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.



The size of the problem

A new survey across 77 countries found 28 percent of respondents believed gay people should be charged as criminals.

The Ilga-Riwi global attitudes survey into sexual and gender minorities found there was a major divide in attitudes towards same-sex couples in different regions.

45 percent of respondents in the 15 African countries surveyed said people in gay relationships should be charged as criminals; the highest percentage in the world.

In the Middle East, 36 percent of people surveyed thought the same.

In the UK the figure was 17%.

One in four people think gay couples should be ‘treated like criminals’

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.

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.

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.

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.”