Right, now you’re cured. Now drop your trousers!

Dr. Melvyn Iscove, 72, a long-time Toronto psychiatrist who believes homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that can be overcome, has been found guilty by Ontario’s medical regulator of sexually abusing two of his male patients.

He engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions, and once had anal intercourse with one of them in his office, in order to “cure” them, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee.

“Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them,” the five-member discipline panel concluded.

Cure indeed.



Another cleric in trouble for being gay and married

The Rev. David Meredith of Cincinatti, an openly-gay Methodist minister, may have to face a church trial that could strip him of his ministry for marrying his longtime partner.

ABC Reports:

Meredith has led the congregation at Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati as an openly gay man since 2012. The Methodist Church pledged to welcome “all persons, regardless of sexual orientation” more than a decade earlier. Despite that pledge, the church’s “Book of Discipline,” a document that is revised every four years to reflect current realities in society still bans gay people from serving as ministers, Meredith told ABC News. The book was last revised in 2016, just days before Meredith married his longtime partner Jim Schlachter, he said.

Shortly after his wedding, 10 members of the Methodist Church in the Cincinnati area sent letters to Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer of the Ohio West Area of the United Methodist Church, challenging Meredith’s fitness to be a pastor. None of those church members actually belonged to Meredith’s congregation.


Complaint of mistreatment in Canada

There is a report of mistreatment of gay men by Canadian prison officers.

CBC reports:

Kelly Canadian, 25, says he was incarcerated for nine months beginning in September 2016, after he stole two pizzas and assaulted a police officer.

During that time he alleges guards at North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) repeatedly harassed him and called him names like “faggot” and “cocksucker.”

Seven months into his incarceration, Canadian filed a human rights complaint against NSCC, a facility run by the N.W.T. government.

Court records show Indigenous man went on trial without an interpreter
The complaint says NSCC employees discriminated against Canadian because of his sexuality.

In one allegation, Canadian said during a fire drill a guard called him a “faggot” and told him to “hurry my ass up or I’m going to burn.”

Clearly, staff selection and training need to be improved.


UK Government thinking about banning gay cure therapies

The Government has indicated that it is now considering banning gay cure therapies outright.

Pink News quotes a government spokesman:

“This Government is absolutely clear that being LGBT is not an illness to be cured, and the practice of conversion therapy is wrong.

“In 2017, we conducted a national survey of LGBT people in the UK, which included questions about whether respondents have been offered or undertaken conversion therapy.

“This will help us investigate what additional steps we could take to end this practice.

“We are currently analysing the responses to the survey, and will be publishing a response later this year.”

MPs could of course support the Private Members Bill and force the government’s hand.


Gay man murdered in Kansas City

Friends of a gay man murdered as he walked down a city street say he was murdered in a hate attack. Ta’Ron ‘Rio’ Carson, 24, was fatally shot by an assailant in a black SUV as he left Aura nightclub in Kansas City on Sunday.

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project speculated that he had been the victim of a hate crime. They said: ‘This act of violence follows a pattern in which LGBTQ+ people of colour are most often directly targeted and suffer the highest number of fatalities.”

Gay Activist sends condolences.

Gay man shot dead after leaving nightclub in ‘homophobic attack’

Us too

Painting by Scott Ewalt | Bedford and Bowery | r

According a survey by gay men’s health charity GMFA, some 62% of British gay men have been touched or groped in a bar without consent. In the US 40% of gay and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared with 21% of heterosexual men,

writes Michael Segalov.

Take, for instance the “dark room” – a space few people will speak of outside the confines of the gay scene’s sweaty, hedonistic heart. To the uninitiated, the concept is simple: it’s a room in a club, it’s dark and you have sex. When it comes to consent, though, the situation is more complex.

Yes, we have a lot of work to do on our culture. It will take many years before all the harm done by oppression and self-oppression have been dealt with, and we may have to wait another generation or two to see progress – that’s assuming that our rights continue to be respected by society and our laws.

At least we are thinking about what needs to be done.


Starkville relents

Rogelio V. Solis | Associated Press | r

There will be a Gay Pride in Starkville, Mississippi, after all. Having been turned down by the city council, a community group called Starkville Pride and two organizers filed a federal lawsuit, saying the city had denied their constitutional rights to free expression and equal protection. They asked a judge to overrule the city and immediately grant a parade permit to Starkville Pride.

Now Mayor Lynn Spruill broke a 3-3 tie to allow the parade to go forward, after an alderman who previously had opposed the parade abstained, saying the city needed to move past the dispute. Aldermen had voted 4-3 to reject the application last month.

The parade will be held on March 24.

“What happened at tonight’s meeting was a victory not only for our clients and for their equal dignity under the law, but also for the core principle that in this country, we do not restrict a person’s ability to speak based on whether or not we agree with what they have to say,” said Roberta Kaplan, lawyer for Starkville Pride and organizers Bailey McDaniel and Emily Turner.

March? Isn’t that a bit early?