Under age sex gets soldier in trouble

Alexander Gemmell, 29, a gay soldier admitted having sex with an under-age boy he groomed on a dating website. They went to wasteland in Perth in a black Range Rover and engaged in sex acts. The youngster’s mother found he had taken an illegal drug and was told the soldier had given it to him.

Gemmell, who is based at Leuchars in Fife, started communicating with the boy online. Depute Fiscal Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court: “The accused describes himself as a homosexual and sent correspondence to the boy on a chat site called Fab Guys. The boy’s mother questioned where he had got an illegal drug from and he said it was from a man he had been meeting for sex. The mother phoned the police and officers took away the boy’s phone and computer.”

The boy had told his mother he had joined the website to meet men for sex. Gemmell admitted sexual offences with an underage male between August 24 last year and January 24 this year. Sentence was deferred until October 12 for background reports and Gemmell was placed on the sex offenders’ register.


Orange pants are a no-no

Researcher Travis Dean Speice at the University of Cincinnati looked closely at the various strategies gay men use to manage both their gendered and sexual identities in the workplace. Gay men often feel they have to change certain distinct gestures and body language behaviours in order to avoid potential negative consequences from co-workers.

“From the initial interview to moving up the ladder at work, if a gay man feels his supervisors don’t agree with a gay population, he may not want to reveal his sexuality to them. Instead, he may test the waters with a variety of strategies, including managing the way he dresses, the way he talks and whether or not he decides to disclose his sexuality to the people at work.”

Gay men at work develop strategies for avoiding scrutiny using a concept he calls “hegemonic sexuality” – a tool he uses to understand how gay men are positioned hierarchically within society – where some men are labeled “too gay,” while others are more acceptable. Speice says his respondents refer to the label “too gay” as various speech patterns, body language and clothing choices they feel do not fit into an idealized form of hegemonic masculinity, or other commonly known masculine behaviors. Instead, these characteristics often follow common stereotypes of gay men. Men then have the choice to perform masculinity and gayness in any number of ways, with some men attempting to perform a more traditional masculine version of themselves at work.

“One man, a social worker, felt proud wearing his burnt orange khakis to work one morning until he had to visit the corrections institute later that day and noticed the inmates staring at him. The color of his clothes was significant in his perception of his own masculinity and gay identity, but later became too flamboyant in the face of scrutiny. He became insecure and felt that because the color of his pants indicated something about his sexuality, the inmates had suddenly gained a sliver of power over him.”


Gay marriage in Australia hits snag

The Australian government’s plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage suffered a setback today when a political party announced it would not support the proposed plebiscite.

Even if most Australians voted for same-sex marriage, conservative government lawmakers could still block the reform in Parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed to hold the referendum in a deal with gay marriage opponents within his party in return for their backing in the internal leadership ballot that toppled Prime Minister Tony Abbott a year ago. Turnbull, a gay marriage advocate, had previously spoken out against such a public vote that could create painful divisions in Australian society.


New Zealand petition for official pardon open for comments

New Zealanders can now have their say on a petition seeking an official pardon for men who were prosecuted last century for being gay. Hundreds of men were convicted before New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986, which removed criminal penalties.

The Justice and Electoral Committee is now accepting public submissions on the petition, which was signed by 2111 people and presented to Parliament in July this year. It asks for a formal apology to those who were convicted, and for legislation to be passed that would expunge their convictions.

Submissions close on 6 October.


Take care when getting lube from machines

A man has been charged with filling a lube dispenser with hydrochloric acid at a gay and bisexual sex club in Sydney, Australia.

The 62-year-old man allegedly tampered with the dispenser fitted to the wall in a room at the Aarows club in Bridge Street, Rydalmere, on Saturday.

Items in the room had been fitted with sensor alarms because similar tampering had happened several times recently, police said.

Hydrochloric acid is a clear, pungent chemical that is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membrane, and can cause burns.

No serious injuries have been reported.



A closer eye will be kept on how trainee priests attending Ireland’s Maynooth seminary spend their time as part of a stricter regime being introduced in the wake of the gay dating app scandal. They will be required to eat their evening meal in the college instead of wherever they choose, and will have to attend evening rosary at 9pm, which has been made compulsory.

A review of “appropriate use of the internet and social media” by the 50 or so trainee priests and their staff will be held.

Earlier this month, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of ­Dublin withdrew his seminarians from Maynooth following allegations that students were using gay dating app Grindr.

Maynooth’s trustees have been urged to reinstate a young seminarian who was dismissed last May after he allegedly caught two other seminarians in bed together.


Rightly banged up

A homophobic lorry driver who poured boiling water over a gay couple while they slept has been jailed for 40 years.

Martin Blackwell, 48, from Atlanta, was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery on two counts of aggravated assault on Wednesday.

Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert, who had been dating for about six weeks, were sleeping at the house where Blackwell often stayed during long-haul journeys.

Mr Gooden was left needing skin grafts after more than 60 per cent of his body was badly burned and he was put in a medical coma.

Mr Tolbert had to wear special compression clothing for 23 hours a day for the next two years and has weekly counselling.

Your Activist has been blogging for 18 years. This year I have blogged as many hate crime stories as in the previous five years. It’s enough to make us all cry.

Homophobic lorry driver who poured boiling water on gay couple as they slept jailed for 40 years

Sport for gays: more to do.


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Canadian Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis told CBC “Sport should be a safe place for absolutely everyone, and unfortunately we do see a lot of homophobia still in the locker room. It is a little bit of an old boys club. Obviously we have seen some great gains. I don’t want to be negative and discount what we have done, but it is nowhere near where it needs to be, and continuing that discussion is really the only way we’re going to champion that equality.”

Bucsis is well known for her charitable and social work, and CBC reminds us:

Bucsis has become a dedicated advocate for making the sporting community a safe place for LGBTQ athletes. When she’s not training for the Winter Olympics, she works as an ambassador and member of the You Can Play Project, an activist group dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports.


Swardspeak is the new Polari!

Jon Shadel writes about the secret gay language spoken by gay men in the Phillipines:

A coded lexicon mostly spoken by gay men, Swardspeak draws from English and Tagalog, as well as Spanish and, to a lesser extent, Japanese. It’s what might be referred to as an “anti-language,” the lingua franca of an “anti-society”—in this case, the Philippines’ gay subculture.
To Filipino speakers, Swardspeak sounds witty and twangy, and it immediately identifies the speaker as homosexual. “At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between gay lingo and ‘normal talk,'” Dasovich admits. “To me, everything seemed Filipino—just another foreign language.”

Swardspeak is both playful and mind-bogglingly complex. Many terms come from the names of celebrities, brands and a cornucopia of other colorful sources. “Walang Julanis Morisette,” for instance, translates to “there’s no rain,” a play on a lyric from Alanis Morissette’s single “Ironic”—”it’s like rain on your wedding day.” It is language as pun, as inside joke, as subversion—and it is as metaphorical as it is ephemeral.

Thanks for the prevarda.


Vicars are revolting!

Nearly a dozen ministers within the Church of England are to reveal that they are gay and have married their same-sex partners despite the Church’s opposition to gay marriage.

A letter in the Guardian will ask for permission from the Church to carry out blessings for people entering gay marriages.

“Our marriages are legal, celebrated and widely accepted in society,” said Andrew Foreshew-Cain, one of the first priests to defy the Church’s ban on gay marriage. “Yet the Church of England behaves as if they are somehow dirty and imposes penalties on clergy and refuses to acknowledge the marriages of those who wish to make lifelong faithful commitments.”