Chemsex in painful health scare

A 40-year-old English gay man has developed arthritis after catching a sexually-transmitted infection through anal sex.

The patient was diagnosed with reactive arthritis – which caused severe pain in his joints after he caught shigella flexineri, which causes diarrhoea and is found in infected faeces and which can be passed through food or sex, according to those experts on such matters at the Daily Mail.

Doctors at Leeds said the patient frequently took part in in chemsex.


Gay film wins awards

The new film “God’s own country” won best film, best actor and best debut screenplay at the British indie film awards for Francis Lee who directed the film.

“I am so incredibly proud of those two boys,” said Lee speaking about the film’s principal actors Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor. “Not only are they phenomenal actors, they are also now incredibly close friends and I think they just turned in the most incredible transformative performances and I think that’s really rare and beautiful to see.”

The film has come out all over the world and has reached audiences all over the world and the reaction has been phenomenal. In the U.K. alone it is incredible to see people seeing the film 5,6,7 times. It is very overwhelming,” said Lee.

US Gay workers still lack protection

Today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The court therefore avoided an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Reuters notes:

The justices left in place a lower court ruling against Jameka Evans, who had argued that workplace sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Workplace protections are a major source of concern for advocates of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Call to ban anti-gay preacher


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Opposition is growing to a visit to the UK by Franklin Graham, the son of famous preacher Billy Graham. Franklin Graham is accused of hate speech for his past remarks about gay people.

Several MPs and a government minister have urged the home secretary to consider refusing UK entry to Mr Graham. Some suggest his comments contravene British laws on hate speech. A petition against his visit has more than 4,600 signatures.

Gadzooks! It must be Christmas.

Austria’s Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, ruling that the existing laws, which have allowed civil partnerships since 2010, are discriminatory.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations including Germany, France, Britain and Spain.

The Constitutional Court said that civil partnerships will remain an option after the law is changed, and will then be open to straight couples.

In its ruling, the Court said “the distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples,” adding that keeping the two institutions separate suggests that “people with same-sex sexual orientation are not equal to people with heterosexual orientation”.