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!! OMG, Murder of gay math genius finally solved after man admits to killing him 34 years later !!

Some closure in what is a very sad story: The mystery of a gay man Scott Johnson‘s death in 1988 has finally been solved.

Scott, 27, was a US citizen who went to Australia to study for his math doctorate and be with his Australian partner, Michael Noone. His body was found at the foot of cliffs at Manly’s North Head Beach, outside Sydney.

Police were quick to dismiss his death as a suicide. However, Scott’s friends and family never believed this to be the case.

Related: US man offers $660,000 to find killer of his gay brother in Australia

His brother, in particular, fought for over three decades to find those responsible for what had happened. Steve Johnson has paid over AUS$1million ($660,000) of his own money on private investigations into what happened to Scott. He knew his brother as a “proud” gay man, and the area in which he died was a gay cruising spot, where other men had been victims of hate-related crimes.

In 2020, Steve pledged an additional AUS$1million ($660,000) reward to anyone who might come forward with information. This matched a figure already on offer from cops. That AUS$2million bounty reawakened interest in the cold case.

An informant tipped off the police, which led to the arrest of a suspect.

In May 2021, Scott White, 49, was charged with the killing of Johnson. He denied the charges.
This week, White changed his story and admitted his guilt. The admission came Monday but was only revealed today after his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he wasn’t fit to make the admission.

Speaking to the press today after White’s admission of guilt was made public, his brother Steve said:

“I think primarily I’m feeling relief and I am thinking about my brother and that a lot of people cared about him to bring this result today,” reports ABC.“[We’re] greatly relieved that the accused found it in his soul to confess and plead guilty and put an end to this, so I’m very happy about that.”

Hopefully Steve and his family can rest a bit easier knowing their brother’s killer has been caught. White will be sentenced on May 2.

!! OMG, LISTEN TO THIS! An index of over 200 live DJ set tapes from gay NYC/Pines (1981-90) have been uncovered on Fire Island !!

Introducing The Pine Walk Collection: DJ Sets from Fire Island Pines & New York City (1981-1999).

These tapes were found in a recently purchased house on Pine Walk. There are well over 200 tapes in total and they are being carefully digitized and remastered and offered to stream for free on Mixcloud with permission from all of the living DJs.

This is an incredible VALUABLE part of our LGBTQ+ history, now recovered and restored for our community! HUGE. Check out just a few of the latest digitized mixes after the jump – and find all of them here. Happy listening wherever you may be!

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!! OMG, the FDA approves injectable PrEP treatment !!

The FDA have officially OKed a new injectable form of the HIV treatment pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) last week. Named Apretude, the injection will be available for use by at-risk adults and teens that “weigh a minimum 77 pounds and test negative for HIV prior to treatment.”

The treatment’s approval comes after two double-blind studies found that patients that took Apretude were 90% less likely of contracting HIV as compared to study participants that took oral PrEP treatment Truvada. There is also hope that Apretude will boost adherence levels as well since it doesn’t have to be taken daily. Apretude is administered in two initial shots one month apart and subsequent injections every two months afterward.

This is great news for all you forgetful PrEP-takers out there! Now you can just remember to show up to the doctor’s office every 2 months. Hopefully this also won’t be as costly as PrEP is by the pill. Maybe they can work on that next??

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!! OMG, WATCH: Gay adult film & LGBTQI rights advocacy doc ‘Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story’ !!

Seed Money is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco filmmaker turned philanthropist. Holmes helped shape and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a major contributor to gay advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund, only to find later in life that while his money was welcome in philanthropic circles, he sometimes wasn’t.Cozy up and check out the doc in full for FREE, yes, FREE! after the jump!

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