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


Tab Hunter and one of his beards | Dated: 1967 | Associated Press | 18319

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.

Game set and match to New York

New York Pride yesterday | Alba Vigaray/EPA | r

Yesterday saw the 49th annual Pride March in New York. The march was led by tennis legend Billie Jean King. There are still reasons to march for our rights, even in the US.

“Even though we have gay marriage, we still have people who don’t want to bake wedding cakes for us,” said David Jones, from the Bronx. “So if we bat our eye, it could all go backwards and that’s not where we want to go.”

Gay cure ban nearer in California

An effort to recognise gay conversion therapy as fraudulent was debated in the California state Senate on Tuesday. There was opposition from hundreds who rallied to fight the proposal because they believed it would restrict the reading of or sale of the Bible.

The Judiciary Committee passed the proposal, which means it is a step closer to being considered by the entire state Senate. An earlier version of the legislation has already passed the state Assembly.

The disappearing gay people

America’s GLAAD keeps a watch on the representation of gay people in films. Billboard notes that there have been fewer gay people present in films over the last twelve months:

According to the organization’s annual Studio Responsibility Index, films created by major studios in 2017 featured far fewer LGBTQ characters than in 2016 and years prior. 12.8 percent of releases from major film studios (14 films out of 109) featured characters that identified as LGBTQ. Those numbers represent a 5.6 percent and nine-film decrease from 2016.

Of the 14 films featuring identifiably queer characters, nine included gay men, five included lesbians, two included bisexual individuals, and none of them featured a character who identified as transgender.

Gay senior citizens still facing discrimination

The Chicago Tribune has been looking at the problems faced by older members of the gay community in Chicago. They seem to have many of the same issues we have in the UK and Europe.

The number of LGBT people in the U.S. ages 50 and older is estimated at 2.7 million and is expected to grow dramatically over the next few decades, according to a 2017 report in The Gerontologist.

In senior living communities, LGBT people live side by side with heterosexuals who came of age when homosexuality was considered a mental illness or even a criminal offense. Bullying and discrimination are common, Larson said.

An outspoken older gay Chicagoan told Larson he had ridden the elevator in his senior housing with another resident who objected to the facility’s gay support group, using a gay slur.

“Well, I’m one of them, so you can shut the hell up,” the gay senior shot back. Larson chuckled when she related that response, but she said that for an LGBT person who is less confident, that kind of hostility could be intimidating.

One elderly gay resident was attacked from behind, knocked off her mobility scooter and called derogatory names by other residents.

Nasty hate crime in Florida

Four men who perpetrated a nasty attack after a Miami Beach Pride event have now been charged with aggravated battery and hate crime.

Rene Chalarca and his boyfriend, Dmitry Logunov were waiting in line for a public bathroom along Ocean Drive. As they left, Logunov accidentally bumped into Juan Carlos Lopez, 21; Alonso Piovet, 20; Adonis Diaz, 21; and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21.

They are accused of beating Chalarca and Logunov while yelling a gay slur at them in Spanish on April 8. There was surveillance video, which police say shows Lopez and the others repeatedly punching Chalarca and Logunov in the face so hard they fell to the ground. The attackers could all face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. They have all pleaded not guilty.