ABOVE: My street-photography Insta went POOF! in 2018, but many others exist.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Reports are coming in that several men and women have been detained in Chechnya on suspicion of being gay.
TOWLEROAD: Undetectable = untransmissible. Say it, spray it.
PAPER: The NY-based mag asks why gay men hate their bodies. In the piece, the wellness culture is critiqued as being a thinly-veiled let-me-get-hot-so-I-get-sex culture. On thing I reject is that being exposed to imagery of traditionally hot bodies causes self-hatred; it has to be there already. And if we erased all images out there now, people would start over and gravitate to the same images that we find aesthetically pleasing. Our goal should be to accept ourselves and also our desires.
EXTRATV: Latin trap star Kevin Fret, 24, who was openly gay, was gunned down in Puerto Rico Thursday, killed by eight shots. His death is being investigated. His manager told E! News:
Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do. This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go. We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.
Fret had been arrested in Miami, where he lived, in June after getting into a physical altercation with another man.
TRUE CRIME DAILY: Fugitive accused of breaking into a young man's home and attempting to sexually assault him may be in SoCal.
GAY BODY BLOG: Vintage nude dudes!
GR8ERDAYS: RIP to Dean Wormer's wife, the great actress Verna Bloom — she died this week of complications of dementia. Along with Animal House, I also remember her from the '60s docu-style movie Medium Cool.
TPM: Could the sexual-harassment allegations dogging Bernie Sanders regarding his 2016 campaign keep him out in 2020? I hope so. I would sleep well if he were installed as president, but another campaign with him would really be extra-divisive and possibly deliver us another Republican president; it won't be Trump, Trump won't be the nominee.
BUZZFEED: The man who raised $20M for Trump's $5B proposed wall raised money for veterans — and there are no records those funds were ever given to anyone. He also had a penchant for using fake imagery for clicks for his right-wing site. Shocking, I know.
FACEBOOK: For Fearless, a young trans man is introduced to Laverne Cox, who is he first trans person he's ever met: