HPV Protection extended to boys

The Government has announced that teenage boys will now be able to protect themselves from HPV. The vaccination programme which has been available to teenage girls for some time, has now been extended to include teenage boys.

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/sexual-health/what-is-hpv/

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Gay marriage is good for us!

Legalizing same-sex marriage improved the health of gay men according to a new study in the US. Researchers from Vanderbilt University found that gay men had an easier time gaining access to health care and better health outcomes in states where same-sex marriage was legal.

This study showed that marriage equality in all 50 states improved health care access for men in same-sex relationships.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5948135/Legalizing-sex-marriage-improved-access-health-care-gay-men.html

Tab Hunter

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Gay Actor Tab Hunter, who rose to fame in the 1950s, died on Sunday at the age of 86.

Hunter, real name Arthur Gelien, was born in 1931. He kept his sexuality a secret for the bulk of his career, and came out in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

The 1950s was inhospitable to gay entertainers, so Hunter kept up secret romances with film star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Ronnie Robertson while actresses Natalie Wood and Debbie Reynolds bearded for him.

Hunter’s sexual orientation, like that of his contemporary Rock Hudson, was an open secret among journalists covering Hollywood stories. The Guardian notes:

The gossip columns of the day, penned by Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, “made subtle references” to his sexuality, as Hunter wrote in the Hollywood Reporter in 2015, “wondering when I was going to settle down with a nice girl and then, after the studio began pairing me with my dear friend Natalie Wood on faux-dates, asking if I was ‘the sort of guy’ she wanted to end up with”.

Ultimately, Hunter would end up with producer Allan Glaser, his partner of 36 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jul/10/tab-hunter-how-hollywoods-boy-next-door-became-a-gay-icon

Hot Pride!

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30,000 marchers – and uncounted onlookers – braved the record London temperatures yesterday to take part in a sunny Pride March. As usual the march was surrounded by controversy. As many as 50,000 people applied to take part in the march, but a cap was placed on the numbers marching.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, groups from the health service were prominent in the parade.

There was a protest by a group of lesbian anti-trans activists who were allowed to march. There was also a separate “Black Pride” event on the same day.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/07/london-pride-parade-lgbt-30000-march-huge-crowds-line-route

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44725126