The gay divorcees

Figures for the number of gay marriages ending in divorce appeared in the press today.

A total of 122 same sex marriages ended in divorce in 2016. Of those, 78% were marriages of female couples.

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Discrimination against gays in housing researched

Peter Matthews and Chris Poyner have been researching discrimination against gay and lesbian people in housing.

They found that some service providers were indirectly discriminating against members of the gay community.

…We can say that service providers were indirectly discriminating against LGBT+ people. They did not know about the experiences of LGBT+ people as they did not routinely ask people their sexual or gender identity. In such circumstances, it is very likely people are going to feel uncomfortable volunteering such information if it is relevant. Thus, it is good news that the NHS in England is to start asking for such data routinely.

That this was occurring in housing services should be surprising.

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/housing-services-and-lgbt-users/

HIV in UK down again

There has been an 18 per cent drop in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV, 5,164 last year, the biggest fall on record, according to Public Health England.

New cases of HIV are falling among gay and bisexual men for the first time, thanks partly to use of Prep.

In London new cases among gay and bisexual men fell by 29 per cent.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/hiv-cases-among-gay-bisexual-men-drop-first-time-experts-hail/

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

Gay and right wing

CNN looks at gay men in Germany who have joined politically far right political groups, such as Alternative for Germany (AfD), who, if opinion polls are correct, are likely to secure enough votes to enter the Bundestag after the German general election on 24 September.

Karsten P. empties a test tube filled with metal pieces into the palm of his hand. They’re the tiny screws and bolts that held his face together after he and his partner Sven were violently assaulted in a life-changing attack outside their local store.

Two surgeries later and fearful of being attacked again, the openly gay 52-year-old taxi driver — who doesn’t want to be identified because of concerns of another attack — avoids public spaces and always takes pepper spray with him. He and his partner have also been forced to move neighborhoods in the northwest German city of Bremen following mounting costs as a result of being injured.

“I went outside and saw someone kicking my partner’s head. I was trying to stop him and right at that moment, I got hit from the side,” Karsten recalls about the attack. “I kind of lost consciousness and when I got up again, I thought my partner was dead. He was all covered in blood and he didn’t move at all.”

Police identified the attackers as two locally known Muslim extremists. They were never arrested and later fled to Syria. After demanding answers from local prosecutors and the mayor’s office and not getting a response, Karsten turned to Germany’s far right party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

“I don’t like everything they say,” Karsten says, “but this is too dangerous for gay people to live openly here, if we get attacked like that. We need a party that’s talking openly about this.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/14/europe/germany-far-right-lgbt-support/index.html

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

We’re still not safe

A survey of 5,000 LGBT people has revealed that more than half of gay men in Britain do not feel comfortable holding hands with a partner in the street.
One in five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents to Stonewall’s poll said they had experienced a hate crime in the past year, ranging from abuse to assault. 81% of victims did not go to the police.

While hate crime was more effectively recorded than in the past, the charity said there had undoubtedly been “a genuine increase” in incidents since its last major survey in 2013.

26% of those affected by hate crime endured unsolicited sexual advances, while 87% reported harassment, intimidation or insults and 11% said they had been physically assaulted.

35% of LGBT people living in the north east of England were most like to have suffered a hate crime, 18% in the north west of England, Yorkshire and Humber.

One in 10 respondents said they had suffered problems trying to either rent or buy a property. That is illegal.

One in six said their sexuality had been an issue in cafes or restaurants, while 10% of those who have attended a live sporting event claim to have been discriminated against.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41179976

Prep has changed behaviours

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Two-thirds of gay and bisexual men said they didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex, and more than a quarter considered themselves to have a “risky sex life,” including sex with partners who are HIV-positive, reports Newsweek.

Gay Men Fight Aids surveyed 500 gay and bisexual men, asking them about the risk involved in their sex lives. Twenty-seven percent consider themselves to throw caution to the wind in their sex lives.

The use of PrEP has changed all the rules for gay and bisexual men. HIV-negative men on PrEP, and HIV-positive men who have an undetectable viral load, meaning they cannot pass on the infection due to their HIV treatment, can now have sex without a condom without risk.

http://www.newsweek.com/gay-sex-65-percent-men-didnt-wear-condom-last-time-they-did-it-652063

How much progress has there been, then?

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Pink News reports the result of a You Gov poll checking the attitudes towards homosexuality and gay relationships.

The poll of 1,609 adults found that 42 per cent believe that gay sex is not natural, 48 per cent believe that primary school children should not be taught about gay relationships in school, and 36 per cent disapprove of gay men becoming parents.

78 per cent of people aged 18-24 believe that gay sex is natural while 69 per cent of people aged 65 and above believe that gay sex is unnatural.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/26/exclusive-50-years-after-decriminalisation-over-40-of-brits-believe-gay-sex-is-unnatural/

US Gays feel less safe since President Trump was elected

Nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they feel less safe since President Donald Trump took office, according to Time.

34% said society would be “a lot” more accepting in the next 10 years, a drop from 54%.

37% said they have faced different treatment since President Trump took office.

Gay and Lesbian Americans say 12% of them voted for Trump, and 67% voted for Hillary Clinton. 7% identified as Republicans, 57% identified as Democrats and 35% as Independents.

http://time.com/4842910/donald-trump-lesbian-gay-bisexual-lgbt-poll-safe/