Changes afoot…

Your Activist is now approaching the big 7-0, so I have decided to combine two web sites into one to cut down the work.

News will now appear on G-H.

Thanks to everyone for your support over the last twenty years!

Paul

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Maryland bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ on minors

Maryland voted yesterday to prohibit health professionals from practicing “gay conversion therapy” on minors, after a legislator spoke of the pain she experienced when her parents sought it for her. Just days earlier, the woman’s father, a state senator, voted against the bill.

The House passed the bill 95-27, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. A spokeswoman for Mr Hogan said the governor will support the bill.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/04/maryland-lawmakers-vote-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy/

Northern Ireland politician’s brother lives in London so he can access his rights

Colum Eastwood, the leader of the SDLP party in Northern Ireland, said it is “infuriating” that his gay brother is denied the same rights in Northern Ireland as he is. His younger brother Liam lives in London because he would be “treated as less” if he chose to make Northern Ireland his home.

He said the Irish and British governments need to push through reform of the Stormont’s “petition of concern” to ensure moves to legalise same-sex marriage are not vetoed in future. “The right that I have to get married to the person I love is not extended to him and to people like him in Northern Ireland. I think that’s very difficult to accept.”

https://www.irishnews.com/news/politicalnews/2018/04/05/news/colum-eastwood-speaks-of-shameful-discrimination-against-gay-brother-1296325/

New Zealand to erase historical gay sex convictions

Andrew Little | New Zealand Parliament | r

New Zealand will allow people who were previously convicted of homosexual offences before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1986 to have their criminal records wiped. About 1,000 people will be able to have their records cleared from next year.

New Zealand also apologised to those previously affected by the convictions.

[the legislation] “sends a clear signal that discrimination against gay people is no longer acceptable, and we are committed to putting right wrongs from the past. I would like to apologise again to all the men and members of the rainbow community who have been affected by the prejudice, stigma and other negative effects caused by convictions for historical homosexual offences,”

said Justice Minister Andrew Little.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43637463

Grumbles about Grindr

…it was especially troubling when users discovered on Tuesday that Grindr had been sharing their information – including location and HIV status – with third-party firms,

writes Brian Moylan in The Guardian.

Users of the internet and internet services should always bear in mind that anything they type may be used against them or to make money at any time, and take a more responsible approach to the information they share.

Grindr has never been a “safe space”. There have been more than enough violent attacks and murders on its users to prove that.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/04/grindr-gay-men-hiv-status-leak-app

Pro-gay candidate wins in Costa Rica

Posta | r

Former cabinet minister and novelist Carlos Alvarado Quesada, who fought on a pro-gay, pro-gay marriage ticket, has won Costa Rica’s presidential election, decisively defeating a conservative evangelical pastor and singer who shot to political prominence by campaigning against same-sex marriage.

With 95% of ballots counted, Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Citizen Action party had nearly 60.8% of the vote against 39.2% for the National Restoration party’s Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/02/costa-rica-quesada-wins-presidency-in-vote-fought-on-gay-rights

Gays attacked in Holland

Two gay men were attacked in Dordrecht over the weekend shortly after meeting someone on a date made on dating app Grindr, reports NL Times.

One victim had to go to hospital for treatment. The second managed to flee before being injured. The police believe the men may have been attacked due to their sexual orientation and are investigating whether the two incidents are connected.

Wouter Kolff, Dordrech’s mayor, commented: “This weekend two unpleasant incidents of anti-gay violence occurred in Dordrecht. We are in close contact with the victims. Police, Public Prosecutor and I are doing everything we can to track down and stop the cowardly perpetrators. In the meantime, be alert while dating via apps and sites!”

This is the latest in a series of dating website and app related attacks Your Activist has noted. Please continue to be vigilant when using them.

https://nltimes.nl/2018/04/02/two-gay-men-lured-assaults-grindr-date