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.



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.


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.


UK to ban gay “cure” therapies at last?

ITV News reports that

… tomorrow Britain’s largest ever survey of LGBT people will reveal that thousands of people have either been through conversion therapy or been offered it.

The methods are legal, unregulated and – as we found – easily available. But I understand the government is set to announce proposals to eradicate conversion therapy as part of its LGBT Action Plan, with the details still to be decided…

Just last year it was insisting that gay conversion therapies were relatively rare, but tomorrow’s new statistics have shocked the prime minister into action.

A worshipping Christian herself, she will now have to devise a way to navigate the complex religious sensitivities involved.

But it does look as if the majority of gay Christians will get what they’ve been praying for – an end to any belief that their sexuality can be cured.

Three years ago the NHS and all the major clinical bodies in the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that conversion therapy is unethical and potentially harmful, and can cause depression, anxiety, self-harm and an increased risk of suicide.

I hope the Government has decided to do something to ban these nutcases and their quack practices, it is long, long overdue.


Our page of notes on Gay Cure and Ex-Gay

Pride rains down in Manilla

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There were anti-gay protesters and heavy rain, but Manila Pride March went ahead yesterday. There were around 7,000 marchers who called for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. In the conservative, largely Catholic country, even divorce is illegal.

A few days ago the Phillipines Supreme Court wrapped up hearing oral arguments seeking the legalisation of same-sex marriage.


Better care for gay senior citizens …

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Opening Doors has developed an LGBT+-friendly kitemark for care homes. The Pride in Care standard focuses on five areas: customer service; safety and security; policy and procedures; publicity and promotion; and recruitment and training. It follows the publication of the first ever LGBT guide for care support staff, developed in partnership with the charity Age UK. The guide, called Safe to be Me, includes simple steps managers can take to make their home more inclusive.

The Guardian notes:

[the guide] also reveals the impact of ignoring the needs of LGBT residents. It highlights the case of one gay couple, Arthur and Ian, who were rarely allowed time alone together. “On one occasion, Arthur was taken seriously ill and transferred to hospital without them notifying me,” says Ian. “The man I love could have died and I wouldn’t have been there or even known.”


Turing arrives in Northern Ireland

From today, men convicted of abolished gay sex offences in Northern Ireland can ask to be pardoned and have their record cleared, as the measure known as “Turings Law” now applies to the Province.

The new law was approved by the assembly in 2016 and brings Northern Ireland into line with England and Wales.

Convictions that are disregarded will be considered as never having happened and will be removed from criminal records. Posthumous pardons will automatically apply to anyone convicted of obsolete offences who have now died. Men who are living will have to apply to the Department of Justice requesting granting of the pardon.