Two cream teas and lattés, please

The Economist has been trying to work out how evenly spread gay people are throughout the UK. Their findings turn on the head the idea that all gay people live in cities or urban centres.

They found that there may be more gay organisations and facilities per head in Devon than there are in London! (Devon and Cornwall are not usually known as gay-friendly places to live.)

And official statistics seem to miss counting the majority of gay people – or gay people do not tell statisticians the truth.

So the Economist did the only sensible thing. They looked at the use of pornography by gay people.

Though statisticians struggle to get Britons to reveal their sexual preferences, Pornhub, the internet’s most popular adult site, has no such problems. The anonymised browsing habits of its British visitors this year show that gay content accounts for 5.6% of viewing (this excludes lesbian porn, for which the main audience is straight men). Whereas gay establishments are clustered, gay porn consumption is evenly spread, with 97% of the country within a percentage point of the national average. That suggests that, though visible gay life is still mainly urban, … gay people are more widely dispersed.

https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21731198-whereas-visible-queer-life-remains-mainly-urban-gay-population-spreading-out-mapping-gay

 

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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

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

How we see ourselves

The Daily Mail has discovered what Gay Activist’s readers have known for some time.

Only two-thirds of young people describe themselves as heterosexual, a survey reveals.
The remaining third of those aged 16 to 22 say they are attracted to those of the same sex at least some of the time, although nearly half of these – 14 per cent – say they are ‘mostly’ heterosexual.
That contrasts with 88 per cent of baby boomers – people in their 50s and 60s – who say they are heterosexual and 6 per cent who are mostly so.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4923650/Third-16-22-year-olds-say-gay-bisexual.html

Tunisia won’t look up your bum any more

AFP reports that Tunisia has banned forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation, the North African state’s minister for human rights said on Friday.

The authorities carry out the tests on suspected homosexuals but “these exams can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned”, Mehdi Ben Gharbia told AFP.

Foreign and local rights groups have condemned the practice of forced anal exams as “cruel” and “inhuman”. In Tunisia sodomy is punishable by jail.

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/tunisia-bans-forced-anal-exams-for-homosexuality-20170922

Gay nomads turn up in Australia

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ABC have been to meet some of Australia’s gay nomads, fed up with city life who prefer to live in caravan parks and tour.

Laine Isaac is new to the group and said he felt at ease spending time with like-minded people during his travels.

“You don’t have to be closeted [with gay nomads] … you can be outspoken and discuss things,” Mr Isaac said.

“It’s very difficult when you’re sitting down at a camp with straight people to all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, I’m not quite what you think I am’.”

Lynne Hocking said the group debunked the stereotype that all LGBTI people were urban and city dwellers.

They felt more accepted in their nomadic community than they did in Australian cities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/gay-nomads-fly-rainbow-flag-in-outback-caravan-parks/8944470

Artificial intelligence has gaydar!

Artificial intelligence can detect homosexuality by analysing facial features, according to researchers at Stanford University who say that faces “contain much more information about sexual orientation that can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain”.

The team used deep neural networks, a kind of artificial intelligence algorithm, to analyse more than 35,000 facial images they had collected from a US dating site.

http://news.sky.com/story/ai-can-detect-homosexuality-from-photographs-researchers-claim-11025567