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

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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

Spy on your kids!

A French company was offering “invisible PC spy software” which could be used “to find out if your son is gay”.

Listing a series of “clues” Fireworld suggested that “hacking his Facebook account” and seeing if he had visited gay websites would confirm a parent’s suspicions.

The company has since taken down the article.

So much for the European citizen’s right to a private life!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41022827

Transitioning to be reviewed

The government proposes that trans people should be able to choose their legal sex more easily.

Reforms making it easier for transgender people to legally choose their sex by removing the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and speeding up the bureaucratic process of changing sex will go out to consultation this autumn.

Trans people currently have to provide evidence that they have been in transition for at least two years before they can apply to legally change their gender. They also have to convince an intrusive interview panel. This is now widely viewed as demeaning and discriminatory.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/23/gay-men-blood-donation-three-months-after-sex

Yu did it

A gay man in central China, Mr Yu, has damages from a psychiatric hospital over forced “gay cure” conversion therapy. In China it is the first such victory for the LGBT rights movement which is gradually emerging in the country.

A court in Zhumadian ordered a city psychiatric hospital to publish an apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year old man 5,000 yuan – £570 – in compensation.

Mr Yu had been forcibly admitted to the hospital in 2015 by his wife and relatives. He was diagnosed with “sexual preference disorder” and forced to take medicine and receive injections. He walked free after 19 days.

China removed homosexuality from its list of recognised mental illnesses more than 15 years ago but it is reported that families do admit their relatives for conversion therapy.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/chinese-man-wins-forced-gay-conversion-therapy-lawsuit

Looking the other way

A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, which examined the porn-viewing habits of 821 gay, straight, and bisexual men from around the US, found that 55 percent of gay men watch straight porn, and 21 percent of straight men watch gay porn, according to The Advocate.

Dr. Martin J. Downing, the study’s lead researcher, sees this “identity discrepant viewing” as “some level of evidence” of fluidity in sexual attraction, at least in terms of what people are watching.

There’s more. Bi men reported watching guy-on-guy porn just as much as gay men do, and they consumed heterosexual porn almost as much as heterosexual men. According to Downing, bisexual men aren’t “watered down gays or heterosexuals.”

http://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/1/04/one-five-straight-men-watches-gay-sex