Life for the Demon Barber

Daryll Rowe, 27, who infected five men he had unprotected sex with and sabotaged the condoms of another five in Brighton and Northumberland, and was found guilty of trying to infect 10 men, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years. He is the first man in the UK to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the HIV virus in what was described as a “determined hateful campaign of sly violence”.

After being diagnosed HIV Positive in April 2015, Rowe met men through Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton between October 2015 and February 2016, before fleeing to the north east where he went on the run from police, targeting two more men.


Mrs May might…

Jason Jones and friends celebrate their victory in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on 12 April | Andrea de Silva/Reuters | r

Peter Tatchell urged Prime Minister Theresa May to apologise for Britain’s historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth. Leaders of the 53 member states are gathering in London for a summit.

The colonial-era laws treat more than 100 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across the Commonwealth as criminals.

Mrs May acknowledged last year that Britain had a “special responsibility” to help change hearts and minds on anti-gay laws. The government may make an announcement on the issue at the heads of government summit later this week.

Slightly less censorship in China!

Weibo on Monday reversed its decision to remove gay content after outcry among gay Chinese who say the company had smeared homosexuality by lumping it with pornography as it tried to meet government censorship directives. Gay customers poured online to criticise the decision using hashtags, open letters and even calls to dump Sina shares.

On Monday, Sina said the clean-up would no longer target gay content.

More censorship in China

Reuters reports that China’s Sina Weibo will remove gay and violent content, including pictures, cartoons and text posts, during a three-month clean-up campaign. It is the latest sign of a clampdown targeting content across social media platforms as China’s new new cyber security law tightens the country’s grip on a huge and diverse cultural scene popular with the young.

There was immediate resistance from users. Reuters notes that the move

drew more than 24,000 comments, was forwarded more than 110,000 times, and prompted users to protest against the decision, using the hashtag “I am gay”.
“I am gay and I’m proud, even if I get taken down there are tens of millions like me!,” said one poster, who used the handle “rou wan xiong xiong xiong xiong” and posted a photo of himself. Some posts were quickly blocked by the platform, with the message displayed that they contained “illegal content”.

David Buckel

David Buckel | Jose F. Moreno/Associated Press | r

American lawyer David S. Buckel, 60, a champion of gay rights, died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday morning. He left a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet. His remains were found in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers.

Mr. Buckel was the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson, in which a Nebraska county sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Falls City, Neb. The case was used as the basis for the 1999 film “Boys don’t cry”.

While serving as senior counsel at Lambda Legal, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

G-H sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

Colonial gay sex law unconstitutional, says Trinidad and Tobago Court

Ishmael Slandy | 9 April 2018 | r

A court in the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago has ruled that colonial-era laws banning same-sex intimacy between consenting adults were in contravention of the constitutional rights and freedoms of gays by criminalising sexual relations between persons of the same sex.

Celebrations broke out outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain by members of the gay community when Justice Devindra Rampersad ruled in favour of Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones, who filed a constitutional motion challenging Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act.

The law remains on the statute books, pending a future hearing in July. Attorneys for both Jones and the Office of the Attorney General are to file written submissions on the issue prior to the hearing date.

Daley tells Commonwealth to reform

Diver Tom Daley won gold in the 10m synchronised event with Dan Goodfellow at the Commonwealth Games, then strongly condemned anti-gay laws in 37 Commonwealth countries. Daley said he still finds it difficult to compete in countries where homosexuality is illegal.

“There are 37 countries where it’s illegal to be who I am out of all the Commonwealth so hopefully we can reduce that number between now and then. Coming to the Gold Coast and being able to live as an openly gay man is really important in being able to feel comfortable with who you are when standing on that diving board. For 37 countries that are here participating that’s very much not the case.”