Kenyan gays fight anal tests

Two men are seeking a Kenyan court ruling declaring enforced anal examinations unconstitutional after they were subjected to such tests last year to see if they had been involved in gay sex.

The examinations have been internationally condemned as inhuman and humiliating. Human Rights Watch say such coerced examinations might amount to torture under international law.

The two men allege they were coerced into undergoing anal examination by security personnel and a public hospital in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa in February 2015.

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN0XV0H6

Even Brighton isn’t safe

Dain Luka of Brighton has reportedly suffered fractured bones in his face and may lose sight in his left eye after a hate attack on him and his boyfriend James Flok Loxton.

The pair were assaulted when they were walking home. Two men allegedly started hurling anti-gay insults at them, then jumped Mr. Luka and Mr. Flok-Loxton, kicking them in the face, fracturing bones in Mr. Luka’s face.

Boyfriends Suffer Brutal “Homophobic” Attack Leaving One Of Them Fearing For His Sight

No gays please we’re the Salvation Army!

The UK’s Salvation Army chief has admitted the organisation still bans gay people from serving as members. Policies ban gay people from serving as officers, unless they remain celibate.

In 2012, an Australian Salvation Army chief suggested that sexually active gay people should be put to death, and in 2014 the US Salvation Army was hit by allegations that it refused to help house a homeless transgender woman.

Remember the next time they dump their plastic collection bags in your letter box.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/02/uk-salvation-army-chief-defends-ban-on-gay-members/

Children of gay couples are doing well says study

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New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children of gay fathers are just as well adjusted as their peers born to straight parents.

In preliminary findings published Saturday, pediatrician Ellen C. Perrin of Tufts Medical Center and her research team compiled survey responses from 732 gay fathers in 47 U.S. states about their children. Of these dads, 88 percent said it was “not true” that their child is unhappy or depressed, whereas in a federal survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of parents in the U.S., 87 percent said the same of their children. Similarly, while 75 percent of the parents in the federal survey said that their child “does not worry a lot,” 72 percent of the gay dads said the same.

Interestingly researchers also discovered that while the largest percentage of gay dads have children through adoption or foster care, 36 percent say their children were born while one of the dads was in a straight relationship. Another 14 percent became parents through surrogacy.

http://www.newsweek.com/children-gay-fathers-are-well-adjusted-453654

Gay marriage legalised in Colombia

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Colombia’s top court has legalized same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. The others are Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships. Yesterday’s ruling gives them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

Earlier this month the constitutional court dismissed a judge’s petition against equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Gay marriage is also legal in some parts of Mexico.

http://www.newsweek.com/colombia-legalizes-gay-marriage-top-court-ruling-453762

More shame in America

The Guardian have been to Oak Lawn, a supposedly gay friendly area of Dallas, Texas, where the gay community have been the subject of a series of violent attacks in recent times.

Activists rise up to ‘take back Oak Lawn’ but still party with caution as police have yet to make arrests in connection to dozens of brutal assaults since last summer.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/dallas-gay-men-oak-lawn-neighborhood-attacks

Gay New York disappears

New York City has become a real-life “Footloose” — at least for dance-happy gay men who feel as if they have nowhere to boogie these days. While smaller gay bars abound (there are at least 17 in Hell’s Kitchen alone, by my count), the number of large gay clubs and weekly dance parties has waned in recent years,

writes Michael Musto for the New York Times. It seems even in New York, gentrification and redevelopment are wiping out gay premises, and customers are finding new ways of meeting other gays using their phones and computers.

“It’s tragic,” said Adam Barta, 36, a singer who lives in the Bronx. “People used to have to show up to a dance club to have a social life. In this digital age, clubs have been usurped by the right swipe.”

Brandon Voss, 36, a club promoter and co-producer of several gay parties including Zoo, which ended last year, said that the demand for dance parties has declined. “The new generation just doesn’t support large dance clubs,” said Mr. Voss, who no longer regularly hosts dance parties. “They spend money on special events I do, like my RuPaul’s Drag Race, Pride and Halloween events. But the days of the weekly dance party are over, at least for now.”

That was close

Manuel Santos and Gordon Lake have won their high-profile custody battle against a surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep their baby when she found out they were gay.

Santos and Lake have been fighting a legal battle with Patidta Kusolsang in Thailand since their daughter, Carmen, was born in January 2015.

Today Bangkok’s Juvenile and Family Court ruled in Gordon and Manuel’s favour meaning the family can now travel to their home in Valencia, Spain.

Gay couple win custody battle against surrogate mum who disagreed with their lifestyle

Slaughter in Bangladesh

Two people were hacked to death on Monday April 25 at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, according to police. A local television channel identified one of the victims as a leading gay rights activist.

“Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder told AFP.

Private television Channel 24 said one of them was the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only magazine for the LGBT community.

Gay Activist sends condolences to families, friends and colleagues, and expects justice to be done.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/gay-rights-activist-among-2-people-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh-report