Scott Johnson in 1987, as photographed by his brother, Steve Johnson
The death of an American in Australia has been ruled an anti-gay murder — 30 years later.
Read about that, plus Roy Moore's heckler, Russell Simmons's sad downfall and Trump's dementia, plus, watch a hilarious take on Grindr in the '80s ...
NEW YORK TIMES: 30 years later, the death of an American mathematician who died in a plunge off an Australian cliff has been ruled an anti-gay hate crime:
The inquest was the third into Mr. Johnson’s death. The first, in 1989, ruled it a suicide. But years later, as evidence emerged that gangs had been attacking gay men in the cliffs around Sydney during the 1980s and ’90s, Mr. Johnson’s family began petitioning for a second inquest, which was held in 2012. It overturned the suicide ruling and recommended that the police reinvestigate.
Former Australian officials have said the police at that time were often hostile toward gay men and complacent about investigating their deaths. In 2013, the police of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, opened a review of 88 deaths of men between 1976 and 2000 to determine whether they should be reclassified as hate crimes.
JOE.MY.GOD.: Comic Tony Barbieri hilariously crashed a Roy Moore event in Alabama, pretending to support him by screaming that Moore looks like a man's man and asking, “Is that the face of a molester?!”
THR:The Hollywood Reporter continues to be one of the go-to places for the airing of sexual-abuse stories, this time publishing an anguished essay by acclaimed screenwriter Jenny Lumet, who writes of feeling pressured into sex with Russell Simmons. Simmons, one of the most powerful and respected men of color in entertainment history, and a philanthropist, has responded by acknowledging he slept with Lumet, stressing there was no violence, accepting that she must have felt fear, and stepping down from his busineses.
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OMG BLOG: This video is hilarious. Can't believe it has 2,747 views after a month. It's all about what it would've been like had Grindr been developed in the '80s:
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