef Azad is the director of policy at the National AIDS Trust, which, as an organization, has sent a letter to all London councils calling for action to address the lack of specialist services that address the “recent and rapid rise in the use of crystal meth in the context of high-risk sex.”

Speaking to Azad, he explained the circumstances that prompted that letter: “What has changed is the sort of drugs that are used and the context in which they’re used. A lot of drugs are moving from clubbing to private sex parties. Apps like Grindr are facilitating networking among gay men for extended sex sessions on drugs. Everything we are hearing from clubbers and gay men on this scene is that it is prevalent and increasing. Three years ago, this wasn’t mentioned at all.”

For both Tim and Victor, being involved in such an intense sexual scene has left them unable to have sex without the drugs. “It’s boring,” says Victor. “I can’t get horny without drugs. So for me now, I cannot give up drugs without giving up sex. It’s a been a huge waste and it’s ruined my life.”

Max Daly is a journalist and author specializing in social affairs and illegal drugs. He is the co-author of Narcomania: A Journey through Britain’s Drug World, published by Random House

Follow Max on Twitter: @narcomania

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[Photo: Tim, who used to organize “slamming” parties until he got out of the scene a couple of years ago.]

[Article traduit en français. Voir aussi : Gays : du Slam à revendre, par Didier Lestrade.]

March 31, 2013
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love at first sight

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love at first sight

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March 26, 2013
Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party | HuffPost Gay Voices
March 23, 2013
A young British man has been convicted of manslaughter after killing a gay teen by setting him on fire.
The BBC reports that 20-year-old Jordan Sheard has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the death of Steven Simpson after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges. Simpson, 18, died one day after sustaining “significant burns” in June 2012, according to the report.
Simpson had Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy, the Yorkshire Post noted. The teen had reportedly been dared to strip down to his underpants before being doused in tanning oil, after which Sheard set him aflame at the party. Other reports said that anti-gay messages, including “gay boy” and “I love d*ck,” had been found scrawled across Simpson’s body.
Detective Sean Middleton described Simpson to the BBC as “a very caring and likeable young man” and a “generous spirit was taken advantage of and a single thoughtless act resulted in his death.”
A number of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates said they believed Sheard’s prison term to be too lenient, but prosecuting attorney Tim Warburton nonetheless told The Star that the sentence was “within the range of what would be expected had it been considered a hate crime,” and that it would not be appealed.
"This was a cruel case of bullying based on Steven’s sexuality and disability," Warburton is quoted as saying. "While we accept Jordan did not intend to kill Steven, his actions did lead to his death."
Meanwhile, Sheard’s attorney said his client had been “deeply and significantly affected by what he has done and the tragic consequences that ensued,” which describing Simpson’s death as a “stupid prank that went wrong in a bad way,” the Daily Mail noted.
Copyright © 2013 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
[Photo: Steven Simpson.]

Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party | HuffPost Gay Voices

March 23, 2013

A young British man has been convicted of manslaughter after killing a gay teen by setting him on fire.

The BBC reports that 20-year-old Jordan Sheard has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the death of Steven Simpson after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges. Simpson, 18, died one day after sustaining “significant burns” in June 2012, according to the report.

Simpson had Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy, the Yorkshire Post noted. The teen had reportedly been dared to strip down to his underpants before being doused in tanning oil, after which Sheard set him aflame at the party. Other reports said that anti-gay messages, including “gay boy” and “I love d*ck,” had been found scrawled across Simpson’s body.

Detective Sean Middleton described Simpson to the BBC as “a very caring and likeable young man” and a “generous spirit was taken advantage of and a single thoughtless act resulted in his death.”

A number of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates said they believed Sheard’s prison term to be too lenient, but prosecuting attorney Tim Warburton nonetheless told The Star that the sentence was “within the range of what would be expected had it been considered a hate crime,” and that it would not be appealed.

"This was a cruel case of bullying based on Steven’s sexuality and disability," Warburton is quoted as saying. "While we accept Jordan did not intend to kill Steven, his actions did lead to his death."

Meanwhile, Sheard’s attorney said his client had been “deeply and significantly affected by what he has done and the tragic consequences that ensued,” which describing Simpson’s death as a “stupid prank that went wrong in a bad way,” the Daily Mail noted.

Copyright © 2013 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

[Photo: Steven Simpson.]

March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013
Antigay Attitudes Intensify in Russia | Advocate.com
A new study finds Russians more hostile toward LGBT people than they were eight years ago.
By Trudy Ring
March 13, 2013
As Russia contemplates a new national antigay law, a new survey indicates hostility to LGBT people in the country is on the rise.
In the survey released Tuesday by the Levada Center, a Russian polling organization, 22% of respondents said they think LGBT people should be “cured,” up five percentage points from eight years ago, when a similar poll was conducted, Gay Star News reports. Some 23% of respondents expressed a live-and-let-live attitude toward the LGBT population, down seven percentage points in the past eight years. A total of 16% said LGBTs should be isolated from society, up from 12% in the previous study.
Other findings included that 85% opposed same-sex marriage, 87% did not want gay pride celebrations in their cities, 80% opposed letting gay couples adopt children, and 5% said LGBT people should be “liquidated.”
The survey of 1,600 Russians, conducted in February, comes as the national government considers a law against “homosexual propaganda” similar to those enacted in the city of St. Petersburg and nine other cities or regions. The law would impose fines for any positive public mentions of homosexuality that might be accessible to minors, in effect outlawing pride parades and other public events. It was approved by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, in January, but must go through two more votes and be signed by President Vladimir Putin before taking effect.
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[Photo: Gay right activists brave flying rotten eggs thrown at them by antigay activists during a gay “kiss-in” protest just outside the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, the State Duma, in December [2012].]
[See also: Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda law’ assault on freedom of expression | Amnesty International - January 25, 2013]

Antigay Attitudes Intensify in Russia | Advocate.com

A new study finds Russians more hostile toward LGBT people than they were eight years ago.

By Trudy Ring

March 13, 2013

As Russia contemplates a new national antigay law, a new survey indicates hostility to LGBT people in the country is on the rise.

In the survey released Tuesday by the Levada Center, a Russian polling organization, 22% of respondents said they think LGBT people should be “cured,” up five percentage points from eight years ago, when a similar poll was conducted, Gay Star News reports. Some 23% of respondents expressed a live-and-let-live attitude toward the LGBT population, down seven percentage points in the past eight years. A total of 16% said LGBTs should be isolated from society, up from 12% in the previous study.

Other findings included that 85% opposed same-sex marriage, 87% did not want gay pride celebrations in their cities, 80% opposed letting gay couples adopt children, and 5% said LGBT people should be “liquidated.”

The survey of 1,600 Russians, conducted in February, comes as the national government considers a law against “homosexual propaganda” similar to those enacted in the city of St. Petersburg and nine other cities or regions. The law would impose fines for any positive public mentions of homosexuality that might be accessible to minors, in effect outlawing pride parades and other public events. It was approved by the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, in January, but must go through two more votes and be signed by President Vladimir Putin before taking effect.

Copyright © 2013 Here Media Inc.

[Photo: Gay right activists brave flying rotten eggs thrown at them by antigay activists during a gay “kiss-in” protest just outside the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, the State Duma, in December [2012].]

[See also: Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda law’ assault on freedom of expression | Amnesty International - January 25, 2013]

March 12, 2013
Wilfried Knight (1978 – 2013)

Wilfried Knight (1978 – 2013)