Manchester’s safe haven set up

After a series of hate crimes around Canal Street, Manchester, volunteers at the Village Haven are on hand to deal with anyone in need. A quiet, safe space to sober up, get home safely, and get help if they’ve fallen victim to crime called the Village Haven is based at the The Beacon, the Bloom Street premises of Christian homeless charity Barnabus.

The haven will be open from 11pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday night.

The project is being run by Manchester’s LGBT Foundation.

Make a note of the address in your diary or phone.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/safe-haven-been-set-up-13791952

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Happy birthday to us

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It’s Gay Activist’s nineteenth birthday. I’d like to thank all readers, supporters, correspondents, subscribers and followers for their continued support of Gay Activist. Have some cake!

Paul

This is Tajikistan. Bend over

Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a list of 367 allegedly gay citizens, saying they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.

A police source told Agence France Press that “strict medical records” were needed for members of the gay community because “such people have a high risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections through infectious diseases.”

Homosexuality is not banned in Tajikistan but is frowned upon.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/tajikistan-gay-lesbian-register-medical-checks

Discrimination against gays in housing researched

Peter Matthews and Chris Poyner have been researching discrimination against gay and lesbian people in housing.

They found that some service providers were indirectly discriminating against members of the gay community.

…We can say that service providers were indirectly discriminating against LGBT+ people. They did not know about the experiences of LGBT+ people as they did not routinely ask people their sexual or gender identity. In such circumstances, it is very likely people are going to feel uncomfortable volunteering such information if it is relevant. Thus, it is good news that the NHS in England is to start asking for such data routinely.

That this was occurring in housing services should be surprising.

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/housing-services-and-lgbt-users/

More arrests in Egypt

The crackdown on gay people in Egypt has intensified in recent days, according to the Washington Post.

Security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s LGBT community underground.

More than 60 people have been arrested since a concert last month by a rock group where some members of the audience waved a rainbow flag.

Security forces have also detained people at their homes in the middle of the night and used apps and online chat rooms to entrap those perceived to be gay.

Some cafes frequented by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been shut down.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/with-midnight-raids-and-chat-room-traps-egypt-launches-sweeping-crackdown-on-gay-community/2017/10/17/6a8397fc-b03e-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.a92032a75fa2

We don’t know who you are…yet

NHS patients in England will be asked about their sexuality under new guidelines designed to ensure gay people aren’t discriminated against, from 2019. The new guidelines recommend that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals ask about sexual orientation during “every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists.”

No patient will be obliged to disclose their sexuality, and the new guidelines will not be mandatory on individual NHS trusts.

An NHS spokesperson commented:

“All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against.

“This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by collecting, only where relevant, personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation. They do not have to do it in every area, people do not have to answer the questions and it will have no impact on the care they receive.”

http://www.refinery29.uk/2017/10/176644/nhs-england-sexuality-guidelines

Gay gets its licence – at a cost

G-A-Y won an extension to its opening hours by offering to close another venue early.

The venue’s application to open until 4am was heard by Westminster City Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday.

The committee granted the request on the condition that the company closes its Old Compton Street venue an hour early.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

Keep drinking and keep us in business, please

A hearing is currently taking place regarding the late-night licence of G-A-Y, the Soho night club, which wants to stay open until 4am.

G-A-Y is arguing that the revenue taken from a late licence would offset the “ridiculous” rent hike of £400,000.

More than half of London’s gay venues have closed in the last ten years according to UCL’s LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London report. More gay venues have closed than any other category of venue.

While not wanting to see another venue close, we have to face the facts: alcohol is a major cause of poverty, poor health and negative life outcomes in the gay community.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

Hiding in Algeria

Algeria’s LGBT community celebrated TenTen, its national day of solidarity, on October 10. France 24 report on Algeria’s rainbow weddings, used to avoid being detected as gay.

Every year, hundreds or even thousands of gay people across Algeria get married in such “rainbow weddings”, because of social and familial pressure. In a country where homosexuality is a crime – punishable by two months to two years in prison, along with a heavy fine – marrying a person of another gender has become the alternative to coming out, when the latter leads to ostracisation from society.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171011-gay-lesbian-algeria-rainbow-marriage-lgbt-prejudice-discrimination